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10+ keyboard shortcuts to speed Firefox tasks


You can shave significant time off your various viewing and navigational tasks in Firefox if you know a handful of keyboard shortcuts. A quick toggle (say, the History pane or Downloads dialog) or a speedy key combo that changes text size or jumps to your Home page is almost always going to be more efficient than searching for a button or menu command to do the job.

This is just a small, somewhat arbitrary selection of useful shortcuts. A comprehensive list of more than 70 Firefox shortcuts is available as a PDF download.

The shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Open the Home page Alt + Home
Stop downloading a page Esc
Increase text size Ctrl + + (plus sign)
Decrease text size Ctrl + - (minus sign)
Restore normal text size Ctrl + 0
Switch between full-screen/normal view F11
Refresh (override cache) Ctrl + F5
Open/close the Bookmarks pane Ctrl + B
Add a bookmark (defaults to the active page) Ctrl + D
Open/close the History pane Ctrl + H
Open/close the Downloads dialog box Ctrl + J
Refresh Ctrl + R
Open a new tab in the current Firefox window Ctrl + T
Add "www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of the text in the Location bar Ctrl + Enter
Add "www." to the beginning and ".org" to the end of the text in the Location bar Ctrl + Shift + Enter
Add "www." to the beginning and ".net" to the end of the text in the Location bar Shift + Enter

About

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

6 comments
jimmylll
jimmylll

Enough said. If you're a drudge fan: drudgetracker.com

litcomp
litcomp

Does anybody know how to shortcut between the tabs? Kind of like you do alt+tab in Win for running windows? It's really annoying to move with the mouse between those tabs in Firefox... Thanks, Min

leon
leon

to navigate between the tabs use ctrl+tab shortcut

other_native
other_native

... it's all on page 2. Good article, great tips! Thanks!

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