Brave Browser: Tips, Hotkeys

Brave is an open-source browser that doesn’t track your browsing history. It has a built in ad blocker, and the search engine won’t follow you around the internet to serve ads or images from other sites. Brave also blocks scripts and some forms of social media buttons for privacy reasons!

Brave browser features:

  • No ads, no “tracking”, and private browsing
  • Data savings with tracker blocking
  • Privacy protection by default: Encrypted connections to the Brave servers as well as TLS/HTTPS protocols for you secure banking transactions.
  • Brave is a much safer option than other browsers (e.g., Chrome) because it doesn’t track your steps or try to sell you products that will most likely not be what you are looking for in any way!

Reasons people love the Brave browser:

  • It is a fast and secure browser
  • It blocks ads, tracking scripts etc. for better privacy
  • The installation is simple with no add-ons or plug-ins needed to run it
  • Brave has a built in Ad Blocker and the search engine DuckDuckGo which doesn’t track your searches.
  • You can create an account on Brave so that you can sync all your devices! This way everything is always up to date across both platforms (PC and mobile) without any issues of syncing being missed along the way due to different versions of browsers/versions running at once. You could use this account as well if you wanted extra security by automatically deleting browsing history every time you close out of something like Facebook Messenger.

Brave Browser Hotkeys

Tabs and Windows

Open a new windowCtrl + n
Open a new window in Private modeCtrl + Shift + n
Open a new tab, and jump to itCtrl + t
Reopen the last closed tab, and jump to itCtrl + Shift + t
Jump to the next open tabCtrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn
Jump to the previous open tabCtrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp
Jump to a specific tabCtrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Jump to the last tabCtrl + 9
Open your home page in the current tabAlt + Home
Open the previous page from your browsing history in the current tabAlt + Left arrow
Open the next page from your browsing history in the current tabAlt + Right arrow
Close the current tabCtrl + w or Ctrl + F4
Close the current windowCtrl + Shift + w
Minimize the current windowAlt + Space + n
Maximize the current windowAlt + Space + x
Close the current windowAlt + F4
Quit BraveCtrl + Shift + w or alt + f (then) x

Browser

Open the Main menuAlt + f or Alt + e or F10 + Enter
Show or hide the Bookmarks barCtrl + Shift + b
Open the Bookmarks ManagerCtrl + Shift + o
Open the History page in a new tabCtrl + h
Open the Downloads page in a new tabCtrl + j
Open the Brave Task ManagerShift + Esc
Set focus on the first item in the toolbarShift + Alt + t
Set focus on the last item in the toolbarF10 
Switch focus to unfocused dialog (if showing) F6
Open the Find Bar to search the current pageCtrl + f or F3
Jump to the next match to your Find Bar searchCtrl + g
Jump to the previous match to your Find Bar searchCtrl + Shift + g
Open Developer ToolsCtrl + Shift + j or F12
Open the Clear Browsing Data optionsCtrl + Shift + Delete
Open the Brave Help Center in a new tabF1
Open Profile menuCtrl + Shift + m

Address bar

Search with your default search engineType a search term + Enter
Search using a different search engineType a search engine name and press Tab
Add www. and .com to a site name, and open it in the current tabType a site name + Ctrl + Enter
Open a new tab and perform a searchType a search term + Alt + Enter
Jump to the address barCtrl + l or Alt + d or F6
Search from anywhere on the pageCtrl + k or Ctrl + e
Remove predictions from your address barDown arrow to highlight + Shift + Delete

Webpage

Open options to print the current pageCtrl + p
Open options to save the current pageCtrl + s
Reload the current pageF5 or Ctrl + r
Reload the current page, ignoring cached contentShift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + r
Stop the page loadingEsc
Browse clickable items moving forwardTab
Browse clickable items moving backwardShift + Tab
Open a file from your computer in BraveCtrl + o + Select a file
Display non-editable HTML source code for the current pageCtrl + u
Save your current webpage as a bookmarkCtrl + d
Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folderCtrl + Shift + d
Turn full-screen mode on or offF11
Make everything on the page biggerCtrl and +
Make everything on the page smallerCtrl and –
Return everything on the page to default sizeCtrl + 0
Scroll down a webpage, a screen at a timeSpace or PgDn
Scroll up a webpage, a screen at a timeShift + Space or PgUp
Go to the top of the pageHome
Go to the bottom of the pageEnd
Scroll horizontally on the pageShift + Scroll your mouse wheel
Move your cursor to the front of the previous word in a text fieldCtrl + Left arrow
Move your cursor to the back of the next word in a text fieldCtrl + Right arrow
Delete the previous word in a text fieldCtrl + Backspace
Open the Home page in the current tabAlt + Home

Mouse

Open a link in a current tab (mouse only)Drag a link to a tab
Open a link in new background tabCtrl + Click a link
Open a link, and jump to itCtrl + Shift + Click a link
Open a link, and jump to it (mouse only)Drag a link to a blank area of the tab strip
Open a link in a new windowShift + Click a link
Open a tab in a new window (mouse only)Drag the tab out of the tab strip
Move a tab to a current window (mouse only)Drag the tab into an existing window
Return a tab to its original positionPress Esc while dragging
Save the current webpage as a bookmarkDrag the web address to the Bookmarks Bar
Download the target of a linkAlt + Click a link
Display your browsing historyRight-click Back Back or click & hold Back Back 
Right-click Next Next or click & hold Next Next
Switch between maximized and windowed modesDouble-click a blank area of the tab strip
Make everything on the page biggerCtrl + Scroll your mouse-wheel up
Make everything on the page smallerCtrl + Scroll your mouse-wheel down

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