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by Ray DeCosta

Q. What are some tips and tricks for making my Internet surfing more efficient?

A. There are a lot of different things you can do to speed up the process of looking for information or just having a better online experience. These tips will probably work for most browsers but, as they say, your mileage may vary. There are several browsers currently available and many different versions of each. In addition, not all websites are coded to be consistent with modern standards. So give these tips a try but don't be terribly surprised if they don't all work.

1) Instead of typing the complete web address (Ex: of a site you wish to visit, simply type "somewebsite" and hit Ctrl-Enter. Your browser will automatically fill in the missing information and you'll be on your way to that site at once.

2) Often the size of type on a website will be too tiny to be legible. Instead of going to View -- Zoom -- Zoom In to make the text one size larger, just hit Ctrl-[PlusKey]. Note: Use the "Plus" key and ignore the fact that normally you would have to use the Shift key to access the "+". If the text gets too large, hit Ctrl-[MinusKey] and it will drop down in size one step. To return to your normal-sized text, use Ctrl-[ZeroKey]

3) For a quick way to scroll down a webpage, just hit the Space Bar and it will take you to the next full screen. Sometimes you will find that the PgDn key doesn't work as expected, so this is a good workaround. Plus the Space Bar's a lot easier to find! To go back up one page, use the Shift-Space Bar combination.

4) If you're tired of clicking "Next" all the time when searching in Google, you may have your "Results per page" set at the default of 10. You can change this number to be anything up to 100 results per page. However, you'll have to sign in to your Google account to change this preference.

Published: Courier 12/1/13 - Page 3C