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101 essential Google Chrome browser keyboard shortcuts for Mac, PC, and Linux users – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • Like your computer, the Google Chrome browser comes with its own full set of keyboard shortcuts. 
  • While Chrome’s keyboard shortcuts are available across devices, they will differ slightly depending on the operating system you have.
  • There are Chrome keyboard shortcuts for tab and window navigation, browser features and tools, the address bar, and more.
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When used, keyboard shortcuts can save users a lot of time. 

Google Chrome makes keyboard shortcut use easy, providing a plethora of options for navigating the browser. 

For some of those shortcuts, the differences between PC and Linux users and Mac users is merely the difference between the “Ctrl” key and the “Command” key. But other shortcuts are more specific to each kind of computer system, so it’s important to note which system you’re operating on if you want a seamless experience using keyboard shortcuts.

If you’re using Mac Catalina (or something newer), keyboard navigation is turned on by default in your system preferences, but for other operating systems, you may need to enable it. 

If you’re ready to start using keyboard shortcuts, here are the Chrome shortcuts available to Windows, Linux, and Mac users.

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26 essential Chrome tab and window shortcuts for Mac, Linux and Windows computers

All users

  • Open a new window:  Ctrl  (or Command) + n
  • Open a new window in Incognito mode: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + n
  • Open a new tab, and jump to it: Ctrl (or Command) + t
  • Reopen previously closed tabs in the order they were closed: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + t
  • Jump to a specific tab: Ctrl (or Command) + 1 through Ctrl (or Command) + 8

Windows or Linux users

  • Jump to the next open tab: Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn
  • Jump to the previous open tab: Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp
  • Jump to the rightmost tab: Ctrl + 9
  • Open your homepage in the current tab: Alt + Home
  • Open the previous page from your browsing history in the current tab: Alt + Left arrow
  • Open the next page from your browsing history in the current tab: Alt + Right arrow
  • Close the current tab: Ctrl + w or Ctrl + F4
  • Close the current window: Ctrl + Shift + w or Alt + F4
  • Minimize the current window: Alt + Space then n
  • Maximize the current window: Alt + Space then x
  • Quit Google Chrome: Alt + f then x

Mac users

  • Jump to the next open tab: Command + Option + Right arrow
  • Jump to the previous open tab: Command + Option + Left arrow
  • Jump to the last tab: Command + 9
  • Open the previous page in your browsing history for the current tab: Command + [ or Command + Left arrow
  • Open the next page in your browsing history for the current tab: Command + ] or Command + Right arrow
  • Close the current tab or pop-up: Command + w
  • Close the current window: Command + Shift + w
  • Minimize the window: Command + m
  • Hide Google Chrome: Command + h
  • Quit Google Chrome: Command + q

27 Chrome browser tool shortcuts for Mac, Linux and Windows computers

All users 

  • Show or hide the Bookmarks bar: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + b
  • Jump to the next match to your Find Bar search: Ctrl (or Command) + g
  • Jump to the previous match to your Find Bar search: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + g
  • Open the Clear Browsing Data options: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + Delete

Windows and Linux users 

  • Open the Chrome menu: Alt + f or Alt + e
  • Open the Bookmarks Manager: Ctrl + Shift + o
  • Open the History page in a new tab: Ctrl + h
  • Open the Downloads page in a new tab: Ctrl + j
  • Open the Chrome Task Manager: Shift + Esc
  • Set focus on the first item in the Chrome toolbar: Shift + Alt + t
  • Set focus on the rightmost item in the Chrome toolbar: F10 
  • Switch focus to unfocused dialog and all toolbars: F6
  • Open the Find Bar to search the current page: Ctrl + f or F3
  • Open Developer Tools: Ctrl + Shift + j or F12
  • Open the Chrome Help Center in a new tab: F1
  • Log in a different user or browse as a Guest: Ctrl + Shift + m
  • Open a feedback form: Alt + Shift + i

