Browsers – Why use more than 1 browser?
Cost: Free | Platforms: Desktop and Laptop and Smartphones.
This write up is a little bit different than others as it was a tip from a student with Dyslexia who shared this with me many years ago. (Thank you if you read this note).
She noted that having two different bowsers was useful as it meant that she could be more organised for both college work and personal life matters. This meant she could choose one browser for each and separate study and personal life more.
There are many browsers to choose such as Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Brave and many others. Take your time to explore the right browsers you need.
Most Useful for: not only separating your studies and personal life but your bookmarks will accumulate (a lot) over time for your studies so separate browsers will make sense in the long-term and help you stay organised.
Where do I start when I want to pick a browser?
Wherever you study or work there may be a particular Mail suite used. This may be Gmail (G-Suite) or Outlook (Office 365). This may indicate a suitable browser for you to use so you can get the best experience for with your G Suite or Office 365 platform.
If your work/college uses Gmail then Chrome may be a good choice as both are made by Google so all G-Suite tools will work then in Chrome.
If your work/college uses Outlook then Edge may be appropriate as both are made by Microsoft and all the Office 365 tools will work to their best potential in the Edge browser.
So, this may help with your first choice of browser. Also, these may be the 2 browsers you chose as you have a work Officer 365 account and a personal Gmail account.
All Browsers have similar key features:
Saving websites, online books and PDFs can be done via Bookmarks that are collected and organised in your browser.
Our Top Tips:
If you can sign into your browser (with your email) this can be very helpful as you can open any computer sign into your chosen browser and access your bookmarks. YouTube is full of helpful videos so search YouTube for your browser and how to sign into it.
Demo of ‘Signing into Chrome’ in Action
Video source: Richard Byrne YouTube channel
Demo of ‘Signing into Edge’ in Action
Video source: Professor Adam Morgan YouTube channel
Advice on organisation:
If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.
If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.
If you are an Employee and are interested in technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation.