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Access key details

Access keys let you navigate around a website without using a mouse. You may find them useful.

Access keys and how to use them

Unfortunately, different browsers use access keys in different ways. In general you need to hold down a key or two and also press the access key you want.

Browsers for PCs

  • Firefox 2+: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
  • Firefox 1.5 for PCs: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Opera 9+: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.
  • Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
  • Internet Explorer 4: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Google Chrome 3: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Netscape 7: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Netscape 6+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key
  • Netscape earlier versions: Access keys are not supported  

Browsers for Macs

  • Firefox 2: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
  • Firefox 1.5: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Safari: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear
  • Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Internet Explorer 4.5: Access keys are not supported

Access keys on nidirect

nidirect uses the following access keys:

  • S - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Home page
  • 2 - Newsroom
  • 3 - Site map
  • 4 - Search
  • 6 - Help
  • 8 - Terms and conditions
  • 9 - Feedback form
  • 0 - Access key details

Skip navigation on any given page allows you to bypass the navigation areas and go directly to that page's main content.