Shortcuts are one of the best ways to go if you are thinking of how you could work faster with the web browser? No matter what all tweaks you apply to speed up your browsers, still you cant work fast as you’d do when you are using keyboard shortcuts. Using Keyboard Shortcuts will greatly help you to work faster with your browser. Here are some essential Keyboard Shortcuts that will help you to work faster with your Web Browser and save you a lot of time. 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari

Ctrl + T (Open A New Tab) – Instead of right clicking and selecting or clicking the New Tab option, using the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut will help you open a new tab in the current window.

Ctrl + W (Close the Current Tab) – Like Opening a New Tab in your browser, this will help you to Close the Current Tab you are working with.

Ctrl + N (Open A New Window) – This will help you to open up a new window in your browser.

Ctrl + D (Bookmark Current Website) – Bookmark your useful websites using this easy shortcut.

F5 ((Refresh)) – Refresh the Current Open Tab.

Ctrl + F5 (Hard Refresh) – Clear the cache of the current stored webpage and stores a fresh new copy. Thats what a Hard Refresh is for. Helpful when just posted comments don’t appear etc.

Ctrl + H (Show History) – You know it! Show the history of previously visited webpages.

Ctrl + L or Alt + D or F6(Not For Opera) (Highlight Search Bar) – No need to move your mouse and click on the address bar to type a websites address in your browser again. Just use this quick shortcut.

Ctrl + E (Highlight Search Bar) – This will move the cursor to the search bar. Save the time you move your mouse over to the search bar!

Ctrl + (+/-) (Zoom In/Out) – Zoom in or Zoom out the current pages.

Ctrl + F (Find) – Instantly find a particular text on the current page.

Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V (Copy/Paste) – I bet you already know this!

Home / End (Top / Bottom) – These will help you to go to the Top or Bottom of a Page in a Jiffy.

CTRL + Click (Not for Opera) (Open Link in Background) – Open a link in a Background Tab without interfering your work.

CTRL + U (Source) – View the source code of the current website.

CTRL + left Click (Save Images (Opera Only)) – In fact this is a really a very handy shortcut that would save time. Why need to right click on an image and select the Save Image… option? Just Hold down the Ctrl key and click the left mouse button.

CTRL + Shift + T or (CTRL + Z also works in Opera) (Restore Tab) – This will help you to quickly reopen or recover previously closed Tab easily.

Some Additional Time Saver Keyboard Shortcuts

In fact these are some really useful shortcuts to save your time and energy.

You can save a lot of time by excluding the www., .com , .org, .net etc. There are simple keyboard shortcuts that can do these jobs very easily. We actually need to enter the name of the website only in the address bar of the browser.

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Enter name of the website in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to auto-complete http://www. and the .com/ parts automatically. For example, type computingunleashed in the address bar and press CTRL+ENTER, the browser will automatically convert it to http://www.computingunleashed.com/.

Like wise SHIFT+ENTER will auto-complete the .net domains and CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER auto-completes the .org

If you feel using the mouse more comfortable and than the keyboard shortcuts  then i recommend you to, first try these shortcuts for a day or two to get used to them. Once you do, you wont go back. If you’d like to add more shortcuts to be included please comment it down.


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