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Surprising new keyboard shortcuts

(Well, surprising me, at least)

It's been a while since I wrote these two posts about keyboard shortcut, so I'll try to summarize some neat ones I've recently learned:

Unix Shell

  • Ctrl+U deletes all characters on the cursor's left. And.. keep it in the shell's clipboard.
  • Ctrl+K deletes all characters to the cursor's right (including the cursor's position), keeps in clipboard.
  • Ctrl+Y: paste clipboard.
  • Ctrl+R: search for string in history. Multiple Ctrl+R's search for the next matches in history. Btw, It's F7/F8 on windows command prompt.

Google vim keys and more

  • Google search: Google Experimental Search, enables vim keys for browsing the results! Super useful.
  • Google Calendar support vim keys (j, k, l, m) for navigating in the calendar. Type "?" for more keyboard shortcuts.


  • Alt+F10 toggles between maximal window size and original window size.
  • Alt+F9 minimizes window
  • Alt+F8 switches to resize window mode
  • Alt+F1 opens the GNOME menu.

Thanks for Zohar and Aviv for presenting me with most of the above shortcuts.

More useful keyboard shortcuts; Apache evilness

As a sequel to this browser shortcuts post, here're two new shortcuts that rocked my world (ok, almost..) :

  1. F4: opens a select box. Seems like a standard for all UIs! (Windows/Linux at least)
  2. Tick (') key in FireFox: would switch to 'search' mode just like slash (/), but would search for links only. Just type the beginning of the link's name and hit Enter.

Do you know any other shocking keyboard shortcuts?

On a completely other subject, I was fighting (along with a collegue) today with Apache httpd's configuration. The web server seemed to "automatically guess" URLs in a weird fashion.

The cause is that we had the MultiViews feature enabled. With MultiViews, when a URL points to a nonexisting file, i.e. http://mydomain/my/file, apache tries to look for an existing file which looks similar to the directory (I won't describe here the exact algorithm), i.e. http://mydomain/my.php. Then it loads it instead, and the user doesn't get 404.

Maybe some people need it.. but it's also weird and error-prone..

Cross-browser tab control keyboard shortcuts

The more keyboard shortcuts - the better. The amazing fact is that both Firefox and IE have very similar keyboard shortcuts for handling tabs:

Ctrl+T Create a new tab
Ctrl+W Close current tab
Ctrl+PgDn, Ctrl+PgUp
Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+Shift+Tab
Go to next/previous tab
(In Linux: Alt+[0-9])
Go to tab #[0-9]

Got something else? 🙂