Web developers are lazy people in some ways. I’m perfectly willing to spend hours and hours learning a new programming language. But God forbid that I have to raise my hand and touch the mouse. I can’t think of many worse things! Today, I’ll show you a few of my most-used keyboard shortcuts when working in Firefox. (*Note – many of these will work in other browsers as well.) Have any of your own? Leave a comment and let us know!
Are you grabbing your mouse every time you want to visit a new site? Bad dog!
Simply press “Option D” or “Alt D”. This will immediately bring the focus to the url field.
Open a link in a new tab
After typing the url, press “Alt + Enter” or “Option + Enter”. This will load the requested page into a new tab.
Ever need to look up a word fast?
Press “Alt D” or “Command L” to focus on the location bar. Then type “dict” followed by the word that you’re looking up. For example “dict satiate”. This will automatically load dictionary.com.
Add custom search
Let’s say that you need a way to easily search ThemeForest without having to visit the site and then find the search textbox. Do this instead….
This first time, do it manually.
- Go to ThemeForest.net.
- Next click on the Search tab.
- Right-click inside of the textbox.
- Select “Add a new keyword for this search”
- This will bring up a box. Give it any name you wish. Inside the “Keyword” field, give it a short name that you can reference in the url. In my case, I’ve used “searchTF”.
- Click okay. Now enter a new url. Just type “searchTF corporate”.
- This will automatically bring up the search results, just as if you had done it manually!
This will work with many sites! I personally use this feature for Google Images, Flickr, Wikipedia, etc.
- Switch the selected tab: Control 1, 2, 3, etc or Command 1, 2, 3, etc
- Refresh the page: F5