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Open background windows in IE via the keyboard Apps
If you enter a website in the address bar in Internet Explorer and then hold down the Command key when you hit Return, it will open the site in a new window, preserving the original address in the first.
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The same effect
Authored by: kramrm on Oct 08, '02 11:02:51AM

The same effect works when command-clicking on any link - new windows are opened with the link



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command-shift to open in background
Authored by: tapella on Oct 08, '02 11:17:26AM

If you hold command-shift, the link will open in the background. This works with a variety of browsers including iCab and (I think) Opera. Omniweb and Chimera have special prefs so that command-click alone can open links in the background.



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Well...
Authored by: Ezekiel on Oct 08, '02 12:24:44PM

In Mozilla, command-clicking on a link opens it in a new tab instead of a new window (or maybe that's a preference i've forgotten i changed). Very handy as it doesn't give a window clutter (and window clutter with Aqua isn't very good, as every window takes several megs of ram if you haven't turned on window compression)



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Well, yeah, but, uh, also...
Authored by: DougAdams on Oct 08, '02 03:34:25PM

In Mozilla, I just click and hold to get a drop down menu that contains new Tab or Window options.



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Well, yeah, but, uh, also...
Authored by: Krioni on Oct 09, '02 09:48:48AM

...which takes about infinitely longer. :-)

Contextual menus are great to have (especially click-and-hold ones for single-handed use when you have only one mouse button), but why navigate a menu when a simple command-click or command-shift-click will do?



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Well, yeah, but, uh, also...
Authored by: DougAdams on Oct 17, '02 02:00:49PM

Because my other hand usually has a Pepsi in it : )



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Ages!
Authored by: aranor on Oct 08, '02 07:06:19PM

I've been using this for ages! I thought everybody knew about it?

BTW, another useful trick is holding option and clicking a link will automatically download to disk without attempting to display it in the browser.



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