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alefith
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Status: Trending idea

It would be great if there was a way to customize hotkeys.
Here's how I see it:
 * Have a about:hotkeys panel, with all actions listed, and already mapped shortcuts shown.
 * Whether these should be modifiable or not is up to the dev community, ideally they'd be.
 * When clicking on a hotkey field, ideally, there would be a capturing hotkey feature, or, before this, an AHK like syntax to define hotkeys (not as complex, something like: CTRL+H means this and MAJ+ALT+END means that...)

 * a restore to default button.
 * Done.

It can't be done with an extension because some function can't be accessed by extensions (I'm actually looking for a way to send tab to other device while browsing with TST.). Anyway, I believe this should boost productivity in a number of ways. You guys are devs, you know keyboards are faster than mice. 😛

 

edit: Corrected the typos, it's been bugging me for months now😅

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IAnon
Strollin' around

Customizable keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut customization would really add to the usability and utility of Firefox. Allowing custom shortcuts would allow a smoother transition from another browser to Firefox and allow people to set them to their preferences.

It would also be nice to be able to have extensions define actions that could be shortcut and made customizable.

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

(Note: similar ideas have been merged into this thread)

montchr
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Is there an internal bug report (yes, it's a bug) for this issue, or is this thread merely serving the purpose of an echo chamber for users which will have little effect on Mozilla's internal decisions?

minibyte
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When this is implemented it will be the moment when power-users will be fond of FF again and ditch vivaldi, brave, arc..

AndersMogensen
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Yes please, that would be a lifesaver on MeshCentral!

Kampilosa
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It's 2024 and I can't believe we still can't customize keyboard shortcuts in Firefox. Are the devs even looking at this thread? 

This is such a basic feature, and I don't think it is complex to implement. I've stopped using FF mainly due to this. All chromium based browsers have this built in, why we can't have this in FF blows my mind.. I will continue using Ungoogled Chromium until FF devs implement this.

disassembler19
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When I try to set shortcuts for my addons, it is so annoying that "You can't change Mozilla shortcuts". I can do it in Edge, in Chrome, but not in Mozilla? Why? Just remove the default functionality of that shortcut and replace mine.

It is so simple, yet it doesn't have it.

pentastich
Strollin' around

Absolutely. To build on this idea, I'd like an option to just disable all keyboard shortcuts. I never use them and have never used them in any browser. Furthermore, one of the biggest issues I have with Firefox is that many of the shortcuts conflict with system text editing shortcuts, so easy to make mistakes can have large consequences.

As an example, I use a Linux shell quite a bit, so my fingers like to type Ctrl-W to delete a word. But if I'm typing in Firefox and hit Ctrl-W it closes the current tab. That is NEVER what I want. Other shortcuts mysteriously bring up side panels, etc.

Note that this is different from whether or not Firefox shortcuts override system shortcuts. I have researched this and understand that capability. The UI problem I experience is that Firefox shortcuts conflict with shortcuts used by other applications that I use a lot, so mistakes that I make have bad consequences.

Anyway, for me, keyboard shortcuts in the browser offer no benefit, and often get in my way. I could imagine binding certain actions to complex keystrokes (e.g., Ctrl-Alt-W), but, overall, I would really like the ability to just turn them off.

irrationality
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I just lost 30 minutes of typed form data AGAIN because I accidentally bumped a keyboard shortcut that navigates to a blank tab. On the keyboard that I use, this is a simple finger slip that's very easy to make. I used to override this keyboard shortcut with an extension (Shortkeys), but now even that does not work.

The inability to override keyboard shortcuts is absolutely ridiculous. The app used to have this functionality, it was taken away, and it regularly costs me time in the form of lost work. This is one of many small usability foibles that haunts Firefox that collectively have contributed to its massive decline in browser market share.

I'm now using the Form History Control extension (a security nightmare) to help guard against a problem that has a better solution.

myspace
Making moves

This NEEDS to happen.