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by Chrome Blog on September 3, 2008

About Commands

about: ->show version info
about:version -> same to about:
about:cache -> show cache content
about:plugins -> show info of plugins installed
about:memory ->show memory usage
about:crash -> crash the tab
about:dns -> show dns info, like time
about:network -> network tools
about:stats -> shh! this page is secret!
about:internets -> the tubes are clogged!
about:histograms ->histograms resume

Window and tab shortcuts

Ctrl+N Open a new window

Ctrl+Shift+N Open a new window in incognito mode

Press Ctrl, and click a link Open link in a new tab

Press Shift, and click a link Open link in a new window

Alt+F4 Close current window

Ctrl+T Open a new tab

Ctrl+Shift+T Reopen last tab closed (remembers 10)

Drag link to tab Open link in specified tab

Drag link to space between tabs Open link in a new tab

Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+8 Switch to the tab at the specified position number. The number you press represents a position on the tab strip.

Ctrl+9 Switch to the last tab

Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+PgDown Switch to the next tab

Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+PgUp Switch to the previous tab

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

Alt+Home Open your homepage

Ctrl+O, then select file Open a file from your computer in Google Chrome

Address bar shortcuts

Do one of the following actions in the address bar:

Type a search term Perform a search using your default search engine

Type the part of the web address that’s between ‘www.’ and ‘.com’, then press Ctrl+Enter

Type a search engine keyword or URL, press Tab, then type a search term Perform a search using the search engine associated with the keyword or the URL. Google Chrome prompts you to press Tab if it recognizes the search engine you’re trying to use.

F6 or Ctrl+L or Alt+D Highlight content in the web address area

Type a web address, then press Alt+Enter Open your web address in a new tab

Shortcuts to open Google Chrome features

Ctrl+B Toggle bookmarks bar on and off
Ctrl+H View the History page
Ctrl+J View the Downloads page
Shift+Escape View the Task manager

Webpage shortcuts

Ctrl+P Print your current page
F5 Reload current page
Esc Stop page loading
Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5 Reload current page, ignoring cached content
Press Alt, and click a link Download link
Ctrl+F Open find-in-page box
Ctrl+G or F3 Find next match for your input in the find-in-page box
Ctrl+Shift+G or Shift+F3 Find previous match for your input in the find-in-page box
Ctrl+U View source
Drag link to bookmarks bar Bookmark the link
Ctrl+D Bookmark your current webpage
Ctrl++ Make text larger
Ctrl+- Make text smaller
Ctrl+0 Return to normal text size


Backspace, or press Alt and the left arrow together Go to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab

Shift+Backspace, or press Alt and the right arrow together Go to the next page in your browsing history for the tab

Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E Places a ‘?’ in the address bar. Type a search term after the ‘?’ to perform a search using your default search engine.

Place your cursor in the address bar, then press Ctrl and the left arrow together Jump to the previous word in the address bar

Place your cursor in the address bar, then press Ctrl and the right arrow together Jump to the next word in the address bar

Place your cursor in the address bar, then press Ctrl+Backspace Delete the previous word in the address bar

Space bar Scroll down the web page
Home Go to the top of the page
End Go to the bottom of the page

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simon B. 09.04.08 at 9:05 am

Well written!
You need to advertise a tip line or a forum where you collect material, such that readers can give you materia, and you have time to formulate it for the readers. With the right sources, you could be as great as the “Google Operating System blog” :). So, at my link – please take my material and make more great articles! :-)

2 Raul 09.05.08 at 7:52 am

Since you can use both Google bookmarks and delicious ‘bookmarklets’ (available at ‘del.icio.us/help/buttons’ and at the Google bookmarks site) by dragging them to the ‘Chrome bookmarks bar’ maybe this should be more widely publicized since this is one thing everyone is complaining about apart from adblock which you can solve somewhat with privoxy or the mvps.org hosts file.

3 Chrome Blog 09.05.08 at 9:35 am

Simon B – Thank you so much for the comment, as well as the offer to use your material it means a lot. I’d like to extend that also, anything here please feel free to take it and use however you wish.

I have the contact up now for user submissions, and i’m also investigating options for the forum as well as extensions and themes gallery so it’s scalable for the future.

Also i’d like to offer a big kudos to the Chromium Dev team and everyone who had a hand in Chrome, arguing over every pixel paid off and the result is a stunning browser with great things to come in the future.

Raul – Agreed, i’ll update this post to place the info in the main content where it’s more visible.

4 Bob Holness 09.05.08 at 6:00 pm

And shift-space to go up a page. Or just Pg Up and Pg Down and be happy.

5 Kumar 09.06.08 at 11:23 am

Thanks for the shortcuts!

Was concerned if there is any shortcut key to switch on Caret reading as in firefox when presssed F7

Also would appreciate how to open Chrome using the run command.


6 David 09.16.08 at 2:57 pm

Is there a full page view in Chrome F11 doesn’t work as in IE and Fox.

7 Chrome Blog 09.16.08 at 6:40 pm

David – Unfortunately there is no full screen mode in Chrome, there is only a Maximize and Minimize option like a software application. Hopefully this is something that will be enabled in future versions.

