10 Cool Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts
July 13, 2007 by Gaman
Like most software, you can access all of Mozilla Firefox features via the menu bar or the in context popup menu with your mouse.
However, sometimes using a mouse actually slows you down. The precious seconds it takes to move you hand away to move you mouse can add up over the course of a full day. You can save time and avoid reaching for the mouse if you are familiar with keyboard shortcuts.
The following keyboard shortcuts will make web browsing with Firefox even more fun and productive.
- Access Your Favorite Websites Quickly
If you have been typing the http://www prefix and .com domain extension into your browser address all this while when trying to access a website, you can avoid this extra step by going to your address bar, then type the middle portion of the desired address, and press CTRL+Enter
As an example, if you type “sabahan” and press CTRL+Enter, you will land on http://www.sabahan.com
In addition, you can press SHIFT+Enter to go to a .net site and CTRL+SHIFT+Enter to a .org site.
- Jump to The Address Bar
Press ALT+D to quickly jump to the address bar. Alternatively, you can use CTRL+L to do the same.
This shortcut comes in handy when combined with the previous shortcuts.
- Jump to Google bar To Search
I find this one a handy time saver.
- Go Back One Page in Your Browser History
Instead of pointing your mouse to Firefox ‘back” button to go back to the previous page, just use your backspace key.
- Open a Link in a New Window
A faster way of doing this is to hold SHIFT while you click on the link.
- Open/Close a Tab
Alternatively, double clicking empty space on the Tab Bar will open a new tab. The middle click/mouse wheel click on a tab will close that tab without the need to point your mouse on the “close tab” icon.
- Open a Link in a New Tab
For those without middle mouse buttons or mouse wheels, you can press CTRL while clicking a link to open it in a new tab.
- Open Your Home Page In a New Tab
Those without middle mouse buttons or mouse wheels can press CTRL while click on the Home button to do the same.
- View Selection Source
Reopen Previously Closed Tab
You can reopen recently closed tab by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+T.
With these shortcuts you can now enjoy faster and more productive browsing with Firefox!