Browse With Ease With the Following Firefox Shortcuts


to jump insertion point to address bar.

Press ALT-D or CTRL-L and your insertion point (cursor) will jump to the address bar. Then simply over type the address that you want over the existing address.

*CTRL-Enter= .com


*Ctrl-Shift-Enter= .org

Instead of Typing the whole http://www.awows.blogspot.com manually just type the middle part of the address that you want to go to and press ctrl-enter this would add the prefixes of http://www and the .com suffix

for e.g. If you type gmail and press CTRL-Enter, you will go to http://www.gmail.com

Similarly using "Shift-Enter" you can add .net as the sufix eg: http://www.*****.net and Ctrl-Shift-Enter for .org

*CTRL-Mouse wheel spin Or CTRL-"+" and CTRL-"-" without the qoutes.

to enlarge or shrink page font size

*Right Shift-Mouse Wheel Backwards= Previous Page

*Right Shift-Mouse Wheel Forward=Present Page

That screen font is too small or too large for you? No worries, simply spin your mouse wheel while holding CTRL. Your font size changes incrementally.

Or else you can use the following Key board Shortcuts. of pressing ctrl and + to increase the font size or ctrl and - to decrease the font size.

Right side Shift key with Mouse wheel backwards to go to previous page and with the wheel forward to go to the Present Page.

*CTRL-T = New Tab

*CTRL-N = New Window

*CTRL-W = Close Window

to launch a new tab

A favorite trick for power Internet users... this enables you to read your Gmail or Hotmail, while searching Google, and simultaneously checking your stocks and weather reports.

CTRL-T launches a new tab (effectively a new browser window, but without all the memory overhead of a full window).


To launch a New Window.

It launches a completely new window.


Use ctrl-w to quickly close a Tab or a window without reaching for your mouse.


to reverse one page in your browser history.

Instead of lunging for your "back button", use backspace to reverse once into the past.

Excellent for researchers while browsing.

to expand to Full Screen view

This effectively adds 25% more viewing area to your screen. F11 hides the title bar, menu bar, address bar, and status bar.

Press F11 again to toggle back to regular view.

jump to Google bar to search

There is an integrated Google search bar in the top right of the screen.

Use CTRL-K to quick-jump to this, and search for your next web page!

refresh-reload the web page

If your page fails to fully load, or if you are looking to update the weather and sports scores on your screen, press the classic F5 key to refresh.

to bookmark the current page

Again, save yourself the effort of lunging for your mouse. Press CTRL-D, and your bookmark dialog box will appear.

Related: pressing enter will accept the dialog box defaults.


Go to home page of your browser.
Tab navigation. Instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:

* Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
* Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
* Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

* Spacebar (page down)
* Shift-Spacebar (page up)

you can use these shortcuts to scroll through a webpage without using the mouse.



Charlie Arehart said...

Hi Ashwin, I'd like to ask you (or other readers) if they know of an opposite keystroke to alt-d. that moves the focus of the cursor to the address bar from the body of your web page. Sometimes, I want to get back to the body easily. One may say, just hit the tab key", but with the google toolbar or other things offering prompts, that's not always just one keystroke.

Even better, if such a key existed to take the cursor right back to where it was, one would not even need to tab through all the links that might appear on a given page.

The latter may be a pipe dream, but I do wonder if a key exists to simply put the focus back in the web page. As we have more toolbar tools with prompts, it's not as silly a need as it may sound.

Charlie Arehart said...

Doh! Shortly after posting my last comment, I found the answer (well, an answer). The F6 keystroke does indeed toggle the focus between page and address bar. It doesn't put you back in the exact same focus location (so a tab doesn't go to the next link on a page that it would have gone to before hitting f6 twice), but it's better than alt-d alone. Hope that may help someone else.

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