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    Handy Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

    Redundant point-and-click actions can slow you down. These computer keyboard shortcuts save time and help you get exactly where you want to be in seconds in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.

    While the mouse is considered one of the greatest and most useful computing technologies ever made, sometimes the redundant point-and-click actions can slow you down. Keyboard shortcuts save time and help you get exactly where you want to be in seconds. Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts you can use while surfing the Web with the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google’s Chrome browser.

    Internet Explorer Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

    Internet Explorer (IE) Shortcuts

    Function

    ESC Stop downloading current page
    F5 Refresh page
    F11 Toggle browser between full-screen and regular view
    ALT + Left Arrow Back
    ALT + Right Arrow Forward
    ALT + HOME Go to homepage
    CTRL + D Add page to Favorites
    CTRL + F Find on page
    CTRL + H Open History
    CTRL + I Open Favorites
    CTRL + P Print
    CTRL + T Open new tab
    CTRL + TAB Switch to next tab
    CTRL + W Close current tab
    CTRL + 9 Switch to last tab
    CTRL + SHIFT + H Open History in pinned mode
    CTRL + SHIFT + Q View list of open tabs
    CTRL + SHIFT + TAB Switch to previous tab

    Mozilla Firefox Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

    Mozilla Firefox Shortcuts

    Function

    ESC Stop downloading current page
    F5 Refresh
    F11 Full screen view
    ALT + HOME Go to homepage
    ALT + Left Arrow Back
    ALT + Right Arrow Forward
    CTR + + Zoom In
    CTR + – Zoom Out
    CTRL+ 0 Zoom Reset
    CTRL + K Select a search bar
    CTRL + TAB Switch tabs
    CTRL + D Add bookmarks
    CTRL + B Open Bookmarks
    CTRL + P Print
    CTRL + R Reload
    CTRL + T New Tab
    CTRL + N New Window
    SHIFT + ENTER Open link in new window

    Google Chrome Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

    Google Chrome Shortcuts

    Function

    ALT + F4 Close current window
    ALT + HOME Open homepage
    ALT + SHIFT +B Open Bookmark manager
    CTRL + B Toggle Bookmarks on/off
    CTRL + H View History
    CTRL + N Open new window
    CTRL + T Open new tab
    CTRL + O Open a file from your computer in Google Chrome
    CTRL + P Print page
    CTRL + W Close current tab
    CTRL + 9 Switch to last tab
    CTRL + SHIFT + B Open the Bookmark manager
    CTRL + SHIFT + N Open a new window in incognito mode
    CTRL + SHIFT + T Reopen the last tab you’ve closed (Chrome remembers last 10)
    CTRL + TAB Switch to next tab
    CTRL + PageUp Switch to previous tab
    CTRL + PageDown Switch to the next tab
    CTRL + (click hyperlink) Open link in new tab in the background
    SHIFT + (click hyperlink) Open link in a new window

    Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, Vangie Beal is a freelance writer, covering business and Internet technology for more than a decade. She is also managing editor of Webopedia.com.

    This article was last updated on March 31, 2020