Opera Help

Keyboard shortcuts

You can browse a lot faster using the keyboard, and this page gives you an overview of the available keyboard shortcuts. Some operations have multiple shortcuts; use those you find most convenient.

Notice that the keyboard shortcuts have changed considerably since Opera 9.2. The old shortcuts are still available if you choose "Opera 9.2 Compatible" in Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts. A compromise approach that enables some of the more popular single-key shortcuts is to check the box marked "Enable single-key shortcuts".


  • refers to the Apple key, also known as Command or Cmd.
  • Alt and Option are the same key.

Topic list

Standard keys


Move one line up
Move one line down
Move one character to the right
Move one character to the left
Move one screen-full up
  • Page Up
  • Shift + Space
Move one screen-full down
  • Page Down
  • Space
Move one screen-full to the left + Page Up
Move one screen-full to the right + Page Down
Go to top Home
Go to bottom End


Cycle focus forward within active context Tab
Cycle focus backward within active context Shift + Tab
Activate Enter
Exit context or cancel Esc
Display context menu ⌘ + Shift + M
Properties dialog
  • Option + Enter
  • ⌘ + I

System keys

Open file + O
Save copy of page + S
Print page + P
Quit Opera ⌘ + Q
Hide Opera ⌘ + H
Minimize Opera ⌘ + M

Text keys


Undo recent changes + Z
Redo recent changes
  • + Y
  • + Shift + Z
Copy selection to clipboard
  • + C
Move selection to clipboard
  • + X
Paste from clipboard
  • + V
Copy selected text to Notes panel ⌘ + Option + C
Select all + A
Delete selection (or character right of cursor) Delete
Delete selection (or character left of cursor) Backspace
Toggle text-style bold Ctrl + B
Toggle text-style italic Ctrl + I
Toggle text-style underline Ctrl + U
Convert hex to Unicode Ctrl + Shift + X

UNIX editing keys

Go to end of line Ctrl + E
Go to beginning of line Ctrl + A
Go to next character Ctrl + F
Go to previous character Ctrl + B
Go to next line Ctrl + N
Go to previous line Ctrl + P
Paste (Yank) Ctrl + Y
Delete to end of line Ctrl + K
Delete next character Ctrl + D
Delete previous character Ctrl + H


Find text + F
Find next instance of text ⌘ + G
Find previous instance of text ⌘ + Shift + G
Search for text in page (press Option + F9 first to set focus on page)
  • (numeric) /
  • . (period)
Search for text in links in page (press Option + F9 first to set focus on page)
  • Shift + (numeric) /
  • , (comma)

Loading keys


Go to your home page
  • Ctrl + Space
  • Option + Home
Enter a web address F2
Paste and go in current or new tab + Shift + V
Display a Speed Dial + 0-9
Enter nickname for fast bookmark access Shift + F2
Save page address as new bookmark + D
Save as new bookmark in active bookmark folder + Shift + D


Reload (get latest version of) page
  • + R
  • F5
Reload selected frame
  • Option + F5
  • ⌘ + Shift + R
Stop page loading
  • Esc
  • ⌘ + .

Navigation keys


Go to next page in history
  • + →
  • Ctrl + →
  • Shift + Backspace
  • Shift + scroll wheel up
  • ⌘ + ]
Go to previous page in history
  • + ←
  • Ctrl + ←
  • Backspace
  • Shift + scroll wheel down
  • ⌘ + [
Fast forward
  • Shift + Backspace
  • Space

Site navigation

To remove the last part of any web address (such as a sub-directory) and go to that address, press + Backspace.

Display modes

Print preview (toggles on/off) + Shift + P
Use entire screen for browsing Option + F11
Toggle "Fit to width" ⌘ + F11

Developer Tools

Open Dragonfly ⌘ + Option + I


View page source + U
View source of active frame + Shift + U
Validate source of active page or frame ⌘ + Option + Shift + U


Increase zoom by 10%
  • Plus
  • + Plus
Decrease zoom by 10%
  • Minus
  • + Minus
Restore zoom to 100%
  • *
  • + 0
Select next link in page + ↓
Select previous link in page + ↑
Follow selected link Enter
Open selected link in new tab ⌘ + Shift + Enter
Open selected link in background tab + Enter
Save link target (such as document or image) + Shift + S

Spatial navigation keys

Navigate between links and form elements Shift + ← ↑ → ↓

Tip: The combination of the Shift key and arrow keys is the fastest way of moving around a webpage when wanting to locate links and webform elements.

Form keys

Log in/auto-fill form using the Password Manager
  • Ctrl + Enter
  • For a series of connected pages, see Fast Forward
Go to next element in form Tab
Go to previous element in form Shift + Tab
Select form element
  • Space
  • Enter

Access keys

These shortcuts are unique to pages that have access keys enabled.

