The Internet can be overwhelming, providing you with worldwide information on just about anything, and you may find yourself wasting an hour or two, looking up things and doing nothing productive. Here are a few guidelines in order for you to make the most of your time on the web.
1. Use your browser’s ‘Bookmark’ or ‘Favorite’ function.
Whether you are using Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser, make it a point to use the handy feature called ‘Bookmark’ or ‘Favorite’. All of the websites that you often visit, like your email accounts and social networking site profiles should be bookmarked or marked as your favorite so that you can access them in just one click. Remember to properly label your ‘Favorites’ or ‘Bookmarks’ especially if there are a couple of links in a folder so you can identify them quickly.
2. Save your usernames and passwords on your browser.
Typing in your usernames and passwords over and over to different websites can be time-consuming. To save more time, activate the ‘Remember Passwords for Sites’ option on your browser so that once you open, say your email account, you are already logged in.
3. Subscribe to your favorite website’s RSS Feed.
Searching for information online, again, takes time. So if you have a favorite website that you regularly check for news, like CNN, subscribe to their RSS Feed so that your browser automatically updates you with new posts, even when you’re offline.
4. Use your browser’s ‘tab’ feature.
Back in the day, whenever you want to open different websites, you have to open them in several windows which crowd your Taskbar. Now with the ‘Tab’ feature, you can open several websites in just one window, making it easier for you to navigate through different websites.
5. Know useful shortcuts for your browser.
Instead of looking for different commands from your browser’s main menu, using shortcut keys is way faster. Here are a few useful shortcut keys, which may vary depending on what browser you use.
- Ctrl + T – New Tab
- Ctrl + N – New Window
- Ctrl + W – Close Current Tab
- Ctrl + Shift + T – Re-open Last Closed Tab
- Ctrl + Tab – Switch to Next Tab
- Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Switch to the Previous Tab
- Esc – Stop
- F5 – Refresh
6. Utilize the search engine effectively.
Search engines are very useful but sometimes the results you are provided with can be overwhelming. To prevent getting irrelevant search engine results, make sure to use words and terms that are fairly accurate to what you are looking for.
These tips may seem nothing to you at first, but when you incorporate them to your daily routine whenever you go on the Internet, you will discover that you are able make the most of your time on the web.