Category Archives: Browser Tips

Using a Browser for work. Tips and Tricks

Many powerful applications, websites and services including Office 365 are available online and in the Internet browser. As a result we are using the browser more and more to do our job. Here is a collection of tips that can improve your productivity. Please feel free to contribute more.

Use the Browser Zoom

On Windows PCs and common browsers holding the Ctrl key and rolling the Mouse Button allows you to zoom in and out on many screens. Adjust it to the size you need at the time. Make it easy to share the screen with someone sitting next to you, or get a big wide view to see the full page.

Back and Next

Learn when using the Back and Forward Button (next and Previous) in your browser to return o the last page or return. In some cases this will not work, but once you learn where you can use this returning to you last place and can be very useful.

Follow links the smart way

Webpages usually have a lot of links on them and clicking them can take you to a new page but sometimes it is not easy to return, or you would like keep the first page open. Learn how to open a link in a new page or Tab as a way to keep the first page open Right-Click a link in Windows as an example.

Use your Browsers Pin Tab, Group tabs and default tabs features

This can make you workday start quickly by preparing the tabs you need as soon as you open the browser. I use Pin Tab and reopen last tabs features to prepare my browser for everyday tasks in FireFox.

Create Browser users

In Chrome you can create different users of chrome, and these can have their own default tabs, saved login credentials and pined tabs. Create a Shortcut to access each user for different functions. You can even use productivity techniques to ensure you are not distracted by emails and messages while you focus on specific tasks.

Close Tabs and Browsers to save memory

Using a Plugin such as OneTab in Firefox and Chrome lets you quickly close all open tabs (excluding pinned ones), but OneTab saves all the open tabs into a list of links, so they can quickly be reopened. Do not fear loosing a valuable lead in you effort to reduce the demand on your computers resources. Having many tabs open can be confusing and distracting but also may use a lot of your computers resources and closing them help the computer run faster.



Browser Productivity, what I learned from old fashioned phones

Is a Web Browser now one of the places you spend a lot of time be it for work or play? If not I expect your use of browsers in one form or another will increase as more is moving to the Cloud (the internet) every day.

We at People, Systems and Things do spend a lot of time in the browser building solutions for our clients, researching opportunities and a myriad of cloud platforms. As a result we have faced a suit of problems and productivity issues that as solutions providers we have applied our skills to solving. We love to share, so we are starting a series of turbo powered browser tips that will help you be browser smart.

In some cases we will highlight features of a particular browser however with a little searching most of these can be applied to any browser, sometimes with the addition of a plugin, Extension or app.

So what did I learn from old fashioned phones?

When I started my working life, there was no internet, but even once it was available (I was an early adopter) the phone on the desk or in the warehouse was a key to almost all business operations. When work demanded it, learning how to use the phone to transfer a call, put it on hold, use the speaker phone was critical to your productivity. Given this you may be surprised that  when I asked fellow workers how to do something with the phone they often had no idea.  I came to realise that most people know little about the most important and fundamental tools they use everyday. Many of us  learn a minimum and leave it there. The problem with this is those key tools are a big part of your day, the time and effort expended using the phone was a large component of what people do all day and yet most people have no more than a basic understanding of them.

This discovery has informed me in my whole career, I actively review the tools I use regularly and endeavour to learn what I can about them, use “make it stick” practices to remember what I learn and use this knowledge to improve both my productivity and professional reputation.

Today the browser is also near the centre of many of our day to day activities, the phone also remains near the centre, but in now also a mobile computer, which incidentally has a browser in it. As Molly Meldrum used to say on Countdown (Australian Reference) “do yourself a favour” and spend a little time on your key tools.

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