Simon Griffee · Time, light, movement & distance.

Don’t Hijack Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

9 April 2014 · 1 minute read

I’m talking to you, Blogger.

For example, I was reading this article and pressed Alt-Command-→ to switch to another tab in Firefox. Instead of switching tabs (the expected behavior) the next article in the same site scrolled in, like a big, rude person blocking the doorway in front of you when you want to step outside.

Your site is not the only one in the internet. When you break browser shortcuts you interrupt your visitor.1

Please stop doing this.

  1. An exception may be if your site provides specific functionality such as in a drawing application. Even in this case it is best to provide shortcuts as an option the user has to turn on rather than one that is on by default.