30+ Best Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate in Google Chrome

We all love Google Chrome, and it shows – as it is one of the most installed web browsers worldwide. All of us are aware of the features it offers, but I’m sure not all of us know the plethora of keyboard shortcuts developers have included to navigate across options quickly. A keyboard shortcut on Google Chrome saves a lot of time in accessing features, and we’re here to familiarize you with these. Let’s look at the best keyboard shortcuts to navigate in Google Chrome.

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Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Chrome

1. Open a New Window

Ctrl + N: You can use this key combination to open a new window on Google Chrome. You can now add tabs to it and start your browsing session.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Chrome

2. Open a New Window in Incognito Mode

Ctrl + Shift + N: You can use this keyboard shortcut on Google Chrome to open up an incognito window, where you can browse privately without your browsing activity being recorded.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Chrome

3. Open a New Tab, and Jump to it

Ctrl + t: Using this shortcut, you can open up a new tab in your current window and quickly jump to it.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Chrome

4. Reopen Previously Closed Tabs in Order They Were Closed

Ctrl + Shift + T: Using this keyboard shortcut, you can reopen all of your previously closed tabs in the same order that they were closed in. This will help you if you accidentally close a browsing session.

5. Jump to the Previous Open Tab

Ctrl + Shift + Tab: You can use the mentioned key combination to jump to the previous open tab in your browsing session.

6. Jump to the Rightmost Tab

Ctrl + 9: If you have many tabs opened, you can quickly jump to the rightmost tab using this keyboard shortcut on Google Chrome.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Chrome

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Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Chrome Features

1. Open the Chrome Menu

Alt +F: By using this keyboard shortcut, you can access the Google Chrome menu, where you can configure all the functional aspects of your browsing experience on Chrome.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Chrome

2. Show or Hide the Bookmarks Bar

Ctrl + Shift + B: Bookmarks are a great way to enable quick access to your favorite websites. All you need to do is to open a website and click on the star icon on the toolbar to create a bookmark for the site. To keep your bookmarks at your fingertips, you can enable a bookmark bar, and you can use the mentioned keyboard shortcut to do the same.

3. Open the Bookmarks Manager

Ctrl + Shift + O: If you need to configure and manage your bookmarks, you can quickly access the bookmark manager by using the mentioned key combination.

4. Open the History page in a New Tab

Ctrl + H: You can use this keyboard shortcut to jump onto your browsing history page quickly.

5. Open the Downloads Page in a New Tab

Ctrl + J: Using this keyboard combination, you can quickly jump onto your downloads page on chrome to access all of your downloads.

6. Open the Chrome Task Manager

Shift + Esc: We all know that Google Chrome is a resource-hungry browser, and it is important to monitor the resource usage of all of the elements of the browser. Fortunately, Chrome provides you with a task manager and using the mentioned shortcut, you can access the task manager.

7. Open Developer Tools

Ctrl + Shift + J: Google Chrome comes with developer tools which are a set of web authoring and debugging tools built into the browser. To access these options, you can use the mentioned shortcut on Chrome.

8. Open the Clear Browsing Data Menu

Ctrl + Shift + Delete: You can use this key combination to access the Google Chrome data cleaning menu quickly.

9. Log in as a Different User or Browse as a Guest

Ctrl + Shift + M: Google Chrome now comes as an option to create different user profiles, or you can browse as a guest too. You can use this shortcut to access the menu.

10. Open a Feedback Form

Alt + Shift + I: Google Chrome developers encourage users to provide feedback and complaints regarding issues and actively monitor the same. If many users report the issue, they consider pushing an update for the affected versions. You can use this shortcut to access the feedback form.

11. Turn On Caret Browsing

F7: Caret browsing involves using the keyboard to navigate and control your movement on the website. To enable caret browsing, use the Fn + F7 shortcut and click on turn on.

