34 essential shortcuts to master Google Chrome

Google Chrome is currently the most used browser around the world. Which also means that there is a good chance that you are reading this article with this browser. And if this is the case, then you are in good luck, because in this folder you will be able to discover 34 essential shortcuts that will allow you to master the Google browser.

To make it easier for you to read, we have chosen to divide these famous shortcuts into several distinct themes.

34 Essential Shortcuts To Master Google Chrome
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This file was written from version 87 of Google Chrome.

As you will see, there's no shortage of choice, but don't try to memorize them all. The best way to learn them, ultimately, is to practice them. It is best to focus on the shortcuts that you find most useful to start with.

Chrome: keyboard shortcuts to master tabs like a pro

Chrome offers a lot of well thought out functions, but it is especially at the level of the management of the tabs that it stands out from the crowd. And even more since it allows us to form groups. Thanks to this new function, it becomes much easier to organize yourself on a daily basis.

So of course, Google has also implemented several keyboard shortcuts to make you more responsive:

  • Ctrl + T (Windows) or Cmd + T (macOS): Open a new tab.
  • Ctrl + N (Windows) or Cmd + N (macOS): Open a new window.
  • Ctrl + W (Windows) or Cmd + W (macOS): Close the tab in use.
  • Ctrl + Shift + W (Window) or Cmd + Shift + W (macOS): Close the window in use.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + N (macOS): Open a new window in private mode.
  • Ctrl + Shift + T (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + T (macOS): Reopen the last closed tab.
  • Ctrl + Tab (Windows) or Cmd + Option + Right arrow (macOS): Go to the tab located to the right of the tab in use.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab (Windows) or Cmd + Option + Left Arrow (macOS): Return to the previous tab.
  • Ctrl + [1-9] (Windows) or Cmd + [1-9] (macOS): Go to the corresponding tab, 9 being the last tab.

In general, we therefore find somewhat the same shortcuts on Windows and macOS. The only notable difference is in the CTRL (Control) key which is replaced by the CMD (Command) key.

Chrome: keyboard shortcuts dedicated to the address bar

Before Chrome, browsers used to offer two fields above the sites displayed: one for the addresses of pages and sites, the other for searches.

Google was the first to merge these two fields and bring the smart address bar to life. This has allowed Chrome to gain in accessibility and ease of use.

And of course, the Omnibox can also be controlled using keyboard shortcuts:

  • Alt + D (Windows) or Cmd + l (macOS): Move the cursor in the Omnibox.
  • Ctrl + Enter: Add a www and a .com to the characters entered and try to open the associated domain name.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter: The same, but this time the page will open in a new window.
  • Ctrl + K (Windows) or Cmd + Option + F (macOS): Move the cursor in the Omnibox and launch a search on the engine configured by default.

Here, we notice that the shortcuts are a little more universal, which will undoubtedly make life easier for those who juggle between Windows and macOS on a daily basis.

Note that the shortcuts indicated for Windows also work with Chrome OS.

Chrome: keyboard shortcuts to interact with pages

The tabs are done. The Omnibox too. We still have to mention the keyboard shortcuts that allow you to interact directly with the pages displayed in the browser.

Once again, these will save you precious time on a daily basis by giving you direct access to very specific functions.

And there, on the other hand, there is no lack of choice:

  • Ctrl + R (Windows) or Cmd + R (macOS): Reload the open page in the browser.
  • Ctrl + Shift + R (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + R (macOS): Reload the page without calling the browser cache.
  • Esc: Stop loading the page.
  • Ctrl + S (Windows) or Cmd + S (macOS): Save the current page on the computer.
  • Ctrl + P (Windows) or Cmd + P (macOS): Print the current page.
  • Ctrl + [+/-] (Windows) or Cmd + [+/-] (macOS): Zoom in or out in the page.
  • Ctrl + 0 (Windows) or Cmd + 0 (macOS): Reset the page display to 100%.
  • Ctrl + D (Windows) or Cmd + D (macOS): Add the current page to favorites.
  • Ctrl + Shift + D (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + D (macOS): Add the pages of all open tabs to favorites.
  • Ctrl + F (Windows) or Cmd + F (macOS): Open the search field which allows you to launch … a search on the page.
  • Ctrl + G (Windows) or Cmd + G (macOS): Go to the next occurrence.
  • Ctrl + Shift + G (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + G (macOS): Go to the previous occurrence.
  • F11 (Windows) or Cmd + Ctrl + F (macOS): Enable or disable full screen mode.
  • Alt + Home (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + H (macOS): Open the start page in the current tab.

Keyboard shortcuts for navigating Chrome menus

Controlling tabs, Omnibox or even page content using keyboard shortcuts is good, but you can also find key combinations that will give you direct access to Chrome functions.

From my point of view, these are certainly not the shortcuts to learn first, but they can still come in handy in many cases:

  • Ctrl + H (WindowsS) or Cmd + H (macOS): Open history in a new tab.
  • Ctrl + J (Windows) or Cmd + J (macOS): Open downloads in a new tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + B (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + B (macOS): Show or hide the favorites bar
  • Ctrl + Shift + O (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + O (macOS): Open bookmarks manager in a new tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Delete (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + Delete (macOS): Open the options that allow you to empty the cache.
  • Ctrl + Shift + M (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + M (macOS): Change profile or switch to guest mode.
  • Ctrl + Shift + I (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + I (macOS): Open developer tools.

And you, what are the keyboard shortcuts you use the most?

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