Thursday, March 19, 2009

Open in New Window

When one works in the technology field, the last thing on earth one wants to do on one's free time is blog about technology. Ugh. Ugh. Especially when there are cute spring shoes to talk about. But this little tip will save you so many minutes that you'll have time to read blogs all day and make your own shoes.

So, have you ever gone Googling for, say, 'Kelly Wearstler fabric' or 'diverticulitis' and the next thing you know you're down the rabbit hole to somebody's vacation pictures in Toledo, Ohio, which can be real hoot but then when you try to find your way back to your original brilliant search term, it's 45 clicks the other direction?

For you dear attention-deficit web browser, I present "open in new window." This Google feature has probably has been around since Larry Page and Sergey Brin were in diapers. Nevertheless, yours truly professional-tech-person never noticed it until a few months ago, and it has transformed my life. Click Preferences on the Google home page and then check "Open search results in a new browser window."

A similar feature is available in Internet Explorer, which will spare you carpal-tunnel-clicking through a big blog when you take the off ramp to some house tour that ended up kind of meh, and when you return, the mad bloggers of say Design*Sponge or, worse yet, Apartment Therapy have added six pages of stuff, and your only way back is to start all over at the home page.

Instead, just right-click on any link and choose 'Open in New Window.' Your original spot will be saved while you skip off onto a new page. No backing up required. Just close the new window when you're done.

So what do you think about decorating with shoes?As in 'placing shoes somewhere other than the closet in a decorative way', not as in 'decorating your shoes.' There were no Google results on that one to even open in a new window.

1 comment:

  1. I've seen a tall Victorian woman's boot with a lovely high heel used to hold dried flowers. Also, you can plant "hens and chicks" or other small succulents in old work boots. Hmm... I'll let you know if I think of anything more modern.