Most Internet users don’t realise that the major web browsers – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome – share a large number of keyboard shortcuts. Using these shortcuts helps save you time, and avoids you having to hunt for the command in the browser menus.
If you come across a website with small font, you can increase the size of the page and words on the screen by pressing ‘ctrl’ (control) and ‘+’ on a Windows computer, or ‘cmd’ (command) and ‘+’ on an Apple Mac. Replace the ‘+’ with ‘-’ to decrease the size of the page. Make sure you press these buttons at the same time.
To open a new tab in your browser for multiple Internet pages, open the Internet browser, hold ‘ctrl’ and ‘T’, or ‘cmd’ and ‘T’ for an extra tab, this is useful for multi-tasking or to compare Internet shopping quickly.
To print the page you are on click ‘ctrl’ and ‘P’ or ‘cmd’ and ‘P’, or to save the page hit ‘S’ instead of ‘P’.
You can also use the up and down arrows to scroll quickly through webpages, and if you need to reload a page hit ‘cmd’ and ‘R’ on a Mac or the ‘F5’ button on a Windows computer.
Finally, you can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to a webpage you’ve visited. Minimise your window, click and drag on the website URL then release onto your desktop. Click on this to re-launch Firefox with that favourite webpage.
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