⌘-click to open links in new tabs

Command key

When browsing web pages it’s more efficient if you open each link into its own tab rather than into its own window or loading it into the window you’re using. It’s easy to do: just hold the ⌘ key while clicking the link. When you do it that way, the linked page loads in the background while you remain on the page you were on. This is especially useful when doing Google searches as you can quickly skim the search results and quickly ⌘-click the items that look promising, without leaving Google. Later, you can click each tab to bring it forward.

Here’s how it looks in Chrome. It’s very similar in Safari and in Firefox.

Chrome Tabs

You might have to visit the preferences for your browser. Look for something like this (Safari’s preferences shown here):

Safari preferences

Nothing to it.

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How to be faster with Safari, Firefox, and Chrome

1. Before you type a URL into Safari, Firefox, or Chrome you have to click in the right place, right? Wrong. You can jump to the address bar by pressing ⌘-L on your keyboard, regardless of where your cursor is when you press it. Whatever is in the address bar will become highlighted, and you can type right over it. No need to press Delete to wipe out what’s there– just type right over it.

2. Now that you’re typing a URL, watch the address bar as it may figure out what you’re typing, and fill in the rest for you. When you see the address spelled out for you just hit Return (or Enter) on the keyboard. You don’t have to type all the way to the end. Websites you go to often will only require a couple of letters from you. For example, when I type “o” in Safari, Firefox, or Chrome I’ll see “oneminutemacman.com” as a suggestion. After only one letter! All I have to do from there is press Return or Enter.

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