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.
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.
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.