Toggle HTML access keys Shift + Esc
Enter HTML access keys A-Z and 0-9

Page keys: basics

Browse in new tab + T
Close active tab
  • ⌘ + W
Undo closing of tab + Shift + T

Application windows

Browse in new application window + N
Browse in new private window + Shift + N
Close application window ⌘ + Shift + W

Tab keys: switching

Cycle to next tab (defaults to recently used order) Option + Tab
Cycle to previous tab (defaults to recently used order) Option + Shift + Tab
Switch to previous tab on tab bar
  • ⌘ + {
  • ⌘ + Option + ←
Switch to next tab on tab bar
  • ⌘ + }
  • ⌘ + Option + →

Panel keys: activation

Toggle last active panel with panel selector F4
Toggle last active panel Shift + F4
Activate panels for keyboard navigation F7
Expand all folders/views in panel Shift + →
Collapse all folders/views in panel Shift + ←
Toggle Search panel Ctrl + 1
Toggle Bookmarks panel
  • Ctrl + 2
  • + B
Toggle Mail panel Ctrl + 3
Toggle Contacts panel Ctrl + 4
Toggle Notes panel Ctrl + 6
Toggle Downloads panel Ctrl + 7
Toggle History panel
  • Ctrl + 8
Toggle Links panel Ctrl + 9
Toggle Windows panel Ctrl + 0

Panel keys: actions


Open bookmark Enter
Open bookmark in new tab + Enter
Open bookmark in background tab + Shift + Enter


Mark all email in selected view as read + Shift + A


Show messages associated with contact Enter
Compose message to contact Shift + Enter


Open downloaded file Enter


Edit your preferences
  • ⌘ + ,
  • ⌘ + F12
Quickly edit most popular preferences Option + F12
Edit browser appearance Shift + Option + F12

Focus keys

Set focus to webpage (to enable keyboard navigation) Option + F9
Set focus to address field
  • F8
  • + L
  • Option + D
Set focus to search field + E
Set focus to bookmarks bar (only when you have search fields) Shift + F7
Restore original address in address field and set focus to page Esc

Manager pages

Manage bookmarks
  • + Shift + B
Manage downloads
  • + J
Manage history
  • + Shift + H
Manage links + Shift + L

Mail keys: reading and sending


Check email + K
Write new message ⌘ + Option + M
Attach files to message + O
Upload queued messages to mail server + Shift + K
Send composed message
  • + Shift + S
  • + Enter


Go to next message J
Go to previous message U
Go to next unread message
  • H
  • Shift + J
Go to previous unread message
  • Y
  • Shift + U
Move one screen-full up Shift + Space
Move one screen-full down, then go to next unread Space
Scroll up in message body (even if focus on message list) Option + ↑
Scroll down in message body (even if focus on message list) Option + ↓
Set focus to message list F8
Set focus to message F9


Expand all threads Shift + →
Collapse all threads Shift + ←
Mark thread as read M
Mark thread as read, go to next unread N

Mail keys: managing


Mark selected message as read K
Mark selected message as read, and go to next unread email G
Mark selected message as read, and go to previous unread email T
Mark selected message as unread Shift + K
Mark all messages in active view as read + Shift + A
Move selected message to Trash Delete
Delete selected message permanently, without moving to Trash Shift + Delete


Reply to message R
Reply to all recipients of message, including sender Shift + R
Forward message F
Redirect message D
Continue editing message (Drafts, Outbox, and Sent views) Enter
Focus "Quick reply" field
  • Q
  • Option +Shift + F9


Save sender's address as new contact A
Save attachments Shift + S
Label message (for example important or funny) L
View all messages associated with sender E
Copy raw message data to clipboard C


Toggle different layout of message list and message body I

Help keys

Open Opera Help Help or ⌘ + ?
Search while viewing help page + F

More information

Learn more about using the keyboard.

Single-key shortcuts

Opera 9.5 disables the following single-key shortcuts, which were enabled by default in Opera 9.2 and previous. To re-enable these shortcuts, check the box marked "Enable single-key shortcuts" in Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts.

Function Single-Key Shortcut
Switch to previous tab on tab bar 1
Switch to next tab on tab bar 2
Cycle through frames in page 3 and Shift + 3
Minimize tab 4
Restore/Maximize tab 5
Restore zoom to 100% 6
Decrease zoom by 100% 7
Increase zoom by 100% 8
Decrease zoom by 10% 9
Increase zoom by 10% 0
Cycle through links in page A and Q
Cycle through headers in page S and W
Cycle through elements in page D and E
Toggle between author mode and user mode Shift + G
Address bar history drop-down H
Load and display all images I
Toggle loading of images Shift + I
Forward X
Fast forward Shift + X
Back Z
Rewind Shift + Z

Changing shortcuts

If you wish to change the default keyboard setup:

  1. Go to Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts.
  2. Select the configuration you wish to change, and click "Edit".
  3. Find the operation you wish to edit by typing in the "Quick find" field or clicking the list.
  4. Click "Edit" and enter a sequence of keys to associate with the event.

You can also download keyboard setups.

Related topics

Also see: Without a mouse tutorial