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Firefox’s Navigation Bar Keyboard Combo Cheat Sheet (for Macs)

giantapple Doing my part to share the knowledge around, a lot of people have requested that I do more to post alternative operating system keyboard combinations here.

So, for those of you who live the Apple lifestyle, here is the way you can navigate around the navigation bar without having to ever lay your fingers on your one button mouse.  If you know of any more (because as you can see, I am not a big Apple user) please share in the comments.  Would love to build up a database of more keyboard shortcuts for everybody to use.

Navigation Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

Choose Your OS: Windows | Linux | Mac OS

back Cmd + [ or Cmd + Left Arrow or Delete = Go Back a Page

forward Cmd + ] or Cmd + Right Arrow or Shift + Delete = Go Forward a Page

home Opt + Home = Go to your Homepage

reload F5 or Cmd + R = Reload a Page

stop Cmd + . or Esc = Stop a Page from Loading

print Cmd + P = Bring up the Print Options

downloads Cmd + J = Launch the Download Window

history Cmd + Shift + H = Open Your History in the Sidebar

bookmarks Cmd + B = Open Your Bookmarks in the Sidebar

new-tab Cmd + T = New Tab

new-window Cmd + N = New Browser Window

cut Cmd + X = Cut

copy Cmd + C = Copy

paste Cmd + V = Paste

For the Apple fans out there, here are a few more bonus keyboard combinations, that should help assist you in getting your browsing done a little faster.

  • Cmd + F = Find
  • Cmd + Home = Go to the Top of a Web Page
  • Cmd + End = Go to the Bottom of a Web Page
  • Cmd + Shift + T = Reopen the Last Closed Tab

Know of anymore Firefox keyboard shortcuts that would be useful for your fellow Apple fans to know?  Drop in a comment and share!

A Mac-ish Theme I Actually Like for Firefox?

Every so often, I get an e-mail from somebody saying that I don’t check out enough Mac style themes.  While they might not be my favorite (due to a lot of them looking the same) I do have one favorite I would like to share.  ACE Safari Foxdie is one I think that anybody could be a fan of – no matter what your operating system of choice might be. 

ACE Safari Foxdie (Graphite) on Windows 

Download the version you want to use here:

Also, if you need a Thunderbird skin that matches, there are two more choices for you made by the same great developer, John Locke.  Check out ACE CuteBird (Blue) or ACE CuteBird (Graphite).  For more news, updates and information on John’s theme work, check out foxdie.us.

Firefox 3 Faster than Safari Where?

In a funny, yet surprising twist of fate it looks like the ZDNet guys found that using SunSpider JavaScript benchmark tests that Firefox 3 Beta 5 is faster than Safari 3.1… on a Mac! 

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That has to be a little ‘bit of an embarrassment for the Apple team but good news for all the Apple users out there that are looking forward to trying out and switching to Firefox 3 – once the final version hits the streets.  Sure, the Safari wildebeests will say Firefox is only faster by a 7% margin but it is still a feather to be had in Mozilla’s proverbial cap.

Safari Auto Installs to Bulk User Numbers?

Rotten Apples? Just think of all the people out there who have installed iTunes and either use it religiously or just have it to say they have it. Now think of all those people all of the sudden got a “magical gift” from Apple that included a free download of Safari the next time they did the Apple Software Update.

Many are pretty angry about Apple using it’s software updating service to push out updates for products people never downloaded. A lot of people are asking, “Well, why would they do this?”.

The answer is simple. They want an easy way into the browser wars. Ridding on the coat tails of Quick Time or iTunes, sneaking onto a person’s PC is the easiest way to do it. John Lilly (Mozilla’s CEO) had a very interesting write up on this worth checking out.

Lets just say, don’t be surprised if in a few months down the road the number of Safari users equals or is a little less than the number of iTunes users. Who would Safari be able to knock down the list? Opera or Firefox?

Cover Flow for Bookmarks

There is no doubt that the cover flow feature on Apple machines reeks of pretty eye candy that I wish I could enjoy.  I don’t have a budget big enough for a Mac or the time to learn how to use it, so I’ll have to stick with the knock-offs for now.  BookmarksPreviews (found via Download Squad) is a new addon to Firefox that wants to copy that fresh cover flow feeling with your bookmarks.

Cover Flow for Firefox

At the time of writing this they say it works for both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3, but due to their different bookmarking systems some things might be different.  This is a very unique way of getting up close and personal with your bookmarks, and while I don’t see this making it into a future Firefox release – it is nice to see the option out there for those of us who like our eye candy.

Put Firefox in Pinstripe

Remember when I told you last week how to install themes from new sources? Well I have yet another cool looking theme you can practice that on. The Pinstripe 2.2 theme for Firefox by tanjihay over at DeviantArt.com.

Pinstripe Theme for Firefox

Sure it has that “Apple-like” flavor, but even Windows or Linux users can pretend right? Trying my best to forget about the Appleness myself and just keep telling myself it is a cool brushed-metal looking theme. Over and over… till those dreams of Steve Jobs touching my Firefox goes away.

Get Your Purple ToonSkin

ToonSkin for Firefox

Purple, wacky but some-what purdy the ToonSkin theme for Firefox has a little ‘bit of something for everybody to enjoy. Been playing around with this one this morning, and have to say it is pretty nice. It’s a fully functional theme with a purple tint and a nice mix of Windows and Apple design techniques.

The only thing I wish is that it dealt a little better with having the toolbars in different places. If your toolbar area is customized at all – it kind of breaks the theme. Other than that though, I would give it three Firefox fanboys out of five.

Use iPhone Web Apps in Firefox’s Sidebar

iPhone Apps for FirefoxCome on, there has to be something useful the rest of the world (who doesn’t have an iPhone) can do with all these neat slim web apps that are coming out for the device, right? Looks like “the great themer” TwisterMC had the same idea:

Firefox’s sidebar is and odd place to load a web page, however if you manage your bookmarks, there will be an option to load any bookmark in your sidebar. The good news is that some iPhone applications can load and work in Firefox’s sidebar!

I have to admit some of them look pretty cool.

Check out the iPhone Application List for more suggestions to try too.

Found another iPhone application that looks good in the Firefox sidebar?

Firefox on Mac Feedback

I have noticed a comment or two here and a post or two somewhere else that Firefox seems to give Mac users some trouble. Now in the future, it has been promised that things should get better (by the time Firefox 3 rolls out) but some do not want to wait. If you feel like you have a good opinion to share about the Apple/Firefox experience, I have a place where you can go sound off.

+ Post Your Mac-related Firefox Feedback!

Now this is no official means of support, but if I know the Firefox crew they will love to hear the feedback no matter where it is posted or how it gets to them.