My dad and I were in the living room recently and he was using our TV computer.
While using Chrome, he kept mouse over to each little circular x to close each tab. I suggested he try a different shortcut. If you’re using a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can press the scroll wheel to close a tab. Just hover over a tab and click the middle-button and away the tab will go. He liked that since it’s tricky to be precise on the screen with the mouse when you’re ten feet away.
A little later, he accidentally closed a tab he wanted to get back. He was about to retrace his steps through a bunch of links but I suggested a different shortcut.
Control + Shift + T will reopen the last tab closed, and continue to go through historically closed tabs too. He really liked that little trick.
Finally, he was typing an email up. Somehow, he got to the word “monotny” but it was underlined so he knew it was wrong (because that’s what Word does when words are wrong). I told him if he right clicks the underlined word in Chrome, it will bring up spelling suggestions from Chrome’s dictionary. I warned him that it’s not same dictionary as the one Google uses to fix keywords when searching. Instead of copy and pasting into a new tab, there was a better way. Like right clicking for built-in word corrections, he could look down the list for ‘Search Google for “monotny”‘. He thought that was pretty helpful too.
In short, my dad learned a lot today while sitting in the living room around the TV computer. That’s pretty good for a rainy day, isn’t it?