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Firefox Keyboard Commands for Back/Forward and Page Up/Down

January 28th, 2008 tony Leave a comment Go to comments

It drives me nuts that I cannot hit command-left-arrow, and command-right-arrow for going back and forward in Firefox when the cursor is in a text field which is always the case when navigating Google search results thanks to some javascript that sets the focus on the search field. Finally I found an alternative:

Back: command-[
Forward: command-]

If I remember correctly I started to have this problem with alt-left-arrow, alt-right-arrow on Firefox for Windows so maybe alt-[, alt-] will also be a fix for those of you suffering in Windows.

Also, I’ve always missed a page up, page down buttons on my Macbook Pro and just found these handy tools:

Page Up: spacebar
Page Down: shift-spacebar

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  1. Jordan Glasner
    January 28th, 2008 at 10:56 | #1

    Nice tip on the square brackets.

    You can also drag two fingers on the trackpad to scroll. And I think function + down or up will also page up or down.

  2. Mike
    May 17th, 2008 at 04:33 | #2

    It drives me nuts that command-right-arrow and command-left-arrow are used to navigate the page at all! They’re supposed to be used as a replacement for “Home” and “End” keys. But instead half the time when I’m editing something Firefox navigates me away from the page! This is almost as annoying as the infamous Backspace/Delete key shortcut!

  3. David
    September 27th, 2008 at 06:09 | #3

    Great tips – Thanks!