How To Work BETTER with Keyboard Shortcuts For Google Chrome

By Dylan Redekop
August 17, 2020

Posted in Productivity, Tech Tips

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WHAT ARE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS?

Using keyboard shortcuts is simply leveraging your keyboard to do things most of us initially learn to do with our mouse.

Actions like…
Opening up a new Chrome window
Closing a Chrome tab
Bookmarking a page

WHY USE THEM?

We perform actions regularly, multiple times per day—with a mouse. And getting into the habit of doing them on your keyboard as opposed to your mouse is going to potentially save you hours, every year.

How?

Using your keyboard for actions habitually performed with your mouse saves you from switching back-and-forth from keyboard to mouse. This saves a little morsel of time—every single time—and that time compounds.

The more time you save, the more you can focus on doing your best, most impactful work. Work that moves the needle is work that advances the business—and your career.

So for good reason, we put together a list of some essential shortcuts to use when you’re working in the Google Chrome web browser.

 

BEHOLD, THE SHORTCUTS!

OPEN A NEW WINDOW

When you already have a Chrome window open, you can open a new Chrome window with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + N

CMD + N


OPEN A NEW CHROME TAB

You can quickly open a new tab in Chrome with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + T

CMD + T


REOPEN A RECENTLY CLOSED TAB

You can reopen recently closed tabs in Chrome with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + SHFT + T

CMD + SHFT + T

reopen recently closed tabs

CLOSE CURRENT TAB

You can close the tab you currently have open by with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + W

CMD + W

close current tab shortcut

OPEN INCOGNITO WINDOW

You can easily open a new incognito window with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + SHFT + N

CMD + SHFT + N


SEARCH & FIND WORDS

You can easily search and find words or phrases with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + F

CMD + F


You can easily open a link in a new tab with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + Click (on link)

CMD + Click (on link)

 


You can easily open a link in a new window with this quick shortcut:

SHFT + Click (on link)

SHFT + Click (on link)

 


OPEN HISTORY

You can easily open your browsing history with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + H

CMD + H


OPEN DOWNLOADS

You can easily open and review your recent Chrome downloads with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + J

CMD + SHFT + J


BOOKMARK A PAGE

You can easily bookmark a webpage with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + D

CMD + D


HIDE/SHOW BOOKMARKS BAR

You can easily hide and show your bookmarks bar by using this quick shortcut:

CTRL + SHFT + B

CMD + SHFT + B

 


REFRESH A PAGE

You can easily refresh a webpage with this quick shortcut:

CTRL + R

CMD + R

 

Wrapping Up

Now you’re all set to work smarter, faster and more efficiently with some super handy keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome.

Don’t forget to get your printable PDF of all these keyboard shortcuts HERE.

There were a LOT of shortcuts covered in this article (and we didn’t even cover them all)! Just like our Fundamental Keyboard Shortcuts post, don’t let list overwhelm you. Just pick one shortcut to begin with and master it, then move on to another one!

TIP OF THE DAY: Don’t try and memorize all these shortcuts—print out the list and start with ONE.

Please reach out if you have any questions with anything covered in this post—we are always here to help!


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