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Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Full list of Google Chrome Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only help you get the work done faster, but also more efficient.

Previously I have covered Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and RT and Mozilla Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts. This article covers Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts. So let’s get started.

Windows and Tabs shortcuts

Ctrl+N (Opens a new window)
Ctrl+T (Opens a new tab)
Ctrl+Shift+N (Opens a new window in incognito mode)
Ctrl+O, then select file) (Opens a file from your computer in Google Chrome)
Ctrl and click a link Or click a link with your middle mouse button (or mousewheel) (Opens the link in a new tab in the background)
Ctrl+Shift and click a link) Or press Shift and click a link with your middle mouse button (or mousewheel)) (Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the newly opened tab)
Shift+click a link (Opens the link in a new window)
Ctrl+Shift+T (Reopens the last tab that you closed – Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs that you closed)
Drag a link to a tab (Opens the link in the tab)
Drag a link to a blank area on the tab strip (Opens the link in a new tab)
Drag a tab out of the tab strip (Opens the tab in a new window)
Drag a tab out of the tab strip and into an existing window) (Opens the tab in the existing window)
Esc while dragging a tab (Returns the tab to its original position)
Ctrl+1 to 8 (Select Tab 1 to 8 if open)
Ctrl+9 (Select Last Tab)
Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+PgDown (Switches to the next tab)
Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+PgUp (Switches to the previous tab)
Alt+F4 or Ctrl+Shift+ W (Closes the current window)
Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 (Closes the current tab or pop-up)
Tab+Middle Mouse button (Closes the tab you clicked)
Right-click or click+Back or Forward arrow (Displays your browsing history in the tab)
Backspace or Alt+left arrow (Goes to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab)
Shift+Backspace or Alt + right arrow (Goes to the next page in your browsing history for the tab)
Alt+Home (Opens your homepage in your current window)

Feature shortcuts

Alt+F or Alt+E or F10 (Opens the Chrome menu Chrome menu, which lets you customize and control settings in Google Chrome)
Ctrl+Shift+B (Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off)
Ctrl+H (Opens the History page)
Ctrl+J (Opens the Downloads page)
Shift+Esc (Opens the Task Manager)
Ctrl+Shift+J (Opens Developer Tools)
Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialogue)
F1 (Opens the Help Centre in a new tab (our favourite))
Ctrl+Shift+M (Switch between multiple users)

Address Bar shortcuts

Type a search term, then press Enter (Performs a search using your default search engine)
Type a search engine keyword, press pace, type a search term and press Enter (Performs a search using the search engine associated with the keyword)
Begin typing a search engine URL, press Tab when prompted, type a search term and press Enter. (Performs a search using the search engine associated with the URL)
Ctrl+Enter (Adds www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL)
Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter. (Opens the URL in a new tab)
Ctrl+L or Alt + D (Highlights the URL)
Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E (Places a ‘?’ in the address bar. Type a search term after the question mark to perform a search using your default search engine)
Press Ctrl and the left arrow together. (Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar)
Press Ctrl and the right arrow together. (Moves your cursor to the next key term in the address bar)
Ctrl+Backspace (Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar)
Select an entry in the address bar drop-down menu with your keyboard arrows, then press Shift + Delete. (Deletes the entry from your browsing history, if possible)
Click an entry in the address bar drop-down menu with your middle mouse button (or mousewheel). (Opens the entry in a new tab in the background)
Press Page Up or Page Down when the address bar drop-down menu is visible. (Selects the first or last entry in the drop-down menu)

Webpage shortcuts

Ctrl+P (Prints your current page)
Ctrl+S (Saves your current page)
F5 or Ctrl+R (Reloads your current page)
Esc (Stops the loading of your current page)
Ctrl+F (Opens the find bar)
Ctrl+G or F3 (Finds the next match for your input in the find bar)
Ctrl+Shift+G, Shift+F3 or Shift+Enter (Finds the previous match for your input in the find bar)
Click the middle mouse button (or mousewheel). (Activates auto-scrolling. As you move your mouse, the page automatically scrolls according to the direction of the mouse)
Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5 (Reloads your current page, ignoring cached content)
Press Alt and click a link. (Downloads the target of the link)
Ctrl+U (Opens the source of your current page)
Drag a link to bookmarks bar (Saves the link as a bookmark)
Ctrl+D (Saves your current web page as a bookmark)
Ctrl+Shift+D (Saves all open pages as bookmarks in a new folder)
F11 (Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full-screen)
Ctrl++  or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel up. (Enlarges everything on the page)
Ctrl+- or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel down. (Makes everything on the page smaller)
Ctrl+0 (Automatic Zoom)
Space bar (Scrolls down the web page)
Home (Goes to the top of the page)
End (Goes to the bottom of the page)
Press Shift and scroll your mousewheel (Scrolls horizontally on the page)

Please leave your comments below with your favourite shortcuts or share the one you use and not listed above so I can check them out and possibly add them to this article.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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