(2003 to 2005)

Web navigation tips

Wed Dec 10 18:12:00 UTC+1100 2003


In Internet Explorer you can open pages in a new window by right-clicking on a link, and choosing 'Open in New Window'. You can get the same functionality by holding down the shift key when you click the link.

I use SHIFT-CLICK all the time, if for example I need to find out about something, I tend to go to and run a search. I look down the list of results and shift click on ones that I suspect will be useful. The new window steals the focus, but will take a second or two to load (perhaps longer, depending on the site) so I immediately ALT-TAB back to the google window, and keep opening windows. By the time I've loaded 4 or 5 the first window will have completely loaded. You will notice that using this method most popup windows present less of a problem, because they don't get an oppourtunity to steal the focus and get in your face.

I have a mouse button bound to ALT-TAB, repeated clicking switches between the same two applications at the top of the Z-order, which is awesome for use with this technique, because I don't have to move my left hand to do the ALT-TAB. Unfortunately the latest version of my mouse-drivers (Intelli-Point v5.0) seems to have replaced this behaviour, such that repeated clicking tabs forward through the windows. Since I tend to have at least 20 windows open at a time, this is impractical, so I grudgingly rolled back to a previous version (v4.1). I'm wondering now if perhaps holding SHIFT with the new set up would tab me back, I can't remember if it did this or not - and I'm not going to install the new version to find out - it struck me that many other features had been removed.

If you use Mozilla, you can get equivelant functionality by CTRL-CLICKing..


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