Full List of Desktop Shortcut for Google Chrome

Browser shortcuts help us to navigate web pages faster and easier. Every browser has its unique shortcuts, and today, we’d be looking at that of Google Chrome browser. It is important to note that these shortcuts apply to the computer version (i.e., Chrome for desktop).

To make things easier, here’s a comprehensive “legend” to the shortened words used throughout this article:

  1. CTRL = Control button
  2. ALT = Alternative button
  3. Fn = Function key
  4. DEL = Delete key
  5. BACKSPACE = Delete key
  6. INS = Insert key

The Full List of Desktop Shortcuts For Google Chrome

Google Chrome shortcuts

This article is in two parts; the first is for Windows PC users while the second lists the shortcut for MacBook users. While the key combinations are almost the same for all commands, the major difference is the main key(s) to hold down. For example, on Windows, you’d hold down the CTRL or ALT keys, but on Mac, you’d hold down the ⌘ key.

Chrome for Windows

Shortkey Combination Function
Ctrl + n Open new window
Ctrl + Shift + n Open new Incognito window
Ctrl + t Open new tabs
Ctrl + Shift + t Reopen a recently closed
Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn Jump to another open tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp Jump to the previous open tab
Ctrl + 1 – Ctrl + 8 Jump to a specific tab (based on the number)
Alt + Home Open your home page in the current tab
Alt + Left arrow Open the previous page from your browsing history in the current tab
Alt + Right arrow Open the next page from your browsing history in the current tab
Ctrl + w or Ctrl + F4 Close the current tab
Ctrl + Shift + w or Alt + F4 Close the current window
Alt + Space + n Minimize the current window
Alt + Space + x Maximize the current window
Alt + f + x Close the browser
Alt + f or Alt + e Open the Chrome menu
Ctrl + Shift + b Show or hide the Bookmarks bar
Ctrl + Shift + o Open Bookmarks Manager
Ctrl + h History page
Ctrl + j Downloads page
Shift + Esc Open the Chrome Task Manager
Ctrl + f or F3 Launch the find/search bar
Ctrl + Shift + j or F12 Open Developer Tools
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Launch the Clear Browsing Data options
F1 Chrome Help Center
Ctrl + Shift + m Log in a different user or browse as a Guest
Alt + Shift + i Open a feedback form
F7 Turn on caret browsing
Ctrl + F6 Skip to web contents
Alt + Shift + a Focus on inactive dialogs
Type a site name + Ctrl + Enter Add www. and .com to a site name, and open it in the current tab
Type a search term + Alt + Enter Open a new tab and perform a Google search
Ctrl + l or Alt + d or F6 Jump to the address bar
Ctrl + k or Ctrl + e Search from anywhere on the page
Control + F5 Move cursor to the address bar
Ctrl + p Open options to print the current page
Ctrl + s Open options to save the current page
F5 or Ctrl + r Reload the current page
Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + r Reload the current page, ignoring cached content
Esc Stop the page loading
Tab Browse clickable items moving forward
Shift + Tab Browse clickable items moving backward
Ctrl + o + Select a file Open a file from your PC
Ctrl + u Display non-editable HTML source code for the current page
Ctrl + d Save your current webpage as a bookmark
Ctrl + Shift + d Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder
F11 Turn full-screen mode on or off
Ctrl and + Increase font/page size
Ctrl and – Reduce font/page size
Ctrl + 0 Return everything on the page to default size
Space or PgDn Scroll down a webpage, a screen at a time
Shift + Space or PgUp Scroll up a webpage, a screen at a time
Home Go to the top of the page
End Go to the bottom of the page
Ctrl + Left arrow Move your cursor to the previous word in a text field
Ctrl + Right arrow Move your cursor to the next word
Ctrl + Backspace Delete the previous word in a text field
Alt + Home Open the Home page in the current tab

Chrome For macOS

Shortkey Combinations Commands
⌘ + Shift + b Show or hide the Bookmarks Bar
⌘ + Option + b Open Bookmark Manager
⌘ + , Open Settings in a new tab
⌘ + y History page
⌘ + Shift + j Downloads page
⌘ + f Launch find/search bar on the current page
⌘ + Option + i Developer Tools
⌘ + Shift + Delete Launch the Clear Browsing Data options
⌘ + Shift + m Log in as a different user, browse as a Guest, or access payment and password info
Control + F2 Jump to the main menu bar
F7 Turn on caret browsing
⌘ + Option + Shift + a Focus on inactive dialogs
⌘ + p Print the current page
⌘ + s Save the current page
⌘ + Option + p Page Setup dialog
⌘ + Shift + r Reload your current page, ignoring cached content
Esc Stop the page loading
⌘ + o Open a file from your computer in Google Chrome
⌘ + Option + u Display non-editable HTML source code for the current page
⌘ + Option + j Open the JavaScript Console
⌘ + d Save your current webpage as a bookmark
⌘ + Shift + d Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder
⌘ + Ctrl + f Turn full-screen mode on or off
⌘ and + Increase page size
⌘ and – Reduce page size
⌘ + 0 Reset page size
Space Scroll down a webpage, a screen at a time
Shift + Space Scroll up a webpage, a screen at a time
Option + Left arrow Move your cursor to the previous word
Option + Right arrow Move your cursor to the next word
⌘ + Shift + h Open your home page in the current tab

What More?

These are the full short keys to operate the Chrome browser on any computer. The Windows shortcuts also work for Linux, while the macOS shortcut only works on MacBooks.

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Ebuka O. Samuel is a technical writer at 3rd Planet Techies Media. He's a tech enthusiast, Android gadgets freak, consumer electronics tweakstar, and a lover of wearable techs.

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