Disable keyboard shortcuts in Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 24, 2016
Updated • Dec 24, 2016

Keybinder is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to change, reset, or disable any keyboard shortcut in the browser.

Certain keyboard shortcuts may get in your way when you use the browser. This is in my case for instance the case for Ctrl-B which opens the Bookmarks window.

Ghacks is powered by WordPress, and one keyboard shortcut of the WordPress editor is Ctrl-B; it bolds the selected text automatically which is usually faster than moving the mouse to the B-icon and clicking on it.

It happens at times that the editor is not the active part of the browser window. When that happens, and when I press Ctrl-B in that case, I open the Bookmarks window. Since I don't want that, I have to move the mouse, close it, re-select the text that I want to bold, and repeat the process.

You may have different shortcuts that you have no use for but may invoke the mapped functionality nevertheless accidentally.

There is also the chance that you have mapped a certain keyboard shortcut to a global system event, but it won't work in Firefox if the browser mapped it as well.

Disable keyboard shortcuts in Firefox

keybinder disable firefox keyboard shortcuts

Install Keybinder like any other add-on for the web browser. You can bring up the main configuration menu with a tap on the Alt-key, and the selection of Tools > Keybinder afterwards.

The interface lists all mapped keyboard shortcuts. You can use the built-in search to find a shortcut quickly. Note that you need to write Control instead of Ctrl for instance to find a keyboard shortcut that uses the Ctrl-key.

Options are provided to reset the selected shortcut, to edit it, or to toggle its state. Since all keys are enabled by default, that is disable for the keys. Once you have disabled a key, you can re-enable them with a click on enable after selecting them.

All disabled shortcuts are listed in red with a strike through which makes identification easy. There is no option however to only list non-default shortcuts or disabled ones.

Disabled shortcuts stop working immediately once you make the change.

Keybinder ships with a number of additional features that you may find useful. The extension informs plugin content to release the focus on mouse and keyboard so that shortcuts continue to work even on pages with plugin content.

Keybinder is not the first extension to do that; there is Flashblock Ultimate Alt Zero for Firefox for instance which does something similar. Read, how to prevent websites from hijacking keyboard shortcuts for additional information on the topic.

You can bypass this by loading content with Shift-Click instead. Additionally, you may add a list of addresses that you don't want plugins to keep focus on instead.

Closing Words

Keybinder is an excellent add-on for Firefox to change or disable keyboard shortcuts of the web browser. It is ideal for situations where shortcuts get in your way, and in situations where you may want to map actions to different shortcuts.

Now You: Do you use shortcuts in the browser you are using?

software image
Author Rating
2.5 based on 12 votes
Software Name
Software Category
Landing Page

Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. Mike Maxwell said on December 28, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Am I correct in thinking this no longer works with Firefox 57? That *$&^%&* thing is killing me, every time I hit ^w it closes the tab I’m in. And no way to disable it, afaict.

  2. AAA said on December 26, 2016 at 6:07 am

    What’s with Firefox these days? It’s been getting heavier and heavier…. like some Japanese sumo! :(
    I think I am gonna go back to version 40 something…

    1. Fx0 said on December 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      ??? This article is about an add-on for Firefox…

  3. Reader said on December 26, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Is there a plugin to disallow webpages from taking my shortcuts?

  4. Paulus said on December 25, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    And now for something completely different:
    More about shortcuts. This so you are no getting your Firefox – and Windows wires crossed
    Its about the Windows key shortcuts and how to disable them. Always handy to know.


  5. XenoSilvano said on December 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    It would have been nice if I had known about this add-on back when the ‘Easy Accent’ add-on used to work, certain key combinations would interfere with those made available by that add-on

  6. Ben said on December 24, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I use Menu Wizard for that.
    It’s main purpose is of course changing menus (like decluttering the right click menu), but it also offers the function to change keybinds. I need both, so good addon.


  7. Robert G. said on December 24, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Only with Firefox and Cyberfox, the shortcuts are very useful for me, example: Shift + Ctrl + M for merging 2 windows.

  8. shady said on December 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    been using this addon since a year. absolutely love it.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.