WordPress Access Keys Plugin

April 18, 2007 by aaron

The WordPress Access Keys Plugin a allows you to add access keys to pages and categories to improve accessibility of your WordPress website. This works with any page or category list that is called with wp_list pages and wp_list_categories respectively. This plugin works in all WordPRess versions from 2.1 – 2.5.

Screenshot of Admin Panel:


The About page on this site has an access key of 6 and the site map has an access key of 3.


Access Keys version 1.0


  1. Download the zip file, unzip it and upload to your wp-content/plugins folder
  2. Upload to your plugin directory.
  3. Activate.
  4. Go to the Admin Menu under Manage named Access Keys.
  5. Read the instructions.


Use of this plugin is simple. On the Admin panel it lists pages and categories with a current access key, and in a separate list it lists the pages and categories without access keys. Just add an access key just type an access key in a text box and then click the save button. The categories or posts will now move to the top list.

How do I use Access Keys

Different browsers implement Access Key shortcuts differently. The following is a list of browser access key key combinations.

  • On Windows and Linux. Firefox 2.0+: Hold down the Alt Key and the Shift key, and press the access key.
  • On Windows. Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the Alt key, and press the number or letter of the access key. Release both keys and press Enter.
  • On Windows. Internet Explorer 4, Firefox 1.0, Mozilla and Netscape 7+: Hold down the Alt key and press the number or letter of the access key.
  • On Mac OS X. Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 7+, Internet Explorer 5+, Safari and Omniweb: Hold down the Ctrl key and press the number or letter of the access key.
  • Konqueror: Press and release the Ctrl key, then press the number or letter of the access key.
  • On the Mac Internet Explorer 4.5 and on all platforms Netscape version 6 and earlier: Access keys are unsupported.
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