Be a search engine and browser master

 

becoming a serch engine master (jedi)

One of the most important things in our lives today is information. We all know how to search, but do we know how to find? And do we know how to maximize our search abilities?

It's not uncommon to spend a lot of time on the Internet. We may think we find things easily, but in reality we could find things a lot faster if we new some of the search engines best secrets and a few tips to help finding things on the Internet not only faster and more fruitful, but also more enjoyable.

Here is a helpful list of tips for improving surfing and search the Internet.

Mastering your browser.

When you're surfing do you get annoyed with multiple browser windows opening up? The answer to that is; don't let them! Don't open pages in new windows and never simply click on a link. Instead get into a habit of holding the ctrl key when you click. This will open the link in a tab in the background allowing you to continue reading. You can change from tab to tab by simply clicking on them an click the X which appears on the tab in the front, to close it. Now surfing the web works more like reading a magic book. You open pages in a background tab with a ctrl+click, and when you have finished reading you can simply flick through the already loaded pages.

 

Now that you know how to use tabs, you'll no longer have problems with browser windows grouping together on the taskbar at the bottom of Windows XP.

 

Here is a list of shortcuts for tab with the most common browsers (Note: MAC users use CMD instead of Ctrl):

 

In Firefox

Open link in new background tab

CTRL+left mouse button or middle mouse button

Open link in new foreground tab

CTRL+SHIFT+left mouse button or CTRL+SHIFT+middle mouse button

Close tab (closes window if only one tab is open)

CTRL+W or CTRL+F4

Open new tab

CTRL+T

Switch to next tab

CTRL+TAB

Switch to previous tab

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Go to first tab

CTRL+1

Go to second tab and subsequent tabs

CTRL+2, CTRL+3, CTRL+4 etc

Go to last tab

CTRL+9

To change how tabs work in Firefox go to Tools > Options > Tabs

 

In Internet explorer: <<still using Internet Explorer? Try these alternatives: Firefox, Safari>>

 

 

Open link in new background tab

CTRL+left mouse button or middle mouse button

Open link in new foreground tab

CTRL+SHIFT+left mouse button or CTRL+SHIFT+middle mouse button

Close tab (closes window if only one tab is open)

CTRL+W or CTRL+F4

Open Quick Tab view

CTRL+Q

Open new tab

CTRL+T

View list of open tabs

CTRL+SHIFT+Q

Switch to next tab

CTRL+TAB

Switch to previous tab

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Go to first tab

CTRL+1

Go to second tab and subsequent tabs

CTRL+2, CTRL+3, CTRL+4 etc

Go to last tab

CTRL+9

To change how tabs work in Internet Explorer Tools > Internet Options > on the General tab, under Tabs, click Settings

Here is a quick list of alernatives to Google search, check them out:

Yahoo  - Ask - Tripod - Excite - Altavista - MSN - About - AOL - Lycos

Mastering your search.

(Better Searching = Better finding)

These tips are for Google but may also work with other search engines:

 

Put phrases in quotes to have the search engine look for exactly that:

eg “hot fudge Sunday” will find pages where the whole phrase appears exactly as you have written it.

 

To exclude a word from a search, just put a minus symbol in front of it:

eg “hot fudge sunday” -"ice cream" will find the same phrase but only where the phrase "ice cream" doesn't also appear on the same page.

 

To find the time anywhere in the world just put in the words:

Local Time <Location> *where location is a place eg Sydney, Australia.

 

To find the weather just put in the words:

Weather <Location>

 

If your in need of a spell checker, just enter the word you want in the search engine and if you are close, it will ask “did you mean...” and most times provide the correct spelling.

 

To find out the definition of something, put in the words:

define:<word> *eg define:intelligent

 

To convert measurement put in the words:

<old> into <new>

*eg 22 celsius in Fahrenheit (or) 35 meters in feet

<more on the Google calculator here >

 

To see sites that link to another put: link:<site>

*eg link:www.reichohnearbeit.com will show the pages that link to that site.

 

To search only the pages of one site, first put in the words:

site:<site> <search criteria>

*eg site:www.youtukan.com avoid being scammed

 

 

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