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How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts

Ben Stegner 13-02-2018

Most people rely on browser bookmarks for quick navigation. But like most forms of mouse input, working with them is pretty slow. It only takes a second to click on the most-used icons on your bookmarks bar Creative Ways You Need to Try to Organize Your Bookmarks But, what really is the best way to save and organize bookmarks? Here are a few creative ways to do so, depending on your style and browser use. Read More , but fishing through folders is a slog.


Thankfully, you have better methods for launching Chrome bookmarks. Let’s take a look at the various ways you can interact with your favorite sites using Chrome keyboard shortcuts.

Add Custom Search Engines

Did you know that you can search all sorts of websites right through Chrome’s Omnibox? Aside from your default search engine, you can set up a custom search keyword for almost any site. It’s a bit like DuckDuckGo’s bang feature 25 Cool DuckDuckGo Bangs That Make Google Search Look Slow DuckDuckGo's bang feature is one of its most time-saving and handy tricks. Here are 25 useful DuckDuckGo bangs to get you started! Read More , but you don’t have to change your default to use it.

To get started, right-click the Omnibox in Chrome and select Edit search engines. You’ll see a page with Default search engines like Google, Bing, and AOL Which Search Engine Should You Be Using Today? There are many search engines out there, but which one is the best for you? Read More , plus Other search engines from sites you’ve visited.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Chrome Search Engines

To start, you can remove any of the Default search engines that you never use, like Ask and AOL, which is just a wrapper on Bing. Click the three-dot button next to one and select Remove from list to toss it.


Then you can start adding sites you actually use. Scroll through the Other list, and you’ll see sites you’ve searched before. Note the keyword field here — this is what you must type into Chrome to search that site. To add a new service, click Add above the Other list and specify the following information:

  • Search engine: A friendly name for you to keep track of the site.
    • Example: Wikipedia
  • Keyword: What you type into the Omnibox to start a new search.
    • Example: wiki
  • URL: The search URL, with %s in place of the search. To find this, visit the website and perform a search as normal. Copy the URL that appears when you search, trim any excess information that comes after it, then paste it and replace the search term with %s.
    • Example:

Once you’ve added a site, you can search it anytime. Press Ctrl + L to focus on the address bar, then type your shortcut (like wiki) and press Tab. You’ll see the left side of the Omnibox say Search [site]; type your query and hit Enter to search. If done correctly, you’ll see what you searched for.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Wikipedia Chrome Search

Navigate Your Bookmarks With Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Want to browse through your bookmark collection with only your keyboard Navigating Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts Alone You might know lots of keyboard shortcuts, but did you know you could get around Windows without your mouse? Here's how. Read More ? If you keep a short list that doesn’t fit on your bookmarks bar, this is a quick way to jump around your various shortcuts.


To do so, press the Ctrl + Shift + O shortcut to open your bookmarks manager. You’ll see a list of bookmarks saved on your bar. Press Tab once to select this list, then use your arrow keys to move around. Enter launches the selected website in a new tab.

If you press Tab seven times, your cursor moves to the left tree of bookmarks. Use the arrow keys to select a folder, then Tab again to move onto the list so you can select one.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Chrome Bookmarks Manager

Launch Any Website With a Chrome Keyboard Shortcut

Want instant access to any web page? You can create a custom keyboard shortcut 12+ Custom Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for the Geek in You Windows includes hundreds of keyboard shortcuts, but you can create your own shortcuts to nearly anything you'd like. Here's how to customize your Windows shortcuts. Read More that will open it in Chrome anytime.


To start, browse to the page in question. Next, use your mouse to drag the icon at the far left of the Omnibox onto your desktop. Depending on the website, this may be green text that says Secure next to a padlock or an i inside a circle. Regardless, doing this will create a shortcut on your desktop.

Right-click this shortcut and choose Properties. In the Web Document tab, click inside the Shortcut key box, then input the key combo you’d like to launch this website. It must start with either Ctrl + Alt, Ctrl + Shift, or Ctrl + Alt + Shift. Once you set the shortcut, click OK.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Chrome Website Shortcut Windows

Now, you can press that key combo anytime to launch the website in your default browser. To avoid cluttering your desktop with these shortcuts, follow our guide to cleaning your Windows desktop.


Bookmark Extensions

If you need more bookmark functionality than what Chrome provides on its own The Easy Guide to Google Chrome This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome that is important for any beginner. Read More , have a look at these extensions.

Bookmarks Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

This extension was last updated in 2011, but it works better than a similar extension from 2016. It simply allows you to launch the first 10 bookmarks on your bar using the Alt key. Alt + 1 launches the first bookmark, Alt + 2 opens the second, and so on.

The only hiccup is that when you open a new tab, the shortcut won’t work because Chrome focuses on the Omnibox. Thus, you’ll need to press Tab or click anywhere on the page first. It won’t open bookmark folders either. But if you keep 10 of your most-visited bookmarks at the front, this is a handy shortcut to have.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Chrome Bookmark Bar Shortcut Extension

Custom Chrome Shortcut Manager

If you don’t want to create a Windows shortcuts for every site you want to visit, this extension comes in handy. It lets you create custom shortcut words that launch any site.

