Monday, February 18, 2008

Features and Tricks

Open the Preferences dialog directly using Alt+P. Press F12 to display the Quick preferences menu, which allows you to easily enable or disable pop-ups, cookies, JavaScript, and several other common preferences. The Quick preferences menu also gives access to site preferences.

Using the context menu command Ctrl+M on an open window reveals treasures such as Reload every..., and Validate.


Definition: A "key combination" is achieved by depressing and holding down the first key while simultaneously pressing the second one.

Enter is the all-purpose selector key. If you can't get something to do what is described in these instructions, try hitting Enter after making your selection. Tab is usually used for jumping between elements of a program interface. Ctrl is usually used in combination with other keys for shortcuts. Alt is used in much the same manner. Shift is sometimes used as a selector, for example, when checking or deselecting checkbox options or making choices with radio-type buttons.

Ctrl+Z will undo the most recent typing in the URL or any text field or form.

The four "arrow keys" which are situated at the bottom-right of most keyboards, are used for general navigation. The PageUp, and PageDown keys are usually somewhere on the right side of the keyboard as well, and serve to navigate one page at a time. Home will take you either to the top of the document or to the beginning of a line of text. End will take you either to the bottom of the document or to the end of a line of text.

All pop-up dialog boxes can be navigated using Tab, Space, Shift+Tab, arrow keys, and Enter.

Editing and searching:

  • Highlight (select or "mark") text using Shift+arrow keys.
  • Copy marked text, Ctrl+C
  • Cut marked text from text area, Ctrl+X
  • Paste in text from clipboard, Ctrl+V
  • Select (mark/highlight) all text, Ctrl+A
  • Search in active document, Ctrl+F
  • Find next instance of the searched entry, F3
  • Find previous instance of the searched entry, Shift+F3

Just as in other applications on this platform Alt activates focus on the menu. Use the arrow keys; Left, Right, Up, and Down to navigate the menus and sub-menus. Or press the key corresponding to the underlined letter in the menu item that you wish to activate. The example given above was toggling the address bar. To do this using the keys, hold down Alt, press V, then T, and then A.

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kakran said...

Informative content especially for beginners and enthusiasts who really want to learn about web browsers and their mechanism.