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I was just perusing about on main, when I inadvertently pressed the i key on my keyboard. This is what happened:

i.e., my inbox popped up, with fancy number-key shortcuts to access inbox items (style very reminiscent of old text-based RPGs). I started pressing other letters and more things happened that I had never seen before. I have never touched any sort of keyboard settings or anything of the like, to my knowledge, so it seems these are built-in (?).

Can someone point me to some sort of documentation on this?

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These are Stack Exchange keyboard shortcuts. From the announcement:

When you go to the Edit Profile & Settings page on your profile, and then select the Preferences submenu, you’ll find a new checkbox labeled Enable keyboard shortcuts (which is located about half the way down on that page). Click it, and from there on, everything works as with the user script. Press ? to get started.

You'll have to make this change on every Stack Exchange site that you're active on.

The available shortcuts depend on where you are on the site, but pressing ?, as mentioned above, will show what they are. For example, these are things you can do on a question page:

example

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, I will definitely exploit this, thank you. There's always new things about this site that I'm completely in the dark on... $\endgroup$
    – GPerez
    Jun 14 '15 at 1:36

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