April 26, 2017 |

Zooming in or out on webpages

Here are two very simple keyboard shortcuts you can use if you want to make text or images on a webpage larger (zoom in), or smaller (zoom out):

  • Make everything larger by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the + on the keyboard.
  • Make everything smaller by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the on the keyboard.

This works equally well in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome!

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January 18, 2012 |

Saving a Webpage for Offline Reading

Someone emailed me this question yesterday: how do you easily save a webpage for offline reading?

– and the solution is simple:

In either Internet Explorer or Firefox: click File and choose Save Page As.

However after that, the Save as type drop box is slightly different. Read the rest of this entry »

August 24, 2011 |

Alt&Tab: The Fast Way to Scroll Through Open Windows

While this is an oldie but a goodie, not everyone is aware of the delights of using they keys Alt & Tab.Say you have many different programs running on your PC at the same time. You might have email (plus a number of open messages) running, a Web browser window open (even two different types at once, say Internet Explorer as well as Firefox), a Word document or two and perhaps ITunes playing your favorite song for good measure.

With all of that going action the easy way to move between all those open windows is to hold down the Alt  key and start pressing the Tab key.

Each  press of the Tab key moves you across to the next open window.  When you land on the one you want simply let go of the Alt key.

When you want to swap programs/open window again, just repeat the process. It’s a simple  you to keep track of everything you have running and easily juggle different tasks.

May 20, 2011 |

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

I’ve been been putting these up randomly on my FB page, but now I think it is time to make a proper list of them! Not everybody *loves* using the keyboard, but sometimes it is just quicker to leave your hands on the keyboard rather than groping around for the mouse – and you never know the day might come when yours gives up and there isn’t a spare one handy!

  1. F4 – Displays a list of addresses you’ve previously typed

  2. F5 – Refresh or reload the current page

  3. Ctrl and +(plus sign) – Zoom in a webpage

  4. Ctrl  and  – (minus sign) – Zoom out in a webpage

  5. Ctrl + O–  Open a webpage

  6. Ctrl + S – Save a web page for offline viewing

  7. Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Move back through tabs

  8. Ctrl + Tab – Move forward through tabs.

  9. Ctrl + T – Opens a new browser tab

  10. Ctrl +W – Closes the current browser tab.

  11. Ctrl + K – Copies the current browser tab and opens it

  12. Ctrl + N – Open a new Internet Explorer window.

  13. Ctrl+Shift+P –Open an InPrivate Browsing window 

  14.  Ctrl+B – Open the Organize Favorites dialog box 

  15.  Ctrl+H – Open the Favorites Center and display your history

  16. Ctrl+Shift+Del- Delete browsing history

March 27, 2011 |

Lost menus and toolbars in Internet Explorer

I have accidently put myself into full screen mode in Internet Explorer so many times that I should have figured out which pesky key I was accidently hitting to do  this.  After it happened to my friend Barb, we decided we needed an answer – rather than floating the mouse in the top right corner of the screen and eventually getting it back!

So thanks to Barb doing some research, the answer is the F11 key!

If you press F11 you cause Internet Explorer to display as a full screen.  This means no Task bar, no Title bar, no Menu bar, no Toolbar, no Tabs for the different Internet screens.

To return your screen to normal, press F11 again. If you point at the top of the screen whilst in full screen some of the hidden elements are visible until you move your pointer back down the screen, so that was the way I’d been getting out of it earlier (just by stumbling up there!)

September 7, 2010 |

Multi Website Startup with Internet Explorer

Like me you probably have a bit of a routine when it comes to browsing the Internet. I go to the same sites most days to check out news, gossip and various blogs.  And  this Internet Explorer 8 trick appeals makes this very easy. Follow these steps so that when you start Internet Explorer 8, all of your ‘pet’ websites  come up in their own tabs!

  1. Open Internet Explorer 8
  2. Tools Menu.
  3. Choose Internet Options.Make sure the General tab is selected
  4. Under Home Page type in the addresses of the sites you want to open up when you start IE, separating each one with an enter.
  5. click ok when finished and then close Internet Explorer. 

The next time you open IE, each chosen website is automatically opened in a new tab – how good is that!

May 11, 2010 |

Downloading, Uploading and Installing

It’s easy to be confused on the differences, so here they are:

Downloading – means to move a file that’s on the Internet onto your computer. Downloading is usually made quite simple as the user is prompted to click a download link on whatever website they are downloading from, and prompted to save it to their computer.

Uploading – the opposite of downloading, it means you are sending a file from your computer onto the Internet or a network. Think putting something onto a webpage, that would be uploading.

Installing – sometimes confused with uploading, installing means you put the program (which you could have downloaded for example), onto your own computer so you can use it.  You may have downloaded a program, but unless you take the steps of installing it, it wont be ready for use. You will generally be guided by prompts known as a wizard, to help you through the process.