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Hidden features and third-party apps to make life easier

Getting frustrated with keeping track of tabs or pages that just won't load when you're browsing the web? These tips will help you ensure your time on the net is spent far more efficiently.

Keep bookmarks in sync

If you have multiple bookmark lists strewn across different browsers, or even across several machines, it's time to rein in the chaos.

Sync your bookmarks

If you use several browsers, each with its own set of bookmarks, try merging them with Google Bookmarks.

Use predictive searching

In Firefox 2.0 or Safari, when you begin typing a URL into the location bar, the browser shows any matching URLs from your bookmark list or browsing history. This lets you navigate to one of the suggested links with the keyboard or mouse.

Firefox 3.0 takes this autocompletion feature to a new level. It recognises not only portions of URLs, but also words from the titles of web pages and tags that you've added to your bookmarks. (To append tags to bookmarks, choose Bookmarks: Bookmark This Page, or double-click on the blue star at the right side of the location bar; enter keywords in the Tags field.) You can also type search terms directly into the location bar.

Firefox performs a Google search and either brings up a results page or takes you straight to the top web page when it finds a clear match.

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