Safari is definitely the most energy efficient browser available for the Mac, so it’s wise to use it as your browser of choice, especially if you’re on a battery-reliant MacBook. If you’re going to use Safari as your full time browser, then it makes sense to learn some of the more important keyboard shortcuts to supercharge your workflow. In this post, we’ll consider 11 must-have Safari shortcuts to power up your browsing experience.

Switching between tabs

To quickly switch between tabs using your keyboard, use Control+Tab or Control+Shift+Tab to cycle through your tabs. You can also press Control+Any Number from 1 though 9 to switch to a specific tab

Close a tab

You can quickly close a tab by pressing Command+W.

Quickly reopen the last closed tab

Have you ever closed a tab and instantly regretted doing so? No big deal. Just press Command+Z to undo and bring it back.

Switch between windows

We know how to switch between tabs, but how do you quickly switch between windows? Just press Command +` or Command+Shift+` to switch windows in reverse.

Go back and forward

Let the trackpad and mouse rest, and use the Command+] shortcut to go forward and Command+[ to go backwards.

Scroll a page

To scroll a full page at a time, hold the Option key and press the Up or Down arrow key. You can also press Space or Space+Shift to scroll up or down a full page.

Quick scroll to the top or bottom of a page

To scroll directly to the bottom of a web page, hold the Command button and press the Up or Down arrow key.

Show or hide the favorites bar

Every little bit of real estate counts. To show or hide the Favorites bar, press Command+Shift+B.

Open a new private window

To quickly open a new private browsing session, press Command+Shift+N.

Open the sidebar

Want fast access to Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared links? Try pressing Command+Shift+L.

Highlight the address bar

If you want to quickly access the address bar to type in a URL or enter a search query, use Command+L.

Of course, there are many more Safari keyboard shortcuts that you should become familiar with, but these 10 basic shortcuts should be incorporated into everyone’s repertoire from the get-go. We’ll be back with additional tips for Safari soon.

What’s your favorite shortcut in the list?

  • How come I never thought of trying Command+Z after accidentally closing a tab? BTOTD (Best Tip Of The Day)

    • Nathan

      Same here…wow I feel pretty dumb haha.

      • Lordrootman

        Yes you are lmao

    • Nolan I.

      It’s Command-Shift-T in Chrome, which IMO is a MUCH better shortcut.

      • Andrew

        And in Firefox too. It’s Ctrl+Shift+T on Windows in those browsers too. It took me forever to learn not to use that when I switched to Safari.

      • :D

        That’s what it is if you use Retab, which also lets you reopen multiple tabs. I use it all the time.

    • Al Fresco

      Command+Z is the universal “undo”!

  • :D

    The Retab extension lets you reopen multiple tabs

  • Scope

    How do you go compete fullscreen in Safari? In Safari it still shows the address bar even at the most minimalistic level. In chrome you can go complete fullscreen showing nothing but the page and press cmd + L to bring down the bar. That and Chrome having way more extensions is what stops me from using Safari.

    • :D

      There’s a Reddit page that details how to do it. Google search it – idb would remove the link if I post it.
      I’ve found that all the tweaks I need are also available on Safari – some I had to get from third party sites though.

  • Nathan

    I wish there was a way to completely disable the bookmarks sidebar. It pops up too frequently whenever I try to move my mouse to the left of my screen.

    • philip Dickinson

      I can’t replicate this, what version are you using. I’m safari 8.08 (yosemite)

      I use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+L. to show/hide as detailed above (It’s one of the easier 3 finger keyboard combinations ( unless you’re left handed of course) ). I am using a trackpad on mbp, but even when I use my magic mouse the sidebar doesn’t pop open. I can’t see anything in prefs that may be affecting this.

      • Nathan

        OS X El Capitan.

  • hmmm

    Why does this site load way faster in Chrome than in Safari? The speed difference is very noticeable

    • Scotow

      Same here, I thought it was just me.

  • Nolan I.

    I use Command-Shift-Left Bracket or Right Bracket to switch tabs. I’m used to doing this as I do it with TextMate often. This shortcut also works in Chrome and Firefox if I’m not mistaken.

    • Andrew

      :O THANKS

  • Andrew

    Numbers 1, 3, and 6 work system-wide, by the way.

  • Javier Lopez

    Command+Shift+N opens a new private browsing window.

  • Joonyaboy

    Awesome. Switching between tabs should be helpful. Thanks

  • Wesley Elder

    command+L – allows you to type in the address bar, to search or switch websites. I use this a lot!

  • Ds

    or you can just download CheatSheet and do a short hold on the Command key for a quick reference to the hot keys for whatever program you are in

  • tunutsaigon

    Go back and forward
    Let the trackpad and mouse rest, and use the Command+] shortcut to go forward and Command+[ to go backwards.
    I normally use the Command+left arrow key or Command+right arrow key instead! 😉

  • Disqus

    Good tips. Thanks. Now- who here knows how to COMPLETELY disable the scrollbar? And I do mean COMPLETELY…. I know someone somewhere has made a tweak for this that works on Yosemite. Speak up!

  • willy_willy_v2

    Switch between windows

    We know how to switch between tabs, but how do you quickly switch between windows? Just press Command+` or Command+Shift+` to switch windows in reverse.

    What’s this on the norwegian mac keyboard?