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The browser stands between us and the internet. It determines how we experience the internet by interpreting the files sent by the websites we visit. We can also add custom capabilities to the browser by using addons. For example, we can block trackers and remove advertisements and other unwanted elements from websites. It is even possible to change the colors of websites on the fly. With these features, we can improve productivity, privacy, and security when surfing the web.
Next, we discuss browser preferences, addons, and how to use the browser effectively.
To effectively use the browser, we need to learn to use tabs, search bar, and bookmarks. We can open a new tab with
Ctrl + T, close the current tab with
Ctrl + W, and switch tabs with
Ctrl + Tab.
The search bar is perhaps the most useful feature of the browser, as it is what allows us to browse the website. We can focus the text cursor on the search bar using
Ctrl + L. By typing text on the search bar, it suggests websites based on your bookmarks. We recommend disabling the top site and history suggestions from the preferences. We can also type
@<name> to use any installed search engine directly. We recommend using privacy-focused search engines to avoid filter bubbles created by personalized search results from search companies that track your data.
We can save websites for later use using bookmarks.
Ctrl + B shows the bookmarks bar, and
Ctrl + D bookmarks the current page. However, you should use Pocket instead of bookmarks to save consumable content such as articles and videos or subscribe to recurrent content using RSS feeds. We discuss more about managing digital media on the Digital Media page.
We will mention browser addons for other applications later as we discuss them.