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List of Keys?[edit]

Resolved: Article previously fleshed out. Libcub (talk) 07:37, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

This is a stub article... I have just submitted a question at the help desk to see if anyone there might know where the list of these shortcuts might exist. After getting whatever answer I might get from the help desk, I will complete this article and add lists of various shortcuts and how they perform using various different browsers.....

Scott P. 21:21, July 12, 2005 (UTC)

Copied from Wikipedia:HelpDesk:

Accesskeys in Javascript[edit]

Stale: No comment in 2 years. Libcub (talk) 07:38, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Anyone know why accesskeys are added to the page by a Javascript? Requiring Javascript for the use of an assistive technology which is built into HTML seems to go against basic accessibility principles. Michael Z. 2006-02-20 21:36 Z

I filed bug 5051: Accesskeys should not require Javascript. Michael Z. 2006-02-20 22:11 Z

Other skins?[edit]

Stale: No comments in almost 2 years. Libcub (talk) 07:38, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Is there a plan to have shortcuts on other skins? I use Cologne Blue, partly so that I'm aware of whether I'm logged in. --Singkong2005 04:08, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

I will word my question differently. Are those shortcuts working from other skins? Monobook? Just clarification in the leade of the help page would help. Reo + 21:02, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Firefox 2.0 changed key combination[edit]

Resolved: Text was updated. Libcub (talk) 07:39, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

According to Firefox 2.0 release notes: "Access key definitions provided by web pages can now be triggered using Alt+Shift+key on Windows, Ctrl+key on Mac OS X, and Ctrl+Shift+key on Unix."

The tooltips at Wikipedia show this to be true here too (just in FF2 though, must be dynamically generated). Needs to be updated. --Quiddity 21:09, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

With Iceweasel 2.0.0.1 from the current Debian GNU/Linux (Sid) Ctrl+Shift+Key doesn't work, but Alt+Shift+Key does. -- Ma82 01:13, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Strange Text[edit]

Resolved: Text is not in current version of page. Libcub (talk) 07:41, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

What is a problem child?! It is mentioned on the article at …Some common problem children include: as of only pressing one button. Is it supposed to be Some common problems children include:? I don't know! The WikiWhippet (deeds)

How to disable access key?[edit]

This page begs to have a simple question answered: How the heck do I turn off access keys? I find the way the access key "takes over" keystrokes like Alt-F to be incredibly irritating. Maybe explanations for Mozilla, IE, etc.

I agree with this concern. Shortcuts that conflict with other purposes are a hassle, as with the Alt-F, Alt-E, etc. Maybe use Ctrl-Alt, or Shift-Alt instead? (Or be able to preferences - but the ideal would be to have one standard which is convenient, with no conflicts, but which can also be turned off). --Singkong2005 04:08, 27 April 2006 (UTC)
The method for disabling shortcuts on this page does not work. I'm using Firefox. Has anybody sorted this out yet? The shortcuts are incredibly frustrating. Resonance 16:00, 14 August 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it does not work for me, either. And yes, I do find it incredibly frustrating, as well. To answer the question posed in the section below (Accesskeys in Javascript): The purported reason for doing it in Javascript is so that they can be turned off or otherwise modified. But, if they can't be modified, well, it definitely defeats the purpose. I'll look into it a little more. --Matt B. 16:39, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
Aha! I got it! Using ta = false; as suggested in the article does not work. Also, doing something akin to ta['ca-delete'] = new Array('','Delete this page'); also does not work. As far as I can tell, the only operation that actually changes things (at least in Safari and Firefox) is reassignment. Take a look at my User:Matt B./monobook.js for the way I did it (I'm currently missing control f and control z from the list). --Matt B. 17:01, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
I agree: I HATE HATE HATE these access keys. In emacs, and Firefox on MacOS, Ctrl-E moves to the end of a line. In Mediawiki, it hits the 'edit' tab, reloads the window, and trashes your work unretrievably. Then it took me three hours of googling to find a partial solution for turning off accesskeys. Thanks Matt!!! Mediawiki maintainers: PLEASE make this easier to find and change! (I'll do what I can on some other doc pages.) Cphoenix (talk) 06:02, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
Second that: I just attempted to go to the end of a line and deleted half an hour of typing. AT LEAST expose a enable/disable feature to the user in preferences, please. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.165.107.125 (talk) 18:15, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

i don't like access key either. in firefox 2 (ms windows), type 'about:config' in the url bar, in the filter box, type 'ui'. you'll see a few ui.key at the bottom. change its setting by double cliking it, particularly - ui.key.menuAccessKey to '0' (zero) and ui.key.menuAccessKeyFocuses to 'false'. the stupid access key and underlines are gone. for mac users using a windows firefox, change ui.key.accelKey to '18'. all shortcuts that uses control key changes to alt key (like the command key)  :-) michaely 16 march 2008

