This is a small tip but I use it so often throughout the day it saves me a crazy amount of time. In two words: keyword shortcuts.
Now, these aren’t a new invention, but many people aren’t aware of them, so I thought I’d share. Keyword shortcuts have long been a feature of Firefox, but I switched to Chrome a couple of years ago (seriously, use Chrome), and had to use this hack. Now I can’t live without it.
In a nutshell, it’s an effortless way of accessing your bookmarks, bookmarklets and other common things online using just the keyboard.
Example: I type "gm" to go to gmail, or “ip” to save something to Instapaper (using the Instapaper bookmarklet as a keyword shortcut) or “tw” to go to Twitter. I have a couple dozen of these, including ones that look up when the next train is stopping near my house, the weather in San Francisco, the movie schedule, my bank websites, and more.
Here's how to do it:
That’s it! Do this for everything you commonly access often, including bookmarklets, settings pages on webistes, your most common sites (if you go there once a week or more, create a keyword shortcut).
Now, when you want to do something, press Cmd-L (to go to the location bar) and the 1–3 letters of your keyword bookmark, and return. You’re there! It’s lightnight fast.
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