Use Those Hotkeys

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 ShortcutHotkey description
Alt+DSelects internet browser omni-bar (awesome/address bar)
Ctrl+EnterAdds http://www. and .com around your address bar phrase
Ctrl+R (or F5)Refreshes page
EscStop loading the page
Alt+Left arrowNavigate Back
Alt+Right arrowNavigate Forward
Ctrl+FFind on page
Ctrl+G(or F3)Finds next match from search (add Shift in combo for previous)
Ctrl+TOpen new tab
Ctrl+WClose current browser tab
Ctrl+Shift+TRe-open previously closed tab
F11Toggles full screen mode (great for presentations)
Ctrl+TabToggle between tabs (left with Ctrl+Shift Tab)
Ctrl+UView 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!