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Maybe some shortcuts (e.g. Control B) should be disabled by default

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Hi, some shortcuts are so generally known and used everywhere and the fact that Firefox intercepts them changing their behavior may be confusing. Let's take Control B for example: it is generally used (e.g. by every online editor or composer, like Gmail ) to set a bold font at the selected text. In Firefox this triggers instead opening bookmarks list, which is highly confusing. Shouldn't this shortcut be disabled by default? Or at least create an extremely evident (e.g. in the welcome page after install) way to disable it. Thank you

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Firefox allows websites to intercept and re-purpose the Ctrl+B shortcut, so sites that support using Ctrl+B for bold should work as expected. That seems fine to me on Gmail. If Ctrl+B is not working for you in the Gmail editor, perhaps you have disabled the site from overriding built-in keyboard shortcuts? You can check that as follows:

While you are on a page on the site, call up the Page Info dialog using one of these methods:

  • Ctrl+i (for Mac, Command+i)
  • (menu bar) Tools > Page Info
  • click the lock icon in the address bar, on the drop-down click the > button, then at the bottom click "More Information"

When the dialog comes up, click the Permission icon at the top to show that panel.

Scroll down to "Override Keyboard Shortcuts" and uncheck the "Use default" box, and then select Allow to let the site set intercept and replace those shortcuts.

There are some older editors that relied on a nonstandard Firefox behavior. After that changed in Firefox 65-66, the site either needed to update its editor or users need to add the site to a list of exceptions. For future reference if needed, here's a thread about that: