To all the Firefox users out there, how long have you been in love with this browser?
Well I for one have been using Firefox since ages but only recently did I stumble upon a few keyboard shortcuts that really helped me improve my productivity rate while using this browser. You can normally find all the keyboard shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox on their website but I highly doubt you would be using many of those daily.
So here is a list of some of the keyboard shortcuts that I felt were most important to remember.
Bookmark all Tabs into a Folder
To bookmark a particular page on Mozilla Firefox you’d generally use Ctrl+D. But when I happen to be working on a particular project my browser is filled with all the related webpages in different tabs. It was getting quite difficult and time-consuming for me to bookmark each page individually and so I started searching for a keyboard shortcut that could do this for me.
Ctrl + Shift + D shortcut actually allows you to bookmark all the current tabs in your workspace to a bookmark folder. Also you can right click on any tab and choose ‘Bookmark all tabs‘ option to achieve the same. This nifty little shortcut was a huge relief!
For upcoming Developers
Since the past few years I have been doing web designing and developing websites during my free time. If you are into developing web applications and websites, you might find some of these keyboard shortcuts helpful.
To open Developer Tools window press F12 or Ctrl + Shift + I
Dev tools window has a toggle bar where you can access other tools. But, if you are someone who wants to be more precise then,
To directly go to Web Console press Ctrl + Shift +K
To open page Inspector directly, press Ctrl + Shift + C
For Debugger, press Ctrl + Shift + S
To view the Network, press Ctrl + Shift + Q
To access the Developer Toolbar, press Shift + F2 (The toolbar would popup at the bottom of the browser window)
To view the Page Source, type in Ctrl + U
Test webpage Responsiveness
The shortcut but be handy for everyone who is into website development. And as you may already know that more than 50% users browse Internet on their mobile phones. To serve them properly, Google requires your website to be responsive to various devices’ screen resolutions.
You can quickly check whether a web page is compatible on various mobile screens by using the Responsive Design View feature in Mozilla Firefox.
To view a web page on different screen resolutions, press Ctrl + Shift + M
Clear Browser History in a jiffy
If you are in a hurry or need to move away from the computer immediately for some reason, then clearing the browsing history without anyone noticing it would be difficult.
To spare you of all the hassle and quickly clear the browser’s recent history in Firefox, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete
Reading PDF files
If you happen to find yourself reading the PDF file on the browser, using the mouse to customise your view, zoom and go to next page would be a distraction. Learn these shortcuts and I bet you’ll never use a mouse the next time you read a PDF in Firefox.
Go to Next page, press the key; N or J or ->(right arrow key)
For previous page, press P or K or <-(left arrow key)
For zooming in you can use Ctrl + +(plus key) and for zooming out, press Ctrl + –(minus key)
You can switch to presentation mode by typing Ctrl + Alt + P
Web Address Tricks
I assume most of you are already using Ctrl + Enter to append ‘.com‘ to the end of the website name. But what if the url has a ‘.net‘ or ‘.org‘ as the suffix. The following shortcuts would also be handy in this case.
To complete .net address, type the website name and press Shift + Enter
For .org web address, type in the website name and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter
If you are doing a lot of copy paste work for your upcoming project documentation, then caret browsing would definitely simplify your work. When this option is enabled, the Firefox browser places a movable cursor on the webpage the you are currently browsing. You can more the cursor by using the arrow keys on the keyboard and select the required text using Shift + arrow key (in the direction you want to select the text)
To enable or disable caret browsing in your browser, press F7
Quick Find bar
Normally you’d use Ctrl + F to find a piece of text on the webpage, but you can also use the “/” key to enable the quick find bar on your browser. While the regular Find bar would have other options like ‘highlight all’ and ‘match case’, the quick find bar is devoid of those. You can use it to quickly find the text and the number of times it has been used on the page.
Mute the tab
It sometimes happens that you need to quickly mute the volume of a video or audio playing in a tab while you are busy in another tab. In such case, just click on the volume/speaker icon that appears on that tab to mute it.
If you are finding it difficult to read the text or view images on a website, then you can use the browser’s zoom feature to magnify the page. You can use Ctrl + +(plus key) or Ctrl + –(minus key) to toggle the zoom.
Additionally you can also zoom the page by pressing Ctrl + (scroll up the scroll wheel on mouse) and zoom out by hitting Ctrl + (scroll down the scroll wheel)