Alt+Enter: Open selected address bar site in a new tab (or Ctrl+Alt+Enter to auto-complete in new tab)
You already know you can press Ctrl+T to open a new tab in Firefox, and then press Ctrl+L to change focus to the location bar, where you can start typing the URL and press Enter to go to the page.
Try out this sequence instead — you might find it more intuitive.
- Press Ctrl+L (or Alt+D or F6) to move your focus to the address bar.
- Start typing the URL. At this point, Firefox’s address completion kicks in, and you can use the up and down arrow keys to select the site you want to visit.
- Instead of pressing Enter to open the site, or Ctrl+Enter to turn “tivo” into “http://www.tivo.com,” try pressing Alt+Enter. The site you have selected automatically opens in a new tab. Whatever page you were viewing stays in its own tab.
Even faster, you can also press Ctrl+Alt+Enter to automatically complete the URL in a new tab. So:
- Press Ctrl+L to move your focus to the address bar.
- Type a word for the domain name, such as google.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Enter. The domain name is turned into a full URL (so “google” becomes “http://www.google.com/”) and a new tab is opened with that page.