11 August 2009

Save More Time With Facebook - Open in Tab

One of my Facebook activities is checking out the other groups for Newtown High School. I would search for the phrase "Newtown High School" and end up with a long list. It turns out the Newtown H.S. in Elmhurst, NY is not the only Newtown H.S. out there. There's one in Sydney, Australia, then one somewhere in Pennsylvania, and one in the New York metro area, up north in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. From the list the search return, I would go to those groups and see if there's anything good to learn about my old school. Some groups have pictures of articles from the school newspapers, others pictures of the school or the surrounding area. I sure regret throwing away my little collection of the school newspapers when I moved back in 1999. How would I know then that 10 years later I would scramble through my worldly possession looking for anything Newtown-related?

Back with the search list. If I simply click on a link to a group, the group page would open up in the same browser window. I may wander from there and before I realized it, I would be far from the lsearch list. I can use the browser's Back button to trace my way back, or the History list in the browser, but both methods are tedious. The better way would be to use the browser's support of tabs. Instead of just clicking a link, on my Mac, I would first hold down the ctrl key. As I click the link, I have the option to open the link in a new tab or new window, along with other options irrelevant to this post. In the new tab, I can wander on and on and when done I can just close that tab and return to the search list and explore the next group. For the Windows crowd, I think the right mouse button does the job of showing "open in new tab".

There you have it. With all that time saved, you can spend more time in Mafia Wars or whatever silly Facebook game you are addicted to.


  1. hey Qaptain! How you doing? Im out again, seeing Drs. slowly going crazy.. question for you. Have a look at my U4 blog and look at the HTML. I updated it with a fancy free template.. i like it, but want to remove those annoying thought bubbles that are on each post. Do you see what creates those? Been reading a lot of familytree stuff, DNA, buying land, raising sheep etc.. you know the usual. how you been?

  2. Anonymous1:58 AM

    "He has grown taller, he has grown bigger, but inside Chinese blood is still flowing in his veins" funny, thats what I always say about you!



  3. Welcome back to the USA, Qap! Let's see photos of the Neighbor from the North. Did you meet any hockey goalies while in Montreal? Your adoring fans are waiting for new posts.
    TOTA from St. Louis