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Manage Firefox Add-ons keyboard shortcuts on about:addons

Mozilla plans to integrate a keyboard shortcut manager on the about:addons page of the Firefox web browser.

Firefox extensions may map keyboard shortcuts to certain functionality; keyboard shortcuts may speed up certain operations as it may be faster to use them instead of navigating through mouse or touch-based menus.

Firefox 66, currently available as a Nightly development version, features the new functionality already.

firefox keyboard shortcuts

Firefox users who open about:addons in Firefox 66 may notice a new "keyboard shortcuts" link on the manage your extensions page.

A click on the new button opens a new page that lists all keyboard shortcuts mapped by all extensions that are enabled in the web browser, and keyboard shortcuts that may be mapped.

keyboard shortcuts

Extensions that don't support keyboard shortcuts show "there are no shortcuts for this extension" whereas extensions with keyboard shortcut functionality the functions that can be mapped to shortcuts.

Some of the available shortcuts may come as a surprise as extensions may not list them in the options or provide users with options to change them.

Each shortcut is listed with a description and the shortcut field. The popular content blocker uBlock Origin list three shortcuts: "Enter element picker mode", "Enter element zapper mode", and "Open the logger".

Activate the "Type a shortcut" field to assign a keyboard shortcut to the function. Note that shortcuts need to include Ctrl or Alt, but may use other modifier keys such as Shift as well.

Firefox notifies users when native shortcuts are selected; you cannot map Ctrl-T to a function on the Manage Extensions Shortcuts page as it is used to open new tabs in the browser.

firefox shortcuts

One issue that you may run into is that Firefox does not check if the shortcut is mapped to another extension function already. Considering that the feature just landed, it is likely that Mozilla will resolve this issue and others before the integration in Firefox Stable as it is listed as a bug already on Bugzilla.

Keyboard shortcuts mapped to extension functions work on any page the extension runs on. Just activate the shortcut to run the mapped function in the browser.

Closing Words

The option to manage extension shortcuts is an excellent addition to Firefox. The new feature serves several purposes:

  • List all extension shortcut functions and the keys they are mapped to.
  • Reveal keyboard shortcuts to users that may not be configured directly, and let them configure these directly.
  • Change keyboard shortcuts comfortably from a central location.

Extension developers may want to check the available API to integrate the functionality into their extensions for Firefox.

Now You: What is your take on the new management functionality?

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  1. Anita S. said on January 16, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    Davis Aurini knows all the keyboard shortcuts

  2. Klaas Vaak said on January 16, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    A useful feature for those who use keyboard shortcuts.

  3. ShintoPlasm said on January 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Hasn’t Chrome had this for years now?

  4. kstev99 said on January 16, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Strange that the Keyboard Link was opening Nothing at all in the “Condensed” version of the add-on manager that I enabled through the Ghacks tip a while back.

    Once I opened the usercontent.css and removed the customization, the keyboard shortcut link began working

  5. gwacks said on January 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Not bad, but why they just cannot make the “Find more extensions” search column an optional alternative to searching for addons locally, which is very useful for people who have tons of extensions to manage.

  6. Franck said on January 18, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    Good news, thank you !

  7. nei said on January 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    finally.. its absence so far is exactly the biggest reason why I stay away from firefox

  8. Anonymous said on January 30, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    in Dev Edition 66.0b3, the button has been replaced by a menu item “Manage extension shortcuts”.

    Not so obvious anymore :-(

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