I couldn't find monobook.js in my 1.12 installation, so I added Matt B.'s hack to the end of skins/common/wikibits.js and it seems to do the trick. I also want to add that altering the behavior of function keys is pretty effin obnoxious. Can someone *please* add a config option to disable this antisocial behavior? --pj 26-March-2008 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.56.130.89 (talk) 18:24, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Extremely annoying, though what pj said works. This behavior should really be disabled by default, --Raevel 22:31, 29 August 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Raevel (talkcontribs)

I was so sick about the using our MediaWiki site with Firefox on a mac. I setup my Firefox to use ctrl key like it is on Linux and Windows. So, everytime I try to do a ctrl-tab to open a new tab, MediaWiki brings me to the Talk page. And same thing with ctrl-F to search within the content of the page. I am brought the the Mediawiki Search box.

This is what I did to disable it under 1.13.1. In the skins/common/wikibits.js file, I changed the line "["+tooltipAccessKeyPrefix+"$5]"); to ""); . This is probably not the right place to do it, but I just want to get rid of access key. Would still like to know the correct way to disable it though.

--131.225.80.148 (talk) 18:45, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Key Additions?[edit]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to add this, but how about expanding the set of default/universal accesskeys? A few major ones are as follows: (1) for Wikipedia Home (4) to focus on the Search Box (9) for Contact Wikipedia

Maybe we could also have: (2) for Featured Content (5) for About Wikipedia

These controls are mostly missed out of the current set of acceskeys (which seem to focus on logged in users). However the numbers above are consistent with the most popular scheme used on other sites. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Darkdoc (talkcontribs) 11:04, August 23, 2007 (UTC).

IE7 Question[edit]

Isn't ie7 using alt + key ? In the article is written alt+shift+key..can anybody test ? From http://www.asauk.net/access.html looks like is alt+key. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 151.65.40.190 (talk) 19:58, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Why don't get rid of access keys at all?[edit]

As explained in Wikipedia article, accesskeys are deprecated by W3C. This whole idea is a misconception since browsers use different control keys, screen readers also use shortcuts and - which is often forgotten by English-speaking community - non-English users also have to use keyboard shortcuts to write special national characters. This makes one big mess. So maybe MediaWiki should abandond this feature completely? 149.156.199.251 (talk) 13:20, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

No! I much prefer the keyboard to the mouse, and it's a lot faster for me. Libcub (talk) 15:31, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
in fact many people with difficulties in motor control cannot use a mouse at all; relying on accesskeys in not good, because some people cn only work with a mouse of some sort; having both provides for everyone. DGG (talk) 04:21, 13 June 2009 (UTC)
I love access keys! Maybe you can turn off them or reconfiguraten using hotkeys that you don't need in the about:config options. (At least in Firefox and Opera this should work, the rest I don't know). mabdul 12:04, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

safari 4.0[edit]

Among the peculiarities of the release version of Safari 4.0 , at least for Macintosh system 10.5 , is that control-key no longer works, but only control-option-key, just as if it had been control-alt-key for windows. I assume it's a Javascript incompatibility, and perhaps they will fix it--there seem to be a number of other complaints about Safari 4.0 release version, including speed. DGG (talk) 04:25, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

They don't work[edit]

Hello! On my Eee PC 901, with Linux and Firefox, "anything plus T" for the duscussion page and so on doesn't work. Moreover, "Alt+Shift" seems to be reserved for the language shift (e. g. German to Russian). Can you help me, please? Hellsepp 00:33, 23 April 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hellsepp (talkcontribs)

reconfigurate firefox using about:config or reconfigurate linux (don't know how) and move one of the two features to another keyboard shortcut. mabdul 12:06, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
I think that what Mabdul meant by "reconfigurate linux" is "remap the keybindings in X Window on your computer." (And if you don't know what that means, either your knowledge of Linux begins & ends with Ubuntu, or don't know enough about Linux/UNIX -- which is the same thing.) -- llywrch (talk) 21:48, 14 August 2011 (UTC)
Alt-Shift is reserved in Ubuntu (it starts CJK character input, or switches from one CJK language to another CJK language if it's already running). Unfortunately, this default setting is a very annoying design flaw in Mozilla products. See MozillaZineKB:Ui.key.contentAccess for instructions on how to change Mozilla products. CJK input shortcut keys can be adjusted in ibus-setup. --Stefan2 (talk) 22:54, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Keys in Opera 11.51 missing or incomplete[edit]

The article Wikipedia:Keyboard shortcuts states that Shift-Esc in Opera will bring up an access key menu. On my Opera 11.51 on Windows Vista, on the article page pressing Shift-Esc causes a one line text box to appear with a sole parenthesis "(". Here, in the edit box, pressing Shift-Esc displays "(,) (null)" followed by a line with just "(".

