10 Essential Internet Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

On the Web we all become small-town visitors lost in the big city.” – Alison Gopnik

keyboardAccording to webopedia.com, a browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including web pages, images, video and other files. There are dozens of different web browsers being used in the web today.

According to w3schools.com and netmarketshare.com, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are the most used internet browsers. Personally, i use Firefox and Chrome on a daily basis to surf the internet.

The keyboard shortcuts below can be used with the top 3 browsers above and dozens of other different browsers that can interpret and display HTML web pages, applications, JavaScript, AJAX and other content hosted on Web servers.

1. Press Alt + D to move the cursor into the address bar.

address2. Hold Ctrl and press Enter to prefix www. and append .com to the text in the address bar, and then load the website. For example, type linuschirchir into the address bar and press Ctrl+Enter to open www.linuschirchir.com.

3. Press Ctrl + Tab to switch to the next tab

ctrl+tab4. Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page. f5

“His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web.” – John McCarthy

 5. Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return to the normal view.full screen6. Press Alt key + left arrow or press the backspace key to go back a page.

alt+left-arrow 7. Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks/favorites. bookmarks8. Press Ctrl + F to open the find box to search for text within the web page you are reading.

ctrl+f9. Press Ctrl + P to print the current page.

print10. Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or – to increase and decrease the size of text. Ctrl + 0 will reset the text.

There are many other browser shortcuts which are not covered here, some are specific to individual browsers while others are widely used across many other browsers. This will be covered in my future editions. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to do so below.

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