Browser Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working On Some Websites

19 Feb/10

If you browse the Internet a lot and use keyboard shortcuts to speed up the browsing you will have encountered the following behavior. If you happen to visit a site with embedded content, such as Flash or a document that is being displayed on the page, then you cannot make use of the keyboard shortcuts. All the shortcuts, like pressing CTRL T for opening a new tab, CTRL R or F5 for reloading or CTRL W for closing a tab, do not work on those pages.

This is standard behavior in Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome but not Microsoft’s Internet Explorer which as the only web browser of the four most popular ones support keyboard shortcuts on those websites.

Maybe you want to try it out for yourself. Visit Tuneglue, a music discovery service using Flash. If you work in the interface and the focus of the cursor is on the page then keyboard shortcuts are not working.

There are lots of threads by users about this problem which has been acknowledged by the developers but nothing has been done about it so far.

The only option users have at this point is to use the mouse to move the focus from the plugin to the web browser again which will make the keyboard shortcuts works again.

Has anyone else experienced this issue and would like to share their findings?

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