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Redditors were asked: "What is one cool internet trick you know?" Here are some of the best answers:
1. A shortcut to any website
Whatever you type into the URL bar can be surrounded by www. & .com by pressing control + enter.
2. How to stop a GIF
One weird trick is pressing ESC to halt animated GIFs that are distracting.
3. How to do a reverse google image search
Hold S and right click an image in Chrome.
4. How to skip the boring intros of Youtube videos
The Wadsworth constant, which was proposed by /u/wadsworth, states that the first 30% of any YouTube instructional video is skippable. YouTube added it as a feature. Tutorial video? Add ?wadsworth=1 to the end of the URL and skip the awkward introduction by the host about their hobbies, genetic history, what they had for breakfast, and the explanation you could have gathered from the videos title.
5. How to restore a closed browser
ctrl + shift + T opens up the last tab you closed.
6. How to make your cursor move by words
Most of the good ones are gone, but, holding control makes your cursor move by full words, instead of by characters. So CTRL + backspace will delete the entire previous word. CTRL + arrow keys will jump to the start of the previous word.
7. Shortcut to highlighting a URL
CTRL + L highlights the url/address bar in Chrome.
8. How to access private Youtube videos and subscription-only sites
If a YouTube video is marked as private Im pretty sure you can gain access simply by deleting the watch? In the URL. If you remove the ? In a New York Times online URL you can avoid having to buy a subscription or whatever they want you to pay for.
9. The new ctrl+alt+del
Dont hit control+alt+delete, hit control+shift+escape to go directly to the task manager.
10. A shortcut to downloading music
Type into a Google search bar: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:index of +last modified +parent directory +description +size +(wma|mp3) "weezer. Replace weezer with whatever youre looking for. It finds music downloads on public ftp and http sites.
11. How to switch between open windows
So many dont know about alt-tab, which lets you switch between open applications quickly. It changed my life.
12. How to open an incognito window
Ctrl + shift + n opens up an incognito mode tab on chrome. You can browse freely being sure that nothing of what you do is saved in browsing or downloads history. No cookies either.
13. A simple way to clear your cache
CTRL + SHIFT + R = Clear cache and then refresh page.
14. Plug in to make internet experience better
AdBlock: Everyone should know about this already. Blocks ads. Allows you to whitelist sites that have tasteful, non-intrusive ads
15. How to pause a Youtube video
Tired of hitting spacebar to pause a YouTube video and having it scroll down a page instead? Hit k instead.
16. How to access paywall sites
For websites like that allow you a certain number of free stories per month before you hit a paywall, just delete the cookies from the site and it will reset your count. Alternatively, you can browse it in incognito mode.
17. Fast and easy way to track a UPS package
If you Google a UPS tracking number, it will link you right to the tracking page for your package.
18. How to get rid of words in your Google search
When searching things in Google, you can type a minus sign and then the word you dont want (-stuff) to remove that word from the search.
19. How to make Google do a barrel roll
Googling do a barrel roll results in a barrel roll on Google.
20. How to access video websites that are restricted in your country
Youtube video or website not available in your country? Try https://hola.org/ lets you proxy from a different country really easily.
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22. How to find an updated version of a now-dead website page.
Run into an old, dead link? Copy the url to they often have a preserved copy.
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