About 45% of Practical Hacks visitors use Firefox, so it’s clear I’m not alone in my enthusiasm for Mozilla’s versatile and feature-rich browser.
There are dozens of useful Firefox keyboard shortcuts available, but the following list captures the ten I’ve found most useful:
1. Quickly close a tab: CTRL + W (Bonus: undo a closed tab – CTRL + SHIFT + T) (No need to use the Shift key for capital letters in any of these shortcuts, BTW.)
2. Scroll through open tabs: CTRL + Tab (This is one of the most useful shortcuts, in my opinion.)
3. Go to a specific tab: CTRL + 1-8 (Bonus: go to the rightmost tab, regardless of how many are open: CTRL + 9)
4. Jump to the address bar: ALT + D
5. Open history in a sidebar: CTRL + H (This plus the next few are easy to remember, as the letter logically relates to the particular task.)
6. Open a new tab: CTRL + T
7. Open a new browser: CTRL + N
8. Open link in a new tab: Hover cursor over a link, click middle button
9. Refresh a page: CTRL + R (Or alternatively, hit F5)
10. Use keywords to create address bar shortcuts to your favorite bookmarks: This one’s a bit different, but no more complicated. Right click on one of your bookmarks, and select “Properties.” Type a simple keyword -as simple as one letter – see below – I used “n” (no quote marks) for The New York Times.
Click “Save.” Now, all I need to do to go to The New York Times is type the letter “n” (no quotes, of course) in the address bar, and hit “Enter.” Simply use #4 above (Alt + D) to jump to your address bar, type n, hit enter, and (in this case) you’re instantly at the NYT home page.
A really neat variant, for Google: use “g” as your Google bookmark’s Keyword. Then copy and paste the following line of text into the line for “Location” (instead of http://www.google.com) —
Now all you have to do in order to conduct a quick Google search from the address bar is type “g” (again, no quotes), space, and whatever search terms you want, and hit the Enter button; for example:
A moment later, your search results appear:
I hope you enjoy these Firefox shortcuts; if you have any other favorites, please share them by commenting.
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