Twitter: 15 hidden keyboard shortcuts
Twitter has more than 500 million users – but how many of them know about its top hidden keyboard features? For those of you who don’t know them, here’s a list of the top fifteen tips
1. Homepage – ‘g h’
If you want to return straight to the home page, you don’t have to scroll the cursor up to the home icon on the left. You can just press ‘g h’ on your keyboard and it will take you straight to your home Twitter feed.
2. Your profile – ‘g p’
When you’re surfing around on Twitter and find yourself seven degrees of separation away from your profile, press ‘g p’ and it will take you straight back to your profile.
3. Messages – ‘g m’
The message icon can be hard to find on Twitter, so if you need to access your inbox, press ‘g m’ on your keyboard and it will take you straight there.
4. Connect – ‘g c’
When you want to get to your list of interactions, just press ‘g c’ on the keyboard.
5. Mentions – ‘g r’
To get to mentions you could then just click the tab on the left – but obviously the quicker shortcut would be to just type ‘g r’ and that will bring up any Tweets that mention you.
6. Users’ profiles – ‘g u’
To get to someone else’s profile you don’t have to browse the search box. Instead you can type ‘g u’ and a box will pop up saying: “Go to a person’s profile.” Just type in their name to jump to a profile.
7. New Tweet – ‘n’
Wherever you are on the Twitter site, pressing ‘n’ on your keyboard will immediately pull up a ‘What’s happening?’ box for you to type your Tweet into.
8. DM – ‘m’
If you want to send a DM (direct message), press ‘m’ and a new direct message box will appear on your screen. You can then type in the recipient’s Twitter handle and send your message.
9. Favourite – ‘f’
If you come across a Tweet you want to favourite, simply pressing ‘f’ will favourite it for you. However – word of warning – this only works if you have opened up a new page for the Tweet. It won’t work just on your homepage.
10. Retweet – ‘t’
Just as with favouriting a Tweet, you need to have the Tweet fully open to do this. Once you have it up, just press ‘t’ and it will ask you if you want to retweet it to your followers.
11. Reply – ‘r’
For those of you who were wondering why the code for retweeting is a ‘t’, now you’ll know why. The ‘r’ shortcut is reserved for replying to a Tweet. Again, make sure you have the Tweet open separately before you do this. If you press it whilst on the homepage, nothing will happen.
12. Next Tweet – ‘j’
To move on to the next Tweet in a list, simply pressing ‘j’ will take you down to the next one and create a blue box around the Tweet.
13. Previous Tweet – ‘k’
To go back to a previous Tweet, press ‘k’.
14. Load more – ‘.’
If you have an old browser, or your Tweets are taking a while to load, pressing ‘.’ will bring up the next set of Tweets for you, and take you straight to the top of your page.
15. Keyboard shortcuts – ‘?’
When in doubt of all these shortcuts, just typing in a question mark will bring up Twitter’s hidden menu of all the keyboard shortcuts available.