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Tricks To Surf The Internet That Will Make Your Life Easier

Whether you’ve been surfing the Internet for years and remember the days of Netscape and Geocities, or just a month ago you discovered Facebook; there are always things that are overlooked, small details that can make the experience of Internet use something much greater than it already is. Keyboard shortcuts, functions of your browser that you did not know existed, solutions to common problems simpler than you imagined, and even services that you never needed until you tried them for the first time.

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Although I have years taking all the juice possible to the web, it is impossible to know everything and be an expert in anything. You always discover new things, there is always a little trick here that you did not know, and a useful page over there that gets you out of a hurry. For all Internet citizens, here are 15 tips to surf the web be happier.

DO A REVERSE SEARCH OF ANY IMAGE

Bitelia already explained that it is the reverse image search and how to do them, but that simple method is slow and complicated compared to this. If you use Google Chrome you only have to press the «S» key on your keyboard and right click on any image you are looking at in the browser to do an immediate reverse search. Is not it great?

Note: this same shortcut in Firefox, sets the image as a desktop background. If you want to search to do a search by image in a single click, from this browser you can install the Search by Image for Google add-on.

COMPLETE A URL BY PRESSING 2 KEYS

From all browsers, anything you write in the address bar can be surrounded by www. and .com by simply pressing the Ctrl + Enter keys.

RESTORE THE LAST CLOSED TAB

If it happened to you as many, and you closed a tab by mistake, simply press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + T in your browser, you restore the last tab closed immediately.

COPY A URL WITHOUT MOVING THE MOUSE POINTER

If you use Google Chrome or Firefox and want to copy the address of the page you see at that moment, or you have to make the enormous effort of moving the cursor, select the text and copy it. All you need is to press the Ctrl + L keys and this will highlight the address immediately, a simple Ctrl + C after you have the URL in the clipboard.

CLEAN THE CACHE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

Sure more than once you had to empty your browser’s cache for some webs to load well, or simply to remove temporary files and improve Chrome’s performance. Pressing the Ctrl + Shift + R keys automatically clears the cache and refreshes the current page.

BROWSE INCOGNITO

At this point, I imagine that most people know what it is to navigate in this way. Private or incognito browsing lets you browse freely without any of your data being stored in the browser. The history is not saved, nor the accounts that you use, nor the downloads, nor even the cookies. Once the window is closed it is as if nothing had happened.

To start a private tab in Firefox you only need to press Ctrl + Shift + P, and Chrome is the same but change the letter at the end: Ctrl + Shift + N.

KNOW IF A PAGE IS INACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE OR JUST TO ME

Sure it happened more than once, a website does not open and you’re not sure if it is completely down and nobody can access it, or if it’s you, your Internet connection, your browser, your computer, your life, etc. The easiest way to check it is not to go ask on Twitter, it is to enter downforeveryoneorjustme.com write the address and wait for the answer.

ACCESS BLOCKED CONTENT IN YOUR COUNTRY

The easiest way to access blocked content by region is to use the free Hello Unblocker tool . Hello is easy to use, is available for multiple platforms, does not require you to configure anything, and lets you choose from a huge list of countries to mask your identity. It not only serves to access content limited to the USA but also that which is restricted to almost any other country.

You can install Hello as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Or as a separate app for Windows and Android.

ACCESS THE CACHED VERSION OF ANY WEB PAGE

The cached version of a web page is a “snapshot” of how a site looked at a particular moment in time. If it has happened to you that you can not access a site and you want to know how it looked before the “fall”, you can do so by accessing the versions stored by the Google cache, or Archive.org for example.

From the CachedPages site, you can enter any address and choose from several options to check the cache of that web.

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5 Ways To Use Gmail’s Predesigned Answers

One of the things that consume me the most time is email. No matter how hard I try to bring my mailbox to zero inboxes, always, as soon as I turn around, I have fifty or a hundred new emails to process. Tools like Unroll.me have helped me a lot to control that constant avalanche, but one of the things that have been most useful to me is the use of predesigned responses or templates in Gmail.

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These templates are, basically, drafts that you create yourself according to the most repeated circumstances in your daily use of email, and that by saving them as a predesigned response they become easily accessible and allow you to insert them with a couple of clicks in any new e-mail. The ideas we bring you today are just some of the most common ways to use them, but you can identify which emails you are writing over and over again, wasting your valuable time when you could easily shorten the process.

How T0 Create Predesigned Responses

The first requirement to use the predesigned responses is to enable the option in Labs (for reasons that I do not understand, at this point the templates are still a kind of “experimental option”). “Labs” is located in the Gmail settings, and the predesigned response option is one of the first on the list.

Once we have enabled and saved these settings, we go to the main screen of Gmail and open a new draft, where we will write our first predesigned response. When it is ready, we click on the options menu (the arrow in the lower right corner) and choosing the option “Predesigned response”, we save our draft, which we must assign a name that makes it easy to recognize. To this same menu, but choosing the option “insert”, we will go when we want to use one of these templates.

5 Ideas For Using Gmail’s Predesigned Responses

Personal Information

The circumstances in which we need to write our personal data for a shipment, a payment or a similar transaction are very frequent. As the case may be, it may be useful to have a predesigned answer on hand with information such as our address, telephone number or bank details.

Confirmation Messages

If you handle a large volume of e-mails and try to maintain a certain level of courtesy, you may be spending a lot of time writing messages that mean “received. ” You can create a template with a greeting and a couple of lines that say something like “I received your information, I’ll contact you soon”, or a similar text.
Frequent answers
Also, if there is a question that you ask a lot, for example, a recurrent query related to your work, it is useful to have the information at hand and not have to write it again. For example, I have a predesigned answer indicating to the readers that they write to me where they can find my books and another one with some basic information about the services that I offer as a freelancer.

Configure Automatic Responses

If there is some kind of process that you are carrying out so frequently that it can be automated even more (for example, responding to a contact form on your website) you can create a filter and configure it to respond to the appropriate emails (for example, those containing certain words in the subject) using automatically a predesigned response.

Use Multiple Signatures

Gmail does not support multiple signatures, but for people who fulfil multiple work roles and would prefer to have the option to sign according to the role they are playing at that moment, this can be a way to implement them without needing browser extensions or other tools.
Gmail’s predesigned responses are often seen as silly or with little potential, but if you invest a little time adapting them to your needs you will see that they can become a tremendously powerful tool to save you time and effort in managing your email.