By Scott Orgera, About.com Guide
Choosing a Browser
There was a day when your choice in web browsers was extremely limited. That day is no more, however, as the options available to you are plentiful. Alternatives to the "mainstream" browsers are appearing more and more, and each one of them offers its own unique features. With all these browsers to choose from, it can be a daunting task deciding which one is right for you. These comparisons and reviews will assist you in finding a browser that meets your specific needs.
Each web browser contains a feature set that allows you to do many wonderful things. From creating a customized appearance to storing your important passwords, the possibilities are virtually endless. The ways to unlock your browser's potential, however, can become somewhat of a mystery. These thorough tutorials can assist you in getting the most out of your particular browser.
The Web and the tools we use to access it are in a state of constant change. Whether it be by improving on existing attributes or adding brand new functionality, web browsers continue to grow by leaps and bounds. The persistent demand for innovative features and stronger security measures makes the browser industry very volatile and also newsworthy. These stories will keep you in the loop and make sure that you are always on top of the latest browser technology.
Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts
There are common browser tasks that you may find yourself performing often, such as opening a new tab or copying a block of text on a web page. Most browsers provide shortcuts, in the form of keystroke combinations and mouse gestures, to make accomplishing these things much easier and faster. These reference tools will teach you the shortcuts that are available for your browser of choice.
- Windows - IE Keyboard Shortcuts
- Windows - Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts
- Windows - Opera Window Mouse Gestures
- Windows - Opera Navigation and Link Mouse Gestures
- Windows - Opera Mouse Wheel Gestures
- OS X - Opera Window Mouse Gestures
- OS X - Safari Keyboard Shortcuts
- OS X - Opera Navigation and Link Mouse Gestures
The History of Your Browser
While some browsers like Internet Explorer and Netscape have been around for a while and carry with them a rich history, others such as Firefox and Opera are a bit newer in comparison but still have interesting stories behind their own origin and progression. No matter what browser you use, there is always a tale to be told behind its inception and development. These chronicles will give you some insight on where your browser came from and, possibly, where it may be heading.
Web Browser Glossary
The computing industry as a whole has its own unique language, and web browsers are certainly no exception to the rule. Sometimes the terminology used can be a bit confusing, especially with the many interchangeable terms and acronyms that are frequently tossed around. This glossary will help you gain a better understanding of what some of these words mean and how they should be used.