What are hot (or “access”) keys?

If you’re using a modern browser, then you’ve seen the text “Hot Key:” in links on my site, such as the navigation bar. For instance, the hot key to load this page is 6.

Hot keys are, very simply, keyboard keys you can push to navigate through a site without using a mouse.

  • If you’re on a Macintosh computer, simply press command and a hot key to follow the link associated with the hot key.
  • On a Windows-based computer, press alt plus a hot key to focus on the link, then press enter or return to follow it.

You can find out more about hot keys in my Accessibility Statement (when I write it up).