Chrome keyboard shortcuts

Learn keyboard shortcuts and become a pro at using Chrome.

Windows and Linux

Tab and window shortcuts
Shortcut Action
Ctrl+N Opens a new window.
Ctrl+T Opens a new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+N Opens a new window in incognito mode.
Press Ctrl+O, then select file Opens a file from your computer in Google Chrome.
Press Ctrl and click a link Opens the link in a new tab in the background.
Press Ctrl+Shift and click a link Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the newly opened tab.
Press Shift and click a link Opens the link in a new window.
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopens the last tab that you closed. 
Drag a link to a tab Opens the link in the tab.
Drag a link to a blank area on the tab strip Opens the link in a new tab.
Drag a tab out of the tab strip Opens the tab in a new window.
Drag a tab out of the tab strip and into an existing window Opens the tab in the existing window.
Press Esc while dragging a tab Returns the tab to its original position.
Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+8 Switches to the tab at the specified position number on the tab strip.
Ctrl+9 Switches to the last tab.
Right-click or click and hold either the Back or Forward arrow in the browser toolbar. Displays your browsing history in the tab.
Press Backspace, or Alt and the left arrow together. Goes to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab.
Press Shift+Backspace, or Alt and the right arrow together. Goes to the next page in your browsing history for the tab.
Double-click the blank area on the tab strip. Maximises or minimises the window.
Ctrl+Q Quits Google Chrome.
Google Chrome feature shortcuts
Shortcut Action
Alt+F or Alt+E or F10 Opens the Chrome menu Chrome menu, which lets you customise and control settings in Google Chrome.
Ctrl+Shift+B Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
Ctrl+H Opens the History page.
Ctrl+J Opens the Downloads page.
Shift+Esc Opens the Task Manager.
Shift+Alt+T Sets focus on the first tool in the browser toolbar. You can then use the following shortcuts to move around in the toolbar:
  • Press Tab, Shift+Tab, Home, End, right arrow and left arrow to move focus to different items in the toolbar.
  • Press Space or Enter to activate toolbar buttons, including page actions and browser actions.
  • Press Shift+F10 to bring up any associated context menu (e.g. browsing history for the Back button).
  • Press Esc to return focus from the toolbar back to the page.
F6 or Shift+F6 Switches focus to the next keyboard-accessible pane. Panes include:
  • Highlights the URL in the address bar
  • Bookmarks bar (if visible)
  • The main web content (including any infobars)
  • Downloads bar (if visible)
Ctrl+Shift+J Opens Developer Tools.
Ctrl+Shift+Delete Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialogue.
F1 Opens the Help Centre in a new tab (our favourite).
Ctrl+Shift+M Switch between multiple users.
Address bar shortcuts

Use the following shortcuts in the address bar:

Shortcut Action
Type a search term, then press Enter. Performs a search using your default search engine.
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.
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.
Ctrl+Enter Adds www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL.
Type a URL, then press Alt+Enter. Opens the URL in a new tab.
Ctrl+L or Alt+D Highlights the URL.
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.
Press Ctrl and the left arrow together. Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar
Press Ctrl and the right arrow together. Moves your cursor to the next key term in the address bar
Ctrl+Backspace Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar
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.
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.
Web page shortcuts
Shortcut Action
Ctrl+P Prints your current page.
Ctrl+S Saves your current page.
F5 or Ctrl+R Reloads your current page.
Esc Stops the loading of your current page.
Ctrl+F Opens the find bar.
Ctrl+G or F3 Finds the next match for your input in the find bar.
Ctrl+Shift+G, Shift+F3 or Shift+Enter Finds the previous match for your input in the find bar.
Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5 Reloads your current page, ignoring cached content.
Press Alt and click a link Downloads the target of the link.
Ctrl+U Opens the source of your current page.
Drag a link to bookmarks bar Saves the link as a bookmark.
Ctrl+D Saves your current web page as a bookmark.
Ctrl+Shift+D Saves all open pages as bookmarks in a new folder.
F11 Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full-screen.
Ctrl and + or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel up. Enlarges everything on the page.
Ctrl and - or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel down. Makes everything on the page smaller.
Ctrl+0 Returns everything on the page to normal size.
Space bar Scrolls down the web page.
Home Goes to the top of the page.
End Goes to the bottom of the page.
Press Shift and scroll your mousewheel. Scrolls horizontally on the page.

