Become an Internet Ninja ……. swoosh

[tweetmeme] Whether we’re working or just browsing, we spend a lot of time on the Internet every day. Be it searching for something on Google, walling people on Facebook or maybe even farming on Farmville, we have been sort of addicted to the internet. Well you want to graduate from being just a web user to an internet ninja. So, well the first step is to definitely get rid of your age old, Internet Explorer. Its not that I hate IE, but yes I hate IE. I would highly recommend Firefox or Google Chrome as your best friend when it comes to browsers. My current favorite being Google Chrome.

OK, so you’ve already ditched Internet Explorer and switched to Firefox or Google Chrome. But are you using your browser’s best features? Power Web surfers or Internet Ninjas know the settings and shortcuts that make getting what you need online fast and efficiently. Here are five browser tricks that can streamline your surfing session, whether you’re on Facebook or the company intranet.

1. You can have multiple tabs as your Startup Page

The days of a single default home page are over. If you always get on the Web to check the same Web sites like Gmail, Facebook, Google Reader and this blog 😉 save yourself the time of visiting them by hand, and set all of them to load automatically in tabs when you start your browser. To set this up using Firefox, open only the tabs you want to load when you start, and from the Tools menu, choose Options. Under Startup, in the Home page setting, click the “Use Current Pages” button to set those tabs as your home tabs. In Chrome’s Options you can do the same.

2. Restore the last tabs and windows you had open automatically

Instead of loading a static set of tabs that don’t change when you start your browser, automatically load what you were looking at when you quit your browser last time. In Firefox’s Options dialog (get to it from the Tools menu), next to “When Firefox starts,” choose “Show my windows and tabs from last time” to restore your previous browsing session. In Chrome’s options, on the Basics tab, select “Reopen the pages that were open last.”

3. Undo your accidentally closed tab.

You accidentally closed a tab that you didn’t mean to? No problem. Just like the Ctrl+T keyboard shortcut opens a new tab, the Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut reopens the last tab that you closed. So when you think you just killed that fantastic article you had open meaning to read it all day, press Ctrl+Shif+T to get it back. Repeat that same shortcut to continue re-opening tabs you closed down your history list. (This shortcut works in both Firefox and Chrome)

4. Open a link in a background tab by clicking your mouse wheel.

When you’re browsing this or other blogs, news, Twitter, or Facebook you come across links you want to check out, but you don’t want to stop reading your current page. If your mouse has a wheel on it, click links of interest with the mouse wheel to open links in background tabs as you read down a page, so you can switch to them later without interrupting your flow now. An extra tip for mousewheelers: Close background tabs in one click of the mousewheel without switching to them first, too.

5. Sync your bookmarks across browsers and computers.

When you save a bookmark at work you want it in your list at home and vice versa, and bookmark synchronization is available in both Firefox (with an extension) and Chrome. If you’re a dedicated Chrome user, bookmark syncing comes built in, from Chrome’s Tools menu, choose “Synchronize my bookmarks.” Sign into your Google account, and Chrome will save your bookmarks into a Chrome folder in your Google Docs account. You can then access all your bookmarks from anywhere.

Now over to GMail

All these tricks should enable you to slowly be an Internet Ninja, now its time to look at GMail. If you don’t have a Google Account or are living under a rock, GMail is Google’s Mail program and the Google ID is your key to unlock all of Google’s Products. Anyway, Google has launched power tips for the Ninja in you to be able to master all the tricks in GMail.

Starting from a White belt to being a Gmail Master, the Gmail tips site gives you all you need to check out for being awesome at using the Program. Check out these tricks and let me know how far with have you come.

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  1. Quality info once again.
    Bookmarking rhis page, becoming a follower of this blog.

      • misterjester
      • February 10th, 2010

      Thanks dude … Appreciate it !

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