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The browser is arguably the most used application on anyone’s computer and with the onslaught of hundreds (if not thousands) of new web applications, the time spent in said browsers will only increase. Back in college in my various graphic design classes, one thing that I […]

The browser is arguably the most used application on anyone’s computer and with the onslaught of hundreds (if not thousands) of new web applications, the time spent in said browsers will only increase.

Back in college in my various graphic design classes, one thing that I really took away from all of that was how the use of keyboard shortcuts (or hot keys) really did boost productivity and reduce significantly the amount of time needed to complete tasks over a period of time.

One hindrance to my picking up keyboard shortcuts quickly was lack of documentation…or rather lack of easily accessible documentation. So in this post I’m aiming to provide you some easy-access tools for becoming a browser power-user. Download the tool that fits your setup best…hopefully it will help you in some way!

Enjoy!

The Goods

I’ve broken down the keyboard shortcuts by browser and then by download type. If there’s a format that would work better for you, just request it in the comments and I’ll see what I can whip up.

Safari & Firefox

PDF – 80KB
PNG – 52KB
Bookmarklet (drag to your bookmarks bar)

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  1. Completely Biased Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    They both suck. Where’s OmniWeb?

  2. “Where’s OmniWeb?”

    It’s back there with the other .03% of people who us it. :)

  3. The *one* shortcut from the WinXP world that I sorely, sorely miss on my Mac is Alt-D, which shifts the cursor into the address bar, so that you can then type a web address. (IE, you don’t have to click into the address bar to type an address; you just go Alt-D, and then start typing it.) Do you (or any commenters) know how to do this in either Firefox-Mac or Safari? I’d be infinitely obliged…

  4. >The *one* shortcut from the WinXP world that I sorely, sorely miss on my Mac is
    >Alt-D, which shifts the cursor into the address bar…

    Command+L always worked for me, in most browsers. It’s right there in the File menu as well.

  5. Josh, good start! I’d add ⌘K to the “Select search field” line… Command-K selects the search field in Firefox. You can also hold down the Command key in that seach field and use the down/up arrows to change search engines.

  6. @Lance Willet: Thanks for the tip. I’ve updated the sheet to include ⌘K.

  7. David, as Vedmok said, Command+L works on most browsers on the Mac to highlight the address bar.

    What I’d like to know though, is if there’s a way to highlight the search bar (other than Command+L+Tab).

  8. Duh, I didn’t read the Lance’s comment.

  9. Command+Option+f will highlight the search bar in Safari.

  10. NICE! Thank you ^_^

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