Today, I was with a colleague who was trying to visit a website. And he was typing www followed by the dot, followed by the site name and ‘.com’. When I saw this, I realized that I never type the first and last parts of any websites I visit. From the time I have used browsers, I have been using the CTRL + Enter shortcut key to fill up ‘www.’ and ‘.com’ for me.
Here is how it works – type lifelongexplorer and press CTRL +Enter on your Keyboard (Command + Enter if you are on a Mac) and the browser will make the URL http://www.lifelongexplorer.com. This works in almost all browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and my favorite Google Chrome.
For remembering this keyboard shortcut, think of this – you are controlling the entry point of the website – that is CTRL and Enter 🙂
What will be the next best keyboard shortcut to learn on your browser? It is the keyboard shortcut to go to the most used place in your browser: The address bar (where you type the URL). 2 shortcuts work equally well on all major browsers: ALT + D or CTRL + L.
Alt +D was the first shortcut I learnt during my Internet Explorer days and almost all the browsers support it. Now, most of the browsers also support CTRL + L, which is more intuitive. How? For remembering CTRL + L – Remember L is for Location Bar (where you type the location or the URL of the website). If you are on Mac, use Command + L.
Try using these 2 key board shortcuts until they become second-nature to you. I will post more browser-specific keyboard shortcuts later. As far as keyboard shortcuts are concerned, it is better to learn a few and to practice them until they become second-nature to you before you take on more.