How to Add Keyboard Shortcut to Elements in HTML

How to Add Keyboard Shortcut to Elements in HTML

Ferenc Almasi β€’ πŸ”„ 2021 July 13 β€’ πŸ“– 1 min read

You can add keyboard shortcuts to your page through HTML with the global accesskey attribute and trigger it with Alt + Shift + key in Chrome and Firefox on Windows, or use Control + Alt + key on Mac.

<!-- Add keyboard shortcut with the `accesskey` attribute (access it with Alt + Shift + key in Firefox) -->
<button accesskey="g">Get focus</button>
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Note that adding keyboard shortcuts in the following way, you may introduce a couple of problems:

  • Shortcuts may conflict with the browser's default shortcuts. This can cause confusion to your visitors.
  • If internalization is a concern for you, an accesskey may not be present on all types of keyboards.

In any case, be sure to inform the user about the ability to use keyboard shortcuts on the page to avoid confusion. Learn more about accessibility with the following article:

Why Web Accessibility Matters
How to Add Keyboard Shortcut to Elements in HTML
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