After installing it, click its icon in the upper-right corner of Chrome. Enter a keyword in the left box and a website address on the right. In our testing, this was quite picky; it failed when we entered but works with // Thus, we recommend navigating to the page and clicking the Add This Page button instead. Just make sure to add a short keyword as the default is likely too long.

Once you’ve added some shortcuts, type go into the Omnibox and press Tab. From there, enter your keyword and hit Enter. The extension will launch the corresponding site. If you like using custom search engines in Chrome but wish it could launch websites too, this is the one for you.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Chrome Custom Shortcut Manager Extension

Download: Custom Chrome Shortcut Manager


Have too many bookmarks 8 Tips to Stop Your Bookmarks Folder from Overflowing Buried in bookmarks? I have been there, too. Never again though, because I now have a fail-safe system to tackle bookmarks. I'll teach you how to regain control over your bookmarks. Read More and don’t know what to do with all of them? Holmes is here to help. This simple extension adds an instant search for all your bookmarks so you don’t have to wade through folders. You can access it in two ways.

The keyboard shortcut Alt + Shift + H will open the extension’s search box. Start typing and the extension will auto-populate a list with the best matches. Use the arrow keys to navigate and press Enter to open a site.

If you’d rather, you can type an Asterisk (*) in the Omnibox and press Tab. Enter a query to search your bookmarks, and Holmes will show matches that you can navigate with the arrow keys and Enter.

How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Google Chrome Holmes

Download: Holmes

Google Chrome Bookmark Shortcuts

Though you won’t find many Google Chrome shortcuts 15 Essential Chrome Shortcuts That Everyone Should Be Using The key to having a good time with Google Chrome is learning all of the essential keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier. Read More that relate to bookmarks, it is worth keeping these few in mind:

  • Ctrl + Shift + B will show or hide the bookmarks bar.
  • Ctrl + Shift + O opens the bookmarks manager.
  • Use Ctrl + D to bookmark the current site.
  • Ctrl + Shift + D bookmarks all open tabs into a new folder.
  • F6 shifts focus between the Omnibox, bookmarks bar, and website.

Ready to Supercharge Chrome’s Bookmarks?

Now you know all sorts of new ways to launch Chrome bookmarks in an instant. This lets you get to your favorite sites faster and stop wasting time navigating around in a sea of links. Whether you have ten bookmarks or a thousand, these tricks keep you moving quickly.

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  1. Arch Angel
    March 12, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    SiteLauncher allows you to set keyboard shortcuts to websites - it's a Chrome extetsion available on the Chrome store - one of my favourites

  2. tyler
    March 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Does anyone know the keyboard shortcut to create a folder within the bookmark manager?

    Does anyone know how to revert back to the previous bookmark manager?

  3. Achernar
    May 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I wasn't using chrome as my default browser until late last year, and have tried different extensions. But none were totally satisfactory.
    So in the last few weeks I have programmed an extension to mimic firefox handling of aliases. It uses chrome bookmarks (by appending the alias name to the bookmark's name), and is totally transparent. If the user modifies/adds/removes an aliased bookmark, it is automatically handled by the extension. It allows http(s) bookmarks, javascript bookmarklets, with/without parameters (%s).
    If you are interested, the extension is available under the name "Alias Bookmarks" by "Achernar".

    • Achernar
      May 28, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      I have since added aliased folders to the extension. It is still experimental but it can be used to do a "group search" on a set of search engines (with parameters).

  4. Moo Kahn
    March 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Frigging irritating. ALL I want to do is turn the Bookmarks bar ON AND OFF because I take screenshots and don't want it in the shots- that's it. There used to be a simple keyboard command that no longer works. NOW, a right-click will let you turn it off (2 clicks total) but there is no similar way to turn it back on - so we have to go digging in Chrome Settings. This article is not helpful in terms of the bar.

  5. Brian LaLonde
    August 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    In the newest beta of Chrome (6.0.472.33), they made Ctrl + Shift + B show/hide the bookmarks bar instead of show the bookmark manager. Instead now, you can use keyboard Alt + E to show the main settings dropdown and then hit B for the bookmark manager. This is discussed over here:

  6. Brian LaLonde
    August 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    In the newest beta of Chrome (6.0.472.33), they made Ctrl + Shift + B show/hide the bookmarks bar instead of show the bookmark manager. Instead now, you can use keyboard Alt + E to show the main settings dropdown and then hit B for the bookmark manager. This is discussed over here:

    • Jessica Cam W.
      August 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for the tip! In the regular 5.0.3 build, you can use Alt + F for the wrench icon menu. Using then the Down key to navigate to the Bookmark Manager and hitting Enter would be the same as hitting Ctrl + Shift + B right now with this version.

  7. The Robot Inside
    June 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I'm using to do the same in FF, but a lot easier.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Nice! That shall be very useful for our Firefox users. Thanks for sharing.