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The accesskey attribute in HTML is the keyboard shortcuts to activate/focus specific elements. The access key attribute is browser dependent. It may vary from browser to browser.

Supported Tags: It supports all HTML elements. 

Syntax: 

<element accessKey = "single_character">

Shortcut to use access key: The table describes the shortcut to use access key.  

BrowserWindowsMacLinux
Google ChromeAlt + single_characterCommand + Alt + single_characterAlt + single_character
Mozilla FirefoxAlt + Shift + single_character

Command + Alt + single_character (On Firefox 14 or newer)

Command + single_character (On Firefox 13 or older)

Alt + Shift + single_character
Internet ExplorerAlt + single_characterN/AN/A
SafariAlt + single_characterCommand + Alt + single_characterN/A
Opera 15+Alt + single_characterCommand + Alt + single_characterAlt + single_character

Note:  

  • In HTML4.1, the accesskey attributes can be used with only a few elements which include <a>, <area>, <button>, <input>, <label>, <legend>, and <textarea>.
  • In HTML5, the accesskey attribute can be used with any element.

The behavior of the browser differs when dealing with more than one element having the same accesskey:

  • Google Chrome and Safari: The last element with the accesskey will be activated
  • Opera: The first element with the accesskey will be activated
  • Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox: The next element with the accesskey will be activated

Example:  

html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
 
<head>
    <title>
        accesskey attribute
    </title>
</head>
 
<body style="text-align:center">
    <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
 
    <h2>HTML accesskey attribute</h2>
 
    <!-- The accesskey attribute used here -->
       accesskey="g">GeeksforGeeks
    </a>
</body>
 
</html>

                    

Output:  

accessKey.gif

Supported Browsers: The browser supported by accesskey attribute are listed below: 

  • Google Chrome
  • Edge 12 and above
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari

Last Updated : 05 Jul, 2023
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