I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18 and am running Firefox 45. I often use the History window to view which sites I have previously been to however it is slightly long getting there so I am wondering if there is a keyboard shortcut to open the window?

  • "slightly long getting there" ... what does that mean? O.o
    – muru
    Mar 19, 2016 at 14:59
  • @muru: Well, I have to press the menu, and then the History button, and then the other History button... And my browser is rather slow anyway and the menu doesn't always come up so it all takes a while...
    – user364819
    Mar 19, 2016 at 15:01

3 Answers 3


Just use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+H.

Here you find a overview about Firefox shortcuts which is taken from this source:

1.  Navigation
Back Alt+ Ctrl+[
Forward Alt+ Ctrl+]

Home Alt+Home
Open File Ctrl+O
Reload F5 Ctrl+R
Reload (override cache) Ctrl+F5 Ctrl+Shift+R
Stop Esc

2. Current Page
Go Down a Screen Page Down
Go Up a Screen Page Up
Go to Bottom of Page End
Go to Top of Page Home
Move to Next Frame F6
Move to Previous Frame Shift+F6
Print Ctrl+ P
Save Page As Ctrl+S
Zoom In Ctrl++
Zoom Out Ctrl+-
Zoom Reset Ctrl+0

3. Editing
Copy Ctrl+C
Cut Ctrl+X
Delete Del
Paste Ctrl+V
Paste (as plain text) Ctrl+Shift+V
Redo Ctrl+Shift+Z
Select All Ctrl+A
Undo Ctrl+Z

4. Search
Find Ctrl+F
Find Again F3 Ctrl+G
Find Previous Shift+F3 Ctrl+Shift+G
Quick Find within link-text only '
Quick Find /
Close the Find or Quick Find bar Esc (when the Find or Quick Find bar is focused) Focus Search bar Ctrl+K Ctrl+J
Quickly switch between Ctrl+ search engines Ctrl+ (when Search Bar is focused)
View menu to switch, add or manage Alt+ search engines Alt+ (when Search Bar is focused) F4

5. Windows & Tabs
Close Tab Ctrl+W Ctrl+F4 (except for App Tabs)
Close Window Ctrl+Shift+W Alt+F4
Move Tab in focus Left Ctrl+Shift+Page Up
Move Tab in focus Right Ctrl+Shift+Page Down
Move Tab in focus to start Ctrl+Home
Move Tab in focus to end Ctrl+End
Mute/Unmute Audio Ctrl+M
New Tab Ctrl+T
New Window Ctrl+N
New Private Window Ctrl+Shift+P
Next Tab Ctrl+Tab Ctrl+Page Down
Open Address in New Tab Alt+Enter (from Location Bar or Search Bar)
Previous Tab Ctrl+Shift+Tab Ctrl+Page Up
Undo Close Tab Ctrl+Shift+T
Undo Close Window Ctrl+Shift+N
Select Tab 1 to 8 Alt+1 to 8
Select Last Tab Alt+9
Tab Groups View Ctrl+Shift+E
Close Tab Groups View Esc
Next Tab Group Ctrl+` (only for some keyboard layouts)
Previous Tab Group Ctrl+Shift+` (only for some keyboard layouts)

6. History
History sidebar Ctrl+H
Library window (History) Ctrl+Shift+H
Clear Recent History Ctrl+Shift+Del

Bookmark This Page Ctrl+D
Bookmarks sidebar Ctrl+B
Library window (Bookmarks) Ctrl+Shift+O

8. Tools
Downloads Ctrl+Shift+Y
Add-ons Ctrl+Shift+A
Toggle Developer Tools F12 Ctrl+Shift+I
Web Console Ctrl+Shift+K
Inspector Ctrl+Shift+C
Debugger Ctrl+Shift+S
Style Editor Shift+F7
Profiler Shift+F5
Network Ctrl+Shift+Q
Developer Toolbar Shift+F2
Responsive Design View Ctrl+Shift+M
Scratchpad Shift+F4
Page Source Ctrl+U
Browser Console Ctrl+Shift+J
Page Info Ctrl+I

9. PDF Viewer
Next page N or J or →
Previous page P or K or ←
Zoom in Ctrl++
Zoom out Ctrl+-
Automatic Zoom Ctrl+0
Rotate the document clockwise R
Rotate counterclockwise Shift+R
Switch to Presentation Mode Ctrl+Alt+P
Toggle Hand Tool H
Focus the Page Number input box Ctrl+Alt+G

10. Miscellaneous
Complete .com Address Ctrl+Enter
Complete .net Address Shift+Enter
Complete .org Address Ctrl+Shift+Enter
Delete Selected Autocomplete Entry Del
Toggle Full Screen F11
Toggle Menu Bar activation (show- Alt (KDE) ing it temporarily when hidden) F10 (GNOME)
Show/Hide Add-on Bar Ctrl+/
Caret Browsing F7
F6 Select Location Bar Alt+D Ctrl+L

Media shortcuts
Toggle Play / Pause Space bar
Decrease volume
Increase volume
Mute audio Ctrl+
Unmute audio Ctrl+
Seek back 15 seconds
Seek back 10 % Ctrl+
Seek forward 15 seconds
Seek forward 10 % Ctrl+
Seek to the beginning Home
Seek to the end End

It's simply Ctrl+Shift+H to open the history window (actually it's called "Library" window, but contains the history).

To open the history sidebar, Ctrl+H is enough.

You can actually easily find the shortcut out by looking at the "History" menu of Firefox:

history menu

  • Where is this "History menu" you speak of?
    – user364819
    Mar 19, 2016 at 16:23
  • In the menu bar of your Firefox window, there are File Edit View History Bookmarks Tools Help. On Unity, the menu bar is usually integrated into the desktop panel or the window's title bar and only appears when you hover the mouse cursor over it.
    – Byte Commander
    Mar 19, 2016 at 16:24

Within Firefox, from the Hamburger Menu, you can get to the help:

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And that leads to Firefox's help page on Keyboard Shortcuts:

History sidebar Ctrl + H
Library window (History) Ctrl + Shift + H
Clear Recent History Ctrl + Shift + Del

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