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75+ Most Useful Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows)

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Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Google’s products are always known for its quality, usability, performance, simplicity and compatibility. From past two years Google has produced many competitive products. Google Chrome is one among the top most used product by many users. It is now a second most used browser in the world!

We can name 2011 as a “Year of Browser War“. Chrome was the strongest player among top contenders like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari. Being a strongest player is not so easy. Google added lots of future features into Chrome which IE and Firefox delayed in adding it. Chrome had an upper hand when it came to testing emerging technologies like HTML5 and CSS3.

That’s too technical 😉 Isn’t it?

Chrome – The web is what you make of it

Let’s step down and look at it in terms of normal user. Expectations of normal browser user will be,

  • Faster Webpage Loading
  • Better Rendering
  • Less Memory Consumption
  • Capable of handling more  Tabs and etc.

We think Chrome has again got an upper hand which in turn helped them in grabbing more than 27% percent of worldwide browser stats by the end of 2011. Chrome is also known for its simplicity and for ease of use.

Knowing some of the shortcuts listed below can help save your time and increase your productivity on using Google Chrome:

Tab and window shortcuts

  1. Ctrl+N : Opens a new window.
  2. Ctrl+T : Opens a new tab.
  3. Ctrl+Shift+N : Opens a new window in incognito mode.
  4. Ctrl+O : Opens a file from your computer in Google Chrome.
  5. Ctrl + click a link. Or click a link with your middle mouse button (or mouse-wheel) : Opens the link in a new tab in the background.
  6. Ctrl+Shift and click a link. Or press Shift and click a link with your middle mouse button (or mouse-wheel) : Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the newly opened tab.
  7. Shift and click a link : Opens the link in a new window.
  8. Ctrl+Shift+T : Reopens the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.
  9. Drag a link to a tab : Opens the link in the tab.
  10. Drag a link to a blank area on the tab strip : Opens the link in a new tab.
  11. Drag a tab out of the tab strip and into an existing window : Opens the tab in the existing window.
  12. Press Esc while dragging a tab : Returns the tab to its original position.
  13. Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+8 : Switches to the tab at the specified position number on the tab strip.
  14. Ctrl+9 : Switches to the last tab.
  15. Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Page-Down : Switches to the next tab.
  16. Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+Page-Up : Switches to the previous tab.
  17. Alt+F4 : Closes the current window.
  18. Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 : Closes the current tab or pop-up.
  19. Click a tab with your middle mouse button (or mouse-wheel) : Closes the tab you clicked.
  20. Right-click  and hold either the Back or Forward arrow in the browser toolbar : Displays your browsing history in the tab.
  21. Press Backspace, or Alt and the left arrow together : Goes to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab.
  22. Press Shift+Backspace, or Alt and the right arrow together : Goes to the next page in your browsing history for the tab.
  23. Press Ctrl and click either the Back arrow, Forward arrow, or Go button in the toolbar. Or click either button with your middle mouse button (or mouse-wheel) : Opens the button destination in a new tab in the background.
  24. Double-click the blank area on the tab strip : Maximizes or minimizes the window.
  25. Alt+Home : Opens your homepage in your current window.

Feature Shortcuts

  1. Alt+F or Alt+E : Opens the wrench menu, which lets you customize and control settings in Google Chrome.
  2. Ctrl+Shift+B : Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
  3. Ctrl+H : Opens the History page.
  4. Ctrl+J : Opens the Downloads page.
  5. Shift+Esc : Opens the Task Manager.
  6. Shift+Alt+T : Sets focus on the first tool in the browser toolbar.
  7. Shift+Alt+T and Press  Tab or right arrow : Navigate to next  tool in the browser toolbar.
  8. Shift+Alt+T and Press  Shift+Tab or left arrow : Navigate to previous  tool in the browser toolbar.
  9. Shift+Alt+T and Press Home : Sets focus on the first tool in the browser toolbar.
  10. Shift+Alt+T and Press End: Sets focus on the last tool in the browser toolbar.
  11. Shift+Alt+T and Press  Space or  Enter : Activates toolbar buttons, including page actions and browser actions.
  12. Shift+Alt+T and Press  Shift+F10 : Brings up any associated context menu (e.g. browsing history for the Back button).
  13. F6 or Shift+F6 : Switches focus to the next keyboard-accessible pane. Panes include: Address bar, Bookmarks bar (if visible), the main web content (including any info-bars) and downloads bar (if visible).
  14. Ctrl+Shift+J : Opens Developer Tools.
  15. Ctrl+Shift+Delete : Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialog.
  16. F1 : Opens the Help Center in a new tab (our favorite).

