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“…there’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” – Stephen King, Different Seasons

surfing the webAlmost every one of us is guilty of delaying work until their dreaded deadlines. Some of us go on a caffeine overdose, focus, and finish what needs to be done. Some panic and quit, while others do their best only to be stumped by equipment failure. To save you from the last scenario, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, this article is about helping you prepare when your mouse or your touchpad decides to quit on you in the most inconvenient of times. So here are our easy tips for surf the web without a mouse.

  1. First of all, configure your arrow keys into mouse keys. Go to Start > Control Panel > Ease of Access to activate it. This will allow you to use the arrow keys to control your cursor in lieu of the mouse.
  2.  Use the WINDOWS button to open the start menu.
  3. From there, use the arrow keys to navigate to the ALL PROGRAMS menu.
  4. Navigate using the arrow keys to get to the Google Chrome browser. Hit the ENTER key and your browser will now open.
  5. To use the arrow keys to click on links, pictures, etc. on web pages, simply point your cursor using arrow keys and hit the ENTER button.

Here are additional shortcuts for Google chrome:

  1. Alt + F or Alt + E , to open the wrench menu.
  2. Ctrl + H, opens the history page.
  3. Ctrl + J , opens the download page.
  4. Shift+ Esc, opens the task manager.

These tips are very basic but they can help you get a project or task done even without a mouse. In case you are using Mozilla Firefox for your browser, here are a few more tips to help you browse without a mouse much easier.

  1. Alt + LEFT ARROW, takes you back to the previous page that you opened.
  2. Alt + RIGHT ARROW, takes you to the forward page.
  3. Alt + HOME, takes you to your pre-set homepage.
  4. Ctrl + R, reloads the webpage.
  5. Ctrl + P, prints the current page.

Mouseless browsing is not so difficult once you learn a few basic keyboard shortcuts. When using Windows, here are a few more shortcuts that can come in handy:

  1. Ctrl + N, to open a new window.
  2. Ctrl + T, to open a new tab
  3. Ctrl + O, to open a file from your PC to Google Chrome.
  4. Ctrl + Shift + T, to open the recently closed tab in Google chrome.
  5. Ctrl + 9, switches to the last tab.
  6. Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+ pgdown, to move to the next tab
  7. Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+Pgup, to move to the previous tab.
  8. Alt+ F4, to shut the current window.
  9. Ctrl + W or Ctrl + F4, to shut the current tab or pop-up.

Aside from helping you get your work done without the use of a mouse, using keyboard shortcuts have been found to save people 8 workdays per year. To learn more cool keyboard shortcuts, checkout KeyRocket, the easiest way to learn keyboard shortcuts to help you and your team pump up your productivity.

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