Speed up Firefox Browsing with Keyboard Shortcuts

Mark O'Neill 04-09-2007

I am on a quest. A quest to completely abandon the mouse and do all of my computer tasks solely using Firefox keyboard shortcuts. Using the mouse has always felt kind of awkward for me and it kind of abruptly interrupts the flow of my work when I am on a roll typing away.


So for the past couple of weeks, I have been researching keyboard shortcuts for Firefox and here they are. They all work as they have been tested beforehand. Now the trick is to remember them all!

Does anyone know any that I have missed? I am always looking to expand my list. Let’s make this page a constantly updating definitive list of keyboard shortcuts. So bookmark the page and check back often!


    CTRL + T: Opens a new tab.

    CTRL + R: Reloads the current tab.

    CTRL + H: View your browsing history in a sidebar

    CTRL + J: Opens your Firefox download manager

    CTRL + TAB: Moves to the next tab.

    CTRL + SHIFT + TAB: Moves to the previous tab.

    CTRL + Z: Undo last action

    CTRL + SHIFT + Z: Redo last action

    CTRL + ENTER: Auto-complete URL to .com

    CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER: Auto-complete URL to .org

    CTRL + SHIFT + T: Restore the last closed tab

    CTRL + number: Change to the tab with this number

    CTRL + F4: Close the current tab

    CTRL + N: Opens a new Firefox window

    CTRL + S: Download the current webpage page as a HTML file

    CTRL + L: Highlights the URL in the browser address bar

    CTRL + HYPHEN: Decrease text size on the webpage

    CTRL + PLUS: Increase text size on the webpage

    CTRL + D: Add webpage to bookmarks

    ALT + Home: Loads your start page.

    ALT + F4: Close the browser window

    SHIFT + ENTER: Auto-complete URL to .net

    F5: Reload the current tab

    F11: Go full screen / normal screen

    Space: Scroll down the page

    ESC: Stop

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  1. name
    July 29, 2009 at 2:24 am

    It is a very good thing,

  2. sam
    April 6, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Dude its not CTRL + arrow

    its alt+ arrow for fwd and bwd

  3. Blake Elias
    August 17, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    You forgot about my favorite one, alt + enter. Instead of ctrl + t to open a new tab and then type the address, just type the address and then press alt + enter it will open the address in a new tab automatically.

  4. Melina
    March 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I have a few others I use on a regular basis:

    F3: Find in text

    /: Quick find (almost same as find in text)

    F6: Highlight address bar

    F7: Toggle Caret Browsing (allows you to highlight text with a movable cursor)

    CTRL + Page Down: Move to next tab

    CTRL + Page Up: Move to previous tab

    CTRL + Y: Redo

    CTRL + Left Arrow: Go back a page

    CTRL + Right Arrow: Go foward a page

    Shift + Space: Scroll up a page

    That's all I can think of for the moment... hope it's useful to somebody out there! :)

  5. rbob transplant
    February 23, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I wasn't aware that CTRL + F4 was a shortcut to close the current tab. I have always used CTRL + W like I do in my office's Mac and it works the same.

  6. sbw07
    February 21, 2008 at 6:47 am

    You can also use F6 or Alt+D to highlight the URL.

  7. B.T.RAM
    September 6, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Great Post Man......Thanks

  8. Aibek
    September 5, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    heh, nice idea.

  9. Keyxl
    September 5, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Great resource for keyboard shortcuts here