How to speed up web browsing
Recently, website owners have started providing separate websites optimized for mobile browsing via cell phones. These sites can also be accessed from your computer, and load much than regular websites, especially for secure sites like banking. Using mobile sites can save you a lot of time and frustration. Mobile sites are still fairly new and some are limited, but they're definitely worth checking out. Just do a web search for [company] mobile, then bookmark and use it.
Also, you can use Google Mobilizer to load the mobile version of the page, which can be much faster on dial-up. Go to Google Mobilizer and enter the URL of the site you want to see. You can copy & paste from your bookmark manager. Hide images if you want.
If you really like using the mobile version of websites, you can install an extension for google Chrome called Auto Google Mobilizer. When enabled the extension will automatically load all newly opened tab content in Google Mobilizer.
News sites can be very slow to load, so I use an RSS reader, Google Reader. An RSS reader checks each website you are subscribed to, so you don't have to navigate to the individual site. This is a huge timesaver. When you open your RSS reader, you can easily scan the subject headings and see if you actually want to read an article. If you want to open a link in the reader, ctrl-click to open it in a new tab.
Use tabbed browsing
Tabbed browsing is a very useful tool for dial-up internet users. For example, you can have your email open in one tab, while loading another website in a new tab. You can have more than one tab open. Switch between them by clicking on the tabs at the top of the screen.
Instead of just clicking on a link to open a website, right-click on the link and choose "Open in new Tab", or hold the Ctrl button on your keyboard down and click on the link. You can continue to read the page you're on while the new page is loading, and then switch to the new tab.
If you're doing a search for something, open the links from the search engine in a new tab, then the search page is still open and you can easily get back to it by clicking on its tab.
For dial-up users, it's best to only download one webpage at a time. When you try to download too much at once, everything will slow down.
Use the Stop and Refresh buttons
If you're just reading text on a web page, there's no need to wait for the graphics to load before you open another tab. If the text you want has loaded, click the stop button in the browser, then you're ready to load another page.
If a page seems to be taking an unusually long time to load, click the refresh button in the browser. Hold the Shift key (on your keyboard) down and click refresh for a complete page refresh that clears the cache for that page.
Right-click to Search (Google Chrome)
A great new feature in the browsers is that you can highlight any word or phrase on a web page, then right-click, and choose: "Search Google (or whichever search engine is your default) for …" The search will open in a new tab.
By the way, to highlight a word, just double-click on it.
To Search within a Webpage
To find a word or phrase in any web page, use Ctrl-F. This will bring up a search window.
Set a homepage or group of homepages
Configure your browser to open your email and your favorite sites when you start it. Don't set too many pages to open at the start, or things may bog down.