Give Your Mouse a Break: Use These Handy Keyboard Shortcuts with Your Favorite Browser

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Give Your Mouse a Break: Use These Handy Keyboard Shortcuts with Your Favorite Browser

Keyboard shortcuts are great for those who don’t like using a mouse. They can also save you time. So, we’ve put together this list of browser shortcuts that work with the most popular browsers. So even if you’re a mouse lover, isn’t it time you gave your mouse a break?

These shortcuts work on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and other popular browsers.

* Shift+Escape opens the browser’s task manager. (This shortcut works with Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge)

* Ctrl+B toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.

* Ctrl+L moves your cursor to the address bar.

* Ctrl+K moves your cursor to the browser’s address bar.

* Ctrl+T opens a new tab.

* Ctrl+N opens a new window.

* Ctrl+Shift+T reopens the last closed tab.

* Ctrl+Shift+N opens a new private window (“Incognito Mode” in Chrome (Works on all Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome & Microsoft Edge.)

* Ctrl+Shift+P opens a private window in Mozilla Firefox and other Mozilla-based browsers like Pale Moon.)

* Ctrl+Tab cycles through all open tabs;

* Ctrl+Shift+Tab reverse cycles through all open tabs.

* Ctrl+J opens Downloads.

* Ctrl+W closes the currently open tab.

* Ctrl+R refreshes the current page.

* Ctrl+F5 refreshes the current page.

* Ctrl+H opens the browser’s History.

* Ctrl+1 through 9 switches to a particular open tab position.

* Ctrl++, Ctrl+-, Ctrl+0 Enlarges, reduces, and restores default text sizes.

* Page down button – Scroll down one screen on a webpage.

* Page up button – Scroll up one screen on a webpage.

And did you know…

You can use the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll up or down a webpage when browsing, instead of using your mouse. And, if you want to scroll up and down on a particularly long webpage you can click the Page Down button on your keyboard, which will scroll down the page in increments until you reach the bottom of the webpage. You can use the Page Up button to go back up to the top. If you want to go back to the top of the page from anywhere on the page – just hit the “Home” key. And if you are a bottom feeder, like TC, you can get to the bottom of the page quickly from anywhere on the page by pressing the “End” key.

So use these keyboard shortcuts and give your mouse a break – because even a mouse needs rest you know.

2 thoughts on “Give Your Mouse a Break: Use These Handy Keyboard Shortcuts with Your Favorite Browser

  1. Rich

    Thank you BOTH for all your help to us “older” folks.
    The one shortcut you left out — one I use all the time — is pressing the spacebar to go down 1 screen, and/or shift+spacebar to go (back) up one screen.
    This works on every screen on your PC/laptop, not just on the web.
    May God Bless you both and give you the strength (and finances) to continue the mission of helping others in His service.
    “Old” and long-time member and promoter of Choudeight (Darcy & TC.

    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Rich, there are probably a dozen or more we didn’t include. We only included the ones we found most useful. Every browser has its own page of keyboard shortcuts… But I have now included the following on that page:

      * Pressing the Page down button scrolls down one screen on the webpage.
      * Pressing the Page up button scrolls up one screen on the webpage.

      I think you’ll find that much easier than using a combination of keys. Thanks for your nice comments.


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