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50 Keyboard Shortcuts That Work Across All Web Browsers

You don’t need to be a Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer devotee. You can use whichever browser is currently doing the best job for you, and with these 50 shortcut keys it’s easy to switch between all of them.

Most web browser developers today understand what users expect to see and do when they use a browser. This is true for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. Nearly every web browser out there shares a common set of keyboard shortcuts, and as a result, it’s easy for users to switch over and between browsers. There’s plenty of keyboard shortcuts unique to each browser, but here I’ll show you the shortcuts that can be used in all of them.

Note: If you’re using Linux or Mac the modifier keys may be slightly different, though still generally universal.

Basic Navigation Hotkeys

the basics

Keyboard ShortcutAction
F5Refresh
Ctrl + F5Refresh and reset the browser cache for the current page.
Alt + Left ArrowBack
Alt + Right ArrowForward
Alt + HomeReturn to Homepage
EscapeStop
F6Select the address bar (Alt+D and Ctrl+L also works here)
F11Fullscreen mode, exit fullscreen mode
HomeScroll to top of page
EndScroll to bottom of page
SpacebarScroll down
Shift+ SpacebarScroll up
Page Down / UpScroll down / up
Ctrl + CCopy selected text
Ctrl + XCut (copy and delete original) text
Ctrl + VPaste copied text

Advanced Navigation Shortcut Keys

the next level up in hotkeys

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + DBookmark current page
F1Open a mostly useless help page
F3Perform a text search on the current page, find next text result
Shift + F3Find previous text search results
Ctrl + FPerform a text search on the current page
Ctrl + GFind next text result
Ctrl + Shift + GFind previous text result
Ctrl + HOpen browsing history
Ctrl + JOpen downloads folder and/or history
Ctrl + OOpen a local file in the browser
Ctrl + SDownload and save current page
Ctrl + PPrint current page
Ctrl + ESelect the search box or omnibar. (Ctrl + K also works)
Ctrl + Shift + DelOpens up the clear browser history dialog or settings
Alt + EnterOpen search in a new tab
Ctrl + EnterOpen search term as a website
F12Open developer tools or Firebug
Ctrl + UView source
Alt + FMakes the menu bar appear (if hidden)

All About Tabs

tabular shortcuts

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + NOpens a new window (this works in Windows too)
Ctrl + TabCycle forward to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + TabCycle backward to the previous tab
Ctrl + F4Closes the current tab.
Ctrl + TOpens a new tab.
Ctrl + Shift + TOpens a recently closed tab.
Alt + F4Close the entire window (truly universal for every app)
Ctrl + # key (1 to 8)Changes view to the tab number chosen
Ctrl + 9Changes view to the last tab

Mouse and Keyboard Combos

keyboard and mouse combo meals

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + MousewheelZoom in our out
Ctrl + 0Reset to 100% (default) zoom
Mousewheel PressCloses tabs if clicked on a tab, opens links in new tab, scroll
Ctrl + Left ClickOpen link in a new tab
Shift + Left clickOpen link in a new window
Shift + Ctrl + Left clickOpen link in a new background tab

I hope you find all of these shortcut keys useful, and please let us know if we missed any in the comments below!

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. sid  

    A great list!! thanks

  2. Sathya  

    Good list ……Thanks a lot

  3. It’s always cool to have a reference for universal keyboard shortcuts…and with Windows 8, Keyboard shortcuts will be a necessity.
    https://www.groovypost.com/groovytip/windows-8-metro-keyboard-shortcuts/

  4. israel  

    Ctrl + R = refresh
    Ctrl + J = shows downloads

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