5 Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts You’re Not Using (But Should Be)

Akshata Shanbhag 21-10-2015

Keyboard shortcuts can speed up your browsing workflow like tremendously. Today we have some useful ones to share with you if you’re a Chrome user.


For Clearing Browsing History

To delete browser history, do you navigate to History and then click on the Clear browsing data… button there? It’s what I used to do.

As it turns out, there’s a shorter way to bring up the Clear browsing data dialog: Ctrl + Shift + Del. That would be Cmd + Shift + Del on a Mac.

For Quick Searches

To search using your default search engine without using a mouse click to activate the address bar, press Ctrl+K. This places a ? in the address bar and waits for you to type your search query.

For Accessing the Chrome Menu

The Chrome menu hides links to Settings, Extensions, Downloads, etc. To access it quickly, instead of clicking on the “hamburger” icon in the address bar, use this shortcut: Alt + E.


On a Mac, there’s no shortcut to the Chrome menu, but you can access Settings directly with Cmd + ,.

Open Task Manger

Task Manager gives detailed stats on Chrome’s memory usage and helps pinpoint resource hogs. It’s hidden under Settings > More Tools, but you can bring it up in seconds with Shift + Esc.

Access Extension Functions

Open up the Extensions page. There you’ll find a Keyboard shortcuts link at the bottom right. Click on it to bring up the dialog from where you can configure convenient keyboard shortcuts for active extensions.


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Which Chrome keyboard shortcuts do you consider indispensable? Tell us about them in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 29, 2015 at 2:57 am

    F6 also works to get to the address bar

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out, Scarlet. That and Ctrl + L as well as Alt + D work, I think.

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Andrew Gulak, thank you for that one! If I could bake you some grandma cookies I would!

  3. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Ctrl+scroll wheel to zoom in and out. Lot's of old people love me when I show them that.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 27, 2015 at 3:48 am

      That is indeed a super useful shortcut that not everyone is aware of. Thank you for pointing it out, Andrew!

  4. Anonymous
    October 25, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Many of these "Chrome shortcuts" are universal (any major browser). One for Firefox I can't do without is CTRL+E to select the search box (until Mozilla decides to remove it :( ).
    ALT+D and F6 both select the address bar (and selects the entire URL for typing over it).

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Yes, Howard. Some of them work in other browsers as well, but for the sake of clarity, I stuck to just one browser. Thanks for sharing your favorite shortcuts!

  5. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Ctrl + Shift + Del is a new one for me . thanks a lot

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Good to hear that, Sebin!

  6. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Ctrl+ Pgup and Ctrl + Pgdn for moving from one tab to another :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      I didn't know that shortcut, Chaitanya. Thank you for pointing it out. I have become accustomed to Ctrl + Tab for switching tabs.

  7. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Ctrl + J to open the downloads is quite useful too.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      That shortcut often gets overlooked. Thanks for pointing it out, Rajesh.

  8. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 12:02 am

    ctrl + w: close tab
    ctrl + shift + t: re-open a closed tab

    Also, install vimium extention to get some tasty vim sexiness
    gi: focus on text box and tab through them
    f: bring up key-combos to open links/click buttons on the page
    ...and much more

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 22, 2015 at 4:09 am

      Keyboard shortcuts are real time savers, aren't they? Mouse clicks get annoying once you learn to begin to use the keyboard for everything.

  9. Anonymous
    October 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    What's the benefit of Cntl K? Since I can search directly from the URL bar, just using Cntl L works just as well for both searches and going to a URL. Am I missing something?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      I just happened to mention only one shortcut, but Ctrl + L and Alt + D work as well, Robert. The only difference is that the latter select existing address bar content, while Ctrl + K replaces it with a '?'

  10. Anonymous
    October 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

    ALT + E worked for me. Using a toshiba Chromebook 2.

    Having at least two windows open all the time, when working, I find using ALT + ] and ALT + [ together with ALT + + to be indispensable.

    I suppose it goes without saying that "CTRL ALT ?" is the most useful for bringing up the shortcut keyboard.

  11. Anonymous
    October 21, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Alt+E for accessing the Chrome menu does not work.

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

      It worked for me

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

      That’s strange, Peter. Do try Alt + F or F10. Google lists them as alternatives.

      • Anonymous
        October 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

        Thanks Akshata, Alt+F works :-)

        • Akshata Shanbhag
          October 22, 2015 at 4:18 am

          You're welcome, Peter :)