Browser Shortcut Keys

Want to use your web browser more efficiently?  Start using the keyboard.  Every browser has its own shortcut keys.

These keystrokes are similar to those used in popular software programs.  In many cases, keystrokes do the same thing in different programs.  But browsers also have unique keystrokes.  Here's a selection of handy shortcuts for the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.

Internet Explorer and Firefox:

Arrow keys

Scroll the page up and down or horizontally

Page Up Scrolls the page up one screen
Page Down Scrolls the page down one screen
Home Takes you to the top of the page
End Takes you to the bottom of the page
Ctrl + F Searches within the page
Ctrl + R Reloads the current page
Esc Stops loading the page
Ctrl + P Prints the page
Alt + right arrow Takes you forward a page
Alt + left arrow Takes you back a page
Alt + Home Takes you to your starting page
Ctrl + D Adds the current page to your Favorites or Bookmarks
Ctrl + S Saves the page
Ctrl + C Copies selected items
Ctrl + A Selects the entire contents of the page
Ctrl + H Shows your history
Ctrl + N Opens a new window
Ctrl + W Closes an open window
Alt Allows you to navigate the menu with the arrow keys

Internet Explorer only:

Alt + D Lets you use the address bar
Ctrl + I Shows your Favorites

Firefox only:

Ctrl + + Increases the text size
Ctrl + - Decreases the text size
Ctrl + 0 Makes text default size
Ctrl + B Shows your Bookmarks
Ctrl + Shift + D Adds all tabs to your Bookmarks

One of the best features in Firefox is the tabbed browsing.  It allows you to have several Web pages open in the same window.  Firefox has shortcuts to help you manage tabs and navigate between them.

Ctrl + T Opens a new tab
Ctrl + W Closes the current tab
Ctrl + Tab Moves to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Moves to the previous tab

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