3 Control Key Tips That Are Super Useful on Chrome

Akshata Shanbhag 12-02-2016

The Control key on your PC keyboard is part of quite a few handy shortcuts. Let’s see how this key can improve your workflow on Chrome.


1. Select multiple tabs by Control-clicking them. Holding down the Shift key instead also works. You can then drag and drop the whole bunch of tabs out of the current window to give them a window of their own. Don’t let go of the Control key till you have moved the tabs.

2. You know that you can use Control + D to bookmark a web page, right? How about this next one? You can use Control + Shift + D to bookmark all open tabs at once. Alternatively, you can right-click on any tab and select Bookmark All Tabs… from the context menu. Both these actions put the currently open pages in a separate folder in your Bookmarks folder

You can restore all those bookmarks together by selecting Open All Bookmarks from the context menu of their parent folder.


3. Hit Control + Shift + Del to bring up the Clear browsing data dialog that you can see in the screenshot above. This shortcut saves you a couple of steps: opening browser history via the Chrome menu or Control + Y and then clicking on the Clear browsing data… button there.


Note: If you’re using Chrome on a Mac, use the command key instead of the Control key for all these shortcuts.

These are not the only Control key shortcuts that you can take advantage of. Read our ultimate keyboard shortcut guide for Windows Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More to learn more.

We’d love to know which Control key shortcuts you consider indispensable on Chrome.

Image Credit: Control key by fotosave via Shutterstock

Related topics: Google Chrome, Keyboard Shortcuts.

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  1. Squalle
    February 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Between the CTRL shortcuts and ALT+TAB, my CTRL and ALT keys are blank. And my ALT key actually has a chunk taken out of it from my thumbnail.

  2. Mohan
    February 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Ctrl + tab_number -> Takes you directly to the tab_number’th Tab.

  3. Mohan
    February 12, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Ctrl+T -> New Tab.
    Ctrl + Shift + Tab -> Reopen closed tab.
    Ctrl + -> Takes you directly to the th Tab.

    NOTE : Use Cmd key instead of Ctrl in Mac.

  4. Stijn
    February 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Ctrl+F4 -> Close tab.
    Ctrl + PageUp/PageDown -> cylce through tabs.