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Tech Tip: Internet
Here are 15 neat ways to do
things in Internet Explorer using the keyboard or keyboard and mouse together.
We have listed some of these in the past, but this is a new updated list with
Hold down the Control Key while
turning the mouse wheel to increase or decrease the size of
the text on the webpage (depending which way you turn the mouse wheel).
This little trick also works with Microsoft Word. You won’t
notice any change at some websites because this feature is disabled by the
website authors. The smaller the text size, the more of the page you will
Hold down the Shift key
while turning the mouse wheel slowly to go backward to the
previous page or go forward to the next page (depending which way you turn
the mouse wheel). Some websites “trap” you at their site
and the only way you can go back is by pressing the little down arrow next
to the word Back (in the Standard Buttons toolbar) and
selecting a previous page.
Click the mouse wheel once (yes
– it does click). Your cursor turns into an up and down
arrow. Now move your mouse toward the top
of the screen or toward the bottom of the screen slowly to
automatically scroll. This also works with Microsoft word and many other
applications. (Check out this scroll mouse at this cool site – it costs
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Press F11 – in the top row of
F-Keys. You will get a full screen version of your page. Press F-11 again
to return you normal view. This is nice if you want to read quickly see
more of the webpage without scrolling.
Press F5 to refresh a page.
Your page will be downloaded with the latest information.
Shift + F5 to refresh a web page and insures that no
content is pulled from the cache. (Note: F5 alone refreshes the web page
but grabs content from the cache if it available).
These shortcuts are great if you’re at the weather page and want to get the
latest updated information.
Press Alt-Home to go quickly to
your home page. (My home page is google.com since I’m always searching for
Open a link in a new window by
clicking the RIGHT mouse button and
clicking on Open in New Window. This is neat when you want
to keep the current website you are viewing on the screen.
Press Home and End to go to the
beginning and end (top and bottom) of a webpage. Great for long web pages.
Press Escape to stop loading a
page. (No more looking for that elusive Stop
button!) This also stops music which automatically begins playing
when you visit a site (is that ever annoying!). It doesn’t stop Flash
Press Alt-D to select the text
in the Address Bar. (Now read the next one!)
Type the first part of a web
address in the Address Bar – then press Ctrl-Enter. The
www. and .com will automatically be added
to the address and you will go there. Example: type wcco,
then press Ctrl-Enter. You will go to
Note – this only works with .com websites.
Alt +Left Arrow: Go back to last page
Alt +Right Arrow: Go Forward to the next page
Note: You can also hold down the shift key and turn the mouse wheel up
or down to go backward or forward.
Spacebar – scroll down the webpage
Shift+Spacebar – Scroll up the webpage
Ctrl + D: Add the site you are at to your
Shift + Click on the Organize Favorites menu item. (Note: first click
on the Favorites menu, then hold down the Shift key and click on Organize
Favorites). This will open your favorites in a folder window. This is
great way to work on and organize you favorites
Shift +F10: Performs a Right-Click
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