5 Keyboard Shortcuts that Make Browsing More Awesome
One of the many perks of working in the office of an Internet company is that you get to learn, and to teach your co-workers, new tricks all the time. Here are five awesome shortcuts that can make your browsing experience even better. Note, each shortcut is written for PCs, the Mac equivalent is included in the description. Also note that I primarily use Chrome and these shortcuts may not work in all browsers.
1. Clear cache with Ctrl + F5
Whenever you boot up a webpage, you’re pulling in HTML (code that helps define the visual structure of the page), CSS (code that helps define the design of the page) and whatever scripting language you may be using (for purposes of connecting to a database and whatnot). It takes time to load all of these items and you may have noticed that some websites load faster than others. Your browser has the ability to store some of this code, allowing for faster loading because it no longer has to pull a fresh copy every time. But what if you want to see the newest version of a website? Well in that case you’ll want to clear your cache for that site. You can find this option in your browser’s settings, or just use Ctrl + F5 on the spot. On a Mac, you can hit Shift + Command + Delete.
2. Reopen Lost Tabs with Ctrl + Shift + T
Don’t you hate it when you accidentally close a tab? Fear not, you can reopen it instantly with Ctrl + Shit + T (on a Mac it would be Command + Shift + T). This works for however many tabs you recently closed. But it will not work if you actually close your entire browser (your history can help you in that case).
3. Open a New Tab with Ctrl + T
Need to open a new tab quickly? Ctrl + T (or Command + T on a Mac) is your new best friend.
4. Open a New Incognito Tab with Ctrl + Shit + N
Sometimes you need to browse without being traced, like when you’re trying to purchase a gift for your significant other online. Open a super secret stealth tab with Ctrl + Shift + N (on a Mac you would use Command + Shift + N) and start browsing. Nobody will EVER know. Ever.
5. Close a Tab with Ctrl + W
But what if you’re in the middle of choosing the perfect gift for your significant other and they walk into the room? You can either slam your computer shut (assuming it’s a laptop), throw something at their head in the hopes of knocking them out, or – wait for it – quickly close the tab. That’s where Ctrl + W comes it. Hitting it will allow you to close a tab so you don’t have to hit the one you love (hard, with a flying object) in the head. On a Mac you can use this magical keyboard combo with Command + W.