There may be a time when you need to open links on a few web pages and you suddenly found that your workstation mouse is no more. Some of us go to have a cigarette and leave the work on the next day or till it replaces with a new mouse.
However, some geek manages to repair the faulty PC hardware and get their work done. But what about the non-technical persons who do their best to deliver the productivity? Well, to save you from that panic situation, I have covered this topic that can help you to open links by typing the hyperlink text.
I’m sure the power user will definitely love this How-to guide to click on a link without the mouse.
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You can simply open links on any webpage by just typing the link text in the most popular internet browsers.
By adding a chrome extension, using “/” slash in Firefox or/and by using the Tab in the Internet Explorer (IE).
Here I’m sharing a few easy tips and web-tools to surf the web without a mouse.
How to Open Links when your Desktop Mouse or Laptop Touchpad Decides to Quit?
For Google Chrome users, the DeadMouse extension helps to open web page links by typing some of the characters shown on the display text of the link.
Install the Dead Mouse extension in the Chrome web browser and start typing the words of any of the URLs of a page to quickly jump on it. The matching link on that particular page will begin to wiggle.
And, to click a hyperlink, hit the Enter or (Shift+Enter) to open links in a new tab.
If you found more than one hyperlinks on the same webpage showing up your searched text, you can go to your target link by just pressing the Tab.
Moreover, you can use the Shift key followed by the Tab button to move in the reverse direction).
To cancel the search mode, just press Esc key (available in the top left corner of your keyboard).
Some Additional Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome
In addition, these shortcuts can be also useful for beginners. Here’re these-
- Go to the Menu => Alt + E or Alt + E
- Go to your homepage => Alt + Home
- Move on to the back page => Alt + Right Arrow
- Zooming a page => Ctrl + (- for zoom out & + for zoom in)
- Bookmark the current opened page => Ctrl + D
- Go to the address bar => Alt + D
- Open a new tab => Ctrl + T
- Print a page => Ctrl + P
- View the source-page of the current tab => Ctrl + U
Open Hyperlinks without Mouse in Firefox
The Mozilla Firefox does not require any add-on to click webpage links.
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Simply press the slash key (“/” symbol) and type the URL text. Once it highlights the matching hyperlink, just use the Enter button and it will launch the page in a new tab.
Here’re the Shortcuts for Mozilla
- Back to the previous page => Alt + Left Arrow
- Move to the forward page => Alt + Right Arrow
- Reload the current web page => Ctrl + R
- Pre-set the homepage => Alt + Home
I know these are very basic but can be helpful to get a project done even browse without a mouse.
Mouseless Browsing in IE and Microsoft Edge
The IE and Edge users can open links by using the Tab key until the desire link highlights. Once you reached to the link you want to browse, press the Enter key.
Sometimes the keyboard shortcuts make the work easier and when you’re on a Windows PC, here’re a few more shortcuts.
- From the desktop Ctrl + N can open a new explorer window.
- Ctrl + T to open a new tab.
- Alt + F4 to shut the current window.
- Ctrl + O to open a file from your PC to chrome.
- Alt + F4 from desktop to launch the power options
- Ctrl + Tab to move to the next tab.
- Alt + Tab to switch between the browsers and windows
- Ctrl + Shift + Tab to move to the previous tab.
I believe this guide mouseless browsing will be helpful for everyone and will pump up your productivity.