Access keys

Web visitors with limited physical capabilities can navigate our website more easily using keyboard shortcuts known as 'access keys'. These are employed throughout our main website, and follow the recommended UK Government standard:

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 Access key usage guidelines

  • Windows Operating System
    Browser: Access key:
    Internet Explorer Alt [key number] - release both keys then press ENTER
    Mozilla, Firefox Shift + Alt [key number]
    Opera Shift + Esc [key number]
    Macintosh Operating System
    Browser: Access key:
    Internet Explorer Ctrl [key number] - release both keys then press ENTER
    Mozilla, Netscape Ctrl [key number]
    Opera Shift + Esc [key number]
    Linux Mandrake Operating System
    Browser: Access key:
    Galeon, Mozilla Alt [key number]

 Browser versions that recognise access keys

  • Browser: Versions:
    Internet Explorer version 4.x and later
    Mozilla, Firefox version 1.x and later
    Netscape Navigator version 6.x and later
    Opera (PC) version 7.x and later
    Opera (Mac) version 6.x and later
    K-Meleon version 6.x and later
    Spirit MetaBrowser version 1.x and later
    Galeon version 1.x and later


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