Did you know that if you hit the L key when you're browsing Facebook that it will Like the update you're on? I didn't. I've been using keyboard shortcuts for Gmail for years but I had no idea that Facebook offered them as well. If you, like a billion or so other humans, regularly browse Facebook, the following keyboard shortcuts could save you some time, too.
- j , k — Scroll up and down through stories in your News Feed
- p — Post a new status update
- l — Like or unlike a selected status update
- c — Comment on a selected status update
- s — Share a selected status update
- o — Open the attachment in a selected status update
- enter — See More of a selected status update
- / — Search
- q — Search your chat contacts
- ? — Show keyboard shortcuts
Facebook also supports Access Keys to move between different tabs.
Different web browsers and operating systems use different combinations of key strokes to activate them.
Internet Explorer for PC: Alt + #, then Enter
- Chrome for PC: Alt + #
Firefox for PC: Shift + Alt + #
Safari, Firefox or Chrome for Mac: Control + Option + #
Just replace the # sign with the key number for the specific command you want from this list:
- 0 — Help
- 1 — Home
- 2 — Timeline
- 3 — Friends
- 4 — Inbox
- 5 — Notifications
- 6 — Settings
- 7 — Activity Log
- 8 — About
- 9 — Terms
- m — New Message
For instance, when browsing Chrome on a Mac, hit Ctrl + Option + 4 to bring up your Friends list. For Chrome on a PC, hit Alt + m to start a new message.
If you forget these shortcuts or lose the link to this post, just hit "?" when you're at Facebook.com and a cheat sheet will pop up.
If you have any other shortcuts or tricks for saving time on Facebook, let us know in the comments, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @HuffPostTech.
My favorite tip: make an interest list of all of my friends. I use that instead of the Newsfeed to see what everyone is doing or sharing, instead of what Facebook's algorithms think I want to see.