If you don’t use its mobile app exclusively and still check Facebook from your computer from time to time, then you might improve your Facebook experience with a few keyboard shortcuts.

Access keys

With these keyboard shortcuts, you can jump to the various areas of Facebook by pressing a key or two plus a number, which Facebook calls an access key. The shortcut combinations vary a bit from browser to browser but let you navigate Facebook a bit more quickly.

Windows:

Chrome and Edge: Alt + #

Firefox: Alt + Shift + #

Mac:

Chrome, Firefox and Safari: Control + Option + #

  • 1 — News Feed
  • 2 — Your Timeline
  • 3 — Friends
  • 4 — Inbox
  • 5 — Notifications
  • 6 — Settings
  • 7 — Activity Log
  • 8 — About
  • 9 — Terms
  • 0 — Help

Of this list, you’ll likely use the first two most frequently along with #4 and #5 to check your Facebook messages and notifications, respectively. On Chrome on a Mac, for example, you would hit Control-Option-1 to head to the top of your News Feed, and Control-Option-2 to go to your timeline. Control-Option+1 also works as a quick way to refresh yours News Feed.

In testing with Microsoft’s Edge browser on a Windows 10 PC, I found that only the Alt-1, Alt-2, Alt-9 and Alt-0 shortcuts worked. And nothing from the list below worked on Edge.

Navigating the News Feed

In addition to the above shortcuts, there are a number of keys you can use when taking a spin through the News Feed.

  • J — move to next story in feed
  • K — move to previous story in feed
  • L — like or unlike the selected story
  • C — comment on selected story
  • S — share selected story
  • O — open image or link of selected story
  • Esc — close image and return to News Feed
  • P — post a new status
  • / — search
  • Q — search chat contacts

 

 

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