Six Simple Must-know Keystrokes for Safari Users

Jan 18, 2007 - 13 Comments

Safari is my browser of choice in Mac OS X, I like FireFox a lot but it doesn’t have the same Apple polish to it, and page rendering seems speedier in Safari (my opinion, no intention on sparking a browser war here). If you’re a Safari user, here are some key strokes that you should know about that will make web browsing a speedier and more pleasant experience. These keyboard shortcuts are particularly useful for laptop users since the hands tend to be situated on the keyboard more often.

Action / Explanation Keystroke
Navigate to left tab Shift + Command + Left Arrow
Navigate to right tab Shift + Command + Right Arrow
Select Google search box Command + Option + F
Scroll down a screens length Command + Down Arrow
Scroll up a screens length Command + Up Arrow
Close all tabs except specified one Option + click the close button on the tab you want to maintain open

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  1. Lyle says:

    I knew about all but two of these, but those two (selecting the Google search box, and closing all but one tab) are real gems that I will use every dang day.

    Thanks a million!!

  2. John says:

    Space bar scrolls down one screen length and shift space bar scrolls up one screen length. Seems easier than using command and arrow keys.

  3. LJ Gould says:

    Dont forget cmd+i –> mail webpage inline.

  4. JamesCalvin says:

    Great key strokes. But is there a key stroke to change pages?

  5. Ron Evry says:

    Don’t forget “cmd-[" and "cmd-]” which move you back and forward through pages you’ve been to. Of course, that also works in open finder windows and a bunch of other things :)

  6. gazza says:

    Yeah, didn’t know about Cmd-Opt-f and Cmd-i which are nice additions.

    To change pages, use Cmd-Shft-Left or Right Arrows. But be aware that if your cursor is in any of the boxes (url, google or a field on the page) this doesn’t work. You have to mouse click on the page. Anybody know a key command that escapes the boxes..? :)

  7. Jack says:

    “Great key strokes. But is there a key stroke to change pages?”

    This is not Safari specific, but CMD~ lets you toggle through open windows in an application. Works great in any program where you have lots of hidden windows open.

  8. hadley stern says:

    Awesome post! I didn’t know about the navigating between tabs bit, brilliant. I also use Function up, and Function down to scroll through pages page at a time (if that makes sense)

  9. sam says:

    cmd+{ for tab left and cmd+} for tab right is better. The other schortcut gets caught up if you have your cursor in a text box.

    those are cmd+shift+[ (or) ]

  10. Perry says:

    The CMD+arrow shortcuts are wrong above: CMD+down scrolls to the bottom of the page; CMD+up scrolls to top. OPT+down & OPT+up travel by one page length (but Space & SHIFT+space are easier).

    A couple more:

    * The slash key (“/”), when cursor’s not in a text box, invokes Find.
    * J and K scroll down & up, respectively.

  11. Danny says:

    my mouse cursor seems to be inactive in one of my safari windows… I can only move around via keystrokes, and can’t click on things in the page…

    Can you help me get my click back?

  12. dispersalloy says:

    great little tip about safari

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