79 Mozilla Firefox keyboard shortcuts you should know in 2021

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Mozilla’s browser is probably one of the best alternatives to Google Chrome that we can currently find. Part of its success is also due to the keyboard shortcuts that Mozilla Firefox integrates and that allow us to automate certain actions through simple key combinations. On this occasion we have made a compilation of several keyboard shortcuts to use with the open source browser in full 2021.

Simple navigation keyboard shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox

What would an Internet browser be without the commands that allow us to move within a web page, go back to the previous web page or reload the content of the page. Let’s see some of the simplest commands that allow us to interact with the different elements of the browser.

  • Highlight next link or section: Tab
  • Highlight previous link or section: Shift + Tab
  • Advance on the page: Page Down (Page Down), Down Arrow or Spacebar
  • Go back on the page: Up Arrow or Shitf + Spacebar
  • Go to the bottom of the page: End or Control + Date down
  • Go to the top of the page: Home or Control + Date up
  • Go to next frame: F6
  • Go to the previous frame: Shift + F6
  • Print page: Control + P
  • Save highlighted link: Alt + Enter
  • Save page as: Control + S
  • Increase page size: Control + ‘+’
  • Reduce page size: Control + ‘-‘
  • Reset page size: Control + 0
  • Go to the previous page: Alt + Left Arrow or Backspace
  • Go to the next page: Alt + Right Arrow or Shift + Backspace
  • Go to start: Alt + Home
  • Open file from browser: Control + O
  • Reload page: F5 or Control + R
  • Reload by replacing the cache: Control + F5 or Control + Shift + R
  • Stop loading: Escape

Firefox keyboard shortcuts for tabs and windows

Tab and window control is also possible via keyboard shortcuts in Firefox. In this way, we can navigate between the different open tabs, at the same time that we can close web pages or create new tab bookmarks, among many other functions.

  • Close tab: Control + W or Control + F4
  • Close the window: Control + Shift + W or Alt + F4
  • Access the tabs in the most recent order of use: Control + Tab
  • Leave: Control + Shift + Q
  • Go one tab to the left: Control + Page Down
  • Go one tab to the right: Control + Page down
  • Move selected tab to the left: Control + Shift + Up Arrow
  • Move tab selected Right: Control + Shift + Down Arrow
  • Move tab selected at the beginning: Control + Shift + Home
  • Move tab selected in the end: Control + Shift + End
  • Mute or unmute tab audio selected: Control + M
  • Open new tab: Control + T
  • Open new window: Control + N
  • Open new private window: Control + Shift + P
  • Open Highlight Bookmark or Link in Current Tab: Enter
  • Undo action Eerr tab: Control + Shift + T
  • Undo action Close window: Control + Shift + N
  • Select tab (from 1 to 8): Control + 1 to 8
  • Select last tab: Control + 9
  • Move the URL to the right or left (only if the cursor is located in the address bar): Control + Shift + X
  • Add tabs to bookmarks: Control + Shift + D
  • Add the selected page to bookmarks: Control + D
  • Open bookmarks side panel: Control + B or Control + I
  • Open Catalog panel: Control + Shift + B
  • Show list of all bookmarks: Space bar
  • Open Downloads folder: Control + J

Mozilla Firefox Advanced Search Commands

The search within a web browser is one of the most useful functions if we want to find certain words, phrases or elements without resorting to third-party tools. Like any self-respecting browser, Firefox has a whole string of search keyboard shortcuts that allows us to automate some functions.

  • Search within the page: Control + F
  • Search again: F3 or Control + G
  • Find previous match: Shift + F3 or Control + Shift + G
  • Quick search only in the text of links: ‘
  • Quick search: /
  • Close search or quick search bars: Esc

If we keep the search or fast search bars of the browser active, we can use the following commands:

  • Focus on the search bar: Control + K or Control + E
  • Change the default search engine: Control + Up Arrow Control + Down Arrow (in the search bar or in the New tab section)
  • View menu to change, add or manage search engines: Alt + Up Arrow, Alt + Down Arrow, or F4 (when search bar is active)

Keyboard shortcuts to control the Firefox PDF viewer

Did you know that Mozilla Firefox has a PDF file viewer? That’s how it is. In fact, the tool has nothing to envy the native Microsoft Edge viewer or the Adobe Acrobat Reader program, the most popular viewer of the last decade. To access this viewer we will only have to select the browser from the Open with menu or click on Open file with Mozilla Firefox open.

  • Next page: N, J or Right Arrow
  • Previous page: P or K or Left arrow
  • Zoom in: Control + ‘+’
  • Zoom out: Control + ‘-‘
  • Restore default zoom: Control + 0
  • Rotate the document clockwise: R
  • Rotate the document counterclockwise: Shift + R
  • Switch to Presentation mode: Control + Alt + P
  • Open the Text Selection tool: S
  • Open the Manual Selection tool: H
  • Select the box indicating the page number: Control + Alt + G

Firefox key combinations for advanced tools

Along with Google Chrome, Firefox is one of the most suitable browsers for programmers and developers of applications and web pages. Mozilla knows this and has created a whole list of advanced tools that allow us to inspect elements one by one, see the source code of a web page or open a command console.

  • Open Plugins window: Control + Shift + A
  • Swap tools: F12 or Control + Shift + I
  • Open Web Console window: Control + Shift + K
  • Open Inspector window: Control + Shift + C
  • Open Debugger window: Control + Shift + S
  • Open Style Editor window: Shift + F7
  • Open Profiler window: Shift + F5
  • Open the Networks window: Control + Shift + E
  • Open Developer Toolbar window: Shift + F2
  • Open Adaptive Design View window: Control + Shift + M
  • Open Draft window: Shift + F4
  • Open page Source code window: Control + U
  • Open Error Console window: Control + Shift + J