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Please note that this website has a UK government accesskeys system.

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Access key scheme

Access keys let you navigate around a website without using a mouse.  You may find them a convenient way to move round the site without having to move your mouse at all.

Access keys and how to use them

Unfortunately, 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 2: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
Firefox 1.5 for PCs: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.
Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
Internet Explorer 4: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
Netscape 7: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
Netscape 6+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key
Netscape earlier versions: Access keys are not supported

Browsers for Macs

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

Access keys on Directgov

Directgov uses the following access keys:

S - Skip navigation
1 - Home page
2 - Newsroom
3 - Site map
6 - Help
7 - Complaints
8 - Terms and conditions
9 - Feedback form
0 - Access key details

Skip navigation on any given page allows you to bypass the navigation areas and go directly to that page's main content.

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Additional links

Online benefits advice

If you need advice on benefits, pensions and credits, see what you might get by using the online calculator

Jobseeker's Allowance online

If you need to apply for Jobseeker's Allowance, do it online at a time that suits you

Access keys