Here’s one reason of the many reasons we love Reddit. These are 27 cool internet tricks to help you navigate the web a lot better. All of these tips and tricks were found on an Ask Reddit thread and here is what they came up with. It’s pretty freaking cool.
1. A shortcut to any website
Whatever you type into the URL bar can be surrounded by www. & .com by pressing control + enter.
2. An easy way to browse photos on a subreddit hands-free
When viewing picture based subreddits, add a “p” into the url like so: redditp.com/r/subreddit to get a picture slideshow of the posts on that subreddit. This is particularly useful when you want to browse a picture based subreddit ahemhands-free.
3. A shortcut to downloading music
Type -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “weezer” into a google search bar. And for other searches, replace “weezer” with whatever you’re looking for. It finds music downloads on public ftp and http sites.
4. How to do a reverse image search
Hold S and right click an image to do reverse image search in Chrome.
5. How to skip the boring intros of most Youtube videos
The Wadsworth constant, which was proposed by /u/wadsworth, states that the first 30% of any YouTube instructional video is skippable. YouTube added it as a feature. Tutorial video? Add ?wadsworth=1 to the end of the URL and skip the awkward introduction by the host about their hobbies, genetic history, what they had for breakfast, and the explanation you could have gathered from the video’s title.
6. How to restore a closed browser
ctrl + shift + T
Opens up the last tab you closed.
7. How to make your cursor move by words
Most of the good ones are gone, but, holding control makes your cursor move by full words, instead of by characters. So CTRL + backspace will delete the entire previous word. CTRL + arrow keys will jump to the start of the previous word.
8. A shortcut to highlighting a URL
CTRL + L highlights the url/address bar in Chrome.
9. How to access private Youtube videos and subscription-only sites
If a YouTube video is marked as private I’m pretty sure you can gain access simply by deleting the “watch?” In the URL. I didn’t include this before because I never personally tried it, but I’ve heard that if you remove the “?” In a New York Times online URL you can avoid having to buy a subscription or whatever they want you to pay for.
10. The new “cntrl+Alt+delete.”
Don’t hit control+alt+delete, hit control+shift+escape to go directly to the task manager.
11. How to stop a distracting GIF
One weird trick is pressing ESC to halt animated GIFs that are distracting. Animators hate me.
12. How to switch between open windows
So many don’t know about alt-tab, which lets you switch between open applications quickly. It changed my life.
13. A shortcut to reenabling browser right-click
14. How to open up an incognito window (and what it’s good for)
I’m positive everyone knows this, but ctrl + shift + n opens up an incognito mode tab on chrome. You can browse freely being sure that nothing of what you do is saved in browsing or downloads history. No cookies either.