Nextly: browse Reddit contents blazingly fast with the keyboard

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 31, 2013

Reddit itself has been designed to make contents linked on the site accessible. Each category on the site lists a title, maybe a preview picture and a couple of links for each post made on it. While that is great for browsing the site, it is not so great if you want to access each individual post on the site or on the sites it links to. That's especially true for image and other media related categories on Reddit.

You can improve your workflow on the site with extensions or userscripts, Reddit Enhancement Suite comes to mind, or hop over to Imgur to browse all picture subreddits right on the site by adding the /r/name path to the domain name (example

Nextly offers another opportunity to you. While it has not been specifically designed for Reddit, it works very well on the site but also on other popular sites such as Hacker News, BBC, ESPN or the New York Times. Here is how it works. You click on the Nextly link above which takes you to the Reddit hub on the site. Here you can start to browse Reddit's frontpage stories immediately using your keyboard. Just hit right arrow to jump to the next story or left arrow to go back one.

If you prefer to click, you can do so at the top to browse the top stories on the site. While that is great for the frontpage, you probably want to access subreddits as well. This can be done easily in two ways.

You can click on the settings icon at the top left to open the Nextly stream and there on Reddit to display Reddit streams in the sidebar. A click opens them on the page and you can browse the as usual this way.  A better option in my opinion is to add the /r/subreddit path right to to jump to your favorite subreddit right away.

If you are the first user to access a stream, it needs to be activated which takes a couple of seconds. Once done, you can browse it just like any other Reddit stream on the site.

Several other keyboard shortcuts are available to make your life easier and your browsing faster. You can press N to open the page in a new tab in the browser, and use the t, s and f commands to share the contents on Twitter, per email or on Facebook.

The browsing works well for image-based groups but also for any other type of group on Reddit. I'd like to point out though that you do not really know what is in store on the next page. While you may look at the titles at the top all the times, it somewhat lowers the use of the service as you won't be able to browse the posts this fast anymore. You may however land on pages that you prefer not to visit, especially if you browse general news site forums on Reddit or image groups were NSFW posts are accepted in.


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