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.
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.
Chrome and Edge: Alt + #
Firefox: Alt + Shift + #
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