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Shortcuts Every User Should Know for Google Chrome

written by: Amanda Presley•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 7/28/2011

If Google Chrome is your choice of browser, this guide will help you with the most used shortcuts. It is good to memorize browser shortcuts because you can browse the internet a lot quicker. In this guide, you will find the most used shortcuts in Chrome.

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    Using Shortcuts in Chrome


    When it comes to Internet browsers, Google Chrome is one that really has speed. It is also easy to use, has a simple design and gives you results before you can blink your eyes. Due to the simple designs, your browser will load a lot quicker. Browsers such as Internet Explorer have many more options, which is why it takes so long for it to open and load your home page in comparison.

    With Google Chrome shortcuts, you can surf more quickly, saving you a surprising amount of time. If you are online a lot, using keyboard shortcuts will keep you from having to reach for the mouse every time you need to do something. Shortcuts are easy and let you open links and tabs using just the Ctrl, Tab, Alt or Shift key with a letter or simply by dragging Items. In this guide, you will learn some of the most used shortcuts in Google Chrome.

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    Shortcuts for Windows and Tabs

    In this section, we will look at the shortcuts that you use with windows and tabs in Chrome. Open a new window and open a new tab will be the two most used shortcuts you will probably use. This section will provide you with shortcuts that will allow you to open new tabs, open new windows, open links in new windows, close windows and tabs and more.

    Open new window - Ctrl + N

    Open new window (incognito) - Ctrl + Shift + N

    Open link on a new tab - Ctrl + Click on link

    Open link on a new window - Shift + Click on link

    Close current window - Alt + F4

    Open new tab - Ctrl + T

    Open a tab you just closed (Chrome remembers the previous 10 windows) - Ctrl + Shift + T

    Switch to the last tab - Ctrl + 9

    Switch to the next tab - Ctrl + Tab / Ctrl + Page Down

    Switch to tab at a specific position - Ctrl + 1 up to Ctrl + 8

    Close current tab or pop-up - Ctrl + W / Ctrl + F4

    Open homepage - Alt + Home

    Open file from your PC in Google Chrome - Ctrl + O then select file

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    Shortcuts for Webpages

    In this next section, we will take a look at the most used shortcuts for webpages in Chrome. The shortcuts found in this section include printing webpages, refreshing webpages, stopping a webpage from loading and more.

    Print current page you are on - Ctrl + P

    Reload current page - F5

    Reload current page, ignore cached content - Ctrl + F5 / Shift + F5

    Stop page from loading - Esc

    Download link - Alt + click link

    Open find-in-page box - Ctrl + F

    Find next match for your input in the find-in-page box - Ctrl + G / F3

    Find previous match for your input in the find-in-page - Ctrl + Shift + G / F3

    View or open source of current page - Ctrl + U

    Scroll the page up one screen - Page Up

    Scroll the page down one screen - Page Down

    Go you forward one page - Alt + Right Arrow

    Go you forward one page - Alt + Left Arrow

    Bookmark link - Drag link to bookmarks bar

    Bookmark current webpage - Ctrl + D

    Minimize text - Ctrl + -

    Enlarge text - Ctrl + +

    Return to normal size of text - Ctrl + 0

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    Google Chrome Features

    In this section, you will learn how to open the different options in your browser. These shortcuts will do things like open your options menu, open your history menu, open your downloads page and more. These are the options you use to customize your browser, view your history, install your downloads and more.

    Open wrench menu (for customizing and controlling settings on your Google Chrome) - Alt + F / Alt + E

    Open bookmark manager - Alt + Shift +B

    Toggle bookmarks bar (switch on and off) - Ctrl + Shift + B

    Open History page - Ctrl + H

    Open Downloads page - Ctrl + J

    Open Developer Tools - Ctrl + Shift + J

    Open a new window in Incognito Mode - Ctrl + Shift + N

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    Browser Shortcuts

    These are a couple of the shortcuts that will often find useful as you go about your work or personal files on the computer. Making use of these shortcuts can save you a lot of time.

    You will also find that most of the browsers available will have just about the same shortcuts as Chrome. Once you memorize these most used shortcuts, you will pretty much be set for any browser you may use in the future.

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    Author's Own Experience

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