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Thursday March 27, 2003
11:18 AM

Keyboard navigation

[ #11264 ]

I've only started seriously using Mozilla's keyboard-based navigation features recently, but just as it was for tabs I am now completely lost when it doesn't work and when it's not there. I always looked funny at people that over-used their mice (eg going to "File" then "Quit" instead of the keyboard shortcut to kill/close or at least the corresponding window decoration), now I look weird at people that use them to surf the Web. I can't help thinking they must have some kind of problem.

The principle is simple: you hit some keys and it matches them within any link. Hitting enter will activate the link (Ctrl+Enter for a new tab if that option is set). Starting with "/" will make it search throughout the entire text, which is less innovatively useful but more natural than Ctrl+F. You will quickly realise that two letters is what is needed at most for the better part of your browsing. Otherwise, F3 is your friend.

I wish they had something similar for forms, I still have to use my mouse to get to those when they're too many tabs away...

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  • I love keyboard shortcuts, and the first thing I do when I have to start using a new app, or new version of an old app, is that I FREAK OUT when the keyboard shortcuts are different. I put off upgrading Netscape for almost two years because I got so burnt by the whole keyboard interaction in the early NS5's being different and broken.

    Here's my new meme: Tell programmers that you heard? this one time at band camp? that if you break keyboard bindings between versions (i.e., if what worked in version N does

    • Yes yes yes! We need to start spreading the urban myth!

      I also don't understand why all apps don't have a way to configure shortcuts to your liking. Most KDE apps have that (though there needs to be a named action for things that you want to configure). I think there is little that I want more DEAD than Ctrl+Q in Mozilla. Each time I hit it by mistake it kills my twenty open tabs, the mail I was writing/reading, and all my IRC sessions. It's HELL!


      -- Robin Berjon []