Even though most of our online activity is done through a cellphone or mobile device, many of us still sit in front of a screen for work and much of that work is done on a browser. Who doesn’t love a good shortcut? I sure do! Here are 7 hacks you can do from your browser’s address bar to make your life easier.
How many times have you fumbled around for the calculator on your desk or on your phone when you’re trying to add up those last-minute business expenses? Just load those McDoubles one total at a time, hit the spacebar, and voila!
Unfortunately you can’t get back to 1985 and slide into the DeLorean with Marty McFly, but you can see far back enough beyond the previous page. Just press and hold the back button in a previous tab and you’ll get the list of every site you’ve seen in the last 3 hours.
Search Specific Website
Have an Amazon search? Get it by typing “Amazon” (minus quotes) into address bar and hit tab. Yeah, there it is! Google pros do this with every site without an issue.
Search Gmail or Google Drive
Trying to find something in Gmail or Google Drive requires a lot of clicking which can be hard on the joints. This one will require a bit of set up but you’ll be glad you did it. You need to right click in the address bar and select “Edit Search Engines”. Add a new search engine called Google Drive and call it something you’ll remember like “Drive”. Image below the bullets.
- Enter this URL for Drive – http://drive.google.com/?hl=en&tab=bo#search/%s
- Use this one for Gmail – https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#apps/%s
Email Another Jedi
“Edit Search Engines” again by right clicking in the address bar. Add a new search engine called Email (name of person), Keyword something short like what I have below, and paste in this address – mailto:yourpersonsemailhere.com?body=%s. Here’s a guide below.
Add gCal Calendar Event
“Edit Search Engines” again by right clicking in the address bar. Add a new search engine called Add Calendar Event, Keyword something short like what I have below, and paste in this address – http://www.google.com/calendar/event?ctext=+%s+&action=TEMPLATE&pprop=HowCreated%3AQUICKADD. Another helpful guide below.
Add alarm (my personal favorite)
I work best in 15 minute bursts, so setting a quick alarm helps me stay on track. “Edit Search Engines” again by right clicking in the address bar. Add a new search engine called Set Alarm, Keyword should be alm, and paste in this address –cd.justinjc.com/%s. Helpful guide below.
I’d love to hear about shortcuts you’ve learned or created along the way in the comments section below – thanks for stopping by!