10 simple tricks to faster computer experience

Search Google with A Right-Click

Are you ever reading something online, see a term or person you’re interested in, and want to learn more? To do it quickly in most browsers, right-click on the term in your browser and choose the “Search Google” option in the menu. Your browser will open a new tab and show you search results on the topic. The feature works in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. But you won’t yet find it in Microsoft Edge.

Use Your Scroll Wheel to Open A New Tab

When you want to quickly open a link in a new tab, look to your mouse. After placing your cursor on the link, click down on your scroll wheel. It’ll automatically open the link in a new tab and save you from opening a new tab, copying the link location, and pasting it in your browser.

Use the Spacebar to Scroll Up and Down A Page

Using a scroll bar — or worse, arrow keys — to move up and down a web page is tedious. So why not move up and down a page more quickly using the spacebar? Tapping on the spacebar on a web page will allow you to quickly scroll down. If you want to go back up, hold Shift while you tap the spacebar.

Use Quotation Marks to Narrow Your Search

If you’re searching for something in Google but getting bogged down with irrelevant results, consider wrapping your query in quotes. By doing so, Google will only show results that exactly match whatever you might have in quotes. It often makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Search From the Browser Bar

Why waste time opening a new tab and going to Google? Today’s browsers give you the option to search directly from the browser bar at the top of the page. So, simply input your query into the area where Web addresses are normally displayed, and you’ll immediately be brought to a search results page related to your query.

use “Site:” to Find Content On A Single Site

If you’re searching Google but don’t want to look for results in just any old website, try out the search engine’s “Site:” command. From within the Google Search box, type “site:” followed with no space by the site of your choosing. For instance, “site:tomsguide.com” without the quotation marks. You can then add a query after the URL and press Enter. Google will then only display relevant results from the site of your choosing.

Use the Tab Key to Scroll Through Forms

If you’re filling out a form and want to quickly work your way through it, your Tab key is your friend. Each time you’re done with a field and want to move on to the next one, just tap the Tab key and you’ll be brought to your desired destination. If you need to go back for any reason, hold the Shift key down and hit Tab and you’ll be brought back.

Use Alt-Tab to Rotate Through Open Applications

Quickly jumping between applications on your Windows PC or Mac is simple. To quickly go to another app, hold down the Alt and Tab keys at the same time. Each time you press the keys, you can open another app. On the Mac, press the Command and Tab keys to get the same effect.

Use F5 to Refresh A Browser Webpage

Using your mouse and clicking on the refresh button in your browser is a waste of time. If you want to refresh a web page without the hassle, just tap the F5 key on your PC keyboard. The browser will refresh whatever page is active in your browser.

Get A Second Monitor

One monitor just isn’t enough any longer. So, why not use two? Getting a second monitor makes you far more productive in just about anything you do. Writing up something in Word that requires some research? Put Google Search results on the other monitor so you don’t need to jump back and forth. Want to make a video and get resources from another app? Two monitors will help you do it.

If you are on a hunt for a FullHD monitor to use as a second screen, we have a a great 21.5″ Monito from Phillips available.

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