Search Keys Firefox extension for the accessibility and the keyboard-loving

In: Mozilla

16 Oct 2004

Jesse Ruderman has just rolled out the amazing Search Keys Firefox extension that:

lets you go to search results by pressing the number of the search result instead of clicking

Its premise is simple, but it’s so darn useful to people like me. I’m a keyboard- and keyboard shortcut-loving person, so this is another extension I’ve added to my must-install list (of extensions). I can imagine this does heaps for accessibility as well.

It works in “Google, Google News, Google Groups, Google Desktop Search,, and Bugzilla” at this time (most important being the Google support of course). You can see the numbers next to the links in Google search results pages, and you can open the link you want in a new tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2 and so on.

Screenshot of Google search results with Search Keys in action

It also works for bookmark links.

Screenshot of page with Search Keys in action

A big pat on the back for Jesse.

5 Responses to Search Keys Firefox extension for the accessibility and the keyboard-loving


Michael Fagan

October 16th, 2004 at 3am


Groovy Links

October 16th, 2004 at 4am

Search Keys extension for Firefox 2004/10/16/search-keys-extension/


Cheah Chu Yeow

October 16th, 2004 at 12pm

Hmm… Google Keys looks great! But I couldn’t get it to work right now (searching gives a blank page, in both Firefox and IE). Will check back later.



October 17th, 2004 at 2am

Out of curiosity – what is your list of must-install extensions for Firefox?



April 18th, 2005 at 2pm

The latest version supports several types of Yahoo! searches as well (I know because I added those features). Other extensions to check out if you are a keyboard lover: hit-a-hint and conkeror (makes Firefox Emacsish – quite amazing).