7 Easy and Useful Safari Keyboard Shortcuts

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Work in Safari a lot and want to be even more productive? Here are 7 easy and useful Safari keyboard shortcuts that can help.

Open a new window with private browsing enabled: Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + N

Now we all know Command + N will give you a new window and that’s nothing new. Something you probably didn’t know is that Command + Shift + N gives you a new window with private browsing enabled.

Private browsing is not really private or hack-proof, especially when you use a browser managed by an organization or if you like clicking on questionable links, but it does save you the trouble of having to delete your browsing and search history, and let’s be honest we all have browsing histories that we don’t want remembered.

Create a new tab: Command (⌘) + T

While Command + N and Command + Shift + N will give you new windows, Command + T will give you a new tab.

Switch between tabs: Control (⌃) + Tab (⇥) & Command (⌘) + number keys

We all like working in tabs but it could be a pain when there are too many of them open. These two shortcuts help you navigate this very situation.

If you want to switch to a tab and you could easily tell which one it is, say the 5th tab, pressing Command and the corresponding number key, 5 in our case, will get you to that tab instantly.

If you want to switch between all your tabs one by one, pressing Control + Tab will do just that trick.

Close a tab or window: Command (⌘) + W & Command (⌘) + Q

Want to quickly close a tab? Pressing Command + W will close the current tab you are on. Want to quit the app and close all open tabs? The good old Command + Q will get you there.

Yes, these two combos have the side effect of making you look suspicious.

Jump to the URL/search bar: Command (⌘) + L

This last shortcut we have gets you to the URL/search bar instantly.

Remember it’s all about muscle memory when it comes to thees Safari keyboard shortcuts or any kind of keyboard shortcuts. Once you’ve trained yourself into using these, you won’t want to go back.

Got a shortcut you want to share with us? Feel free to let us know by leaving a comment.