August 04, 2012, 7:35 AM — Recently I've offered up keyboard shortcuts for accessing browser downloads and instantly bookmarking any Web page. Useful stuff, to be sure, but there are even more browser shortcuts worth learning.
Today it's all about navigation -- using your keyboard to work in and around your browser without reaching for the mouse. Learn to adopt these shortcuts and you'll enjoy a faster, more productive browsing experience.
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These shortcuts work in all the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
1. Move to the Next Tab or Last Tab
Like most users, I keep a lot of tabs open at the same time. Unlike most users, I don't grab my mouse whenever I want to switch between them.
Instead, I tap Ctrl-Tab to change focus to the next tab (i.e. the one to the right of the current one), and Ctrl-Shift-Tab for the previous tab (i.e. the one to the left). Try it, you'll like it.
2. Open a New Tab
Want to open a new tab in a flash? Just tap Ctrl-T. I find this especially useful when I've selected some text or a URL; I hit Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-T to open a new tab, Ctrl-V to paste, and finally Enter to make it go.
That may sound like a lot of keystrokes, but they run together very quickly -- and they're way faster than clicking with the mouse.
3. Jump to the Top or Bottom of a Web Page
Borrowing from word processors, Web browsers use Home and End to jump to the top and bottom of a Web page. The only difference: no Ctrl key required.
Okay, those are my picks for the single most useful browser keyboard shortcuts ever. Now let's hear yours -- in the comments, of course.