Some Handy Browser Shortcuts

All the common browsers have a number of shortcuts but some are not as well-known as others. Here are a few helpful browser hot keys and shortcuts that you may not be aware of.

1. Do a reverse search on an image
In the Chrome browser, you can do a Google search that shows the sources for an image. Hold down the “s” key and right-click the image.

2. Quickly restore a closed tab
If you close a tab accidentally or change your mind, you can quickly reopen a tab with the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+T (hold down all three keys). It’s a great timesaver and works in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

3. Quick ways to open an incognito window
Sometimes you don’t want your browser to store information from a particular site.  All major browsers have an incognito mode to avoid keeping any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files. In Chrome, the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+N will open a new incognito window. In Firefox and Internet Explorer, the combination is slightly different. For these browsers, use Ctrl+Shift+P.

4. Easy way to open the home page
If you prefer a keyboard method for going straight to the home page, the combination Alt+Home works in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

5. Quick way to open History
When you want to look at the browser history, a quick route is the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H. This works in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

6. Quickly delete the browser cache
It often occurs that you want to delete the files stored in the browser cache. A quick way is to use Ctrl+Shift+Del to open the dialog box which allows you to manage the cache.

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