For many of us, there is no other computer activity — aside, perhaps, from email — that we spend more time on than Web browsing. If you log on to the Internet daily or spend any appreciable amount of time online, you should be making the most of your precious time. That means taking advantage of shortcuts and tuning up your browser to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
If you use Mozilla Firefox, try these tips and shortcuts and become an instant power user.
* Supercharge your bookmarks
1) The typical browser dropdown list of bookmarks is helpful, but it’s more convenient — and faster — to click on an always-visible toolbar button to get to your favorite sites.
First, make sure your bookmarks toolbar is visible: Go to View, Toolbars and then check Bookmarks Toolbar. Next, go to the website you want to include and simply drag the site’s icon that appears at the left of your browser address bar onto the bookmarks toolbar. The icon will turn into an instantly accessible clickable button.
Right-click on the new button, select Properties and in the Name field, make sure you enter a short title for the website so you can later squeeze as many additional buttons on the toolbar as possible. I have nearly 30 in a single row.
2) In the same Properties box, go to Keyword and enter a very short abbreviation for the site. Now, you can simply type that abbreviation in the browser address bar, click enter and get to your site fast.
3) Search websites fast by typing the Keyword in the address bar followed by a search term and hit enter. You’ll be taken directly to the site and a search of the site will commence.
* Make Firefox your default browser
Do you click on Web links in email only to watch as Microsoft Internet Explorer fires up instead of Firefox? You’re not alone. Fix it by making Firefox your default browser.