Shortcut Keys for Google Search Tools

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 11, 2013
Updated • Jun 11, 2013
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The search tools that Google makes available on search results pages can be quite useful to filter results by time or other factors. While that is great, for instance to limit the results to posts made in the past week or day, it is also not really comfortable to use as you need to click three times before you can make any modifications to those filters.

A click on search tools displays the any time and all results options underneath the main menu bar. You need to click on the selection here, and then again on the filter that you want to make use of.

The Firefox extension Shortcut Keys for Google Search introduces keyboard shortcuts for all time-based options that Google lists under Search Tools. Instead of having to click through, you simply use the shortcut to activate the filter right away.

Here is the list of shortcuts and filters it makes available:

Time Filter

  • Alt-A: set the filter to display results from any time.
  • Alt-H: only display results published in the last hour.
  • Alt-D: display results of the past day.
  • Alt-E: display results of the past week.
  • Alt-M: only display results of the past month.
  • Alt-3 or Alt-6: display results of the past 3 or 6 month period.
  • Alt-Y: past year
  • Alt-C: set a custom range.

The add-on introduces shortcuts that enable you to navigate on the search results page.


  • Alt-J or Alt-K: select the next or previous result.
  • Alt-N or Alt-P: go to the next or previous page in the results.
  • Enter: open the selected result in the current tab.
  • Alt-T or Alt-W: open the selected result in a new tab or new window.

There is also a set of "other" shortcuts that you may find useful.


  • Alt-U: display results in your language.
  • Alt-I: display all results.
  • Alt-I: translate foreign pages.
  • Alt-S: toggle the Search tools menu.
  • Alt-F: toggle the time filtering menu.
  • Alt-L: display a help window with all shortcuts.

What I personally like most is the option to quickly set a time filter without having to click through the menu to do so. Just hit one of the available shortcuts and the results page gets reloaded automatically. It can be quite useful if you are using Google Search Tools regularly.


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  1. blue_bsod said on June 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks… great review, but I wished Google had this function on it’s own. I think the last thing I need is another Add-on. I’m at the point where I have soo many of them when friends are with me at my computer and we are going to view something on the web using Firefox they wonder, “why is Firefox booting up so slow”…

    The addition of Grease Monkey from one of your previous posts allowed me to remove 5 of my Add-ons and opt for scripts instead. Also from my work with SQL and XML databases I understand how to edit the scripts or make minor changes to further customize them to my needs. Thanks again.

    Then the post the other day regarding the Firefox defrag thingy… It does help but with my dozen plus Add-on’s all it could shave off was 2 seconds from its normal 9 seconds (blank screen) to load in all my Add-ons. If I can find a dozen more scripts to replace those Add-on’s… Yippee !!!

    Again, thanks bunches.

  2. Julia said on June 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    @ Martin: Typo in the title: missing a t in Shortcut ;)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Thanks, corrected ;)

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