Surf Smarter, Not Harder: 20+ Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

There are several useful keyboard shortcuts for Chrome to enhance your browsing experience. Here are some commonly used shortcuts. Remember that browser window must be currently selected for these to work.

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General Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + N (Windows/Linux) or Command + N (Mac): Open a new window.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + N (Mac): Open a new incognito window.
  • Ctrl + T (Windows/Linux) or Command + T (Mac): Open a new tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + T (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + T (Mac): Reopen the last closed tab.
  • Ctrl + W (Windows/Linux) or Command + W (Mac): Close the current tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + W (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + W (Mac): Close the current window.
  • Ctrl + Tab (Windows/Linux) or Command + Option + Right Arrow (Mac): Switch to the next tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab (Windows/Linux) or Command + Option + Left Arrow (Mac): Switch to the previous tab.
  • Ctrl + 1-8 (Windows/Linux) or Command + 1-8 (Mac): Switch to a specific tab.
  • Ctrl + 9 (Windows/Linux) or Command + 9 (Mac): Switch to the last tab.

Address Bar and Navigation

  • Ctrl + L (Windows/Linux) or Command + L (Mac): Highlight the URL in the address bar.
  • Ctrl + Enter (Windows/Linux) or Command + Enter (Mac): Add “www.” and “.com” to the text in the address bar, then open the website.
  • Ctrl + Shift + B (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + B (Mac): Toggle the bookmarks bar.
  • Backspace (Windows/Linux) or Command + Left Arrow (Mac): Go back a page.
  • Shift + Backspace (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + Left Arrow (Mac): Go forward a page.
  • F5 (Windows/Linux) or Command + R (Mac): Reload the current page.
  • Ctrl + F5 (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + R (Mac): Reload the current page, bypassing the cache.

Page Shortcuts

  • Spacebar or Page Down: Scroll down a full page.
  • Shift + Spacebar or Page Up: Scroll up a full page.
  • Home: Scroll to the top of the page.
  • End: Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Ctrl + P (Windows/Linux) or Command + P (Mac): Print the current page.
  • Ctrl + S (Windows/Linux) or Command + S (Mac): Save the current page.

Other Useful Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows/Linux) or Command + Option + J (Mac): Open Developer Tools.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Delete (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + Delete (Mac): Open the “Clear browsing data” menu.
  • Ctrl + Shift + M (Windows/Linux) or Command + Option + I (Mac): Toggle device toolbar for responsive design testing.

These are just a selection of the most used ones out of the many keyboard shortcuts available in Google Chrome.

Related: The 10 Chrome keyboard shortcuts I use daily and recommend everyone learn



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