Many people know that there are keyboard shortcuts, but they never use them either. After all, using Chrome is easily done with a mouse or through a touch interface.
But when you’re on a laptop or desktop and you’re already typing furiously, don’t discount the value of those keyboard shortcuts. Playing some keys is usually much faster. The extra few seconds (or more) you take up the mouse and click add up. The wear and tear on your hands, wrists and elbows also takes its toll.
You don’t have to give up your mouse or touchscreen entirely, but adopting these 10 Chrome keyboard shortcuts into your daily routine makes life a whole lot easier. Can’t you memorize them all instantly? Try at least the first five, then come back to the rest later.
Ctrl+T: open new tab
Most people make the most of this shortcut. But his close relatives (Ctrl + N to open a new window, Ctrl + Shift + N to open a new incognito window) are also useful for learning.
Control + W: close tab
Are you done with your tab? This incredibly fast shortcut keeps tab clutter to a minimum. If you accidentally delete a tab (or multiple tabs), the following suggested keyboard shortcut will rescue you from the error.
Ctrl+Shift+T: Reopen the last closed tab or window
This can be a lifesaver, especially if you intended to bookmark a page and forget. It will reopen the last closed tab (even if it was in a different window) in less than a second. (Need to revive a long-closed Chrome window? Use this tip to restore it.)
Ctrl+Shift+A: Find all your open tabs
No need to search for that tab you opened a while ago. Just look it up instead. If you just want to jump to a nearby tab in the alignment, Ctrl + Page Up either Ctrl + Page Down it can be even faster.
F5: Refresh page
Is the page stuck, misbehaving, or not right? Pressing this key will refresh the page. If you are looking for an update on the page and it is not showing, try Shift + F5 instead, which will reload the page completely new, as if you’ve never visited it before.
ALT + D-either-F6: Jump to the address bar
When reusing a tab to visit a different website, skip the tedious mouse click with any of these keys. You can also delete the existing URL and enter a search term; Chrome will automatically launch it through the Google search engine.
Control + K: Google search
Reuse a tab to run a Google search? This shortcut takes you directly to the Google search bar (and also shows you the last visited websites). Note that on sites like Google Docs, web app keyboard shortcuts can override this Chrome default (for example, Google Docs will interpret this as a link embed).
CTRL and +: Make the page bigger
Sometimes websites render fonts in minuscule sizes. (Heavens only know why.) Other times, you may want to take a closer look at a detail on the page. This shortcut gem will allow you to counteract that by enlarging the page by up to 500 percent.
CTRL and -: Make the page smaller
Exploded page too large with CTRL and +? Scale it down with this keyboard shortcut. If you want to go back to a standard 100 percent magnification, use Ctrl + 0 for even faster change.
Ctrl+D: Create (or delete) bookmark for the current page
This shortcut quickly adds your current page to your bookmarks. By default, the site will be added to the bookmarks toolbar. Use the Tab to change the name and location of the bookmark.
But wait, there’s more
Do you already have these Chrome keyboard shortcuts memorized? You can still commit even more useful ones in memory. See the full list on Google’s help page; often people get into the habit of using only some and not others.
And don’t stop there. Windows also has lots of great keyboard shortcuts to speed up your day. There’s even a batch of fancy new features in Windows 11 to learn and love.