Use Those Hotkeys

23 Oct 2012 | written by Kyler Dalton for the Fun Stuff section(s)

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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!

Kyler Dalton
Kyler is the premium SEO analyst here at OrangeSoda—a real champion at creating and implementing SEO strategies for high-spend clients. In Kyler’s free time, he enjoys skiing, waterskiing, rock climbing, and flying. Seriously, folks, he’s a professional pilot with a license and everything.
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