Firefox Browser Tips

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in INTERNET TIPS | 0 comments

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Note: Mac users substitute Open Apple for ALT, and Command Key for CTRL.

ALT-D to jump insertion point to address bar.
Instead of lunging for your mouse, try this slick technique for opening a new page.  Press ALT-D, and your insertion point (cursor) will jump to the address bar. Then simply overtype the existing address.
CTRL-Enter to type “www…com” quickly.
When combined with ALT-D above, this works wonders!  Once you are in the address bar, there is no need to type the http:// prefix or the www. or the .com domain names.  Simply type the middle portion of the desired address, and press CTRL-Enter.e.g. If you type CNN and press CTRL-Enter, you will go to http://www.cnn.com
CTRL-Mouse wheel spin to enlarge or shrink page font size
That screen font is too small or too large for you?  No worries, simply spin your mousewheel while holding CTRL.  Your font size changes incrementally.
CTRL-T to launch a new tab
A favorite trick for power Internet users… this enables you to read your Gmail or Hotmail, while searching Google, and simultaneously checking your stocks and weather reports.CTRL-T launches a new tab  (effectively a new browser window, but without all the memory overhead of a full window).
SHIFT-Click
a link
to launch a new window with the link.
If you are doing research, and wish to keep your current location while browsing another, use SHIFT while you click on a link.  The new page opens in a second window.
Backspace to reverse one page in your browser history.
Instead of lunging for your “back button”, use backspace to reverse once into the past.

Excellent for researching and browsing.

F11 to expand to Full Screen view
This effectively adds 25% more viewing area to your screen.

F11 hides the title bar, menu bar, address bar, and status bar.  Press F11 again to toggle back to regular view.

CTRL-K jump to Google bar to search
There is an integrated Google search bar in the top right of the screen.  Use CTRL-K to quick-jump to this, and search for your next web page!
F5 refresh-reload the web page
If your page fails to fully load, or if you are looking to update the weather and sports scores on your screen, press the classic F5 key to refresh.
CTRL-D to bookmark the current page
Again, save yourself the effort of lunging for your mouse.  Press CTRL-D, and your bookmark dialog box will appear.

Related: pressing enter will accept the dialog box defaults.