Browsing tips and tricks

Surfing the Web is something we all do these days. Whether we do it for work or pleasure, occasionally or frequently, we can alsways do it better. Here are some useful tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your Web surfing.

Creating new windows

Want to follow a link, but not loose your current page? Open the new page in a new Window by right-clicking on the link and selecting "open in new window" from the pop-up menu. On some browsers, holding down the shift key while clicking on the link does the same thing.

Stopping new windows

Clicked on a link and it opened the page in a new window that you didn't want? Unfortunately there's now easy way to stop this (if you are creating Web pages don't force this on your users). One way around this is to manually go to the page: right-click on the link and select "copy shortcut" from the popup-menu, then go to the address bar and select the current URL, paste the new URL into the address bar (Ctrl-V) and accept it (return key). In Mozilla, the menu item is "copy link location". In Opera, the menu item is "copy link address".

Tab based browsing

Too many browser windows cluttering up your desktop? Use tab based browsing, where each page is in a separate tab in a window rather than a separate window. In Opera 6.x, set the "open windows inside Opera workspace" option under the "windows" section of the preferences panel. In Mozilla, select "File" > "New" > "Navigator Tab", or right click on a new link and select "open link in new tab" from the popup menu. Tab based browsing is not available in Internet Explorer.

Organising bookmarks

Have too many entries under the Favorates or Bookmark menu? Organise them into hierarchical folders. In Internet Explorer, select "Favorates" → "Organise Favorates". In Mozilla and Opera, select "Bookmarks" → "Manage bookmarks".

Refreshing a page

Web page not updating correctly? Sometimes hitting the "refresh" button in the toolbar doesn't update the page displayed properly. In those situations, try holding down the shift key while clicking on the "refresh" button. This forces the browser to do a complete download of the page rather than downloading the page only if it thinks it wants to.

Full screen mode

Not enough screen space to view a page? Use the full screen mode of the Web browser to get rid of menus and window borders. Select "View" > "Full screen" from the menu bar. If a small toolbar is still visible, right-click on it and change the "auto-hide" item. Under most major browsers, the F11 key toggles between full screen and normal mode.

Try a different browser

There's many different types of Web browsers. Some are faster, have different features, are more configurable, and less bugs. For example, try the free Mozilla browser (which Netscape is based upon) or the popular Opera browser.