Ever since we published our social media keyboard shortcuts for Mac, PC users have, understandably, been requesting a version of their own.
Well, my PC pals, the day is finally here. Use these keyboard shortcuts to be more efficient on social media, impress your colleagues, and shave precious seconds off your workflow.
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Social media keyboard shortcuts: PC edition
At the end of this post, we’ve also included handy Hootsuite shortcuts for finding the most relevant customer conversations on social media.
Keyboard shortcuts for Facebook
PC keyboard shortcuts for Facebook differ from one browser to the next. In all of the shortcuts below, replace the “#” symbol with the corresponding “access key” number listed.
Shortcuts for navigating Facebook:
Internet Explorer: Alt + #, then Enter
Firefox: Shift + Alt + #
Chrome: Alt + #
0 – Help
1 – Home
2 – Timeline
3 – Friends
4 – Inbox
5 – Notifications
6 – Settings
7 – Activity Log
8 – About
9 – Terms
So, if you’re using Chrome and want to open your notifications in Facebook, you would use the shortcut Alt + 5.
Other Facebook keyboard shortcuts:
j and k – Scroll between news feed stories
p – Post a new status
l – Like or unlike the selected story
c – Comment on the selected story
s – Share the selected story
o – Open an attachment from the selected story
/ – Search
q – Search chat contacts
Keyboard shortcuts for Twitter
Shortcuts for navigating Twitter:
You can hold down the keys at the same time, or press them in order as if you were typing out the two-letter word.
g + h – Home
g + o – Moments
g + n – Notifications
g + r – Mentions
g + p – Profile
g + l – Likes
g + i – Lists
g + m – Messages
g + s – Settings
g + b – Go to user…
Other Twitter keyboard shortcuts:
n – New tweet
l – Like
r – Retweet
m – Direct message
j – Next tweet
k – Previous tweet
. – Load new tweets
To see a full list of keyboard shortcuts, type ? when you’re on any Twitter page.
Keyboard shortcuts for Hootsuite
Log into Hootsuite. Click Add Stream then select Search and enter these filters in the search bar with the keyword you want to track.
Find real humans, not spam and sales messages
Social media is filled with spam and vendors selling products, making it hard to see actual customer conversations. To get past this, you can tailor your search in Hootsuite to only show posts without links. This reveals actual human conversations—such as people talking about what fashion products they like, car enthusiasts sharing what accessories they’d buy, and other little communities.
To find posts without links, use the following filter after a keyword in hootsuite: -filter:links
Example: coffee -filter:links
Find social posts with links—filtering out chatter
On the other hand, you may want to only see posts that contain links (if you’re doing competitive research, for example).
To find posts with links, use the following filter after a keyword: filter:links
Example: coffee filter:links
Find customers near you
To find conversations happening close to your physical location, use the following filter after a keyword: near:[location]
Example: coffee near:Liverpool
(Of course, you would replace “Liverpool” with whatever city you’re searching for.)
Search social posts by language
If you want to find posts in a specific language, use your keyword, followed by “lang:” and the appropriate language code. So, if you want to search for Spanish speakers (language code “es”) searching for “café” that search would look like…
Example: café lang:es
This works for other languages as well (en, fr, zh-cn, and so on).
Search posts with questions
In Hootsuite, add a ? to your keyword and you’ll only see posts with questions. Whether you want to find customer questions you can easily resolve or need quick ideas for blog posts or social content, this filter can help you understand and engage with your customers better.
Example: best coffee machine?
More Hootsuite templates to save you time
If you’re into keyboard shortcuts, you might also like these seven social media templates we created to help you get more done in less time.
Hootsuite is the perfect platform to use all of your newly learned PC keyboard shortcuts.