hints and tips

web browsing

Do you frequently use the Back button when you’re browsing websites?

Do you lose your place and forget where you’ve been?

Keeping track can be hard at times. It can be hardest in searches that return many potentially useful results.

The solution is simple.

Don’t just click on links – open the pages in new tabs.


Ctrl click (for Mac, Cmd click);

or right click and “Open in new tab”.

You can let pages load in the background while you’re opening more.

Pages are easily accessible using the tabs along the top. You can leave them there until you’re ready to look at them.

Keep the relevant pages open, and close the others.

You will rarely need to use the Back button, and you won’t lose your place.

All links in pages in this website automatically open in new tabs.

(The menu links don’t, but you can use Ctrl to make them do so.)

Clicking on an Add to Cart button does not leave the page.

If you’re doing multiple searches on separate topics, do each one in a separate browser window. Then you will not have a muddle of unrelated pages in the same window.

Ctrl Tab to select next tab to right, Ctrl Backtab to select next left.

(Backtab is the opposite of Tab. It’s the Shift character of the Tab key.)

Ctrl and a top row number key to select any tab from the 1st to the 9th, e.g. Ctrl 5 selects the 5th tab from the left.

If more than 9 tabs are open Ctrl 9 usually selects the last one.

Ctrl W to close the open tab, Ctrl T to open a new one.

Ctrl L should select the entire content of the address box, including any bits your browser does not show, eg http://.

If you need to send a web page address to someone, eg by pasting into an email, hold Ctrl then press L then C, then go to your new email window and use Ctrl V to paste.

In some browsers Ctrl L may just put the cursor into the address box, not select the whole address. If so, use Ctrl A to select all of it.

Alt F4 closes the active window.

saving score and sound samples

You can save our samples directly from their links.

Windows – Right click, Save As.

Mac – Cmd click, Save As.

You may not alter the filename. Save the file with the name that appears.

All the information in the filename is there for good reason.

viewing score samples

Our score samples are gif images.

You can view them directly in your browser, like web pages.

Each one opens in a new tab.

Alternatively you can save them then view them in an image viewer that’s included with any of the common operating systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Many other image viewers are available for download and installation. Some are provided free of charge.

hearing sound samples

Our sound samples are in mp3 format.

Each one is playable on the same page via the little sound players.

We also provide links to download them.

You can use players such as WinAmp or VLC Media Player to play sound files.

http://www.oldapps.com/winamp.php (for Windows versions up to 7)


reading scores

All our scores are PDF files.

They can be read using any commonly available PDF reader.

If you can not open a score file you have bought from us then either you do not have a PDF reader installed or if you do have one it’s not working properly.

Many free PDF readers are available.

Adobe Reader is one such option.


You can easily find comparisons and reviews of PDF readers.

If your mouse has a scroll wheel for vertical scrolling, you may be able to use it for horizontal scrolling too.

Try holding Shift while you scroll.

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