Category Archives: Browsing the Web

Change your Google Chrome spelling dictionary to UK English

It drives me crazy that Google Chrome keeps trying to correct my spelling to American.  Here’s what to do if it annoys you too!

Click on the 3 bars at the top right of the browser window, and then choose Settings, then at the bottom click on Show Advanced Settings.  Under Languages choose Languages and spell checker settings.  Now, English will probably be on the list already, but ignore this, and click the Add button, and then select English (UK) from the drop down menu and click OK,  You then go back to the previous window, where you must click on Display Google Chrome in this Language, and Use this Language for spell checking.  Finally, click Done (or OK) then close and re-start Chrome.  Hopefully from now on, your emails will be checked for English UK spelling, not American!

Useful tip for comparing items on different web sites

When you are using a search engine like Google, to search for an item – say, brown leather gloves – you type “brown leather gloves” into the search box, and then you get a whole list of possibilities.  A useful tip for comparing the different results is to open them each in new tabs (or pages) in the browser, then you can move from one to the next and back again by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.

To do this, when you click on a link, instead of using the left button of the mouse, click with the centre wheel – this will open the link in a new tab (or page).  Click on several links – as many as you like – then left click as usual on the tabs at the top of the page.

If you aren’t using a mouse, or the centre wheel click doesn’t work, you can right click and choose “Open link in new tab” .

If you are using a touch screen device, press and hold the link, and then choose “open in new tab”


Desktop shortcut to a web page

If there is a web site (or web page) that you use a lot – say Sainsbury’s, or Tesco’s or Ebay, you can add a shortcut for that place on to the desktop; next time you want to go there just double click the shortcut and away you go.

To create the shortcut in Internet Explorer (IE):

Open up IE, and navigate to the site, lets say Ebay.  At the top of the page in the ribbon there is a window which shows what page you are on – so once you’ve got to Ebay, it will say  Just to the left of that, there is a tiny little symbol – for Ebay it’s a little multi-coloured shopping bag.  Click and drag this on to your desk top – it will create the shortcut for you.  (Different sites have different icons – Tesco have a T, Sainsbury an S and so on – the method is the same, click and drag the little icon to the desktop.)

To create the shortcut in Google Chrome:

If you use Google Chrome, at the top of the page on the ribbon on the right hand side you should have a spanner symbol.  Click on that, then click on Tools. (If Tools isn’t under the spanner symbol, see if there’s a symbol like a cog wheel, and click on that, then Tools.)  Then click on Create Application Shortcuts, and tick the box for desktop.  The shortcut is created.


Zoom shortcut for browsers

A quick tip when you are browsing the internet – if the text on the page is too small to read easily, the quickest way to zoom in and make it bigger is to hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and use the scroll wheel on the mouse. You can zoom in and out to your heart’s content!  It works for Internet Explorer (IE), Google Chrome, AOL and maybe others.

Cut and Paste shortcuts

When you are working in word, you can use CTRL C as a short-cut for copy – select or highlight the words you want to copy, hold down the Control (CTRL) key and press “c”. Then, click with the mouse where you want to paste the selection and do CTRL V (hold down Control (CTRL) and press “v”).

These short cuts don’t just work in word though, they will work all over the place. Let’s say a friend e-mails you with their new address, inviting you to visit; you’re not sure how to get there. While reading their e-mail, select their post code, and do CTRL C. Go to Google, and select “Maps” from the ribbon across the top, and now click on the “Get directions” button; you should now see two boxes A and B; click into the A box, and type your own post code, then click into the B box and do CTRL V. Your friend’s post code appears in that box, and now you can click on GET DIRECTIONS and find out where they are and how to get there.