Mac users 

  • Open the Bookmark Manager: Command + Option + b
  • Open the Settings page in a new tab: Command + ,
  • Open the History page in a new tab: Command + y
  • Open the Downloads page in a new tab: Command + Shift + j
  • Open the Find Bar to search the current page: Command + f
  • When Find Bar is open, search for selected text: Command + e
  • Open Developer Tools: Command + Option + i
  • Log in as a different user, browse as a Guest, or access payment and password info: Command + Shift + m
  • Jump to the main menu bar: Control + F2
  • Cycle focus to unfocused dialog (if showing) and all toolbars: Command + Option + Up arrow or Down arrow

12 Chrome address bar shortcuts for Mac, Linux and Windows computers

All users 

  • Search with your default search engine: Type a search term + Enter
  • Search using a different search engine: Type a search engine name and press Tab
  • Add www. and .com to a site name, and open it in the current tab: Type a site name + Ctrl (or “Control”) + Enter
  • Move cursor to the address bar: Control + F5

Windows and Linux users

  • Open a new tab and perform a Google search: Type a search term + Alt + Enter
  • Jump to the address bar: Ctrl + l or Alt + d or F6
  • Search from anywhere on the page: Ctrl + k or Ctrl + e
  • Remove predictions from your address bar: Down arrow to highlight + Shift + Delete

Mac users

  • Add www. and .com to a site name, and open it in a new tab: Type a site name + Control + Shift + Enter
  • Open the website in a new background tab: Type a web address + Command + Enter
  • Jump to the address bar: Command + l
  • Remove predictions from your address bar: Down arrow to highlight + Shift + fn + Delete (or: Forward Delete or fn-Delete on a laptop)

36 Chrome webpage shortcuts for Mac, Linux and Windows computers

All users

  • Open options to print the current page: Ctrl (or Command) + p
  • Open options to save the current page: Ctrl (or Command) + s
  • Stop the page loading: Esc
  • Browse clickable items moving forward: Tab
  • Browse clickable items moving backward: Shift + Tab
  • Open a file from your computer in Chrome: Ctrl (or Command) + o + Select a file
  • Save your current webpage as a bookmark: Ctrl (or Command) + d
  • Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + d
  • Make everything on the page bigger: Ctrl (or Command) and +
  • Make everything on the page smaller: Ctrl (or Command) and –
  • Return everything on the page to default size: Ctrl (or Command) + 0
  • Reset page zoom level: Ctrl (or Command) + 0

Windows and Linux users

  • Reload the current page: F5 or Ctrl + r
  • Reload the current page, ignoring cached content: Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + r
  • Display non-editable HTML source code for the current page: Ctrl + u
  • Turn full-screen mode on or off: F11
  • Scroll down a webpage, a screen at a time: Space or PgDn
  • Scroll up a webpage, a screen at a time: Shift + Space or PgUp
  • Go to the top of the page: Home
  • Go to the bottom of the page: End
  • Move your cursor to the beginning of the previous word in a text field: Ctrl + Left arrow
  • Move your cursor to the next word: Ctrl + Right arrow
  • Delete the previous word in a text field: Ctrl + Backspace
  • Open the Home page in the current tab: Alt + Home

Mac users 

  • Open the Page Setup dialog: Command + Option + p
  • Reload your current page, ignoring cached content: Command + Shift + r
  • Display non-editable HTML source code for the current page: Command + Option + u
  • Open the JavaScript Console: Command + Option + j
  • Turn full-screen mode on or off: Command + Ctrl + f
  • Scroll down a webpage, a screen at a time: Space
  • Scroll up a webpage, a screen at a time: Shift + Space
  • Search the web: Command + Option + f
  • Move your cursor to the beginning of the previous word in a text field: Option + Left arrow
  • Move your cursor to the back of the next word in a text field: Option + Right arrow
  • Delete the previous word in a text field: Option + Delete
  • Open your homepage in the current tab: Command + Shift + h

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