Mac

Tab and window shortcuts
Shortcut Action
⌘+N Opens a new window.
⌘+T Opens a new tab.
⌘+Shift+N Opens a new window in incognito mode.
Press ⌘+O, then select a file Opens a file from your computer in Google Chrome.
Press and click a link Opens the link in a new tab in the background.
Press ⌘+Shift and click a link Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the newly opened tab.
Press Shift and click a link Opens the link in a new window.
⌘+Shift+T Reopens the last tab that you closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs that you closed.
Drag a tab out of the tab strip Opens the tab in a new window.
Drag a tab out of the tab strip and into an existing window Opens the tab in the existing window.
Press ⌘+Option and the right arrow together Switches to the next tab.
Press ⌘+Option and the left arrow together Switches to the previous tab.
⌘+W Closes the current tab or pop-up.
⌘+Shift+W Closes the current window.
Click and hold either the Back or Forward arrow in the browser toolbar. Displays your browsing history in the tab.
Press Delete or ⌘+[ Goes to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab.
Press Shift+Delete or ⌘+] Goes to the next page in your browsing history for the tab.
Press Shift while clicking the + button in the top left corner of the window Maximises the window.
⌘+M Minimises the window.
⌘+H Hides Google Chrome.
⌘+Option+H Hides all other windows.
⌘+Q Closes Google Chrome.
Google Chrome feature shortcuts
Shortcut Action
⌘+Shift+B Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
⌘+Option+B Opens the bookmark manager.
⌘+, Opens the Settings page.
⌘+Y Opens the History page.
⌘+Shift+J Opens the Downloads page.
⌘+Shift+Delete Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialogue.
⌘+Shift+M Switch between multiple users.
Address bar shortcuts
Shortcut Action
Type a search term, then press Enter. Performs a search using your default search engine.
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.
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.
Type a URL, then press ⌘+Enter. Opens the URL in a new background tab.
⌘+L Highlights the URL.
Press Option and the left arrow together. Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar
Press Option and the right arrow together. Moves your cursor to the next key term in the address bar
Press Shift+Option and the left arrow together. Highlights the preceding key term in the address bar
Press Shift+Option and the right arrow together. Highlights the next key term in the address bar
⌘+Delete Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar
Select an entry in the address bar drop-down menu with your keyboard arrows, then press Shift-Fn-Delete. Deletes the entry from your browsing history, if possible.
Web page shortcuts
Shortcut Action
⌘+P Prints your current page.
⌘+Shift+P Opens the Page Setup dialogue.
⌘+S Saves your current page.
⌘+Shift+I Emails your current page.
⌘+R Reloads your current page.
⌘+F Opens the find bar.
⌘+G Finds the next match for your input in the find bar.
⌘+Shift+G or Shift+Enter Finds the previous match for your input in the find bar.
⌘+E Uses selection for find
⌘+J Jumps to selection
⌘+Option+I Opens Developer Tools.
⌘+Option+J Opens the JavaScript Console.
⌘+Option+U Opens the source of your current page.
Press Option and click a link. Downloads the target of the link.
Drag a link to the bookmarks bar. Saves the link as a bookmark.
⌘+D Saves your current web page as a bookmark.
⌘+Shift+D Saves all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder.
⌘+Ctrl+F Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press ⌘-Shift-F again to exit full-screen.
⌘ + (+) Enlarges everything on the page.
⌘ + (-) Makes everything on the page smaller.
⌘+0 Returns everything on the page to normal size.
⌘+Shift+H Opens your homepage in your current tab.
Space bar Scrolls down the web page.
⌘+Option+F Searches the web.

Note: If you're using the TalkBack screen reader on an Android device with an external keyboard, you can use TalkBack keyboard shortcuts to navigate web pages.

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