Browsers/AppsMost folks know that Firefox, IE7, Chrome and some other tabbed interfaces provide the following shortcuts for working with tabs:
- Ctrl + T => New Tab
- Ctrl + Tab => Next Tab
- Ctrl + W => Close Tab
Perhaps a bit less known is
- Alt + D => Goto the Address Bar
I have begun to use this Alt + D shortcut in combination with the Quick Search feature in Firefox. This is a feature that allows you associate a keyword in the address bar with a particular type of search. Firefox comes preloaded with a number of useful ones, including "wp" for wikipedia (though my Linux version of Firefox 3 seems to be missing these for some reason). To try this out, simply navigate to the address bar and type "wp firefox". This should pull up a page with the results of the wikipedia search. You can even set your own Quick Searches (much like setting a bookmark). For more info on this nice little feature, check out http://lifehacker.com/software/geek-to-live/geek-to-live-fifteen-firefox-quick-searches-129658.php
Finally, there are the page search shortcuts (at least in Firefox).
- / => Find As You Type Text
- ' => Find As You Type Link
Finally, some new-fangled, web 2.0, RIA, Ajax-enabled, Software-as-a-Service webpages provide their own shortcuts. The only ones I know of and use are the Google shortcuts (especially for Gmail and Reader). In particular, I find the use of j/k and n/p to navigate lists/items quite useful. For a useful reference list, be sure to type '?' while in one of these services.
Operating SystemsOperating systems usually provide some useful shortcuts for managing the desktop and the running applications.
- Alt + Tab => Switch between applications
On my work computers I use Windows XP and have gotten familiar with a number of the special windows shortcuts (many involving that silly little "windows" key between Ctrl and Alt on the keyboard). Of these shortcuts, perhaps my favorite is:
- Winkey + D => Show Desktop (Toggle)
Well that is enough for now. I will have to write new posts or update these ones as I find particularly useful shortcuts which I have missed.