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Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Webpage in Chrome

1. Open Options to Print the Current Page

Ctrl + P: At times, we would require a confirmation or a proof of details on a website, say a confirmation for a booking or results of an examination. The best way to maintain one is to print the webpage, and you can use the shortcut mentioned above to do the same.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Webpage in Chrome

2. Open a File From Your Computer in Chrome

Ctrl + O: Google Chrome can open local files, mainly with a .html and a .pdf extension. Use this shortcut to navigate and open a local file on Google Chrome quickly.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Webpage in Chrome

3. Display Non-editable HTML Source Code for the Current Page

Ctrl + U: If you are interested in understanding how a website is built using the HTML code, you can use this keyboard shortcut on Google Chrome.

4. Save Your Current Webpage as a Bookmark

Ctrl + D: We previously mentioned the importance of a bookmark, and to quickly mark a website as one, you can use the mentioned shortcut.

5. Turn Full-Screen Mode on or Off

F11: You can turn on full-screen browsing on Google Chrome by using this shortcut. You can now have a better and an immersive experience as you browse the web.

6. Make Everything on the Page Bigger

Ctrl and +: Use this shortcut to increase the size of the elements of the website displayed on Google Chrome.

8. Make Everything on the Page Smaller

Ctrl and -: Similarly, to decrease the size of elements on a website, you can use this shortcut on Google Chrome.

9. Return Everything on the Page to the Default Size

Ctrl + O: If you want to change all the elements back into the default size, you can use the mentioned shortcut.

10. Scroll Down a Webpage, a Screen at a Time

Space or PgDn: Use this shortcut to scroll down the web page without using a mouse.

11. Scroll up a Webpage, a Screen at a Time

Shift + Space or PgUp: You can use this shortcut to scroll up a web page without using the mouse wheel.

12. Go to the Top of the Page

Home: To quickly jump to the top of a webpage, you can use this one key shortcut on your keyboard.

13. Go to the Bottom of the Page

End: Similarly, to jump down to the bottom of a page, you can use this shortcut key on your keyboard.

14. Scroll Horizontally on the Page

Shift + Scroll Mousewheel: If you are browsing on web pages that have more detail in the horizontal orientation, you can use this shortcut for the same.

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Bonus: Extensions to Add More Shortcuts on Google Chrome!

While we went through some of the useful keyboard shortcuts on Google Chrome, we also have a few extensions that increase convenience by adding more shortcuts to your browsing experience. Here are two such extensions.

Shortcuts for Google

This is an excellent extension to add icon-based shortcuts to Chrome. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to install and use this extension.

Step 1: Visit the extension page to install the extension. Click on Add to Chrome -> Add extension.

Keyboard Shortcut Extension Google Chrome

Step 2: Click on the extensions menu in the top right corner. Click on Shortcuts for Google.

Keyboard Shortcut Extension Google Chrome

Step 3: Here’s how you can access the shortcuts provided by this extension.

Step 4: To add more such shortcuts, click on the Settings icon on the main menu.

Keyboard Shortcut Extension Google Chrome

Step 5: The extension provides you with around 1000 shortcuts (as claimed by the developers). You can scroll down to find the ones you want and click on the icon to add the shortcut.

Step 6: If you do not have the shortcut you want, you can also quickly create a shortcut by clicking on Add Custom Shortcut.

Step 7: Once you provide all the relevant information for your custom shortcut, you can click on Save.

Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are not satisfied with the keyboard shortcuts packed into Chrome by default, you can install this extension to add a custom keyboard shortcut on Google Chrome.

Step 1: Visit the Keyboard Shortcut extension page. Click on Add to Chrome -> Add Extension.

Step 2: Click on the extensions menu in the top right corner. Click on Keyboard Shortcuts.

Step 3: You will now be provided with a few predefined options, and you can add or customize the key combination for the same.

Wrapping Up

Therefore, these were some of our favorite ways to use a keyboard shortcut on Google Chrome. We hope you found our comprehensive, helpful guide. If you want to take a look at more shortcuts, visit Google’s official documentation. And as always, stay tuned for more such articles to enhance your web browsing experience on Google Chrome.

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