As a self-proclaimed "Shortcut King", I am always trying to find little tricks and keyboard shortcuts to make using applications easier.
Here is a great example of when I visit someone at their office, I often see their web browser has several toolbars enabled that take up a large chunk of the screen, so they only see a small snippet of a webpage. That's when I show what the "F11" keyboard button does. Try it right now and see what happens, then click it again to go back to normal.
Other handy keyboard shortcuts or tricks for your web browser:
Ctrl+W, Ctrl+F4 – Close the current webpage or tab
Ctrl+Shift+T – Reopen the last closed webpage's tab (very handy if you accidentally clicked Ctrl + W...maybe I should have told you this trick first before you tried testing that last trick!!)
Ctrl+N – Open a new browser window. Some browsers will copy the current webpage into the new browser window
F5 – Refreshes the webpage
Ctrl+scrolling your Mousewheel Up, Ctrl and + – Zooms in
Ctrl+scrolling your Mousewheel Down, Ctrl and - – Zooms out
Ctrl+0 – removes zoom and goes back to original intended webpage size
Ctrl+F, F3 – Open a box to search for a word or phrase on a webpage. Press Esc to turn it off.
Ctrl+D – Save the current webpage as a bookmark or favorite
Ctrl+P – Print the webpage
Ctrl+C – Copies any text you select on a webpage
Ctrl+V – Pastes any text you've copied if you are filling out a data entry box
Ctrl+H – Open a history of website/webpage visits
Hold Ctrl and left mouse-click on a link to open a webpage in a new tab (can also right mouse-click on a link to do this) or
Hold Shift and left mouse-click on a link to open a webpage in a new, separate webpage (can also right mouse-click on a link to do this)
If you use Internet Explorer, you can hold Ctrl and left-click on a sentence or paragraph to automatically select that phrase to copy into another document.
If I am typing into a text box on a webpage and realized I made a mistake, I don't use the Delete button on my keyboard, I select a word I want to delete and use my mouse's right-click button to delete any text I've selected (practice that trick when typing into the Action Taken or Request Description boxes in MaintenanceDirect or ITDirect by double-clicking a word with the left mouse button and then right-click on that word to delete it). Seriously, why take your hand off your mouse and find the button on your keyboard if you don't need to??
Got any handy tips or tricks for web surfing you'd like to share? Feel free to share!