Useful web browsing tips and tricks
We often get stuck in our ways once we know how to do something on a PC to achieve the desired result, but sometimes there are quicker ways of getting the same thing done. It's easy to overlook basic web browser operations, but if nobody shows you or at least points you in the right direction, you may be doing things the long way round which can cost you time and even money. There may even be tips mentioned here that you never knew your browser could do. We therefore hope you find some of these tips and tricks useful.
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Choosing the right file formats when saving images for your website
.jpg (or jpeg) - ideal for photos or images with gradients where there is a large number of colours. Jpeg compresses the image data (mainly the colour information) within the image to make the file size much smaller. Most image editing programs offer the ability to control the amount of compression you add so that you can get a good balance between maintaining as much of the image quality as possible, yet reducing the file size as much as possible. No transparency supported.
.gif - ideal for images with fewer colours, or blocks of solid colour (rather than gradients). File size reduction is achieved by saving the image with a limited number of colours. Transparent pixels are supported to help with blending cut out images to the page background.
.png - is a great for either photos or graphics, and even supports alpha channels (varied opacity). File sizes can be larger (depending on the image), so only use when you need to.
Saving an image from a website
If you ever need to save an image from a web page, most modern web browsers will allow you to click and drag the image straight to your desktop. Make sure your browser isn't maximised to your screen (so you can see a bit of your desktop on your screen as well as the browser window). Find the image that you want to save in your browser window, and simply click and drag it to the area of your desktop that is visible!
*This will not work in cases where the image is being displayed as a background image. In this case, you will need to find the URL of the image used in the background (via viewing the source code or by the browser's element inspector, if available), and then go to that URL in your browser. Now you should see only that image in your browser, which you can drag to your desktop.
Google Chrome - Searching from the address bar
Did you know that the address bar in Google Chrome also acts as a search field? Just enter what you'd like to search for directly into the address bar of Google Chrome, and hit return/enter, or even select one of the search options that is automatically generated as you type.
Capture an image of your screen / Create a 'Screen Shot'
Sometimes you may want/need to show someone else what you're seeing on your screen - but the person you need to show it to isn't able to come and physically 'look' at your screen (e.g. they work in a different office). For this situation, it's easy to take a snapshot of your screen contents and email it as an image.
First, get the whole screen looking exactly as you want to show it. Now press the 'Print Screen' (or 'Prt Scr') key on your keyboard once. This captures an image to your clipboard (the same as when you 'copy' text from a document).
Now you should be able to paste your image directly into the body of an email and send it.
If your email program doesn't allow pasting of images straight into the body, you can of course paste your image into your favourite image editing software and save it as a file. To send this, you'd just attach it to an email as you would any other file.
At TRM Web Design, we LOVE building sites using a Content Management System called 'Concrete5'. If we've had the pleasure of building your website for you in the last few years, the chances are it will have been built using this amazing CMS.
(Of course we can build your site in other CMSs such as Wordpress or Joomla too, but Concrete5 is by far our most preferred system to use).
Despite how user friendly this CMS is to use, often there are more complex things you may like to do with your site that just aren't 'obvious' how to do. Below you'll find a link to the official Concrete5 user guide, that allows you to browse or search for what it is that you're looking to do.
Official Concrete5 documentation for website editors:
We've also found this useful URL: http://www.barkingtuna.com/web-design-resources/concrete5-tutorials-and-videos/adding-editing-modifying-concrete5