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Job Search Tactic: Use The Internet Better (shift-click)

March 29th, 2011

For many years I’ve used a little trick that helps me have a better experience online.

It’s so amazingly simple, and I bet many of you know about it, and do it… but for the rest of you, here’s a quick tip:

If you want to open a link in a new window/tab, simply hold the SHIFT key down while you click on the link.

Updated as per the comment from NUN: in FF and IE, use CONTROL-click…

In my browser, this opens the page in a new tab.

That way, the page you were on will stay on a tab, and the new tab will have the content of whatever you clicked on.

Here’s an example… in JibberJobber I’ll do a search for people based on something – let’s say I do a search for people in Utah (note: this is only searching my private database… if you don’t have anyone in your contacts list in Utah, you’ll get nothing :)).

When I see the search results I click on each of the profiles I want to open, holding the shift key down. ¬†That opens each profile in a new tab, so I can have the main list panel open while each contact detail page is opened in it’s own tab.

You can do this from any page on the internet… another example, when I take a break to check the news I’ll do the shift/click trick to open the articles I’m interested in reading… they all open in their own tab.

Simple, right?  Useful, definitely!

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2 responses to “Job Search Tactic: Use The Internet Better (shift-click)”

  1. Nun says:

    I don’t think that’s right. Shift-click opens a new WINDOW. Ctrl-click opens a new tab. At least in my firefox.

  2. Jason Alba says:

    @Nun – you are right :)

    I just tried on Chrome and shift-click and control-click did the same thing (new tab). I’ve switched over to Chrome for various reasons.

    On IE and FF I just tried and Shift-click does nothing, however, as you say, control-click opens in a new tab.

    Thanks for the clarification :)