31 Useful Safari Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac

Apr 3, 2012 - 18 Comments

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Safari is the fast and lean default web browser bundled with every Mac and Mac OS X. You probably already know a keyboard shortcut or two, but there are tons of shortcuts in Safari worth remembering that can really improve your experience browsing the web.

We’ll cover 31 different keystrokes for Safari on Mac, they are grouped into different sections based on use case, and we’ve also included a few multi-touch gestures for those of us with multitouch capable Macs. You’ll get a grand total of 31 keyboard shortcuts for Safari on Mac, and 4 Safari gestures too!

8 Safari Shortcuts for Navigating Tabs & Web Pages

  • Switch to Next Tab – Control+Tab
  • Switch to Previous Tab – Control+Shift+Tab
  • Scroll Down by Full Screen – Spacebar
  • Scroll Up by Full Screen – Shift+Spacebar
  • Go to Address Bar – Command+L
  • Open New Tab – Command+T
  • Open Link in New Tab – Command+Click a link
  • Add Linked Page to Reading List – Shift+Click link

7 Safari Shortcuts for Reading & Viewing Pages

  • Strip Styling and View in Reader – Command+Shift+R
  • Increase Text Size – Command+Plus
  • Decrease Text Size – Command+Minus
  • Default Text Size – Command+0
  • Enter or Exit Full Screen – Command+Escape
  • Open Home Page – Command+Shift+H
  • Mail Link to Current Page – Command+Shift+I

5 Safari Shortcuts for Caches, Loading Pages, Source, and Pop Ups

  • Empty Browser Cache – Command+Option+E
  • Reload Page – Command+R
  • Stop Loading Page – Command+.
  • View Page Source – Command+Option+U
  • Disable Pop Up Windows – Command+Shift+K

3 Safari Shortcuts for Finding and Navigating Found Items

  • Find Text on Page – Command+F
  • Navigate Found Items Forward – Return
  • Navigate Found Items Backwards – Shift+Return

8 Safari Shortcuts for Toolbars, History, and Reading List

  • Hide or Show Toolbar – Command+i
  • Hide or Show Bookmarks Bar – Command+Shift+B
  • Hide or Show Status Bar – Command+/
  • Hide or Show Tab Bar – Command+Shift+T
  • Show Top Sites – Command+Option+1
  • Show History – Command+Option+2
  • Show Reading List – Command+Shift+L
  • Show Downloads – Command+Option+L

Bonus: 4 Safari Multi-Touch Gestures

  • Go Back – Two Finger Swipe Left
  • Go Forward – Two Finger Swipe Right
  • Zoom Out / Decrease Font Size – Pinch
  • Zoom In / Increase Font Size – Spread / Reverse Pinch

There are even more keyboard commands, but the above lists recommend the most useful. If you’re looking through the menus and wondering what some of those symbols are, our recent post on Mac keyboard symbols should help decipher some of the peculiar looking glyphs.

Want to learn more keystrokes for other apps? Browse through our other keyboard shortcut lists, you’ll notice there are often similarities between the shortcuts and apps, particularly those created by Apple.


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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. MazterGee says:

    Thanks for sharing

  2. skwydz says:

    Try command + [ for back
    command + ] for forward

  3. Emily says:

    Thank you very much.

  4. Eric says:

    Look inside the Safari.app folder. There’s a file called: Shortcuts.html


    Great to make a Bookmark of, and to keep all the shortcuts close. :)

  5. Terry says:

    A four finger swipe gives you the last program opened consecutively.

  6. Tim says:

    If you use several web browsers, it may be helpful to standardize your keyboard commands across all applications using System Preferences. I set “Switch to Next/Previous Tab” to command+option+left/right arrow. Also, I used the System Preferences pane “BetterTouchTool” to perform those actions with three-finger left/right swipes.

  7. Stan says:

    It’s one finger swipe for go forward/back. Two finger swipe makes you go to dashboard or change despktop/full screen app.

    • Makka says:

      This depends on input method and also on your settings. It can be a one finger swipe, two finger swipe or even a three finger swipe.

  8. gm says:

    Hide or Show Toolbar – Command+i

    should be

    Hide or Show Toolbar – Command+| (vertical divider)


    Mail Current Page – Command+i (mails contents)

  9. Ben says:

    The two finger dragging direction is counter-intuitive. Just as dragging up a page in Lion pulls the page up, I’d prefer to drag the page from left to right to pull in the previous page.

  10. inket says:

    Navigate Found Items Forward – Return

    Also, Command + G

  11. Nicolas says:

    Look up in dictionary
    ctrl + command + d when hovering a word with the cursor.

  12. abacus rosse says:

    Great list but Safari has some features I can’t stand right now, mainly the automatic refresh thing and other iOS inspired elements that make it difficult to use. I’m using Chrome for the time being since Firefox crapped the bed and never recovered from it’s mishap. Hopefully Apple fixes Safari, I like it a lot.

    • Martin says:

      Yes the fact that Safari refreshes the page every time you hit the back button is very annoying. I don’t see any benefit in it either and it means you download the page contents again unnecessarily.

  13. b0bby says:

    I Like Chrome .

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