No doubt Google Chrome is one of the best browsers for computers as well as hand-held devices. There are tonnes of features in the chrome that make its user a highly productive browser when compared with the league.
If you haven’t installed Google Chrome yet, then you should consider downloading and give it a try.
Google Chrome supports plenty of keyboard shortcuts that can help in performing actions without using the mouse or clicks. I have not listed every chrome shortcut here, that might confuse you and make it hard to learn.
Instead, I have listed selected shortcut keys and actions that I think are useful for every beginner to a professional user. If you learn and memorize all these keyboard shortcuts, then I am sure you will be productive and be faster than ever. One can easily learn these shortcut keys and become a master of the Google Chrome browser.
The shortcut keys vary for Windows OS/ Linux OS machines when compared to the macOS computer. Hence, we have listed both sides by side to get a quick glance.
|Google Chrome Action||Windows or Linux Shortcut||Macintosh OS Shortcut|
|Open a new window||Ctrl + n||⌘ + n|
|Open a new window in Incognito mode||Ctrl + Shift + n||⌘ + Shift + n|
|Open a new tab, and jump to it||Ctrl + t||⌘ + t|
|Reopen previously closed tabs in the order they were closed||Ctrl + Shift + t||⌘ + Shift + t|
|Jump to the next open tab||Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn||⌘ + Option + →|
|Jump to the previous open tab||Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp||⌘ + Option + ←|
|Jump to a specific tab||Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8|
⌘ + 1 through ⌘ + 8
|Jump to the rightmost tab||Ctrl + 9||⌘ + 9|
|Open the previous page from your browsing history in the current tab||Alt + ←|
⌘ + [ or ⌘ + ←
|Open the next page from your browsing history in the current tab||Alt + →|
⌘ + ] or ⌘ + →
|Close the current tab||Ctrl + w or Ctrl + F4||⌘ + w|
|Close the current window||Ctrl + Shift + w or Alt + F4||⌘ + Shift + w|
|Minimize the current window||Alt + Space + n||⌘ + m|
|Quit Google Chrome||Alt + f + x||⌘ + q|
|Show or hide the Bookmarks bar||Ctrl + Shift + b||⌘ + Shift + b|
|Open the Bookmarks Manager||Ctrl + Shift + o||⌘ + Option + b|
|Open the History page in a new tab||Ctrl + h||⌘ + y|
|Open the Downloads page in a new tab||Ctrl + j||⌘ + Shift + j|
|Open the Find Bar to search the current page||Ctrl + f or F3||⌘ + f|
|Jump to the next match to your Find Bar search||Ctrl + g||⌘ + g|
|Jump to the previous match to your Find Bar search||Ctrl + Shift + g||⌘ + Shift + g|
|Open Developer Tools||Ctrl + Shift + j or F12||⌘ + Option + i|
|Open the Clear Browsing Data options||Ctrl + Shift + Delete||⌘ + Shift + Delete|
|Log in a different user or browse as a Guest||Ctrl + Shift + m||⌘ + Shift + m|
|Move cursor to the address bar||Ctrl + l||⌘ + l|
|Open options to print the current page||Ctrl + p||⌘ + p|
|Open options to save the current page||Ctrl + s||⌘ + s|
|Reload the current page||F5 or Ctrl + r||⌘ + r|
|Reload the current page, ignoring cached content||Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + r||⌘ + Shift + r|
|Stop the page loading||Esc||Esc|
|Browse clickable items moving forward||Tab||Tab|
|Browse clickable items moving backward||Shift + Tab||Shift + Tab|
|Open a file from your computer in Chrome||Ctrl + o + Select a file||⌘ + o + Select a file|
|Save your current webpage as a bookmark||Ctrl + d||⌘ + d|
|Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder||Ctrl + Shift + d||⌘ + Shift + d|
|Turn full-screen mode on or off||F11||⌘ + Control + f|
|Make everything on the page bigger||Ctrl and +||⌘ and +|
|Make everything on the page smaller||Ctrl and –||⌘ and –|
|Return everything on the page to default size||Ctrl + 0||⌘ + 0|
|Open a link in a current tab (mouse only)||Drag a link to a tab||Drag a link to a tab|
|Open a link in new background tab||Ctrl + Click a link||⌘ + Click a link|
|Open a link, and jump to it||Ctrl + Shift + Click a link||⌘ + Shift + Click a link|
|Open a link, and jump to it (mouse only)||Drag a link to a blank area of the tab strip||Drag a link to a blank area of the tab strip|
|Open a link in a new window||Shift + Click a link||Shift + Click a link|
|Open a tab in a new window (mouse only)||Drag the tab out of the tab strip||Drag the tab out of the tab strip|
|Move a tab to a current window (mouse only)||Drag the tab into an existing window||Drag the tab into an existing window|
|Return a tab to its original position||Press Esc while dragging||Press Esc while dragging|
|Download the target of a link||Alt + Click a link||Option + Click a link|
|Switch between maximized and windowed modes||Double-click a blank area of the tab strip||Double-click a blank area of the tab strip|
These were some of the keyboard shortcuts that I think you should memorize for better performance productivity.
However, the chrome supports more key shortcuts, and here is the complete list, just in case if needed. But, these extra shortcuts aren’t important and rarely used by an average (more than 90%) users.
I’ve also posted the keyboard shortcuts for all other major browsers that you can learn:
- Helpful Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts for Linux, Windows, and Mac
- Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows, Linux, and Mac
- Useful Apple Safari Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Computers
Let us know which are your favorite shortcut keys? And what do you use more often?
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