Opera & Google Chrome Shortcuts

From rescuing closed tabs to quick-launching a window for private browsing, these are the tricks you need to know.

Are there certain websites you check regularly? Then pin them to the top of Chrome using this shortcut: right click the tab you want to pin, and press “P” on the keyboard.

This should move the tab to the left of the Chrome window, putting in front of all the other open tabs. Now, whenever you open Chrome it should automatically be available for you to view. To unpin it, right click the tab, and press “U”.

We’ve all been there: with too many tabs open, we accidentally close one that we didn’t mean to when axing a bunch of them at once. This shortcut can bring that tab back from the dead. Just enter Ctrl-Shift-T to magically resurrect it. Chrome remembers the last ten tabs you closed.

The quick route to private browsing is via the Incognito Mode shortcut.

In case you didn’t know, Incognito Mode is designed to (partially) conceal your internet activity, and the websites you visit. To access it quickly in a new Chrome window, just enter Ctrl-Shift-N.

Don’t drag your mouse to the top of the Chrome window to switch tabs, use this shortcut instead. Hold Ctrl and press the tab key to view the next open tab.

The same goes for the previous tab you viewed. To switch to it from your current page, press Ctrl and 9 at the same time.

Instead of going back or forward by one tab, this shortcut lets you view any one of the first eight tabs you have open. Just hold Ctrl and select the corresponding number of the tab you want to view. For example, if you want to jump to the fifth tab, you’d press Ctrl and 5.

Instead of moving your cursor up to the address bar, just enter Ctrl and L and it’ll appear there instantly. Then you can type in the URL of the next website you want to visit. At this rate, you may not even need to use a mouse again.

Need to dig in to your browsing history in a hurry? Just press Ctrl and H to open your history page in a new tab.

This is a handy trick for work and play. If you spot a web page you want to save to your desktop, store it as a PDF by holding Ctrl and P. After pressing the shortcut, click the change button under the “destination” field on the pop-up page and choose the “save as PDF” option under “local destinations.

Article stolen from: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6582349/google-chrome-secret-shortcuts-hacks

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Opera Web Browser & Google Chrome: Enabling Silverlight

Note: This relates to all NPAPI plugins.

For both Opera and Chrome, type the following into the address bar:


Activate and restart your browser.

Update 18 March 2016:
The option is still there in Opera, but it no longer works. Silverlight will no longer work with Opera web browser or Chrome.

To get around the problem, use IE Tab http://www.ietab.net. Works in both Opera and Chrome.

To install Chrome extensions in Opera, use https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9 Download Chrome Extension

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Hiding My IP: ZenMate

Type: VPN style browser Addon/Extension
Name: ZenMate
Cost: Free
Encrypted: Yes

Website: https://zenmate.io
Support: https://zenmate.io/support

The Blurb

The Internet is a great place with many possibilities. Unfortunately it’s not the safe place any more that it used to be. Unpleasant surprises from hackers, spying internet service providers, restrictive governments, I.D. thieves, and viruses are often “just around the corner” and users are unprotected, without even knowing it. Thanks to ZenMate these worries are now a thing from the past! Your Internet connection is highly encrypted and redirected via the ZenMate cloud where our encryption- & acceleration software is installed. To deliver you maximum speed and utmost uptime we only rented servers from the most reliable and trustworthy hosting providers around the world. This great choice allows you to choose the location you need to get protection as well as a free, unrestricted and private Internet experience. We only use the fastest and most reliable servers that will never slow you down!

How it Works

ZenMate creates a tunnel similar to a virtual private network (VPN) between your device and our Internet gateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers, governments and ISP‘s from spying on your web browsing activities, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network via your browser.

What Makes it Different?

In contrast to many other plugins ZenMate also fully encrypts all your browser traffic.

Other plugins just work like a proxy that change your IP but do not offer encryption. ZenMate is the first plugin to offer security and real privacy by encrypting everything you do in your browser so that hackers and sniffing spooks (such as ISPs and governments for example) don’t have a chance to get hold of you.

Available for Chrome
And Opera version 20+

Works in conjunction with other browser addons/extensions
AdBlock http://support.getadblock.com
Ghostery https://getsatisfaction.com/ghostery
HTTPS Everywhere https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

Simple to use. As an example I tried it on the BBC Player web site. As I’m in Australia, the BBC player naturally blocked me. A couple of mouse clicks later and a page refresh and the BBC thought I was in Manchester in England and the video started playing without the slightest hesitation. For those already in the UK – or anywhere else in the world for that matter, I suggest you try it with Hulu.

The obvious flaw is that although you gain practically 100% browsing security, you still need to rely on others to maintain your privacy. It is nevertheless a handy tool – especially for Portable Web Browsers carried around on your personal Thumb Drive. So no more problems with school, work or parental firewalls. View anything, anywhere, anytime on the web without any restriction.

If encryption and privacy is your aim, then try ZenMate, but remember, like everything, do not rely on ZenMate alone. If however, all you need it for is to gain access to yet another media streaming site that you are blocked from, this could be [I]The Tool[/I] for you.

All I can say is that if you need it, give it a try. It’s totally free with unrestricted bandwidth – for the time being.

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