Google Chrome is the most popular web browser and there is no denying it. It’s open source version Chromium is also getting popularity and some Linux distributions now include it as the default web browser.
If you have installed Google Chrome on Ubuntu or any other operating system, you can improve your browsing experience by using Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts. No need to go up to your mouse and spend time finding your way around. Just master these shortcuts and you’ll even save some time and be more productive.
I am using the term Google Chrome but these shortcuts are equally applicable to the Chromium browser.
11 Cool Chrome Keyboard shortcuts you should be using
If you are a pro, you might know a few of these Chrome shortcuts already but the chances are that you may still find some hidden gems here. Let’s see.
|Ctrl+T||Open a new tab|
|Ctrl+N||Open a new window|
|Ctrl+Shift+N||Open incognito window|
|Ctrl+W||Close current tab|
|Ctrl+Shift+T||Reopen last closed tab|
|Ctrl+Shift+W||Close the window|
|Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab||Switch to right or left tab|
|Ctrl+L||Go to search/address bar|
|Ctrl+D||Bookmark the website|
|Ctrl+H||Access browsing history|
|Ctrl+J||Access downloads history|
|Shift+Esc||Open Chrome task manager|
1. Open a new tab with Ctrl+T
Need to open a new tab? Just press Ctrl and T keys together and you’ll have a new tab opened.
2. Open a new window with Ctrl+N
Too many tabs opened already? Time to open a fresh new window. Use Ctrl and N keys to open a new browser window.
3. Go incognito with Ctrl+Shift+N
Checking flight or hotel prices online? Going incognito might help. Open an incognito window in Chrome with Ctrl+Shift+N.
4. Close a tab with Ctrl+W
Close the current tab with Ctrl and W key. No need to take the mouse to the top and look for the x button.
5. Accidentally closed a tab? Reopen it with Ctrl+Shift+T
This is my favorite Google Chrome shortcut. No more ‘oh crap’ when you close a tab you didn’t mean to. Use the Ctrl+Shift+T and it will open the last closed tab. Keep hitting this key combination and it will keep on bringing the closed tabs.
6. Close the entire browser window with Ctrl+Shift+W
Done with you work? Time to close the entire browser window with all the tabs. Use the keys Ctrl+Shift+W and the browser window will disappear like it never existed.
7. Switch between tabs with Ctrl+Tab
Too many tabs open? You can move to right tab with Ctrl+Tab. Want to move left? Use Ctrl+Shift+Tab. Press these keys repeatedly and you can move between all the open tabs in the current browser window.
You can also use Ctrl+0 till Ctrl+9 to go to one of the first 10 tabs. But this Chrome keyboard shortcut doesn’t work for the 11th tabs onward.
8. Go to the search/address bar with Ctrl+L
Want to type a new URL or search something quickly. You can use Ctrl+L and it will highlight the address bar on the top.
9. Bookmark the current website with Ctrl+D
Found something interesting? Save it in your bookmarks with Ctrl+D keys combination.
10. Go back in history with Ctrl+H
You can open up your browser history with Ctrl+H keys. Search through the history if you are looking for a page visited some time ago or delete something that you don’t want to be seen anymore.
11. See your downloads with Ctrl+J
Pressing the Ctrl+J keys in Chrome will take you to the Downloads page. This page will show you all the downloads action you performed.
Bonus shortcut: Open Chrome task manager with Shift+Esc
Many people doesn’t even know that there is a task manager in Chrome browser. Chrome is infamous for eating up your system’s RAM. And when you have plenty of tabs opened, finding the culprit is not easy.
With Chrome task manager, you can see all the open tabs and their system utilization stats. You can also see various hidden processes such as Chrome extensions and other services.
I am going to this table here for a quick reference.
Download Chrome shortcut cheatsheet
I know that mastering keyboard shortcuts depends on habit and you can make it a habit by using it again and again. To help you in this task, I have created this Google Chrome keyboard shortcut cheatsheet.
You can download the below image in PDF form, print it and put it on your desk. This way you can use practice the shortcuts all the time.