In Ubuntu (14.04) I find that the Firefox shortcut for downloads Ctrl+J doesn't work.

Pressing Ctrl+J always takes me to the Firefox default home page (the one with the big Firefox logo in the middle and the search box underneath).

Other shortcuts such as Ctrl+Shft+A or Ctrl+H, Ctrl+B, etc. work just fine. I find this very odd. It's been the case since the clean install, i.e. it can't be due to another application.

Why could this be happening? How can I resolve this, without getting a external plugin?

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It is possible, that your Firefox uses another shortcut. You should see the correct shortcut in the menu bar (for example in my browser "Tools" -> "Downloads Ctrl-Shift-Y").

There are cases when Ctrl-J is assigned another function, e.g. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=546380

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    Thank you, Ctrl Shft Y did the trick. I had tried Ctrl Y previously but to no avail. But this is a rather annoying bug I must say, makes individual Firefox installations non-standard at random..
    – dakini
    Aug 11, 2015 at 12:57

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