Mozilla Firefox - common keyboard shortcut keys

Firefox have all the bells & whistles to make our internet life happy. Tabs, plugins, portability and keyboard shortcuts. Firefox keyboard shortcuts make browsing addictive, especially to system administrator, which our hands are on the keyboard most of the time. We could use mouse to browse it but wouldn't you think by keeping your hands on the keyboard would increase productivity? :)

Below are the list of keyboard shortcuts plus a few combination of mouse clicks which commonly used in Firefox. There are of cause other shortcuts available but this post only attempt to introduce you with the efficiency of using keyboard shortcuts (almost mouse-less) rather then trying to exhaust your brain memory in crunching the full list of keyboard shortcuts. You can print the below list of Firefox keyboard shortcut keys out and act as a Cheat Sheet. It can be useful in getting familiar initially using the keyboard shortcut keys. Here are the list :

Mozilla Firefox keyboard shortcut key quick tips


Create new Tab
Ctrl + t

Close the current Tab
Ctrl + w

Go to next Tab
Ctrl + Tab

Go to previous Tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Open link/URL in a new Tab and focus on current Tab
Ctrl + <Click Link>

Open link/URL in a new Tab and focus on the new Tab
Ctrl + Shift + <Click Link>

Page Navigation

Go to the top of the page
Home (the home key)

Go to the bottom of the page
End (the end key)

Scroll line by line using mouse scroll ball
Alt + <Mouse Scroll>

Go back to previous page
Alt + <Left Arrow>

Go to next page
Alt + <Right Arrow>

Find words appear in the current frame and page
Ctrl + f

Find again the search term or keywords
Ctrl + g (forward search)
F3 (forward search)
Shift + F3 (backward search)


Focus cursor on URL address bar
Ctrl + l

Focus cursor on Google search bar (on the top right hand corner, by default)
Ctrl + j

History of visited sites and page
Ctrl + h

Bookmark the current tab or page
Ctrl + d

Search Bar

Focus cursor on Search bar (method 1)
Ctrl + k then Alt up/down arrow key (to choose search engine)

Focus cursor on Search bar (method 2)
Ctrl + k + up/down arrow key (to choose search engine)

Searching using the URL address bar
  1. Create a bookmark with the following field filled :
    • Name: [g] Google Search
    • Location: http://www.google.com/search?q=%s
    • Keyword: g
  2. How to use :
    • Go to the URL Address Bar
    • type "g search_keyword"
  3. Additional search configs for URL Address Bar searching :
    Keyword Location Description
    g http://www.google.com/search?q=%s Google Web
    gsh http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%s Google Scholar
    gimg http://images.google.com/images?safe=off&q=%s Google Images
    gg http://groups.google.com/groups?q=%s Google Groups
    dict http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=%s Dictionary
    wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=%s Wikipedia
    cpan http://search.cpan.org/search?mode=all&query=%s CPAN
    fm http://freshmeat.net/search/?mode=all&q=%s Freshmeat


View the source code of current page or Tab
Ctrl + u

Clear private data

(Browsing history, download history, saved form and search history, cache, cookies, offline website data, saved passwords and authenticated session)
Ctrl + Shift + Del

Adios !!!

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