Minimize using your mouse on Facebook–use keyboard shortcuts


Dear Facebook users,

Today let us go through a set of keyboard shortcuts to make life easier for all of us (Facebook users). This might be especially useful for those of us accessing Facebook on a laptop especially when moving the cursor around with a touchpad feels difficult.


NOTE: The shortcut keys change depending on the browser – Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. (Sorry Internet Explorer users – I did not find any shortcuts as of now)

  • Google Chrome users : All the shortcuts start with the Alt key.
  • Mozilla Firefox users : All the shortcut keys start with Shift+Alt key.

The following shortcuts are shown for Google Chrome.

(*) Quick Search : Alt + ? :

To place the pointer in the search box, type Alt and ? key together in Google Chrome. (Firefox users got to hit Shift , Alt and ? keys together)


(*) Homepage : Alt + 1 :

Pressing the Alt and 1 keys together on Chrome opens the Facebook home after logging in. Firefox users have to use it as Shift+Alt+1.


(*) Your Timeline or Profile : Alt + 2

Pressing the Alt and 2 keys together on Chrome opens the Facebook timeline or profile. Firefox users have to use it as Shift+Alt+2.

(*) New Message : Alt + M

To compose a new message, just type the Alt and M keys together.
(Firefox = Shift+Alt+M)


(*) Message Inbox : Alt + 4

Hitting the Alt and 4 keys together quickly opens your Message inbox.

(*) All Notifications : Alt + 5

To check all the recent notifications, hit Alt + 5 in Chrome. You know what it is in Firefox.

(*) Settings page : Alt + 6

Pressing Alt and 6 keys together, opens the general account settings.

I guess these shortcut keys are enough for general navigation and it is also difficult to remember more shortcut keys. However here we summarize other shortcuts :




Privacy settings page

Alt + 7

Shift+Alt + 7

Facebook page

Alt + 8

Shift+Alt + 8

Legal terms

Alt + 9

Shift+Alt + 9

Help center

Alt + 0

Shift+Alt + 0

Using such shortcut keys makes others feel that you are an expert. Right ?

So, get ready to be a keyboard shortcut expert with these simple tricks.

UPDATE: Stay tuned for a similar Google+ cheat sheet.

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ayumi yu said...

thanks for sharing. really shortcut keys makes thy work fast.


pebbles yap said...

thanks for sharing. i'll jot this down since i can't remember all of this. lol


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