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Every day I find new Firefox tips and tricks Five Firefox Tips You May Not Know About Five Firefox Tips You May Not Know About Read More that I didn’t know about and then I find out that other people didn’t know about them either. So here’s what I discovered recently to make you more of a Firefox power-user. Some of them are useful keyboard shortcuts to keep your hand away from that mouse, and others are just regular tips to optimize and improve your use of Firefox.


firefoxsearchenginebar.pngCTRL and K – moves your cursor up to the search engine plug-in box. Once you’re there, CTRL and the up / down arrows on your keyboard will jump from search engine to search engine.

CTRL + SHIFT + T – re-opens the last closed tab.

SPACEBAR : scrolls down the webpage you’re on.

SHIFT and the SPACEBAR : scrolls up the webpage you’re on.


F11 – removes the browser bars and makes the webpage full screen. Press F11 again to go back to normal.

CTRL + T – Opens a new tab window.


viewmenufirefox.pngRemove toolbars from the browser without uninstalling them : sometimes you need a toolbar to disappear as it takes up too much space on your browser. But at the same time, you will need that toolbar at some point and so you don’t want to uninstall it. Well, you can temporarily hide it by doing the following :

Go to View then Toolbars. Untick the toolbar you want to disappear and then it will be gone. To bring it back again, go back to View, Toolbars and re-tick it. The toolbar will then re-appear.

ffcalc.pngUse your Google search plug-in as a calculator : you can do this already on the normal Google page and you can also do it in the Firefox search plug-in. Just enter your numbers and mathematical symbols from your keyboard number-pad and the result will be shown in the search suggestions box. Of course you will already have the Windows calculator installed on your computer but if you have Firefox already open, you may find this facility a little more convenient.

firefoxpassword.pngReveal saved passwords in Firefox : I don’t use the saved passwords function in Firefox as I am totally paranoid about online security but there is apparently a javascript code you can enter into the Firefox address bar to reveal a saved password in Firefox. Having the browser save your passwords is all well and good but this can make you forget the actual password eventually since you are not typing it in every day. So if you need the actual password for any reason, just input the following code into the address bar and the password will be revealed in a pop-up box :

javascript:(function(){var s,F,j,f,i; s = “”; F = document.forms; for(j=0; j<F.length; ++j) { f = F[j]; for (i=0; i<f.length; ++i) { if (f[i].type.toLowerCase() == “password”) s += f[i].value + “\n”; } } if (s) alert(“Passwords in forms on this page:\n\n” + s); else alert(“There are no passwords in forms on this page.”);})();

  1. download
    September 4, 2008 at 1:32 am

    This is worked under Firefox 3.0b2

  2. Planet Lowyat
    February 3, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    This is worked under Firefox 3.0b2 :)

  3. Syahid A.
    January 26, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Press Ctrl + moving your scroll will increase and decrease text size instantly!

  4. Luiz
    January 25, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Not only calculator, but the Google search plug-in can be used as a unit converter. Any unit measure (area, length, energy, power, force, pressure, volume, currency), it converts. :)

  5. CG
    January 23, 2008 at 10:41 am

    To show hide toolbars, it is easier to simply go to the toolbar and right click, then click on the names to show/hide as you wish.

  6. Ed Brey
    January 23, 2008 at 8:53 am

    To set focus on the search box, Ctrl+E works in addition to Ctrl+K. The advantage of Ctrl+E is its consistency with the equivalent functionality throughout Windows Vista.

  7. mag
    January 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    this one about re-opening last tab... thanks! :D

    • Aibek
      January 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

      Agree, going down all the way to 'History->Recently Closed Tabs' seems like too much of a hassle.

      • James Varghese
        January 29, 2008 at 10:51 am

        Another quick tip - if you have a x button on the right or left (to close the tab), if you middle click that button, that will also open the last closed tab.

  8. bormuff
    January 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    The 'Reveal Saved Password' tip seems a little overkill for something that can be done with 5 clicks (some typing and one more click if you use a master password) surely?

  9. Bogdan
    January 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Actually I have a question.

    If I am using search engine plug-in box, I don't know how can I make that result to be display in a different tab? It is very probably that I will need later on the page which I'm seeing at the moment I want to use search engine plug-in box. I found some alternative but they are not so ... elegant, so that way I'm asking.

    The solution which I found till now are:
    1. Open a new tab (CTRL + T) every time before using search engine (CTRL + K)
    2. Go to the search engine(CTRL + K) write what you want and scroll click on the search button (in the right of the text box). The scroll click is very useful also when you want to open in a new tab a link from one page.

    • Mow3
      January 23, 2008 at 4:27 am

      Are you trying to open the search results in new tab? If yes just click with the middle mouse button and the search will be displayed in new tab.

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