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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
A seasoned developer's little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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Keyboard shortcuts common to Firefox & IE 8 (Beta 2)

The trouble with giving advice is people want to pay you back. - Alfred Neuman


I'm glad most of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in Firefox 3 and IE 8 (Beta 2) are similar. Here is the list including some IE specific shortcuts:

CommandShortcut
BackBackspace or Alt+Left Arrow
ForwardAlt+Right Arrow
New tabCtrl+T
Undo Close TabCtrl+Shift+T
Switch between tabsCtrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab
Reload/RefreshF5
Full ScreenF11
Caret BrowsingF7
Toolbar Search BoxCtrl+E
Zoom InCtrl++
Zoom Out Ctrl+-
Clear Private DataCtrl+Shift+Del
Go to Location/Address BarCtrl+L
Go to Search boxCtrl+E
FindCtrl+F
Find NextF3
New WindowCtrl+N
Close TabCtrl+W
Open link in new background TabCtrl+Left Mouse Button
Private Browsing (introduced in IE8 & Firefox 3.5)Ctrl+Shift+P
Add "http://www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of text in address barCtrl+Enter
Page down/Page upSpace/Shift+Space
Open Download ManagerCtrl + J
IE specific shortcuts
Developer ToolsF12
Open Quick tabsCtrl+Q
Open new InPrivate Browsing windowCtrl+Shift+P
Duplicate/Clone tabCtrl+K

Did you know the keyboard shortcut to open a new tab in Opera was once Ctrl+N? It was changed to Ctrl+T on popular demand.

Talking of Opera, here is some trivia (source: Wikipedia) -

HÃ¥kon Wium Lie, chief technical officer of the Opera Software company is the creator of the CSS web standard.

With version 8.5 (released in 2005) the advertisements were removed entirely and primary financial support for the browser came through revenue from Google (which is by contract Opera's default search engine).

Opera technology is now found in Adobe GoLive, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, and other components of the Adobe Creative Suite

..a development build of Opera's layout engine, Presto, scores 100/100 on the Acid3 standards compliance test and renders the test correctly. However, it does not actually pass the test due to slow performanceAlso see:
My Favorite Visual Studio 2005 & SQL Server 2005 Keyboard Shortcuts

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