Visit your Favorite Websites with a Single Character

We all have our own favourite sites. We visit some websites several times a day. For easy access, we add such sites to the Bookmarks toolbar or to the Favourite list. Most browsers give suggestions based on your history as you type in, so you can easily select it from the list.

With a simple hack, Windows users can access their favourite with a single character, saving the extra time needed to use the mouse to click the bookmark, or the time spent in choosing it from the suggested list.

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Windows uses a file to map IP addresses to host names. We can use this file to map our one letter short-forms for websites to its corresponding IP addresses. Essentially, this hack will work for those sites with static IP address. Most popular sites have a static IP.

  • In your Windows Explorer, navigate to Root Folder (Usually C:\) > Windows > System32 > drivers > etc
  • Find the file named hosts and make a backup of it somewhere else.
  • Open the file in Notepad or any text editor of your choice.
  • Find the IP address of your site using this tool. Type in the IP address in a new window and see if its working. (e.g.: IP of twitter.com is 128.121.146.228)
  • To the end of the file named hosts, add the IP address of your favourite site and the character you would like to use for it. Separate the IP address and the character with a space. (e.g.: 128.121.146.228 t)
  • Save the file. Open a browser window, type the character (e.g.: t) and see if its working.

This is browser independent, works on all browsers.

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16 Comments.

  1. Amal Roy says:

    Nice find bro. Very useful one. Here is another time saving tip in firefox to open favorite website using keyboard shortcuts. http://www.computingunleashed.com/2009/04/how-to-open-favorite-websites-using.html

  2. Ricky says:

    Hey good tip. I’ll definitely give it a try. The only problem is I have a huge list of sites.

  3. poch says:

    That was real SAVVY.

  4. Hakeem - technology and gadgets says:

    Thanks! God advice.

  5. Hesham says:

    nice, I didn’t know about this before!

  6. Ajith says:

    Since I use Open DNS at home, I get to create short cuts that works in all browsers. Your trick may be a little faster as the IP gets resolved locally. Remember having used the hosts file trick for testing webapps on various machines in our org long back.

  7. sham says:

    Nice trick…Super cool Hot key 😉

  8. OMG Thats Cute says:

    Wow this makes me very easy to browse, thanks for the tip bro – many people don’t consider these things to be shared, but they forget that these are also important.

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