If you are active in forums or comment areas on different websites then you most likely use some type of special characters, HTML, or other code throughout the day. Now you can easily insert commonly used “items” with the SKeys extension for Firefox.

Your New Special Text Edit Bar

After installing the extension you will see the new toolbar that has been added to your browser. These are the kinds of text that can be added to online comment areas, forums, or other website areas that allow their use:

  • Special characters
  • HTML tags
  • BB codes
  • Wiki characters

All that you will need to do is click on the appropriate special character or code to insert it into the website text area.

The first two toolbar items are each singular in their function and insert the following types of text.

A look at the special characters available for your use.

The wiki code menu.

The HTML menu…

And the BB code menu.


Here is a quick sample using the HTML menu…much better than doing it manually. This should definitely help speed things up throughout the day. Our only disappointment during testing was not being able to add additional items (i.e. characters, tags) to the toolbar at this time.


While a new toolbar may not be for everyone this extension can certainly prove useful when you need to quickly add special characters or coding in website text areas.


Download the SKeys extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

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