I had selected the Vector skin and blanked my custom CSS and javascript before I tested this. See the history for User:84user/vector.css and User:84user/vector.js.

On other web pages such as Google, pressing Shift-Esc displays a one line message "No access keys have been defined for this page". I know access keys work in my Opera 11.51 because this site has a working example.

I am in the process of testing how usable Wikipedia is for those without a mouse (or temporarily unable to easily use a mouse), and so far with Opera 11.51 I had to first follow this Opera help to select "Opera 9.2 compatible" and also click "Enable single-key shortcuts". Those choices gave me the ability to navigate the links on a wikipedia page (using "a" and "q").

However, there were two actions for which I was unable to find a way to operate without a mouse: "click" the User Login link and select the signature "~~~~" link under Wiki markup - this Italian keyboard has no tilde.

It would be very useful for users in my (hopefully temporary) position for this article to include as much help, advice and workarounds as possible. -84user (talk) 18:19, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Update: somehow I am now able to use "a" and "q" to both login and to select the tilde signature without a mouse. All I did was restore my own custom CSS and JS. Also, the access key menu does correctly appear for the wikipedia Preferences and user talk pages but not user pages, the Main page, and this project page. -84user (talk) 18:35, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Firefox 11.0 on Windows 7[edit]

I have Firefox 11.0 on Windows 7.0, and when I press alt + shift + e, it goes to Windows Explorer. Does anybody know the shortcuts for Firefox 11? I tried the Firefox Help link, but it didn't help. |Randomno| WP 12:22, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

Are you sure that you didn't hit the [windows]-key (or on a laptop the [fn]-key)? It (the key combiation) is working here! mabdul 14:02, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I've tried lots of things, but it still doesn't work. Face-sad.svg |Randomno| WP 08:52, 7 April 2012 (UTC)
Works on Windows Vista. |Randomno| WP 10:42, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Firefox 14[edit]

Recently upgraded to Mozilla Firefox version 14.0.1 on Mac OS X.6.8. The shortcuts using "control+⌥ Option" only seem to work intermittently, whereas the old "control only" earlier version behaved faultlessly. Any clues gratefully received. Ben MacDui 14:29, 25 August 2012 (UTC)

Chrome 22[edit]

The shortcuts Alt-Shift-, and Alt-Shift-. do not seem to work on Chrome 22 under Windows 7. AxelBoldt (talk) 20:51, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

Printable view of shortcuts[edit]

I would like to see a link that give a well-formatted one-page easy to read and understand printable quick reference sheet for the shortcut keys. Is this possible to do? -- Stillwaterising (talk) 12:35, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Sounds useful. I've made a first attempt: Here is a link to a printable version and here is a PDF version.
Is this what you wish for? You asked that it would be easy to understand. Is there something you want clarified? Cheers, Dodoïste (talk) 14:39, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Alt working with keyboard shortcuts, not just alt + shift[edit]

Is this happening for anyone else? When I press alt + w, it adds a page to my watchlist. It also works with alt + shift + w, so it seems the shift doesn't make a difference. This in spite of the fact that this page, and the tooltip when mousing over the watchlist button, saying it should ONLY work with alt + shift + w. Using Chrome 26.

It's pretty annoying for me because I have alt + w bound to mute the browser using an extension, and every time I try and do that while browsing Wikipedia I end up watchlisting a page I don't really want to... And if I'm not paying attention I may not notice, especially if I'm scrolled down on the page even a tiny bit. Would quite like to stop it happening, if at all possible. Buttons to Push Buttons (talk | contribs) 21:43, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Firefox 16 on Mac[edit]

This version only needs crtl + access key to work, just as Camino. Does anyone else see this?--Paracel63 (talk) 23:42, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Chrome 41 on Linux[edit]

For some reason, besides the other keys, only 't' (talk page) and '.' (user page) don't work. I tried following the instructions at Changing and disabling access keys in my common.js here but that didn't work. -Joel. Ugog Nizdast (talk) 14:17, 11 April 2015 (UTC)