Access Keys

Access keys are keyboard shortcuts which let you navigate around a website without using a mouse.

Access keys used in this website

This site uses the following subset of the UK Government Accesskey Standard:
S - Skip navigation
0 - Access key details
1 - Home page
3 - Site map
4 - Search
6 - Help

8 - Terms and conditions
9 - Feedback form
Skip navigation allows you to bypass the navigation areas and go directly to that page's main content.

How to Use Access Keys

Different browsers use access keys in different ways. In general you need to hold down a key or two, and then press the access key you want.

Browsers for PCs

  • Firefox
    • Version 3+ - Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key.
    • Version 2 - Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key.
    • Version 1.5 - Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
  • Internet Explorer
    • Version 5+ - Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER.
    • Version 4 - Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
  • Netscape
    • Version 7 - Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
    • Version 6+ - Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key.
    • Earlier versions - Access keys are not supported.
  • Opera
    • Version 9+ - Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.  Release both keys and then press the number of the access key required.

Browsers for Macs

  • Firefox
    • Version 3+ - Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key.
    • Version 2 - Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key.
    • Version 1.5 - Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key.
  • Internet Explorer
    • Version 5+ - Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key.
    • Version 4.5 - Access keys are not supported.
  • Opera
    • Version 9+ - Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear. Release both keys and then press the number of the access key required.  
  • Safari
    • Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key.
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