Address bar shortcuts

  1. Type a search term, then press Enter : Performs a search using your default search engine.
  2. Type a search engine keyword, press Space, type a search term, and press Enter : Performs a search using the search engine associated with the keyword.
  3. 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.
  4. Ctrl+Enter : Adds www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL.
  5. Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter : Opens the URL in a new tab.
  6. Ctrl+L or Alt+D : Highlights the URL.
  7. 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.
  8. Press Ctrl and the left arrow together : Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar
  9. Press Ctrl and the right arrow together :Moves your cursor to the next key term in the address bar
  10. Ctrl+Backspace : Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar
  11. 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.
  12. Click an entry in the address bar drop-down menu with your middle mouse button (or mouse-wheel) : Opens the entry in a new tab in the background.
  13. 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

  1. Ctrl+P : Prints your current page.
  2. Ctrl+S : Saves your current page.
  3. F5 or Ctrl+R : Reloads your current page.
  4. Esc : Stops the loading of your current page.
  5. Ctrl+F : Opens the find bar.
  6. Ctrl+G or F3 : Finds the next match for your input in the find bar.
  7. Ctrl+Shift+G, Shift+F3, or Shift+Enter : Finds the previous match for your input in the find bar.
  8. 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.
  9. Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5 : Reloads your current page, ignoring cached content.
  10. Press Alt and click a link : Downloads the target of the link.
  11. Ctrl+U : Opens the source of your current page.
  12. Drag a link to bookmarks bar : Saves the link as a bookmark.
  13. Ctrl+D : Saves your current webpage as a bookmark.
  14. Ctrl+Shift+D : Saves all open pages as bookmarks in a new folder.
  15. F11 : Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full-screen.
  16. Ctrl and +, or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel up : Enlarges everything on the page / zoom in.
  17. Ctrl and -, or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel down : Makes everything on the page smaller / zoom out.
  18. Ctrl+0 :Returns everything on the page to normal size.
  19. Space bar : Scrolls down the web page.
  20. Home : Goes to the top of the page.
  21. End : Goes to the bottom of the page.
  22. Press Shift  and scroll your mouse-wheel : Scrolls horizontally on the page.

Text shortcuts

  1. Ctrl+C : Copies highlighted content to the clipboard.
  2. Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert : Pastes content from the clipboard.
  3. Ctrl+Shift+V : Paste content from the clipboard without formatting.
  4. Ctrl+X or Shift+Delete : Deletes the highlighted content and copies it to the clipboard.

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    David
    January 8, 2012 Reply

    I'm not really aware some of these shortcuts..thanks for the list.I bookmark your site for my reference.

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      vinaykgowda
      January 13, 2012 Reply

      Most of us won't be knowing many of the useful things our day-to-day life  @d9f895facf91d24ff5b7c3c557960991:disqus . Hope these shortcuts will help you in better time management. Thanks for the bookmarking our site. Which shortcut you think would be more useful for you? :)

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    Beautiful Wallpapers
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    really useful , thanks for sharing 

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      vinaykgowda
      January 13, 2012 Reply

      Welcome :) Which shortcut you use the most?

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    Anonymous
    January 13, 2012 Reply

    Welcome :) Which shortcut you use the most?

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    Anonymous
    January 13, 2012 Reply

    Most of us won't be knowing many of the useful things our day-to-day life  @d9f895facf91d24ff5b7c3c557960991:disqus . Hope these shortcuts will help you in better time management. Thanks for the bookmarking our site. Which shortcut you think would be more useful for you? :)

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    Michael Buccilli
    January 17, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this; very useful information.

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    Michael Buccilli
    January 17, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this; very useful information.

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    Steven Roberts
    January 17, 2012 Reply

    Chrome is my default browser, i love how it never lets any "3party tool bars" in it. One thing thing though I tried out this short cut,  " 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."  And turns out that my default search engine is "Yahoo", ACK! I hate "Yahoo" Now I need to somehow figure out how to change it back. When i fix anyone's computer, or re-install any OS'es I always recommend Chrome, so much better than Firefox. FF lets 3 party tool bars get installed in it, and it's very hard sometimes to get it out.

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      Sunil Jain
      February 4, 2012 Reply

      Nice find Steven :) Better change your default search engine and yeah Chrome does follow few principles to keep itself secure and useful. Have a read here - http://tech18.com/187423-top-7-core-principles-google-chrome-security.html Thanks for commenting :)

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    Steven Roberts
    January 17, 2012 Reply

    Chrome is my default browser, i love how it never lets any "3party tool bars" in it. One thing thing though I tried out this short cut,  " 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."  And turns out that my default search engine is "Yahoo", ACK! I hate "Yahoo" Now I need to somehow figure out how to change it back. When i fix anyone's computer, or re-install any OS'es I always recommend Chrome, so much better than Firefox. FF lets 3 party tool bars get installed in it, and it's very hard sometimes to get it out.

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      Sunil Jain
      February 4, 2012 Reply

      Nice find Steven :) Better change your default search engine and yeah Chrome does follow few principles to keep itself secure and useful. Have a read here - http://tech18.com/187423-top-7-core-principles-google-chrome-security.html Thanks for commenting :)

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