Most of the following tricks will work with the browser of your choice: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge.
Ctr + T : New tab
Ctr + W: Close the current or selected tab
Ctr + L: Highlight the address bar
Ctr + Shift + B: Show or hide your bookmarks
Ctr + F: Find text on the page
Save tabs for later:
No need to get anxious about closing your browser and losing all your tabs. Just right-click the area next to your tabs in Chrome—or right-click the tabs themselves in Firefox and Microsoft Edge—then selectBookmark all tabs. This will create a new folder with all your open tabs in it. (In Safari for MacOS, you’ll find a similar option under Bookmarks > Add Bookmarks for These Tabs.)
Share tabs with a QR code:
If you want a fast way to send a website to your phone, click the Share icon in the Chrome address bar (of the address itself in Edge) then click the icon that looks like a set of 4 squares. With your phone camera, point at the QR code, then tap the link that pops up.
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Using your Apple Wallet or Google Wallet
At most stores that accept credit cards, you can pay by tapping your mobile phone on a wireless terminal. I truthfully have not used this method up until now, but I am changing my mind. First, here’s how to do it.
To add a card, open your “wallet” by tapping the icon and then tap the + button if you have an Apple or Samsung phone, or + Add to Wallet if your phone uses the Google operating system.
After your card has been added, there will be a validation process for security purposes. This will vary by card, by bank, by phone.
Learn your shortcut. Shortcuts allow you to open your wallet directly from the phone’s lock screen.
For the Apple Wallet – wake the lock screen, then double click the side button for a facial scan or you can enter your passcode.
For the Google Wallet – On some devices, a small wallet icon comes preinstalled at the bottom of the phone’s lock screen. Tap that icon and unlock your phone.
Paying with your phone – To use your digital wallet at a store or restaurant, look for the contactless payment logo at a register. Pull up the digital wallet, authenticate your identity, and select your card. Then hold your phone an inch or less from the reader. You should hear a beep to indicate acceptance. You should see the word “Done” or possibly a check mark.
Why is it safe to use a digital wallet
Digital wallets replace your card information with a randomized identifier. Your card information is never visible. If your phone is lost or stolen, the actual information on your card is not visible to anyone. Your account number is not stored on your device or shared with the merchant.