Firefox’s most useful keyboard and mouse shortcuts

It’s been noticed that browser software developers already realized that today’s Web browsers user interface are cluttered with a lot of buttons, and toolbars covering a big part of the screen, which is not an efficient way to view and enjoy Web pages. But now a lot of them, including Firefox, are getting slimmer better utilizing every pixel on the screen. All these new approaches are great, but they don’t come without a price, most of the options and settings are now more than 2 clicks away, and in some cases they’ve been re-arranged. Don’t sweat it just yet, because Firefox, as most Web browsers today, come with a lot of keyboard and mouse shortcuts that can help you to be faster and more efficient at surfing the internet. That is why today we are going to list Firefox’s most useful keyboard and mouse shortcuts.

Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts

Navigation

  • Alt+Home – Takes you to home page.
  • Alt+Left – Moves back through your history.
  • Alt+Right – Moves forward through your history.
  • F5 or Ctrl+R – Page refresh.
  • Ctrl+F5 – Refreshes the current page but it also override cache.
  • Esc – Stop loading the current page.
  • Alt Brings the old Menu Bar back.

Bookmarks, History & Tools

  • Ctrl+Shift+B – Show all Bookmarks.
  • Ctrl+I – Show all bookmarks in the left side.
  • Ctrl+D – Bookmark the current page.
  • Ctrl+Shift+D – Bookmark all Tabs.
  • Ctrl+Shift+H – Show all history.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Del – Deletes recent history.
  • Ctrl+Shift+T – Restores recently closed Tabs.
  • Ctrl+Shit+N – Restores recently closed windows.
  • Ctrl+Shift+A – Opens Firefox’s Add-ons manager.
  • Ctrl+J – Display downloads.
  • Ctrl+Shift+P – Starts a new window for Private Browsing.
  • Ctrl+Shift+J – Opens the Error Console.
  • Ctrl+/ – Opens the Add-on Bar.

Working with Tabs & Windows

  • Ctrl+Shift+E – Opens the new Firefox 4 Tab Groups.
  • Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 – Close current Tab.
  • Ctrl+T – Opens a new Tab.
  • Ctrl+N – Opens a new window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+W or Alt+F4 – Close current window.
  • Ctrl+Tab – Move between Tabs (moving right).
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Move the previous Tab (moving left).
  • Ctrl+Shift+T – Undo a close Tab.
  • Ctrl+1 to 8 – Select a Tab 1 to 8.
  • Ctrl+9 – Selects the last Tab.

In Current Page

  • Home – Takes you to the top of the page.
  • End – Takes you to the bottom of the page.
  • Ctrl + – Zoom In.
  • Ctrl – – Zoom Out.
  • Ctrl + 0 – Resets the Zoom.
  • F6 – Navigate between frames.
  • Shift+F6 – Navigate to previous frames.
  • Ctrl+P – Prepare the current page to print.
  • Ctrl+U – View the page source.

Using Firefox Search

  • Ctrl+F – Open the find box to do a search.
  • F3 or Ctrl+G – Find next.
  • Shift+F3 – Find previous.
  • – Find as you type the link.
  • / – Find as you type the text.
  • Ctrl+K – Search bar.

Firefox Mouse Shortcuts

  • Ctrl+Scroll down – Zoom In.
  • Ctrl+Scroll up – Zoom Out.
  • Middle-click on a Tab – Close a Tab.
  • Double-click on Tab Bar – Opens a new Tab (In Firefox 4 only when displaying the old Menu Bar).
  • Shift+Scroll down – Go back.
  • Shift+ Scroll up – Go forward.
  • Alt+Scroll – Scroll a page line by line.
  • Ctrl+Drag – Copy Tab or Bookmark.
  • Alt+Left-click – Save Page As.
  • Shift+Left-click – Open link in a new window.
  • Ctrl+Left-click – Open link in a new Tab.

All these useful keyboard and mouse shortcuts have also been tested on Firefox 4!

Source Mozilla Support | Image source flickr – FurLined

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.