Web Browsing Short Cuts

Published July 3, 2018

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or just the curious type, chances are you’ve relied on the web for research.  Personally, I’ve found that once I start any online research, it’s easy to get lost in the clutter.  With multiple tabs open, it’s easy to become disorganized and inefficient. So, when I recently came across an article about web browsing shortcuts, I took notice.

The article “10 Web Browsing Shortcuts to Speed Up Your Day” is from cmitsolutions.com. The article offers many shortcuts for quickly and easily browsing web pages—without even using a mouse.  Whether you surf the internet using Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or another search engine, most of these shortcuts work; however, the key combinations listed below are for Windows users.  If you use a Mac, a different set of key combinations apply.

  1. If a web page has too much text and is just way too long to scroll down, press the space bar to bypass large amounts of text at a time. To go backwards and return to the top, hit the shift and space bar together.
  2. Did you know you could do a search for certain words within a web page? It’s the same shortcut as doing a search in a Word document. Use Control+F and type in the text you’re searching for.
  3. If you’re ready to start a new search, there’s no need to scroll to get to the browser’s address bar. Just pressing Control+L will position your curser there and will even highlight the current web address so that you can immediately type what you’re looking for.
  4. Need to refer back to some previous searches? You can easily access your search history via Control+H.  This will pull up the History window so you can look up today’s, yesterday’s and other older searches.
  5. If you’ve been busy searching and are overwhelmed by the number of open tabs but you just aren’t ready to close any of them yet, you can start with a clean slate while leaving those tabs open. Control+N will open up a new browsing window. In fact, those same keys will open a new document in Word, Excel and other programs, while moving your originals to the background.
  6. I never knew that it was possible to browse the internet without automatically recording a complete search history. Depending on the browser you use, you can open a window that won’t record such things as visited pages, cookies, searches or temporary files, or information entered into forms.  The steps to open an ‘incognito’ or ‘private’ search differ depending on what browser you are using.  If you’re in Chrome, use Control+Shift+N.  If searching in Firefox, Control+Shift+P to open a new window that won’t record this history.  Bookmarks and downloads are still saved.
  7. If you’ve got eight or fewer tabs open, you can easily bounce between them. If you mentally number the tabs in order, from left to right, just press Control+1 to get to the first tab, or Control+5 to get to the fifth tab in line, etc.
  8. Really like the page you’re on and want to bookmark it? You can create a bookmark by pressing Control+D.  After saving it, depending on your browser you may be able to rename the page to something you can easily remember.


The fact that all of these functions can be done without touching the mouse is kind of impressive. Additional tips, plus the Mac version of these shortcuts, can be found on the CMIT Solutions blog.  Many thanks to Steve Gray, owner of  CMIT Solutions of Lawrenceburg and CMIT Solutions of Cincinnati, Downtown & NKY, for allowing me to share these helpful tips with you!