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Access keys

The World Wide Web Consortium introduced Access Keys to enable users to navigate to a particular link by selecting an appropriate key on their keyboards.

Access keys for different internet browsers

How you use a website's access keys varies depending on which internet browser you are using.

Google Chrome 3+
On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Firefox 2+
On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT and SHIFT keys and the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR key and press the number of the access key.

Opera
On Windows and Macs: hold down the SHIFT and ESC keys and then press the number of the access key.

Internet Explorer 6 and 7
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and the number of the access key, release them and then press ENTER.

Internet Explorer 8+
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

Safari 3
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Safari 4+
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR key and press the number of the access key.

Most browsers do support the users ability to jump to specific links by typing keys defined on the website. However it should be noted that different browsers use access keys in different ways. As a general rule you need to hold down a key or two, and then press the access key you want.

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