How To Navigate A Website Without a Mouse

Point Clear Media | January 30, 2013

There are times when using a mouse is not an option and you ask yourself, “How do I navigate a website without a mouse?”  Someone without the full use of his or her hands will often have to use the computer keyboard or a special input device.

On websites that comply with WCAG 2.0, the TAB key in conjunction with the ENTER (i.e. RETURN) key and the arrow keys should get a user to all of the interactive elements of a web page.

There are also key code combinations that will help you focus on other browser windows and tabs.  For example on a Mac, to return to the browser tab you were on previously, you can hold down the command key () while typing the opening square bracket ( [ ). For a full list of Mac keyboard shortcuts visit:

Windows keyboard shortcuts can be found at:

Microsoft has a good cheat sheet for Linux keyboard shortcuts:

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