Using the keyboard of the computer instead of the mouse can speed up select web browsing processes significantly.
Think of opening a new tab for instance. You can press Ctrl-t to do so or move the mouse cursor over the new tab button and click on it.Most web browsers limit the available keyboard shortcuts and do not offer options to add additional hotkeys to speed up specific operations that are not supported by default or switch shortcuts around if you prefer a different layout.
Vimium is a Google Chrome extension that adds a few dozen keyboard controls to the browser to speed up web browsing.
The controls become available directly after installation and can be used to achieve various goals in the Google browser.
It is for instance possible to press h, j, k or l to scroll left, down, up or right, press gg to automatically scroll to the top, or Shift-G to reach the bottom of the active page.
More useful than commands that are already available, albeit set to different keys, are the additional options that are provided by Vimium
Chrome users with Vimium installed can press t to open a new tab, d to close the active tab, u to restore the last closed tab and Shift-J or Shift-K to navigate quickly between tabs.
That's just a sample of the possibilities that the extension offers. Other commands of interest are Shift-H and Shift-L that enable you to go back or forward in history. This especially is useful for users who usually right-click to do that, as the right-click menu does not always offer that functionality.
The key r reloads the current page, and y copies the url to the clipboard.
A complete list of commands is available on the Google Chrome Extensions gallery page. It is possible to pause the extension by pressing i, which ignores all hotkeys until Esc is hit.
Vimium can speed up standard web browsing in the Chrome browser. Firefox find in Vimperator a similar extension for their browser.
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