Until you know an app’s keyboard shortcuts, you haven’t truly mastered it. Whether you’re just a casual Google Chrome user or consider yourself the Jedi of Chrome browsing, you shouldn’t visit another page until you’ve memorized these highly useful keyboard shortcuts. Imagine shaving precious minutes off typing URLs, opening new tabs or viewing bookmarks so you can spend more time doing more important things like posting to Reddit or chatting on Facebook.
While you may never use all of these, you’ll likely find several favorites. I can’t even begin to describe how much they’ve changed how I use Chrome. Believe it or not, as you get more proficient with keyboard shortcuts, they’re actually faster than using a mouse or a touchscreen. Sometimes the old classics are still the best way to navigate.
Search Like A Pro
Searching doesn’t have to involve numerous clicks and typing. A few shortcuts help you search almost instantly using your favorite search engine without ever having to visit each search engine separately.
Search for anything directly from the address bar using a specific search engine instead of your default one – Type the search engine’s keyboard (such as google.com or bing.com), press Space and then type your search word or phrase. Hit Enter and you’ll see results from the chosen search engine.
Search from any search engine straight from your address bar – Type the beginning of any search engine’s URL (such as google.com or bing.com) and press Tab when the name appears in the address bar. Enter your search term and press Enter to see results in your chosen search engine.
This shortcut works best if you don’t have the search engine already listed as a possible search engine within Google Chrome.
Type any search query directly in the address bar and press Enter to search via your default search engine. You can change your default search engine at any time within the Settings menu.
Getting Into Chrome
You don’t have to go through the menu to access screens such as Downloads or History. These shortcuts will do it for you.
Open Chrome’s menu – Press Alt + F or Alt + E.
Open History – Press Ctrl + H.
Open the Clear Browsing Data window – Press Ctrl + Shift + Del.
Open and close Bookmarks – Press Ctrl + Shift + B.
Open the Downloads window – Press Ctrl + J.
Switch to a different user – Press Ctrl + Shift + M.
The rest of these are random shortcuts to help you open new tabs, delete specific searches and more.
Add the .com and .www portions of a URL without typing them – Type the main portion of the URL (such as Tumblr) and press Ctrl + Enter. The other parts are added and you’re immediately taken to the site.
Highlight an entire URL in the address bar – Press Alt + D. You can also use Ctrl + L if you’re using the other as a hotkey for something else.
Jump to different sections of a URL or search phrase in the address bar to quickly make changes – Press Ctrl + either your left or right arrow key to move to the previous or next word or section in the address bar.
Jump between tabs – Press Ctrl + PageUp or Ctrl + PageDown. To switch to a specific tab, press Ctrl + the number of the tab. For instance, if you want to switch to the third tab, press Ctrl + 3.
Delete specific browsing items from the address bar drop down menu – Select the item with your arrow keys and press Shift + Delete.
Open a new window or tab – Press Ctrl + N for a new window and Ctrl + T for a new tab. Use Ctrl + Shift + N for an incognito window.
Open your most recently closed tab – Press Ctrl + Shift + T. (A personal favorite for when I accidentally close an important tab)
Open your homepage – Press Alt + Home. Beware this will open your homepage in your currently opened tab.
While these aren’t all of the possible Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts available, they are the ones you’ll likely use the most often. Give them a try and feel free to list any other shortcuts, whether they’re Chrome specific or just general browser shortcuts, in the comments to help out others.