Keyboard shortcuts have been around for awhile and over the past few years, companies have been including them in abundance. Because, who doesn’t want to save some time? And most of the times, constantly switching between the trackpad and keyboard while working can cause great distress. So, today, we’re going to discuss shortcuts bundled in what perhaps, is the most active application on the majority of computers, Google Chrome.
Quick Tip: If you’re on a Mac, just replace the “Ctrl” in the following shortcuts with the command key.
1. Reopen the Last Closed Tab
Accidently terminated an important tab? Don’t worry, execute “Ctrl + Shift + t” to get it back.
2. Jumping Between Tabs
For quickly switching to the next adjacent tab, hit “Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn”, or “Ctrl + Shift + Tab/Ctrl or PgUp’ if you want to move to a tab on the left side. Furthermore, for landing directly onto a specific tab, use “Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8” based on that tab’s position.
3. Iterate Over the Browsing History
For loading the previous and next pages from your browsing history, enter “Alt + Left/Right arrow”.
4. Terminating Tabs
If you’d like to shut down the currently active tab, press “Ctrl + w” or “Ctrl + Shift + w” if you want to close them all.
5. Directly Perform Searches From the Omnibox
Apart from performing Google searches from the URL bar, you can also execute queries for any other website without messing with the settings. To do so, enter the name of your website and press “Tab”.
6. Jump to the Address Bar
Don’t want to reach out for the trackpad for loading another website? Use “Ctrl + l or Alt + d or F6” for shifting focus onto the address bar.
7. Bookmark this!
For bookmarking the page you’re browsing, hit “Ctrl + d” or “Ctrl + Shift + d” if you’d like to save all the tabs in a new folder. Neat, huh?
8. Scrolling One Screen at a Time
In most instances, scrolling the web page using arrow keys just doesn’t work out. Thankfully, you can also make use of “Space or PgDn” to go down and Shift + Space or PgUp to ascend.
9. Opening Links in the Background
Press “Ctrl + Click a link” for loading a link in a separate background tab or if you’d like to instantly switch to it, “Ctrl + Shift + Click a link”.
10. Custom Shortcuts for Extensions
Lastly, we discuss how to set up custom shortcuts for your extensions. For this, head over to the extensions page on Google Chrome and scroll down to the extreme bottom. There, click “extension shortcuts” and set any personalised combinations you want. Do note, though, this is only applicable to the extensions that support keyboard shortcuts.
That’s it for this edition of Chromeville, do check out our other articles for the same here.