Hints are an easy way to interact with web pages without using your mouse. In Hints mode, Pentadactyl highlights and numbers all clickable elements. The elements can be selected either by typing their numbers, or typing parts of their text to narrow them down. While the default action is to click the selected link, other actions are available, including saving the resulting link, copying its URL, or saving an image. For each of these actions, only the set of applicable elements is highlighted.


Start hint-mode. In this mode, every clickable element (as defined by the 'hinttags' option) is highlighted and numbered. Elements can be selected either by typing their number, or by typing part of their text to narrow down the result. When an element has been selected, it is automatically clicked and hint mode ends. Additionally, the following keys have special meanings in Hints mode:

Selects the first highlighted element, or that focused by <Tab>.
Moves the focus to the next hintable element
Temporarily treats all numbers (or other keys, depending on the value of 'hintkeys') as ordinary text
Exits Hints mode without selecting an element

Start hint-mode, but the selected elements are clicked with the <Shift> key pressed, which has the normal effect of opening it in a new tab (depending on the value of the 'browser.tabs.loadInBackground' preference).


Start an extended hints mode. Extended hints are exactly like quick-hints, except that each sub-mode highlights a more specialized set of elements, and performs a unique action on the selected link. Because of the panoply of extended hint modes available, after pressing ;, pressing <Tab> brings up the completion list with each hints mode and its description.

{mode} may be one of:

Of the previous modes, the value of the 'hinttags' option is used to choose the highlighted elements, unless an override can be found in 'extendedhinttags'.


Start an extended hints mode and stay there until <Esc> is pressed. Like ;, except that after a hint is selected, hints remain visible so that another one can be selected with the same action as the first.