Last Updated on April 20, 2020

The top two browsers in terms of popularity are Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Market share figures that circulate on the net are different from various sources, but there’s no doubt that they own together more than 80% of the internet browsers market. Although they fight for supremacy, IE and Firefox have some common shortcuts which are very useful for users. Please find below the list and feel free to share it with your friends.

Ctrl + +
by simultaneously pressing Ctrl and + you can increase the font size
Ctrl + –
by simultaneously pressing Ctrl and – you can decrease the font size

Ctrl + 0 – resets fonts to default size

Alt + Home – redirects to your browser’s home page

Ctrl + N – opens new browser window

F1 – activates help

F3 (or Ctrl+F) – opens the Find dialogue, allowing search within the page

F5 (or Ctrl+R) – refresh current page

F6 – positions the cursor in the address bar

F11 – full screen mode toggle on/off

Ctrl + B – opens the favourites/bookmarks window

Ctrl + T – opens new tab (Firefox and IE7.0)

Ctrl + O – open file: this command allows you to quick open a file, without quitting your browser’s current window

Ctrl + 1/2/3… – by pressing Ctrl and one of the 1-9 keys will switch to the correspondent tab of the current browser window. Suppose you have three tabs opened, you are currently viewing the third one and you want to go to the first one: do it quickly by pressing Ctrl + 1 (Firefox and IE7.0)

Ctrl + PgUp/PgDn – goes to the next/previous tab (Firefox and IE7.0)

Ctrl + D – adds current page to Favourites/Bookmarks


Whatever your favorite browser may be, you need to take care about computer protection. You can seek for a free solution, or you can go professional and acquire some reliable antivirus and antispyware tools.

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