Access Your Browser's Address And Search Bar Via The Keyboard

You're browsing the web, going to all the sites you love, and you're coming down with hand cramps from constantly going back to the mouse just to go back to the address bar so you can type in your next destination. These keyboard shortcuts can save you the trouble.

Making the trip up to your browser's address bar directly from the keyboard is very easy, but it does vary from browser to browser. Here's a breakdown:

  • Firefox: Control/Command + L
  • Chrome/Safari/WebKit: Control/Command + L
  • Internet Explorer: Alt + D
  • Opera: Control/Command + L

Here's an added bonus. If your browser has a separate search box

  • Firefox: Control/Command + K
  • Safari: Command + Option + F
  • Internet Explorer: Control + E
  • Opera: Control/Command + E

*If you're not familiar, use Command for a Mac and Control for a Windows machine.

There are many useful browser shortcuts, but this one ranks pretty high. All joking aside, it is really annoying to constantly have to use the mouse to go to the address bar.

Shortcut of the Day highlights a great shortcut on various platforms from the desktop to mobile devices to the web. You can find more shortcuts here.


    I'm used to Alt+D on Firefox for address bar and the fact that they removed Ctrl+E feature to access search bar was bugging me for 5 seconds after downloading Firefox 4 until I downloaded a nice add-on and it fixed it for me in a sec :)

    F6 works in Chrome and Internet Explorer too.

    Didn't know about this. Thanks!

    I'll stick with using alt+d in firefox. ctrl+l is less good for the left hand.

    Alt+D works in Firefox, Chrome and IE - and is a much more consistent and easier keyboard shortcut from what I can see.

    CTRL+E for Chrome works just fine as CTRL+K.

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