Sunday, November 15, 2009

Firefox Shortcut Keys


Full Content
Open a new tab
Close the current window or tab
Undo close tab (re-open the last closed tab)
Switch to the next tab
Switch to the previous tab
Switch to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. tab
Open the "Find Text As You Type" widget (bottom of screen)
Open the "Find Links As You Type" widget (bottom of screen)
Find the next occurrence of a search phrase
Find the previous occurrence of a search phrase
Move cursor to the Web Search widget (top right of screen)

Some of these shortcut keys need additional notes:

  • Ctrl+W will close the current tab. If there is only one tab left, it will close the window, exiting Firefox.
  • Think of Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab as analogies to Alt+Tab andAlt+Shift+Tab. Whereas the Firefox shortcut keys (using Ctrl) switch between tabs, the Windows shortcut keys (using Alt) switch between windows.
  • Just to be clear, Ctrl+[0-9] actually means Ctrl+1Ctrl+2Ctrl+3, etc. Here,Ctrl+0 will switch you to the 10th tab.
  • The "Find Text As You Type" widget that appears at the bottom of your Firefox browser when you press / looks like this:

    Search Widget
    Figure 1 - Search Widget
    Type in a phrase and Firefox will move the browser window to the first occurrence of the phrase in the website. Ctrl+G finds the next occurrences andCtrl+Shift+G finds previous.

  • Note that instead of searching through a whole website, you can search just through the links on a website by using the ' shortcut key.
  • If the search phrase you entered highlights a link, you can simply press Enter to navigate to that link.
  • Pressing Ctrl+K moves your cursor to the Web Search widget, which looks something like this:

    Web Search Widget
    Figure 2 - Web Search Widget
    Once your cursor is there, you can type in a search phrase, press enter, and you're on your way to Google.

Example Scenario

Go to the Xbox & Games website from

  1. Alt+D to bring you to the address bar
  2. Type "microsoft" and press Ctrl+Enter
  3. Hit ' to open the Find Links As You Type widget
  4. Type "xbox" to let Firefox find the phrase
  5. Press Enter to navigate to the highlighted Xbox & Games link


Digg Facebook Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Reddit BlinkList Furl Mixx Google Bookmark Yahoo Add to Technorati Favorites TwitThis

Post a Comment