The web browser has become the most important software on most users’ computers. You probably use your web browser for entertainment, work, learning, and other purposes. Therefore you can make your life easier by using it efficiently.
Here are some tips for keyboard shortcuts that will save you time and effort. These shortcuts were tested in the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
Tabs are the most basic element in modern browsers. You can use the following shortcuts:
: Open a new tab
: Close current tab
: Re-open last closed tab
: Move to following tab (doesn’t work in Epiphany)
): Move to following tab
: Move to previous tab (doesn’t work in Epiphany)
): Move to previous tab
: Using a number between 1 and 8, opens the tab in that position, counting from left (doesn’t work in Epiphany). In Midori replaceCtrl
: Go to the last (right-most) tab (doesn’t works in Epiphany). In Midori replaceCtrl
: Open a new browser window
: Quit browser (works only in Firefox and Epiphany). Use this shortcut with caution, since it may close everything without notice
From moving around a page to searching inside one, here are some available shortcuts:
: Positions the cursor in the navigation bar to write a new URL
: autocomplete www. and .com in a URL. Try typing google and then pressCtrl+Enter.
(In Midori and Epiphany this shortcut launches a search on the content in the URL bar, using the default search engine.)
performs different functions on each browser.
- Firefox: Autocomplete www. and .org in a URL, similar to the shortcut above
- Google Chrome and Chromium: Works like
- Midori: Launch a search on the content in the URL bar, using the default search engine in a new tab
- Epiphany: Launch a search on the content in the URL bar, using the default search engine in a new window
: autocomplete www. and .net in a URL, similar to shortcuts above (only in Firefox)
: Reload a page
and spacebar: Move across the page
: Zoom in
: Zoom out
: Bookmark current page
: Search for text in the current page
: Print the current page
Step by step
Obviously there are many shortcuts available. Don’t try to memorize all of them at once. The idea is to incorporate them slowly into your browsing sessions, until you start using them naturally.
This post is inspired by a blog entry by Elena Santos in ChicaGeek.