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

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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