The accesskey global attribute provides a hint for generating a keyboard shortcut for the current element. This attribute consists of a space-separated list of characters (one single Unicode code point). The browser uses the first one that exists on the computer keyboard layout.

The operation to activate the accesskey depends on browser and its platform.

  Windows Linux Mac
Firefox Alt + Shift + key On Firefox 14 or newer, Control + Alt + key
On Firefox 13 or older, Control + key
Internet Explorer Alt + key N/A
Google Chrome Alt + key Control + Alt + key
Safari Alt + key N/A Control + Alt + key
Opera Shift + Esc opens a contents list which are accessible by accesskey, then, can choose an item by pressing key

Note that Firefox can customize the required modifier key by user's preferences.


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'accesskey' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from latest snapshot, HTML5.1
The definition of 'accesskey' in that specification.
Recommendation Snapshot of WHATWG HTML Living Standard, no change from HTML5
The definition of 'accesskey' in that specification.
Recommendation Snapshot of  WHATWG HTML Living Standard. From HTML 4.01 Specification, several characters can be set as the accesskey. Also, it can be set on any element.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of 'accesskey' in that specification.
Recommendation Only supported on <a>, <area>, <button>, <input>, <label>, <legend> and <textarea>

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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