If you were add up all the time you spend moving your hands from keyboard to mouse, you would have enough for an extra vacation at the end of the year. I’m sure most people don’t think about it, but at the end of the day, replacing a few mouse gestures with ‘keyboard moves’ will save a lot of time and make you the fastest searcher in the office.
If you don’t have the copy, paste, control home/end, control-arrow stuff down yet, start with those basics first. Here is my compilation of the best internet browser shortcuts that will help you navigate the web like a pro. Open your favorite browser and try them out.
|Windows Shortcut||Hotkey description|
|Alt+D||Selects internet browser omni-bar (awesome/address bar)|
|Ctrl+Enter||Adds http://www. and .com around your address bar phrase|
|Ctrl+R (or F5)||Refreshes page|
|Esc||Stop loading the page|
|Alt+Left arrow||Navigate Back|
|Alt+Right arrow||Navigate Forward|
|Ctrl+F||Find on page|
|Ctrl+G(or F3)||Finds next match from search (add Shift in combo for previous)|
|Ctrl+T||Open new tab|
|Ctrl+W||Close current browser tab|
|Ctrl+Shift+T||Re-open previously closed tab|
|F11||Toggles full screen mode (great for presentations)|
|Ctrl+Tab||Toggle between tabs (left with Ctrl+Shift Tab)|
|Ctrl+U||View source page|
You can find an exhaustive list of keyboard shortcuts through a simple Google search or your browser help (F1). Share your own cool search tips in the comments. Happy browsing!