There’s a keyboard shortcut that can transform how you’ll browse the the web – and it’s hiding in plain sight.
What is it?
Try it. Press it now. I’ll wait.
That’s right: Pressing the space bar by itself when viewing a website automatically scrolls down one page. It’s an incredibly useful way to navigate the web as you scroll through articles and social media feeds – one I comfortably use hundreds of times a day.
If, like me, you’re a regular user, you’re probably now wondering how on earth anybody doesn’t already realize this is a thing.
But a surprising number of people have no clue that it exists.
This came to light earlier this week, when British journalist and consultant Martin Bryant tweeted about his shock upon discovering it was a thing: “How have I used web browsers for 22 years without realising that the space bar scrolls the page down?”
How have I used web browsers for 22 years without realising that the space bar scrolls the page down?
— Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP) October 22, 2018
The replies to his tweet were full of other users expressing their amazement about the trick.
“MY MIND IS BLOWN,” wrote PR exec and former tech journalist Drew Olanoff.
MY MIND IS BLOWN https://t.co/2jDemCTnON
— drew olanoff (@yoda) October 23, 2018
Music consultant Lee Thompson agreed: “Good grief, neither did I…”
Good grief, neither did I… https://t.co/1NTLDh4jlZ
— Lee Thompson (@leethommo) October 24, 2018
“This just bent my head,” another Twitter user added.
This just bent my head. https://t.co/M8K5fHNYrO
— Peter Stoneman (@stonemanthology) October 24, 2018
— Scary Perez (@sarahintampa) October 23, 2018
— Richard Gregory (@SmartRich) October 24, 2018
And Ben Rooney, the former Wall Street Journal tech editor in Europe, had an additional tip: If you press shift and the space bar at the same time, it scrolls up a page.
It also scrolls up. (Hold down shift …) #whatadaytobealive
— Ben Rooney (@benjrooney) October 22, 2018
Modern computers are full of wild and hidden keyboard shortcuts, but this isn’t one of them. And that’s the point. It’s a single click, with no memorization or combination key presses required, that can transform how you browse the web. No fiddly mouse wheels or slow arrow keys required!