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.
|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|
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