Firefox Tips

firefoxFirefox Tips contains everything that makes Firefox a lot more easier to use by knowing the shortcuts and tricks.This article will grow in time. Every new find will be added to this article. I decided to keep them all in one place. This article resulted because I was literally sick of searching for something that I can’t remember the name for or key combination.

How did I start this article: I wanted to know key combination to take my cursor to the address bar. Did a simple search and after reaching 5 sites I reached the site that had it. I decided to make it easier for myself and other by overcoming some of the search terms one needs to remember.

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Probably the most important Firefox keyboard shortcuts that I think are:

  • Ctrl+L (Send the active cursor to the address bar in Firefox)
  • Ctrl+T (open a blank tab shortcut key combination)
  • Ctrl+K (go to search box)
  • Ctrl+F (find a text on the current page)
  • Alt+N (find next occurrence of the the word in the current page)
  • F3 (also does the next occurrence search)
  • Ctrl+D (Bookmark current page – A better method to save bookmarks)
  • Ctrl+W (Close the Current Tab)
  • Spacebar (Scroll a page down)
  • Shift+Spacebar (Scroll a page up)
  • F5 (Page reload)


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  • Ctrl++ (Magnify page contents by 1 size)
  • Ctrl+ (Zoom out page contents by 1 size)
  • Alt+Home (go to home page)


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Ever wanted to just write down the domain name without typing the www and .com parts and automatically open the website for the Here’s the steps to do this.Stick a Contol+T to open a new tab and once you have opened the page press Ctrl+W to come back to this page.

  • Ctrl+T
  • Ctrl+L
  • Google
  • Ctrl+Enter (for .com addresses)
  • Shift+Enter (for .net addresses)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Enter (for .org addresses)
  • Ctrl+W


Navigation on the Tab Bar

Another useful feature that is built into Firefox and an handy one to know is scrolling though the open tabs using your keyboard. I for one have at-least a dozen tabs open at any one time. Furthermore, my Firefox will remember my tabs the next time I start Firefox (this needs an extra addon to do the job of remembering tabs). Scroll through the Tabs using these commands.

  • Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
  • Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
  • Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

Controlling The Tab with Your Mouse

For those who like using the mouse as often as 99% of the time (me). These come in very handy at most times.

  • Middle click on link (opens in new tab)
  • Shift+scroll down (previous page)
  • Shift+scroll up (next page)
  • Ctrl+scroll up (decrease text size)
  • Ctrl+scroll down (increase text size)
  • Middle click on a tab (closes tab)

Get this Firefox Addon if you haven’t “Fire Gestures“. A great Firefox Addon that adds more functionality and saves you time and wrist pain every time. I am lost without it. I have grown so adapted to it that I can’t use a plain vanilla Firefox without it. It’s all about swiping with the cursor on the page to accomplish a lot of things. Eg: swipe to close a page, swipe to undo the close, swipe to page up etc. and several other useful shortcuts to do so much in such a short time. Talking of time I have to stop here and continue the next time.

Next time I will write about

copy, save, paste, delete on inputs/address bar/search bar.

Have a great day!

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