85 Firefox Shortcuts for Mac and PC
As my browser of choice, Firefox provides all the functionality I need for web design, application development, everyday surfing, and much more. With a handful of choice extensions installed, Firefox is a lean, mean “get-it-done” machine. Plus, I am always looking for new ways to boost productivity and increase efficiency. Of course, an excellent way to do this involves learning and using as many mouse and keyboard shortcuts as possible.
Over the past few years, I have collected oodles of shortcut snippets for Firefox. Thus, in an effort to purge my constantly growing stash of notes, I decided to round up all of the Firefox shortcuts I could find, clean them up a bit, and post the collection online for everyone to enjoy. Drum roll please: now presenting 85 Firefox Shortcuts for Mac and PC! Enjoy..
These are pretty much standard shortcuts that work on many machines and with many applications. I can’t imagine working without them:
Cmd A = Select all Cmd P = Print page Cmd O = Open file Cmd S = Save page Cmd Z = Undo Cmd Y = Redo Cmd X = Cut Cmd C = Copy Cmd V = Paste Del = Delete
Ctrl A = Select all Ctrl P = Print page Ctrl O = Open file Ctrl S = Save page Ctrl Z = Undo Ctrl Y = Redo Ctrl X = Cut Ctrl C = Copy Ctrl V = Paste Del = Delete
Changing Text Size
Whether you need to improve readability or test your site design, Firefox makes it easy to change text-size on the fly:
Cmd + = Increase text size Cmd - = Decrease text size Cmd 0 = Restore default size
Ctrl + = Increase text size Ctrl - = Decrease text size Ctrl 0 = Restore default size
Changing View Size
For serious Web browsing, try opening up your view with a full-screen Firefox window (available on PC only):
F11 = Toggle full-screen view
Quickly summon the Firefox Help panel or locate text on any page. Note that the Find shortcuts also work on source-code page views. Must-have shortcuts:
F1 = Help Cmd F = Find Cmd G = Find Next Opt N = Find Next
F1 = Help Ctrl F = Find Ctrl G = Find Next Alt N = Find Next
Surf the Web without the mouse! Here are some excellent navigational shortcuts for quick and easy maneuvering:
Opt Home = Go home Opt Left-arrow = Go back Opt Right-arrow = Forward Page Up = Page up Page Down = Page down Shift Space = Page up Space = Page down Esc = Stop page load Cmd K = Go to search box Cmd L = Go to address bar Cmd R = Reload page F5 = Reload page
Alt Home = Go home Alt Left-arrow = Go back Alt Right-arrow = Forward Page Up = Page up Page Down = Page down Shift Space = Page up Space = Page down Esc = Stop page load Ctrl K = Go to search box Ctrl L = Go to address bar Ctrl R = Reload page F5 = Reload page
Likewise, after using
L to focus the address field, these shortcuts become very useful:
Opt Enter = Opens location in new window Cmd Enter = Automatically add "http://www." and ".com" to the input location Shift Enter = Automatically add "http://www." and ".net" to the input location Cmd Shift Enter = Automatically add "http://www." and ".org" to the input location
Alt Enter = Opens location in new window Ctrl Enter = Automatically add "http://www." and ".com" to the input location Shift Enter = Automatically add "http://www." and ".net" to the input location Ctrl Shift Enter = Automatically add "http://www." and ".org" to the input location
Here are some great shortcuts for efficient bookmarking:
Cmd Shift H = Go to History Cmd B = Go to Bookmarks Cmd D = Bookmark page Cmd Shift D = Bookmark all tabs
Ctrl H = Go to History Ctrl B = Go to Bookmarks Ctrl D = Bookmark page Ctrl Shift D = Bookmark all tabs
Here are some secret shortcuts for expertz only:
Cmd Shift Delete = Clear private data Cmd Shift I = Open DOM Inspector Cmd U = View page source Cmd J = Open Downloads
Ctrl Shift Delete = Clear private data Ctrl Shift I = Open DOM Inspector Ctrl U = View page source Ctrl J = Open Downloads
Tabs and Windows
Mastering the use of Firefox tabs and windows is an excellent way to improve your Web-surfing skillz. When used, these shortcuts will greatly improve your browsing speed and efficiency:
Cmd T = Open new tab Cmd N = Open new window Cmd W = Close current tab Cmd Shift T = Reopen closed tab Cmd Shift W = Close current window Cmd Click = Open link in new tab Cmd Tab = Cycle forward through open tabs Cmd Shift Tab = Cycle reverse through open tabs
Ctrl T = Open new tab Ctrl N = Open new window Ctrl W = Close current tab Ctrl Shift T = Reopen closed tab Ctrl Shift W = Close current window Ctrl Left-click = Open link in new tab Ctrl Tab = Cycle forward through open tabs Ctrl Shift Tab = Cycle reverse through open tabs
You can also jump to any specific tab according to its position in the tab bar:
Cmd 1 = Jump to 1st open tab Cmd 2 = Jump to 2nd open tab Cmd 3 = Jump to 3rd open tab Cmd 4 = Jump to 4th open tab Cmd 5 = Jump to 5th open tab Cmd 6 = Jump to 6th open tab Cmd 7 = Jump to 7th open tab Cmd 8 = Jump to 8th open tab Cmd 9 = Jump to 9th open tab
Ctrl 1 = Jump to 1st open tab Ctrl 2 = Jump to 2nd open tab Ctrl 3 = Jump to 3rd open tab Ctrl 4 = Jump to 4th open tab Ctrl 5 = Jump to 5th open tab Ctrl 6 = Jump to 6th open tab Ctrl 7 = Jump to 7th open tab Ctrl 8 = Jump to 8th open tab Ctrl 9 = Jump to 9th open tab
Changing Text Size
Just as with keyboard shortcuts, changing the text size on any web page is easily accomplished with the mouse scroll wheel:
Cmd mouse-scroll-wheel UP = Decrease text size Cmd mouse-scroll-wheel DOWN = Increase text size
Ctrl mouse-scroll-wheel UP = Decrease text size Ctrl mouse-scroll-wheel DOWN = Increase text size
Opening Tabs and Windows
Opening links in new tabs and windows is a great way to keep from going slowly insane. Here are some sweet tips to help do so:
Ctrl-click any link and select "Open Link in New Window" Ctrl-click any link and select "Open Link in New Tab" Shift-click = opens link in new window Cmd-click = opens link in new tab
Right-click any link and select "Open Link in New Window" Right-click any link and select "Open Link in New Tab" Shift-click = opens link in new window Ctrl-click = opens link in new tab Middle-click = opens link in new tab
Closing tabs is a snap with these handy mouse shortcuts:
Cmd W = Close tab Cmd F4 = Close tab Middle-click = Close tab Left+Right Click = Close tab
To re-open a closed tab, use
Ctrl W = Close tab Ctrl F4 = Close tab Middle-click = Close tab Left+Right Click = Close tab
To re-open a closed tab, middle-click twice (via the scroll wheel) on the Tab Bar.
