If you ask most people what frustrates them most about the
Internet, many of them will tell you "It's the little
It seems like all the great tricks and tips that
make people exclaim "STOP! How did you do that?" never make
it into any manual (at least where I can find them).
My father (and co-author of "Turn Words Into Traffic")
calls it the "reverse oral tradition" of computing, where
children teach parents the survival skills of PC life.
Well, if you want to look good to your kids or buddies
around the water cooler, check out the following cool web
~^~ Cool Google Tricks ~^~
Virtually everyone knows that Google.com ranks at the top
of most people's search engine lists, but it does a lot
more than just tell you where to find vitamins or
information on George Washington's wooden teeth!
Need a map to a specific location?
Type in the address, city and state of virtually any
location in the US, hit the search button, and Google
serves up several different map providers across the Web.
Want to know what software application a certain file goes
with on your computer?
Input the file name into Google's search box and a number
of reference sites will help you know exactly what purpose
a file serves.
I actually used this to feature to identify a piece of
"spyware" lurking on my computer.
Want to know who's calling you on the phone in the US?
You can just input the phone number on your caller ID or
cell phone display into the Google search box and get
information on listed numbers before your answering machine
can even pick up!
~^~ Text Zoom ~^~
Next time you can't see small text clearly on a website,
try holding down the "CTRL" key and then moving the scroll
wheel on your mouse up and down.
The text in your web browser (and some programs) will
increase and decrease in size as you roll the wheel back
This little trick provides an excellent means of quickly
getting what you need from websites with tiny text.
~^~ Slow Surfing? ~^~
If your Internet Explorer web browser starts giving you
problems, you might want to clean up your "Temporary
Most people don't realize it, but when you leave a web
page, it doesn't leave you!
Most of the time you keep a copy of websites you visit on
your hard drive and, over time, they build up.
This collection of old web pages can eventually cause your
surfing to slow to a crawl and even cause errors!
Here's one way to clear out those old files. Click your
"Start" button, then "All Programs," "Accessories," "System
Tools" and "Disk Cleanup."
After an initial check of your hard drive (which can take
some time if it's the first time you've ever launched the
utility), you can check the boxes of the files you wish to
To speed up your surfing, at a minimum, make sure you
delete the "Temporary Internet Files."
~^~ Surfing Shortcuts ~^~
To quickly cycle back and forth through a series of web
pages you've visited, hold down the "ALT" key and tap your
left and right arrow keys.
Left arrow takes you back while the Right arrow takes you
The Page Up and Page Down buttons allow you to quickly move
up and down any web page without struggling to find the
scroll bar slider on the right side of the page.