I literally only discovered this awesome keyboard shortcut the other day, and seeing that this is the place I come to in order to write things down so that I don’t forget it, here I am. Now we all know the wonderful Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut that opens up a new tab, and probably the slightly lesser know but just as useful shortcut of Ctrl + L which jumps the cursor to the address bar. However, the one that I didn’t know about was Ctrl + Shift + T which automatically re-opens the last closed tab. And do you know how many times I accidentally close a tab!! Seriously useful shortcut and from what I understand, it works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Can’t comment on Internet Explorer because I haven’t owned a machine with that on for quite a while now…
Linux, and thus Ubuntu by extension, has always featured the idea of workspaces, basically multiple desktops that you can switch between at will, and thus better organise your work flow through the grouping of running applications. With the introduction of the Unity graphical shell, Ubuntu brought to us the handy Workspace Switcher view which zooms out to a level where it displays all available workspaces, with a view of what applications are currently open in each of the workspaces, thus allowing for an easy click-through to first the workspace you want to select, and then second to the application you want to use. The keyboard shortcut to access this Workspace Switcher is super + s. The “super” key is generally the Windows Start key, found usually at the bottom left of a keyboard (and often decorated with the Windows logo or the word “Start”). You simply hold down this key together with the “s” key, and lo and behold the workspace switcher jumps out at you. Nifty.
The ability to zoom in and out on web pages has actually been around for a while now, and is particularly useful on small screen devices like phones and tablets. Of course, it is of limited use on a big desktop monitor, but nevertheless, the ability is actually there – particularly useful if you have poor eyesight or really want to see that girl’s thighs up close. A quick way to zoom in and out of a web page is to make use of the pretty standard keyboard shortcut adopted by most browsers, namely Control + or Control -. Hitting the first combination of the control and plus keys zooms in on a page, while a control and a minus zooms out. And now you know.
Here’s a nifty Windows keyboard shortcut which I was not aware of until recently. My version of Vista tends to freeze a lot, meaning a lot of sluggish trips through to the Open Task Manager button on the Control+Alt+Delete screen. However, with this particular keyboard shortcut, you can launch Task Manager directly, which is pretty awesome if your machine is about to keel over and you don’t want the poor thing struggling to draw new and unnecessary windows! To launch, simply press Control+Shift+Escape, which will quick launch task manager in the blink of an eye. Nifty!
Here is a quick and easy keyboard shortcut to duplicate or clone the current open tab in Firefox 4.
Craig Lotter is an established web developer and application programmer, with strong creative urges (which keep bursting out at the most inopportune moments) and a seemingly insatiable need to love all things animated. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Gordon's Bay in South Africa, he games, develops, takes in animated fare, trains under whichever martial arts dojo is closest at the time, and for the most part, simply enjoys life with his amazing wife and daughter.
Oh, and he draws ever now and then too.
This is a collection of things that he has managed to find the time to scribble down since 2007.
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