If you’re a regular Chrome user, chances are you know your way around the program by using your keyboard. By now, you might hit “Ctrl + N” to open a new window or Ctrl+T to open a new tab, but there are dozens of other helpful keyboard shortcuts for Chrome that you might not know about.
For instance, holding down “Ctrl + Shift + T” (Windows and Linux) reopens the last tab you closed. Holding down Shift and then clicking on a link opens the link in the new window, while “Ctrl + Shift + link” opens it in a new tab.
Here are more navigation keyboard shortcuts for Chrome:
|Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + PgDown||Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + PgDown||Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + PgDown||Goes to the next tab. If there's no tab, then it goes to the first tab from the left of the browser.|
|Ctrl + Shift + Tab, Ctrl + PgUp||Ctrl + Shift + Tab, Ctrl + PgUp||Ctrl + Shift + Tab, Ctrl + PgUp||Goes to the previous tab|
|Ctrl + W, Ctrl + F4||Ctrl + W, Ctrl + F4||⌘ + W||This closes the current tab or pop up window|
|Press Backspace, or Alt and the left arrow together.||Press Alt and the left arrow together.||⌘ + [||Goes to the tab's previous page in browsing history|
|Press Shift + Backspace, or Alt and the right arrow together.||Press Alt and the right arrow together.||Press Shift-Delete or ⌘ + ]||Goes to the tab's next page in browsing history|
|Alt + F||Alt + F||N.A.||opens the Chome or Tools menu, where most Chrome settings can be accessed and changed.|
|Ctrl + H||Ctrl + H||⌘ + Y||Opens the History page|
|Ctrl + J||Ctrl + J||⌘ + Shift + J||Opens the Downloads page|
|Ctrl + Shift + B||Ctrl + Shift + B||⌘ + Shift + B||Shows/hides the bookmark bar|
|Ctrl + Shift + Delete||Ctrl + Shift + Delete||⌘ + Shift + Delete||Opens the page for Clear Browsing Data|
|When browsing web pages, you can also do a lot with keyboard shortcuts. Below are some examples:|
|Ctrl + L or Alt + D||Ctrl + L||⌘ + L||Highlights the URL in the address bar|
|Ctrl + D||Ctrl + D||⌘ + D||Saves the current page as a bookmark|
|Ctrl + Shift + D||Ctrl + Shift + D||⌘ + Shift + D||Saves all open pages in a new bookmark folder|
|Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter.||Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter.||Type a URL, then press ⌘ + Enter.||Opens a URL in a new tab in the background|
|If you have a Mac, there are certain shortcuts that are specific to the device. Here are some of them:|
|N.A.||N.A.||⌘ + Shift + I||Emails your current page.|
|N.A.||N.A.||⌘ + ,||Opens Preferences from the Chrome menu|
|N.A.||N.A.||⌘ + :||Opens the Spelling and Grammar dialog.|
|N.A.||N.A.||⌘ + ;||Checks your current page for spelling and grammar|
|N.A.||N.A.||⌘ + Shift + Z||Repeats your last action.|
|N.A.||N.A.||⌘ + Z||Reverts your last action.|
It takes a bit of practice (and this cheatsheet) to master these shortcuts, but it’s well worth it. Soon, you’ll find that you don’t always have to rely too much on your mouse. Doing stuff within Chrome by using only your keyboard is possible, and hopefully this article gives you a head start.
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