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High Wired: Shortcut your way to new sites

ERIN PHEIL
Special to the Daily

Today I’d like to share two useful shortcuts I use multiple times a day, every day, while browsing the web with Firefox.

The first shortcut is Ctrl +L (Cmd + L if you’re on a Mac). Super simple. Hit these two keys when you’re using Firefox and your cursor immediately jumps up into your address bar, ready for you to type in the location of the next site you’d like to visit.

The second shortcut requires you to hold down three keys in a row instead of two. (I’m sure you can handle it.) Here it is: Ctrl + Shift + T (Cmd + Shift + T if you’re on a Mac).

This magic combination will re-open your most recently closed tab. This is an absolute lifesaver, as anyone who’s accidentally closed a tab or two well knows.

Take a gander; perhaps one of these sites will tickle your fancy.

http://www.share2me.com ” Share your web favorites with friends and family. Fast.

http://www.keepvault.com ” A hassle-free method of protecting your digital memories.

http://www.bejane.com ” “Empowering Home Improvement” ” a community-based home improvement website for women.

http://www.midomi.com ” Can’t remember the artist or name of that song? Hum the tune into your microphone and this site will try to figure it out for you.

Though the majority of my computer-related tips are geared toward PC and Windows XP users, I don’t want any of my readers to feel left out, including Mac users. That’s why I’d like to share a super-sweet site I came across this week with all my Mac-using readers. (And to all my dear PC-using readers, I really don’t mind if you know about this, I just don’t think you’ll care very much.)

A few days ago, a colleague told me about a site devoted to nothing but the troubleshooting of Mac problems. The site is called MacFixIt and, not surprisingly, the site’s URL is http://www.macfixit.com.

MacFixIt offers forums where people can post Mac-related problems and solutions, a “Mac Musings” section that discusses the latest hot topics in the Mac world, and a tutorial area filled with tips covering everything from preventing Mac sleep problems to setting up new user accounts. This site is a definite must-have bookmark for all Mac users.

See you next Friday!

Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com). She can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at info@timeforcake.com.


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