Monday, March 23, 2009

Assign keyboard shortcuts to open URLs in Firefox

If you remember, we had covered one Firefox addon in the past – Quickmarks, that converts the Function keys into shortcuts to open specific web sites. One drawback of this addon is that Function keys are limited, only 12, and some of them are already assigned with specific functions like F5 for refresh, F11 for full screen etc. So the number of available shortcuts keys is less than 12. Recently I came across another Firefox addon with much better features.

The addon named ShortcutKey2URL allows you to assign keyboard shortcuts to open web sites, and unlike the above mentioned Quickmarks, ShortcutKey2URL allows you to use any of the alphanumerical keys. The keys that are disallowed are the Function keys and the special keys (Enter, Shift, Alt etc)


There are three ways to create shortcuts:

- Access ShortcutKey2URL’s configuration window from the Tools menu and directly enter the URLs.

- Open the website in Firefox and click on the ShortcutKey2URL icon that appears on the address bar.


- Right-click on a hyperlink and click on Add ShortcutKey2URL in the context menu.


To open a URL, simply press the startup key Ctrl + Q (which can be changed) followed by the URL shortcut key. For instance, if you have set the key ‘G’ as a shortcut to open , press Ctrl + Q, release the keys and then press G. You have to press the shortcut key within 5 seconds of pressing the startup key combination. The validity period of 5 seconds is indicated by a glowing ShortcutKey2URL icon in the address bar.

If you are a keyboard junkie and have no problem remembering the shortcuts, you should have a good time using this addon.


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