Scrolling, typing, endless boredom of the manual way to use a computer; or so you think. Did you know that there are hidden tips and tricks to using a keyboard? There are specific combinations that can help you bring up pages, commands and other prompts much quicker and without the need to take your hands off the keyboard – ironic as it is but scroll down to find out!
Instead of scrolling with the mouse, press the space bar to go down a page and “Shift”+Space to go up a page.
To get to the address bar, instead of scrolling to the top of the screen, use “Ctrl+L” and it will highlight the address bar.
Tired of waiting for a page to NOT load? Press “Ctrl+R” to reload the page it’ll save time finding the refresh button!
Let’s say 3 tabs are open and you’re on the first one but need the third. Press “Ctrl+3” and it will go straight to that tab.
To close a tab, instead of going to the ‘X’ on screen, use “Ctrl+W” on the tab you wish to close.
To open a new window, you can simply just use the command “Ctrl+N” and you can start to type instantly.
If you want to open a file from your desktop, all you need to do is “Ctrl+O” and it will open the window for you to select a file.
To check all of your downloads on Chrome, “Ctrl+J” will bring up any previous downloads on Chrome’s browser.
To free up space or you want all the browsing history gone, “Ctrl+Shift+Backspace” will do the trick for you.
I know what you’re thinking – they’re cool and it makes everything faster rather than trying to find an icon or scrolling back to the top of a page. There are more keyboard tips online, but these are some that you may find most useful!