HTML accesskey Attribute


Two hyperlinks with specified accesskeys:

<a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html5" accesskey="h">HTML5</a><br>
<a href="http://www.w3schools.com/css3" accesskey="c">CSS3</a>
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Definition and Usage

The accesskey attribute specifies a shortcut key to activate/focus an element.

Note: The way of accessing the shortcut key is varying in different browsers: 

Browser Windows Linux Mac
Internet Explorer [Alt] + accesskey N/A
Chrome [Alt] + accesskey [Alt] + accesskey [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Firefox [Alt] [Shift] + accesskey [Alt] [Shift] + accesskey [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Safari [Alt] + accesskey N/A [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Opera Opera 15 or newer: [Alt] + accesskey
Opera 12.1 or older: [Shift] [Esc] + accesskey

However, in most browsers the shortcut can be set to another combination of keys.

Tip: The behavior if more than one element has the same access key differs:

  • IE, Firefox: The next element with the pressed access key will be activated
  • Chrome, Safari: The last element with the pressed access key will be activated
  • Opera: The first element with the pressed access key will be activated

Browser Support

accesskey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML5, the accesskey attribute can be used on any HTML element (it will validate on any HTML element. However, it is not necessarily useful).

In HTML 4.01, the accesskey attribute can be used with: <a>, <area>, <button>, <input>, <label>, <legend>, and <textarea>.


<element accesskey="character">

Attribute Values

Value Description
character Specifies the shortcut key to activate/focus the element

Related Pages

HTML Tutorial: HTML Attributes

HTML DOM reference: accessKey Property