We spend a lot of time online. I mean a lot. According to a report by Ofcom, the Average UK adult internet user spends over 20 hours online per week. And that’s just the mean average. Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, you may tend to spend more time online than the average PC user. As a student and an author, I spend a lot of time on my laptop looking up things on the net. Whether I’m working, writing, researching or just taking a break, I spend considerably more than 20 hours a week on my trusted laptop screen.

Spending a lot of time online means one thing: efficiency is crucial. One of the easiest way to improve efficiency, is through the use of keyboard shortcuts. A keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. We all know about shortcuts, but let’s be honest – how many of us bother to actually learn new shortcuts? You don’t have to be keyboard nut, but I’m sure that a couple of the shortcuts listed below will be helpful to any of you in your daily chrome lives! So here are my pick, for the top 32 Windows and Mac shortcuts for Google Chrome.

Windows & Tabs Shortcuts

Windows and tabs, windows and tabs. If you’re anything like me, you’re used to seeing dozens of them open at any one time. Dozens are opened and dozens are closed. But don’t waste time reaching for your mouse. You don’t have to click on the 3 bar icon to open incognito or use the mouse to switch tabs. Just use one of the following 5 shortcuts below.

Shortcut Windows Mac
Open a new window Ctrl+N ⌘+N
Open a new tab Ctrl+T ⌘+T
Open a new window in incognito Ctrl+Shift+N ⌘+Shift+N
Switches to the tab to its original numerical position on the tab strip Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+8 N/A
Switches to the last tab on the tab strip Ctrl+9 N/A

Feature Shortcuts

Browser features are there to make your browsing life easier and more useful. We’re used to many of these features, such as bookmarks and checking our history. But shortcuts make these time saving features even quicker to use. There’s also the odd shortcut for developers. So sit back, and here’s my pick of the top 8 feature shortcuts.

Shortcut Windows Mac
Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off. Ctrl+Shift+B ⌘+Shift+B
Opens the History page. Ctrl+H ⌘+Y
Opens the Downloads page. Ctrl+J ⌘+Shift+J
Opens the Task Manager. Shift+Esc N/A
Opens Developer Tools. Ctrl+Shift+J ⌘+Option+I
Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialogue. Ctrl+Shift+Delete ⌘+Shift+Delete
Opens the Help Centre in a new tab (our favourite). F1 N/A
Switch between multiple users. Ctrl+Shift+M ⌘+Shift+M

Address Bar Shortcuts

Your address bar is not only the place you type your URL but it’s often the starting point for our search queries. Using just the right search query often takes a little bit of thought and editing. Of all the shortcuts which are useful in chrome, I’ve personally found these  5 address bar shortcuts to be the most surprisingly useful. I’ve been using these 5 address bar shortcuts for a while, and I’m quite surprised at how few people use them and how convenient they are.

Shortcut Windows Mac
Adds www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL. Ctrl+Enter N/A
Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar Ctrl+Backspace ⌘+Delete
Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar Press Ctrl and the left arrow together. Press Option and the left arrow together.
Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar Press Ctrl and the right arrow together. Press Option and the right arrow together.
Highlights the URL. Ctrl+L. ⌘+L

Webpage Shortcuts

Least but not least, let’s take a look at webpage shortcuts. We’ve talked about various ways in which you can use shortcuts that tackle the actual browser, the address bar and the many features that come with chrome. The following is a summary table of  14 shortcuts that relate to the actual content you’re viewing on the browser.

Shortcut Windows Mac
Prints your current page.. Ctrl+P ⌘+P
Saves your current page. Ctrl+S ⌘+S
Reloads your current page. F5 or Ctrl+R ⌘+R
Stops the loading of your current page. Esc N/A
Opens the find bar. Ctrl+F ⌘+F
Finds the next match for your input in the find bar. Ctrl+G or F3 ⌘+G
Reloads your current page, ignoring cached content. Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5 N/A
Opens the source of your current page. Ctrl+U ⌘+Option+U
Saves your current web page as a bookmark. Ctrl+D ⌘+D
Saves all open pages as bookmarks in a new folder. Ctrl+Shift+D ⌘+Shift+D
Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full-screen. F11 ⌘+Shift+F
Enlarges everything on the page. Ctrl and + or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel up. ⌘+(+)
Makes everything on the page smaller. Ctrl and – or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel down. ⌘+(-)
Returns everything on the page to normal size. Ctrl+0 ⌘+0
Source: Google Support

About the author

Benji Fenech Salerno

Currently studying at the University of Malta for a joint BSc in Biology & Chemistry (Hons). He is from a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean, loves all that is science and technology & brings a European perspective to the scene. Also takes pleasure in reading, jogging & travelling. Benji currently sports a Samsung Galaxy S4, a Nexus 7 (2013) and a Moto 360.


  • Your column header for “Windows” should probably read “Windows and Linux” since the shortcuts work on both platforms. But otherwise, it’s a nice collection that should prove to be helpful.