39 Keyboard Shortcuts That Work in All Web Browsers

Cool Browser Shortcuts
Cool Browser Shortcuts

While most of us who regularly use web browsers know most of the shortcuts and workarounds that save time, there are still a lot of tricks which the majority of the people are unaware of.

Here are 39 Useful Browser Shortcuts

A Shortcut to Any Website

Whatever you type into URL bar can be surrounded by www. & .com by pressing ctrl + enter.

A Shortcut to Highlighting a URL

Using CTRL + L will highlight the URL/address bar in Chrome, Opera, and Firefox.

How to Reverse Image Search

Press and Hold ‘S’ and right click an image to do a reverse image search in Chrome

How to restore a closed Tab in Browser

Pressing Ctrl + Shift + T opens up the last tab you closed mostly by mistake.

Switch between Tabs

Using Alt + Tab key lets you switch between open application easily.

How to Stop Distracting GIFs

On most of the occasion pressing, ESC will halt animated GIFs which are distracting.

Open Incognito Window Quickly

You might be unaware of Incognito, and it is used for anonymous browsing press Ctrl + Shift + N to open incognito tab.

Clear Cache with Ease

Press Ctrl + Shift + R and then refresh the page. All cache is gone.

More Useful Browser Shortcuts

Ctrl+T – Open a new tab.

Ctrl+N – Open a new browser window.

Alt+F4 – Close the current window. (Works in all applications.)


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 the page.

End – Bottom of page.

Middle Click – Scroll with the mouse. (Windows only)


Ctrl+K, Ctrl+E – Focus the browser’s built-in search box or focus the address bar if the browser doesn’t have a dedicated search box. (Ctrl+K doesn’t work in IE, Ctrl+E does.)

Alt+Enter – Perform a search from the search box in a new tab.

Ctrl+F, F3 – Open the in-page search box to search on the current page.

Ctrl+G, F3 – Find the next match of the searched text on the page.

Ctrl+Shift+G, Shift+F3 – Find the previous match of the searched text on the page.

History & Bookmarks

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.

Other Features

Ctrl+P – Print the current page.

Ctrl+S – Save the current page to your computer.

Ctrl+O – Open a file from your computer.

Ctrl+U – Open the current page’s source code. (Not in IE.)

F12 – Open Developer Tools. (Requires Firebug extension for Firefox.)

Let us know if any of these useful browser shortcuts are not working.