34 Navigation Shortcuts For Web Browsers

You can improve your productivity when you are working on web browsers by using navigational shortcuts effectively. Using mouse every time might seem easy to you because you are used to using mouse since childhood. But if you learn some keyboard and mouse shortcuts, you would find it much faster and easier to surf or work on web browsers.

Let’s look at some of the important browser navigation shortcuts that can be used more often. Most of them are common to every browser. Every browser be it Google chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Windows Internet Explorer, or Opera, uses almost the same navigational shortcuts.

Shortcut Keys Description
1.    Alt+Home Opens homepage of the browser
2.   Alt+Tab If more than one window of browser is open, it toggles between them
3.   Alt+Left Arrow Takes you to last page that you had opened
4.   Alt+Right Arrow Takes you to forward page, if you had gone back anytime
5.   Esc Stops the current page from loading
6.   Ctrl+ (- or +) Zooms in or zooms out of page, + to Zoom in and – to zoom out
7.   Ctrl+1-8 Control with any number between 1 to 8 takes you to the respective tab in the tab bar
8.   Ctrl+9 Takes you to the last tab if multiple tabs are open
9.   Ctrl+0 If you had changed zoom settings, it resets browser’s zoom to default
10.  F11 Displays the current web site in full screen mode
11.  Ctrl+Shift+Del Clears the private data such as forms, usernames etc.
12. Ctrl+Shift+B Shows and hides the bookmarks bar
13.  Ctrl+F Opens the find bar so that you can search text on the current page
14.  Ctrl+O Opens a file in the browser from your system
15.  Ctrl+Shift+O Opens the Bookmark manager having list of bookmark pages
16.  Ctrl+H Opens browser history in a new tab
17.  Ctrl+J Displays the downloads window containing lists of downloaded files
18.  Ctrl+K Places the cursor to the address bar so that you can begin typing
19.  Ctrl+N Opens new browser window
20. Ctrl+Shift+N Opens a new window in private mode
21.  Ctrl+R or F5 Refreshes the current page
22.  Ctrl+T Opens a new tab
23.  Ctrl+U You can view a web page’s source code
24.  Ctrl+W Closes the tab which is currently open
25.  Ctrl+Shift+W Closes the window which is currently open
26.  Ctrl+Shift+T It reopens the last tap which you have closed. If you want to open more tabs than press it again till your desired tab is opened
27.  Ctrl+Tab It opens each tab one by one from the first to the last tab
28.  Ctrl+Shift+Tab It opens each tab one by one from the leftmost tab to the rightmost tab
29.  Ctrl+Left-click on a link Opens a link in a new tab in the background
30.  Ctrl+Shift Left-click Opens a link in a new tab and switches to that tab
31.   Spacebar Scrolls down a page at a time
32.  Shift+Spacebar Scrolls up a page at a time
33.  Home Take you to top of page
34.  End Take you to bottom of page

If you learn these tricks and try them more frequently when you are working on web browser, then you can certainly increase your productivity. Imagine using mouse again and again every second to move the control to different locations of the web page. You can save these seconds that adds up to minutes if you are working for long time. Thus, these navigational shortcuts can help you a great deal.

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