Basic Google Chrome Shortcuts On Windows, Linux, macOS That Every User Should Know

Shortcuts are useful especially if you are working online 24×7. Not only shortcuts but also working on a browser that provides you with different useful shortcuts to save your time and make your work easier is also extremely important.

Using shortcuts not only saves you some time but also evades the problem of complex settings options present in the browser that many of us do not understand. Therefore, if you wish to use more shortcuts while working then it is recommended that you do not use any other browser but google chrome. 

The reason we chose google chrome is because of handy commands and also it contains shortcuts that are quite easy to remember if you use them just once or twice. Google Chrome shortcuts will be of utmost importance if you learn about them as it has a plethora of options within which you can navigate and pick the ones that are suitable for you. 

Another important thing that you should know about the Google chrome shortcuts is that they are not the same for all operating systems as there is a slight difference in command. For example, in windows laptops and computers you click the Ctrl key and then command shortcut, but in macOS, there is no ctrl key on the keyboard, hence you need to click the command key instead of the ctrl.

There are other differences between Linux and PC users, too. And if you are using Mac Catalina or a newer version, then the keyboard navigation on your laptop is turned on by default, unlike other operating systems in which you have to do it manually. 

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Important chrome keyboard shortcuts to know about 

Let us learn some of the google chrome shortcuts for windows, Linux and Mac to make our work easier and faster. Therefore, let us start with the Google Chrome commands that are common to all users irrespective of the operating system. 

Google Chrome shortcuts for windows and Linux users 

Commands that are available to all user using Google Chrome:

  • Command to open a new window: Ctrl (or Command) + n
  • Command to open a new window in Incognito mode: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + n
  • Command to open a new tab, and jump to it: Ctrl (or Command) + t
  • To reopen previously closed tabs in the order they were closed: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + t
  • Move to a specific tab: Ctrl (or Command) + 1 through Ctrl (or Command) + 8

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Commands for Windows or Linux users: 
  • Shift to the next open tab: Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn
  • Shift  to the tab you previously opened: Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp
  • Shift to the rightmost tab: Ctrl + 9
  • Open homepage in the current tab of the browser: Alt + Home
  • Open the previous page from your browsing history in the current tab (the tab that is open right now): Alt + Left arrow
  • Open the next page in the current tab from your browsing history: Alt + Right arrow
  • Closing the current tab that is open currently: Ctrl + w or Ctrl + F4
  • For closing the the current window: Ctrl + Shift + w or Alt + F4
  • For minimizing the current window: Alt + Space then n
  • For maximizing the current window: Alt + Space then x
  • Quit Google Chrome: Alt + f then x

Google Chrome shortcuts for mac OS

Let us take a look at some of the Chrome keyboard shortcuts, which are different from the windows or Linux chrome keyboard shortcuts. 

Google Chrome shortcuts for macOS
  • Move to the next tab that is open: Command + Option + Right arrow
  • Move to the tab that was previously opened: Command + Option + Left arrow
  • Shift to the last tab: Command + 9
  • Opening previous page from the browsing history in the current tab: Command + [ or Command + Left arrow
  • Opening the next page from browsing history in the current tab: Command + ] or Command + Right arrow
  • Close the current tab or pop-up: Command + w
  • Close the window open currently: Command + Shift + w
  • Minimising the window: Command + m
  • Hide Google Chrome from the desktop: Command + h
  • Quit Google Chrome: Command + q

These were the most essential chrome keyboard shortcuts that you must know whether you are a regular user or you use chrome once in a while. These are basic keyboard shortcuts that you should know to get dexterity. 

Google Chrome shortcuts that are common to Windows, Linux and macOS

Here are some of the chrome keyboard shortcuts that are common to the three operating systems. Take a look at them:

  • Show or hide the Bookmarks bar: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + b
  • Move to the next match to your Find Bar search: Ctrl (or Command) + g
  • Move to the previous match to your Find Bar search: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + g
  • Open the Clear Browsing Data options: Ctrl (or Command) + Shift + Delete
  • Search with the default search engine on your computer: Type a search term + Enter
  • Search with a different search engine on your computer: Type a search engine name and press Tab
  • Add www. and .com to a site name to open it in the current tab: Type a site name + Ctrl (or “Control”) + Enter
  • Move the cursor to the address bar: Control + F5

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These were the most basic and often used Google Chrome shortcuts that you should know about. 


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