Friday Did You Know – Google Chrome Shortcut Keys

By Patricia Egen • October 24th, 2014

I use Google Chrome as my browser and so do a lot of my customers.  There are some handy keyboard shortcuts I use all the time – and I thought I’d save the official list here for others as well.

Tabs and windows
Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+Shift+N Open a new window in incognito mode
Ctrl+T Open a new tab
Ctrl+O Open a file in the browser
Ctrl+Shift+Q (twice) Sign out of your Google Account on Chrome OS
Ctrl+W Close the current tab
Ctrl+Shift+W Close the current window
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopen the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.
Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+8 Go to the tab at the specified position in the window
Ctrl+9 Go to the last tab in the window
Alt+1 through Alt+8 Activate launcher items 1-8
Search+1 through Search+= Use F1 to F12
Alt+9 Go to the last window open
Ctrl+Tab Go to the next tab in the window
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Go to the previous tab in the window
Alt+Tab Go to the next window you have open
Alt+Shift+Tab Go to the previous window you have open
Click and hold the Back or Forward arrow in the browser toolbar See your browsing history for the tab
Backspace, or press Alt and the left arrow Go to previous page in your browsing history.
Shift+Backspace, or press Alt and the right arrow Go to the next page in your browsing history.
Press Ctrl and click a link Open the link in a new tab in the background
Press Ctrl+Shift and click a link Open the link in a new tab and switch to the newly opened tab
Press Shift and click a link Open the link in a new window
Drag a link to a tab Open the link in the tab
Drag a link to a blank area on the tab strip Open the link in a new tab
Type a URL in the address bar, then pressAlt+Enter Open the URL in a new tab
Press Esc while dragging a tab Return the tab to its original position
Ctrl+Shift+L Locks your screen
Page shortcuts
Press Alt and up arrow Page up
Press Alt and down arrow Page down
Space bar Scroll down the web page
Press Ctrl+Alt and up arrow Home
Press Ctrl+Alt and down arrow End
Ctrl+P Print your current page
Ctrl+S Save your current page
Ctrl+R Reload your current page
Ctrl+Shift+R Reload your current page without using cached content
Ctrl and + Zoom in on the page
Ctrl and – Zoom out on the page
Ctrl+0 Reset zoom level
Esc Stop the loading of your current page
Press Alt and click a link Open the link in a new tab in the background
Ctrl+D Save your current webpage as a bookmark
Ctrl+Shift+D Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folder
Drag a link to bookmarks bar Save the link as a bookmark
Ctrl+F Open the find bar to search your current page
Ctrl+G or Enter Go to the next match for your input in the find bar
Ctrl+Shift+G orShift+Enter Go to the previous match for your input in the find bar
Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E Perform a search. Type a search term after the question mark in the address bar and press Enter.
Ctrl+Enter Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL
Ctrl+ Take a screenshot of your current page
Ctrl+ Shift+ Take a partial screenshot
Ctrl+U View page source
Ctrl+Shift+I Toggle the display of the Developer Tools panel
Ctrl+Shift+J Toggle the display of the DOM Inspector
Browser settings
Ctrl+Shift+B Toggle the display of the bookmarks bar. Bookmarks appear on the New Tab page if the bar is hidden.
Alt+Shift+M Open the Files app
Ctrl+. Display hidden files in the Files app
Ctrl+H Open the History page
Ctrl+J Open the Downloads page
Shift+Esc Open the Task Manager
Ctrl+Alt+/ Open the list of available keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl+? Go to the Help Center
Ctrl+ Configure monitor display
Shift+Alt+S Opens the status area in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Shift+Alt+L Place focus on the launcher
Press Tab or the right arrow to focus on the next item in the toolbar
Press Shift+Tab or the left arrow to focus on the previous item in the toolbar
Press Space or Enter to activate buttons, including page actions and browser actions
Press Shift +
 to open the context menu for the button (if available).
Press Esc to return focus to the page
Ctrl +  left arrow or Ctrl + right arrow Pressing Ctrl and either the back or forward keys switches focus to the next keyboard-accessible pane. Panes include:
Status area containing the time, network icon, and battery icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen
Address bar
Bookmarks bar (if visible)
The main web content (including any infobars)
Downloads bar (if visible)
Alt+Shift+B Place focus on the bookmarks bar. Use the actions listed for Shift+Alt+T to move the focus.
Alt+E or Alt+F Open the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar
Shift+Search+Volume Up Open right-click menus for focused items.
Ctrl+Alt+Z Enable or disable accessibility features if you’re not signed in with a Google Account. If you’re signed in, you can configure the accessibility feature on the Settings page.
Ctrl+Shift and + Increase screen scale
Ctrl+Shift and – Decrease screen scale
Ctrl+Shift and ) Reset screen scale
Ctrl+Shift and Refresh Rotate screen 90 degrees
Text editing
Ctrl+A Select everything on the page
Ctrl+L or Alt+D Select the content in the address bar
Press Ctrl+Shift and right arrow Select next word or letter
Press Shift+Search and right arrow Select text to the end of the line
Press Shift+Search and left arrow Select text to the beginning of the line
Press Ctrl+Shift and left arrow Select previous word or letter
Press Ctrl and right arrow Move to the end of the next word
Press Ctrl and left arrow Move to the start of the previous word
Press Alt and up arrow Page up
Press Alt and down arrow Page down
Press Ctrl+Alt and up arrow Home
Press Ctrl+Alt and down arrow End
Press Ctrl+Search and right arrow Go to end of document
Press Ctrl+Search and left arrow Go to beginning of document
Ctrl+C Copy selected content to the clipboard
Ctrl+V Paste content from the clipboard
Ctrl+Shift+V Paste content from the clipboard as plain text
Ctrl+X Cut
Ctrl+Backspace Delete the previous word
Alt+Backspace Delete the next letter (forward delete)
Ctrl+Z Undo your last action

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