There are several easy ways to manage tabs in Firefox:
- To open a new tab, right/ctrl-click on any tab and select “New Tab”
- To reload the current tab, right/ctrl-click the tab and select “Reload Tab”
- To reload all open tabs, right/ctrl-click on any tab and select “Reload All Tabs”
- To close the current tab, right/ctrl-click the tab and select “Close Tab”
- To close all background tabs, right/ctrl-click on the tab and select “Close Other Tabs”
- To bookmark the current tab, right/ctrl-click the tab and select “Bookmark This Tab”
- To bookmark all tabs, right/ctrl-click any tab and select “Bookmark All Tabs”
Scrolling and Other Tricks
Wrapping things up are some nice tricks for scrolling, navigating, and selecting text:
- Slow Scrolling — scroll the page line-by-line by holding the
Altkey while rolling the scroll wheel
- Mouse Gestures — click within the web page, watch your cursor change, and move the mouse to scroll up, down, or even sideways
- Tab through Links — use the
Tabkey to navigate through any (X)HTML document by jumping from link to link
- Navigate through Page History — quickly navigate forward and back through pages by holding the shift key while rolling your scroll wheel
- Highlight Entire Word — to select an entire word, click within the word and left-click twice
- Highlight Entire Line — to select an entire line, click within the line and left-click three times
And that’s a wrap!
As neat as the number “85” happens to be, I really wanted to post something like “101 Amazing Firefox Shortcuts,” or even “14 Billion Amazing Firefox Shortcuts.” But, alas, my collection of Firefox shortcut-snippets fell a bit short. So lend a hand and tell me what I missed! ;)
Sry but if u write about shoartcuts on mac u have to test them!
example: cmd + h hides an application and will not open the history ;) also will f11 show the destop and not the fullscreen mode…
^^I think that it’s because – in most cases – the “ctrl” and “cmd” keys are interchangeable with most programs between a mac and a PC, that this mistake is made. I don’t have a mac – and have no desire to own one – but that wouldn’t keep me from at least opening my mac-savvy friends up to a new opportunity to save time. I’d just hope that one of them would be polite enough to correct me in the right way. :)
When I tried the F11 PC shortcut to switch to Full Screen view, the Esc button would not take me back to normal view in Firefox. Instead, simply pressing F11 again will take you back to Normal Screen view.
@Ed: Lazy as charged! To toggle the History on the mac, use
Cmd+Shift+H. You are also correct that the full-screen toggle shortcut is not available on the mac. The article has been updated to reflect this information. Thanks for the info! :)
@Erika: I couldn’t have said it better myself — thanks! :)
@Spencer: Also correct! To toggle full-screen view on the PC, the F11 key is all that’s needed. Thanks for taking the time to help improve the article — it has been updated with this information as well. Cheers!
Great article, on the whole! Just as a note, you might want to update, above, where you have for both PC and Mac that ctrl/cmd + P = Paste. It’s ctrl/cmd + V = Paste. P = print (as you already have on there). Just a quick ‘n easy edit that would be worthwhile. Thanks :)
Excellent summary. It really helped me start using Firefox on my new Mac.
For Backward and Forward, you have Opt Left Arrow and Opt Right Arrow.
On the Firefox I’m running (3.05 and 3.1 beta) Cmd works with Left Arrow and Cmd Right Arrow but not Opt.
Hi OnOff, do you know if this is a change with the new Firefox (v.3), or has it always been that way.. (my Mac is packed away during my recent move so I can’t check at the moment) – Thanks!
Nice useful set of shortcuts!
Maybe you could tell me the Mac equivalent of the ‘Home’ key as I am trying to track down the ‘home’ shortcut, but a Mac does not have this key???
Opt Home = Go home
Any help appreciated?
For Firefox 3, you may use the following shortcut to load the browser’s home page:
function key [fn] + option [alt] + left arrow key
And for Safari, you may use this shortcut instead:
command key [cmd] + shift + H
Unfortunately, there is no direct equivalent for the PC “Home” key on the Mac. Hopefully these workarounds will do the trick!
I realize this is way late but…
…is there a command to click the RSS feed of a given page?
Thanks for the great post! It’s been ages I know, but it’s still really helpful. I’ve been wanting to know how to open to a new tab without holding alt-click and selecting open in a new tab. Cmd – click is going to be the hugest time saver!