8 Evan 09.20.08 at 4:18 pm

How do I get the Shortcut for two pages in one tab

9 Brad 09.24.08 at 9:29 pm

When a link opens a page with no address bar, how can you get it back? Without it on that new address-less window you cannot open new tab and other limitations.

10 Amit Naik 09.30.08 at 3:24 am

Kumar 09.06.08 at 11:23 am
Thanks for the shortcuts!

Was concerned if there is any shortcut key to switch on Caret reading as in firefox when presssed F7

Also would appreciate how to open Chrome using the run command.


put in a shortcut to chrome in c:/Windows/sys32/ and rename it as “chrome”. now when you enter chrome in the run dialog, youll get what you want.

11 Dan 11.29.08 at 5:43 am

i wonder if there is a “about:config” kind of shorcut like firefox has ?

12 Ali Oguz 12.26.08 at 2:37 am

I extremely need a full screen mode to watch large photographs in photo-sites. I hope to find it in Chrome soon.

13 Celix44 01.06.09 at 5:31 pm

ohh I was searching this post in turkey didn’ t find. I searched in english I found thanks for this shortcuts.

14 Todd 01.12.09 at 1:01 pm

There is no shortcut to Other bookmarks. This kind of blows.

In IE I just hit ALT-B and the list of bookmarks comes down. I don’t need to touch the mouse.

if there is a keyboard alternative to get the Other Bookmarks list to fall down, please update this page to reflect it. If there is none, please add one.

15 nbd 02.23.09 at 4:56 am

Can I find-in-page without pressing ctrl+f (just to start writing as it is in Firefox)?

16 jackspratts 04.01.09 at 10:15 am


I’d like to be able to import my Opera bookmarks, have a full screen mode, speeddial windows and mouse/key gestures too. These are things I’ve come to rely on over the years. The browser is fast, but using it is slower than it should be.


17 ratedK 05.21.09 at 7:19 pm

jcakpratts – well said

Full Screen mode is what I was looking for when I got here. Hint-hint to the powers that be.

18 Gal Vincze 06.03.09 at 12:55 pm

Hei, this was very very useful for me. Thank you very much.

19 murali 09.01.09 at 6:21 am

how can i go directly to my first page of the tab means,from current page to home page of tat site..

20 Một Trăm Độ - Kết nối Cộng đồng blog Việt 11.05.09 at 3:42 pm

really useful article, I wonder why I cannot find all shortcuts in one piece like this on Chrome Help. Thanks.

21 preetham 11.09.09 at 10:34 am

Hai. I am new user of internet. I am satisfied with chrome and chrome is ma favorite browser.
And thanks for giving the shortcut.

22 Dayakar Gurram 11.22.09 at 11:37 pm

hi all i very much satified with google i enjoyed alot…because we normally use google search engines frequently…it is so nice…

23 daniel 12.04.09 at 1:24 am

Too bad the command+number on the mac version conflicts with my shortcut for desktops. Opera uses just number to select tab (which is fine for most uses cases unless you’re in a form). Any chances of being able to remap to just use the number?

Also, what I miss from opera is to be able to create customized shortcut searches. For example, I have w for wikipedia, and wa for wolframalpha.

w chrome

would give me a search on wikipedia for chrome, for example…

24 thijs 01.05.10 at 9:22 am

So there’s no shortcut to open the exact page you have already opened in a new tab :/ Ohwell chrome’s still the best browser evar.

25 roger 02.05.10 at 7:35 am

How to get to your bookmarks without using mouse please? I used to just use alt + a and then my favourites would pop up?

26 bhavish dhankar 02.15.10 at 1:08 pm

Google Chrome shortcuts are helpfull.thanks

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32 Evan Plaice 09.18.10 at 3:03 am

This page needs an update.

The shortcut to hide/unhide the bookmarks bar has changed to ctrl+shift+b because the original shortcut (ctrl+b) was conflicting with many pages that use it to change text to bold in ‘smart’ text input fields.


33 Amol Honale 09.19.10 at 2:36 pm

Dear sir,
How do i count how many number of tab open in google chrome brower.

Amol Honale

34 Alan 09.25.10 at 5:26 pm

Question: I added a bunch of plug-ins/extensions to Chrome, and their icons have rendered the address bar and Chrome Tools drop-down menu non-existent. How do I recover this functionality without having to delete the plug-ins?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


35 Burki 10.14.10 at 3:48 am

“Ctrl+B Toggle bookmarks bar on and off”

doesn’t work for me (windows)


36 stas 11.05.10 at 5:04 pm

Is there a shortcut that allows me to separate one of the tabs in a new window? UNtab it?
Thanks :)

37 sachin 01.15.11 at 12:04 pm

What is shortcut key for print preview in google chrome browser.

38 Ric 06.03.11 at 2:20 pm

Full Screen Mode, press F11.

God bless.

39 zeninho 06.23.11 at 7:38 pm

great list of chrome shortcuts, thank you man!!

40 BB 06.30.11 at 12:36 pm

do u guys kno haw to make the voice that says every thing u type SHUT UP ??/????????????????????????????????????????

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And one more I know Ctrl+F2. Bt it could not be work on above task. Its work on word-page, ms-exel & etc

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