50+ Keyboard shortcuts that work across all the browsers

Browser Keyboard shortcuts

There are lots of web browsers and people use a browser of their choice. Some people prefer web browsing on Chrome while there are a lot of people who love using Firefox. Now a lot of people also prefer Edge which comes pre-installed on Windows. Although we have several browsers, these browsers have common keyboard shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts let you perform several tasks quickly while browsing the web. If you learn these keyboard shortcuts for a browser, you can use them while using any other web browser. In this article, I am listing some of the keyboard shortcuts that you can use on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, and Safari.

All these Browser keyboard shortcuts are for Windows. If you are using macOS, replace Ctrl with CMD in the keyboard shortcuts. For example, ctrl+F5 is used to refresh the browser on Windows, and Cmd+F5 is used for the same thing on macOS.

Basic Navigation Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + F5Refresh and reset the browser cache for the current page.
Alt + Left ArrowBack
Alt + Right ArrowForward
Alt + HomeReturn to Homepage
F6Select the address bar (Alt+D and Ctrl+L also works here)
F11Fullscreen mode, exit fullscreen mode
HomeScroll to the top of the page
EndScroll to the bottom of the page
SpacebarScroll down
Shift+ SpacebarScroll up
Page Down / UpScroll down / up
Ctrl + CCopy selected text
Ctrl + XCut (copy and delete original) text
Ctrl + VPaste copied text

Advanced Navigation Shortcut Keys

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + DBookmark current page
F1Open a mostly useless help page
F3Perform a text search on the current page, find the next text result
Shift + F3Find previous text search results
Ctrl + FPerform a text search on the current page
Ctrl + GFind the next text result
Ctrl + Shift + GFind previous text result
Ctrl + HOpen browsing history
Ctrl + JOpen the downloads folder and/or history
Ctrl + OOpen a local file in the browser
Ctrl + SDownload and save the current page
Ctrl + PPrint current page
Ctrl + ESelect the search box or omnibar. (Ctrl + K also works)
Ctrl + Shift + DelOpens up the clear browser history dialog or settings
Alt + EnterOpen search in a new tab
Ctrl + EnterOpen search term as a website
F12Open developer tools or Firebug
Ctrl + UView source
Alt + FMakes the menu bar appear (if hidden)

All About Tabs

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + NOpens a new window (this works in Windows too)
Ctrl + TabCycle forward to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + TabCycle backward to the previous tab
Ctrl + F4Closes the current tab.
Ctrl + TOpens a new tab.
Ctrl + Shift + TOpens a recently closed tab.
Alt + F4Close the entire window (truly universal for every app)
Ctrl + # key (1 to 8)Changes view to the tab number chosen
Ctrl + 9Changes view to the last tab

Mouse and Keyboard Combos

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + MousewheelZoom in our out
Ctrl + 0Reset to 100% (default) zoom
Mousewheel PressCloses tabs if clicked on a tab, opens links in a new tab, scroll
Ctrl + Left ClickOpen link in a new tab
Shift + Left clickOpen link in a new window
Shift + Ctrl + Left clickOpen link in a new background tab


Deepanker Verma is the founder of Nerdy Guides. He is a tech blogger, software developer, and gadget freak. He also runs TheWPGuides, and Techlomedia

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