How to Make Your Browser Faster

You access the internet through your web browser, so you probably spend a lot of time on it. Maybe too much time! Save time and the frustration of annoying delays by improving your browser speed, because the faster your web browser, the faster you can surf the internet.


Update Your Browser

The easiest way to make your web browser run faster is to run the newest version of it, so keep your browser constantly updated. If you don’t like the browser you’re currently running, you can also change it to something else. The most popular browsers right now are Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari (for Macs) and Opera, not including mobile browsers like Android. You can experiment with different browsers to see which one works fastest for you. Another trick is to have more than one browser installed on your computer at the same time, since if one of them is having problems you can always temporarily switch to using the other.


Learn Some Web Browsing Tricks

There are certain tricks that can add up to make your web browsing experience much faster. One is to use tabs instead of windows, which can mean way less browser loading time and also less time laboriously switching between different web pages. Using multiple computer monitors simultaneously also helps with this. You can configure your browser to use tabs as opposed to windows automatically while still retaining the option to use windows when you want to. Keyboard shortcuts also make browsing much faster. Use Ctrl+T to open a new tab (Cmd-T for Macs) and Ctrl+L (Cmd-L for Macs) to move to your browser’s location bar to enter a url to save you lots of mousing and clicking around. There are also many different shortcuts unique to each browser which you can look up and learn without much time and effort in your browser’s menus.


Keep Your Internet Surfing Experience a Lean One

Try to stay way from opening too many tabs and windows at the same time, as this will slow your browser down. If you need lots of tabs and windows temporarily, bookmark the urls and then delete the tabs and windows for later viewing. Unless you use it constantly, consider blocking Flash, too, since not doing this increases load times whenever you’re accessing a Flash-using website. You’ll often see Flash used in videos and in advertisements. If you’re having internet connection problems that are slowing you down and you already have all the information you need displayed in your web browser, consider disconnecting yourself from the internet for the time being, since you can still browse without a connection: you just can’t load anything new. Too much multitasking will also slow down your web browsing experience, so if you want to browse faster try to avoid doing too much at once, like watching too many high definition videos or loading too many high quality images at the same time, or downloading a lot of information all at once.


How to Optimize Bookmarks on Your Browser

You probably use bookmarks already when you want to save a url tab or window for later viewing, but there’s more to bookmarking than just that. You can also edit bookmarks, bookmark all of your open tabs at once, change how you organize your bookmarks and more.


Create and Edit Your Bookmarks

After bookmarking a web page, your browser will also allow you to change the name of that bookmark in your browser’s bookmarks menu. You can move your bookmark to different bookmark folders and change the names of those folders as well. You can also tag bookmarks to help you identify and organize them. For instance, you could add the tags “work, email, work email” to a bookmark of the Gmail sign-in page to make that bookmark more easily searchable. Tags can also be edited. Search for bookmarks with a certain tag by individually looking at your bookmark tags and the bookmarks associated with each tag. Additionally, you can bookmark all of your open tabs at once by selecting that option from the menu that pops up when you right-click on a tab. Right-click on the web page in question to bookmark just the individual tab you’re currently on.


Find and Organize Your Bookmarks

One way to see your bookmarks is to start typing the name of a website into the location bar where you enter urls. Sites you’ve bookmarked will be marked there alongside sites you’ve visited but not bookmarked. You can also find your bookmarks more systematically in your browser’s menus. You can choose to display all of your bookmarks in one long list, or you can also display bookmarks by folder and by tag. Once you’re displaying your bookmarks, you can organize them in various ways. You can sort them alphabetically by name or rearrange them manually if you wish. Additionally, you can organize your bookmarks into folders as well as create, edit and sort these folders. It’s also possible to delete individual bookmarks, whole blocks of bookmarks or bookmark folders.


Import, Export and Backup Bookmarks

Bookmarks can also be imported and exported to and from other browsers you have installed on your computer. You might have multiple browsers installed in case one of them is not working well or to do different sorts of web browsing, since different browsers have different strengths and weaknesses. You might also be using multiple browsers to mentally separate different types of browsing: into work and play, for instance. You can also import and export bookmarks to and from different computers, whether those computers are running the same browser or not. Additionally, you can backup your bookmarks in case of disaster, say from a computer virus or from physical damage to your computer. Depending on the browser you’re using, it might also be possible to import, export and backup other browser information besides bookmarks. Examples of this are browser add-ons, history, passwords and open tabs. This can be useful if you often switch between using different computers.