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Access keys - keyboard access information

We have provided a series of keyboard shortcuts intended to help users who have difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse.

This web site uses the UK Government access key system and the following information summarises each of the keyboard shortcut commands available to you.

Depending on your browser type use one of the following:

Microsoft Windows

With Windows-based systems, in general, press the "Alt" key and the relevant access key:

  • if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4 then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter at the same time
  • if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or 6 then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter, then press the "Enter" key
  • if you are using Netscape version 6 or later, or Mozilla, then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter at the same time
Key Function Description
Alt + S Skip navigation Many of our newer pages have a quick link to the main content
Alt + 1 Home page Links to the Defra home page
Alt + 2 News Links to the current News Release index
Alt + 3 Site map Links to the A-Z index of material on the site
Alt + 4 Search Links to the search page
Alt + 6 Help Links to the Help page
Alt + 0 Access key details (This page)
Alt + T Top of page Many of our newer pages have a quick link to the top of the page

Apple Macintosh

With Macintosh-based systems, press the "Ctrl" key and the relevant access key

Key Function Description
Ctrl + S Skip navigation Many of our newer pages have a quick link to the main content
Ctrl + 1 Home page Links to the Defra home page
Ctrl + 2 News Links to the current News Release index
Ctrl + 3 Site map Links to the A-Z index of material on the site
Ctrl + 4 Search Links to the search page
Ctrl + 6 Help Links to the Help page
Ctrl + 0 Access key details (This page)
Ctrl + T Top of page Many of our newer pages have a quick link to the top of the page

If you have any queries or difficulties or if you use this facility and wish to suggest additional access keys, please contact the Defra webmaster

Page last modified: 25 February 2009
Page published: 5 February 2003