Internet connectivity and usage often play a big role in getting a job done, especially in this era which is so dominated by technology and digital platforms. Whether it’s for research or communication purposes, the internet features predominantly in our professional lives, but it can become quite an overwhelming tool to use, particularly if you’re on a deadline or the workplace atmosphere is a little tense. In times like these, a few shortcuts and extra features can come in handy when you’re online. Here are five to memorise. They’ll make work and life a lot easier.
Forget ‘http://’ and ‘www.’
When typing in a URL, you don’t need to include the ‘http://’ and ‘www.’ portions. If, for example, you want to take a look at our business and internet solutions, you can simply type nashua.co.za into your address bar. If you want to check the latest headlines, then type in news24.com or iol.co.za. This will save you a few seconds.
Make use of the search function ‘site:’
Ever found something interesting on a specific web page that could be useful or shareable but forgotten to bookmark it? As a consequence, you might not remember exactly where you found it on the website. Well, if you remember what the site itself was, then there is a way of rediscovering that bit of information you thought was so pertinent. That way is by typing ‘site:’ into the address bar and immediately following it with the name of the website. For example, if you’re searching for a page on our website, then type ‘site:nashua.co.za’. You can follow this up with a specific keyword in order to narrow your search if you like.
Use password managers
You might be subscribed to numerous online platforms, and you might have to access those platforms using different passwords. If you’re tired of constantly having to sign in to a site, then make use of a password manager. Many browsers, such as Google Chrome and Firefox, have their own built in password managers that you can use for free. If you own an Apple Mac and iPhone, then check out iCloud Keychain, a password management system that can be used across multiple devices.
Use double quotes when you search
When searching for a certain product or service, it can help to surround your search terms with double quotes. Say, for example, you’re browsing the web for “office printers”. Surrounding that term with double quotes will give you results that are more relevant.
Install browser extensions and keep them up to date
All internet browsers come with extensions that you can install so that you can have an easier and more enjoyable browsing experience. One example would be Google Docs Offline, a Google Chrome browser extension and a must-have in case the internet goes down. It allows you offline access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. Be sure to keep your browser extensions updated, not only to ensure the stability of your browsing experience, but also to keep your internet security intact.
When you’re having a busy day, don’t let internet browsing take up any more of your time than it needs to. Take note of these five tips and you’re online experience is sure to be a breeze.