31 Must Know Keyboard Shortcuts for Web Browsers

Major web browser’s shares a large number of common keyboard shortcuts.

Each browser also has some of its own, browser-specific shortcuts, but learning the ones they have in common will serve you well as you switch between different browsers and computers.


Ctrl + 1-8 – Switch to the specified tab

, counting from the left.
Ctrl + 9 – Switch to the last tab.
Ctrl + Tab – Switch to the next tab – in other words, the tab on the right.
Ctrl+Page Up –  Switch to the next tab, but not in Internet Explorer.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Switch to the previous tab – in other words, the tab on the left.
Ctrl+Page Down – Switch to the previous tab, but not in Internet Explorer.
Ctrl + W, Ctrl + F4 – Close the current tab.
Ctrl + Shift + T – Reopen the last closed tab.  ( ~ My Favourite and very useful 🙂 )
Ctrl + T – Open a new tab.
Ctrl + N – Open a new browser window.
Alt + F4 – Close the current window.


Alt + Left Arrow, Backspace – Back.
Alt + Right Arrow, Shift + Backspace – Forward.
F5 – Reload.
Ctrl + F5 – Reload and skip the cache, re-downloading the entire website.
Escape – Stop.
Alt + Home – Open homepage.


Ctrl and +, Ctrl + Mousewheel Up – Zoom in.
Ctrl and -, Ctrl + Mousewheel Down — Zoom out.
Ctrl + 0 – Default zoom level.
F11 – Full-screen mode.


Space, Page Down – Scroll down a frame.
Shift + Space, Page Up – Scroll up a frame.
Home – Top of page.
End – Bottom of page.
Middle Click – Scroll with the mouse. (Windows only)


Ctrl + L, Alt + D, F6 – Focus the address bar so you can begin typing.
Ctrl + Enter – Prefix www. and append .com to the text in the address bar, and then load the website. For example, type Google into the address bar and press Ctrl+Enter to open http://www.Google.com.

Alt + Enter – Open the location in the address bar in a new tab.


Ctrl + H – Open the browsing history.
Ctrl + J – Open the download history.
Ctrl + D – Bookmark the current website.
Ctrl + Shift + Del – Open the Clear Browsing History window.


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