Firefox 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 www.domain.com. 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+Enter (for .com addresses)
- Shift+Enter (for .net addresses)
- Ctrl+Shift+Enter (for .org addresses)
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!