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Keyboard shortcut fun with Facebook

164_Fbook_CLove em’ or hate em’, keyboard shortcuts can save you time. Instead of wasting valuable seconds navigating your desktop with the traditional “move your mouse and click” approach, you can bounce around at what may seem like the speed of light with a quick stroke of the keys. What you may not know, however, is that you can also use keyboard shortcuts in applications, browsers, and even Facebook. Yes, you heard that right – Facebook actually has keyboard shortcuts. Here’s how to use them the next time you log on.

There are two specific ways you can use keyboard shortcuts on Facebook. First is on the News Feed page, and second is to jump between the various pages of Facebook: Timeline, Inbox, Settings etc. Let’s look at the keyboard shortcuts for both below.

Navigating between Facebook’s different pages

Depending on your unique computer and browser combination, you must first enter in a unique base keyboard shortcut followed by a number that works on every computer and browser.

Start first with the keyboard shortcut unique to your browser and computer combo.

  • Internet Explorer on PC: Alt + #, then Enter
  • Firefox on PC: Shift + Alt + #
  • Chrome on PC: Alt + #
  • Safari on Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Firefox on Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Chrome on Mac: Ctrl +Opt + #

With your unique key combination held down, press the relevant number to take you to the specific section of Facebook you’d like to visit:

1 – News Feed
2 – Timeline
3 – Friends List
4 – Inbox
5 – Notifications
6 – Settings
7 – Activity Log
8 – Facebook About page
9 – Terms & Policies

News Feed shortcuts

Next up is the News Feed section. Unlike navigating between Facebook’s pages, you do not need a base shortcut that depends on your computer/browser combination. Instead you just simply enter in your desired keyboard shortcut:

  • j and k – Scroll up or down between News Feed stories
  • p – post a status update
  • l – like or unlike a highlighted story
  • c – comment on a highlighted story
  • s – share the highlighted story

Additionally, you can use the arrows on your keyboard to scroll up or down between stories on the News Feed.

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