71 of the Most Essential Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Drop that mouse! These Chrome keyboard commands offer a much faster and more efficient way to browse the Web.

The secret to easy web browsing is right at your fingertips—literally. By learning a few keyboard shortcuts on Google Chrome, you can speed up your online searches without ever taking your hands off the keyboard. There’s no need to enable anything, either. Using these Chrome shortcuts really is as simple as pressing the right combination of keys.

So, what will you be able to do? For starters, open new tabs, save bookmarks, scroll through web pages, and find exactly what you’re looking for. And whether you’ve got a Mac or a PC, we’ve got you covered. Just print out these cheat sheets and you’ll be good to go! If you happen to be logging on to check your email, learn these Gmail shortcuts, too.

Chrome keyboard shortcuts for Mac

Perhaps you found an amazing article to save, or maybe you want to keep your online search away from prying eyes. No matter what you’re hoping to do, there’s a good chance your Mac has a key (or two) for that. Instead of using a mouse to browse the web, Mac users can rely on the Command key to help them do everything from opening a hyperlink to switching between tabs. These iPad and iPhone keyboard shortcuts will also come in handy if you have multiple Apple devices.

Tabs

COMMANDACTION
Command + TNew tab shortcut: Open new tab
Command + WClose tab shortcut: Close current tab
Command + Shift + TReopen the last tab you closed
Command + Option + Right arrow keySwitch to the tab to the right
Command + Option + Left arrow keySwitch to the tab to the left
Command + Number of the tab you needJump to a specific tab
Command + Clicking on a linkOpen hyperlink in new tab

Windows

COMMANDACTION
Command + NOpen new window
Shift + Clicking on a linkOpen hyperlink in new window
Command + Shift + WClose window shortcut: Close current window
Command + Ctrl + FTurn on (or off) full-screen mode
Command + MMinimize current window

Features

COMMANDACTION
Command + DBookmark web page
Command + Shift + DSave all open tabs as bookmarks
Command + Shift + BOpen the bookmarks bar
Command + FFind a word or phrase on the current web page
Command + GJump to the next mention of the word or phrase you searched for
Command + Shift + GJump to the previous mention of the word or phrase you searched for

If you’re an Apple aficionado, you’ll also want to memorize these other Mac keyboard shortcuts.

Address bar

COMMANDACTION
Command + LMove cursor to address bar
Search term + EnterSearch with default search engine (when cursor is in the address bar)
Search engine name + TabSearch with a different search engine (when cursor is in the address bar)
Website name + Ctrl + EnterAdd “www.” and “.com” to a website name, and open the website in the current tab
Website name + Ctrl + Shift + EnterOpen the website in a new tab

Browsing

COMMANDACTION
Command + [Chrome back shortcut: Go back to last web page
Command + ]Move forward a web page
Command + “+” keyZoom in
Command + “-” keyZoom out
Command + 0Return everything on the page to the default size
Shift + Space barScroll up
Space barScroll down
Command + O + Select a fileOpen file
Command + PPrint current web page
Command + SSave current web page
Command + Shift + HGo to home page
Command + Shift + RRefresh page

Chrome keyboard shortcuts for PC

If you own a PC, you can substitute the Control key for the Command key in many of the tricks listed above. PCs don’t offer all of the same Chrome shortcut features that Macs do, but there are still plenty of effortless, mouse-free ways to speed up your web browsing. This cheat sheet of Windows keyboard shortcuts can help you get more mileage out of your searches, too.

Tabs

COMMANDACTION
Ctrl + TNew tab shortcut: Open new tab
Ctrl + WClose tab shortcut: Close current tab
Ctrl + Shift + TReopen the last tab you closed
Ctrl + TabSwitch to the tab to the right
Ctrl + 9Switch to the tab to the left
Ctrl + Number of the tab you needJump to a specific tab
Ctrl + Clicking on a linkOpen hyperlink in new tab

Windows

COMMANDACTION
Ctrl + NOpen new window
Shift + Clicking on a linkOpen hyperlink in new window
Ctrl + Shift + WClose window shortcut: Close current window
F11Turn on (or off) full-screen mode

Ever wondered what those F1–F12 keys do? We’ve got the answers!

Features

COMMANDACTION
Ctrl + DBookmark web page
Ctrl + Shift + DSave all open tabs as bookmarks
Ctrl + Shift + BOpen the bookmarks bar
Ctrl + FFind a word or phrase on the current web page
Ctrl + GJump to the next mention of the word or phrase you searched for
Ctrl + Shift + GJump to the previous mention of the word or phrase you searched for

Address bar

COMMANDACTION
Ctrl + LMove cursor to address bar
Search term + EnterSearch with default search engine (when cursor is in the address bar)
Search engine name + TabSearch with a different search engine (when cursor is in the address bar)
Website name + Ctrl + EnterAdd “www.” and “.com” to a site name, and open the website in the current tab

Browsing

COMMANDACTION
Alt + Left arrowChrome back shortcut: Go back to last web page
Alt + Right arrowGo to the next web page
Ctrl + “+” keyZoom in
Ctrl + “-” keyZoom out
Ctrl + 0Return everything on the page to the default size
Space barScroll down
PgDnScroll down
Shift + SpaceScroll up
PgUpScroll up
Ctrl + O + Select a fileOpen file
Ctrl + PPrint current web page
Ctrl + SSave current web page
Alt + HomeGo to home page
F5Refresh page

Now that you’re up to speed on your Chrome shortcuts, learn these Zoom shortcuts to make your next video call go a whole lot smoother.

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