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Launch Firefox Multi Account Containers faster using keyboard shortcuts

Here is a hacky way to launch Firefox multi account containers faster using Mac OS’ keyboard shortcuts.

I was looking at Mozilla’s Github repo for Firefox Multi Account Containers for native keyboard shortcuts, when I stumbled upon a comment — a hacky way to launch mutli-account containers on Firefox using Mac OS’ keyboard shortcuts feature.

By default, Firefox does offer keyboard shortcuts to launch containers of your choice. The keyboard shortcut Control + . that comes natively allows one to allow open the multi-account container selector. Selecting the actual container has to be done manually using up/down arrows or using mouse.

There’s where this trick helps. Mac OS offers App Shortcuts to assign keyboard hotkeys/shortcuts to work at the app-level environment.

Launch System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App shortcuts to enter new hotkeys/shortcuts for Firefox.

Assign the hotkey/shortcut to launch File->New Container Tab->{Container name} and you should be all set.

Image showing Mac OS' settings to assign keyboard shortcuts for the Firefox app
Assigning keyboard shortcuts for Firefox, on Mac OS

This is the same as accessing the container using Firefox’s menu navigation at the top.

Related: Limit your Google and Facebook activities to specific containers on Firefox

Give it a spin and you should find yourself launching containers faster than ever!

One reply on “Launch Firefox Multi Account Containers faster using keyboard shortcuts”

Thank you for this source. I’m able to configure the shortcuts as i need.

BTW, initially i could not follow it well, as i was searching for the app-shortcuts within the firefox preferences. Until i followed the link in your blog to the github comment, where it is specified with a screenshot.

If you could edit the above with more specific text as, Open the macOS preferences and keyboard settings, it would be more easy.

Thank you again for this. With the new version of multi-account containers, i have to keep pressing my mouse for 1 sec longer than the usual click to see the multi-account container option. This was causing some pain in my wrist joints, I hope these keyboard shortcuts will reduce it now.

cheers
joe

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