Firefox timesaving shortcut

I decided that I today would try to use the mouse less and the keyboard more. Mostly to increase productivity, you lose a lot of time and momentum every time you lift your right hand from the keyboard to the mouse, but also to lower the risk of developing problems like mouse-arm and so on.

I’m already using a trackball instead of a normal mouse and if I don’t use an ergonomic keyboard my wrists start to hurt after a while. So I figured anything that can make me faster and feel better is a good thing.

However, I’ve noticed then I’m using firefox I almost constantly have one hand on the trackball. Either I’m using the scroll wheel to navigate the web page or clicking on links to continue to other pages. If I could reduce my dependency on the mouse for this thing, that would be a major improvement.

So this morning I fired up firefox and started googling around a bit and it didn’t take long until I found the shortcut that will hopefully revolutionize my web surfing.

Find as you type link =

I knew about find as you type text = / before and that one is is very useful but for finding links is even more useful!

Instead of doing this then you see a link:

  1. Lift your right hand off the keyboard and place it on the mouse
  2. Move the mouse cursor to the desired link
  3. Press the mouse button
  4. Move the right hand back to the keyboard

I now do this:

  1. Press
  2. Enter the first few letters of the desired link
  3. If it found the right link, press enter, otherwise use ctrl-g until the desired link is found

It is so much more convenient! Not to mention how much faster it is!

If you want to open the link in a new tab instead, just press ctrl-enter and if you want a new window press shift-enter.