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There are a few mouse-related tricks that can make it so much easier to browse the web. Seriously, if you mostly browse the web on a computer, these tricks will change your life.
Opening Links In New Tabs
Directly clicking on links with your left mouse button is something you should rarely — if ever — do. Instead, click on links with your scrollwheel. This opens the target page in a new tab and you won’t lose the original page you were on.
Bonus Tip: You can also close tabs by clicking on them with your scrollwheel.
Today I learned that you can automatically open a link in a new tab by clicking on it with the scroll wheel. My life is changed.
— Kristen Seymour (@SeemoreKay) October 13, 2015
Navigating Back and Forward
If you hold down the Shift key and scroll down, you’ll go back a page. Hold down the Shift key and scroll up, you’ll go forward a page. Most modern browsers support this shortcut and it can be useful if your mouse is basic and doesn’t have dedicated “back” and “forward” buttons.
Don’t confuse this with the horizontal scrolling trick.
just found a new short cut in firefox, ctrl + shift + scrollwheel = going back and forward in the browser
— Tommy Kjær Andersen (@tommyka) November 16, 2010
Resize Website Font Sizes
The next time you’re on a site with text that’s too small or too big, try holding the Ctrl key and scrolling up. This increases font sizes in 10% increments. Similarly, holding Ctrl and scrolling down shrinks text in 10% increments.
Bonus Tip: Zooming with Ctrl + Scrollwheel is a universal shortcut in office suite software. For example, both Microsoft Word and LibreOffice Writer let you zoom in and out on documents with the same shortcut.
Zoom in and out of a web page by holding down <Ctrl> and rolling the mouse scrollwheel up or down or use <Ctrl> + –
— Dreamy (@dreamyweb) July 4, 2012
Got any tips of your own to share? Post them in the comments below!
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