10 Cool Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts
Posted on 13th July, 2007
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 â€œsabahanâ€ and press CTRL+Enter, you will land on https://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 SearchIf you have a Google search bar installed in your browser, you can use CTRL+K to quickly jump to the text box and perform a search immediately.
I find this one a handy time saver.
- Go Back One Page in Your Browser History
Instead of pointing your mouse to Firefox â€˜backâ€ button to go back to the previous page, just use your backspace key.
- Open a Link in a New WindowTo launch a new window with a link, most users will click the link and select â€œOpen Link in New Windowâ€.
A faster way of doing this is to hold SHIFT while you click on the link.
- Open/Close a TabOpening several tabs simultaneously for browsing enables power users to be more productive. Now instead of using the popup menu or lunging for your â€œopen new tabâ€ button as shown below, use CTRL+T to launch a new 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 â€œclose tabâ€ icon.
- Open a Link in a New TabYou can use middle click / mouse wheel click to open a link in a new tab. While this is not a keyboard shortcut, it’s one of my favourite shortcuts.
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 TabUse the middle click / mouse wheel click on the Home button to open your homepage 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 SourceYou can view the source code of a section of a page by holding down CTRL and left click on the part of a web page to highlight that section. Then right click on the selection and select â€œView Selection Sourceâ€ to view the source code for that particular selection.
- Reopen Previously Closed TabUsing the tab bar right click menu to undo a closed a tab is a tad slower when compare to using this shortcut.
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!