What if you could navigate Google Chrome at lightning speed?

Well, it turns out you can. By learning a few simple keyboard shortcuts, you can speed up your prospecting research, gain valuable insights about your leads faster, and really build out that pipeline.

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Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Goal Shortcut
Open a new tab Hold Command and press T
Close the current tab Hold Command and press W
Reopen last tab closed Hold Command and Shift, then press T
View next tab Hold Command and Option, then press the right arrow key
View previous tab Hold Command and Option, then press the left arrow key
Jump to a specific tab Hold Command and select the appropriate number
Open a hyperlink in a new tab Hold Command and click the link
Open a link in a new window Hold Shift and click the link
Put a cursor in the search bar Hold Command and press L
Erase the current search Hold Command and press delete
Highlight the next word in search Hold Shift and Option, then press the right arrow key
Highlight the last word in a search Hold Shift and Option, then press the left arrow key
Go back to the previous page Press delete
Go forward to the next page Hold Shift and press delete
Reload the current page Hold Command and press R
Open the find bar Hold Command and press F
Scroll to the next keywords in find bar Press Enter
Scroll to previous keywords in the find bar Hold Shift and press Enter
Save the current page as a bookmark Hold Command and press D
Open the settings page Hold Command and press the Comma key
Open the downloads page Hold Command and Shift, then press J
Open a new window Hold Command and press N
Drag a tab out of your window Click the tab and drag it downwards
Close the current window Hold Command and Shift, then press W
Minimize the current window Hold Command and press M
Maximize the current window Hold Control and Command, then press F
Scroll down the web page Tap the Space Bar
Quit Google Chrome Hold Command and press Q
Jump to the last tab Hold Command and press the number nine
Hide Google Chrome Hold Command and press H

The key is to not waste time learning all of them because you likely won't use them all on a daily basis. But it's worth memorizing shortcuts for the Google Chrome tasks you perform every day.

The best part? They only take two minutes to learn. Try them out as you read along.

Open new tab shortcut Google Chrome keyboard shortcut Close tab shortcut Google Chrome keyboard shortcut Open closed tab Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

4. View the next tab.

Instead of dragging my mouse to the top of the browser to click another tab, I rapidly move to the next tab by holding Command and Option, then pressing the right arrow key. For PC, hold Ctrl and press tab.

View next tab Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

5. View the previous tab.

Likewise, I can switch to the previous tab by holding Command and Option, then press the left arrow key. For PC, hold Ctrl and press 9.

View previous tab Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

6. Switch to a specific tab (first eight tabs).

If I need to jump to a specific tab, I hold Command and select the appropriate number. For example, if I need to jump to the seventh tab open, I hold Command and press 7. If I need to jump back to the second tab open, I hold Command and press 2. For PC, it's the same action, just hold Ctrl instead of Command.

Switch to a specific tab Google Chrome keyboard shortcut Open link in new tab shortcut Google Chrome keyboard shortcut Open link in new window Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

9. Put a cursor in the search bar.

I hate dragging my mouse to the search bar to type in a URL or Google something. Rather, I hold Command and press L to jump my cursor to the search bar.

Put cursor in search bar

10. Erase the current search.

If I totally screw up a URL or Google search, I'll quickly start it over by holding Command pressing delete. For PC, hold Ctrl and press Backspace.

Erase current search Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

11. Highlight the next word in search.

To highlight the next word in a search, I hold Shift and Option, then press the right arrow key. For PC, hold Ctrl and press the right arrow key. I use this to quickly highlight a word if I need to delete it.

Highlight next word in search Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

12. Highlight the previous word in search.

To highlight the previous word, hold Shift and option, then press the left arrow key. For PC, hold Ctrl and press the left arrow key.

Highlight previous word in search Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

13. Go back to the previous page.

Wanna jump back to the previous page? Just press delete. On PC, press Backspace.

Go back to previous page Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

14. Go forward to the next page.

Wanna go forward? Hold Shift and press delete. On PC, hold shift and press Backspace.

Go Forward to Next Page Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

15. Reload the current page.

Is the page frozen? Hold Command and press R to quickly reload it. On PC, hold Ctrl and press R.

Reload current page Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

16. Open the find bar.

Need to find a keyword or phrase on the page? Hold Command and press F. Then simply type what you're looking for. On PC, hold Ctrl and press F.

Open the find bar Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

17. Scroll to the next keywords in the find bar.

The first keyword isn't correct that appears in the find bar? Press Enter to move to the next search term. On PC, hold Ctrl and press G.

Scroll to next keyword in find bar Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

18. Scroll to the previous keywords in the find bar.

To scroll back to the previous keyword, hold Shift and press Enter. On PC, hold Ctrl and press G.

Scroll to previous keywords in find bar Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

19. Save the current page as a bookmark.

Read an awesome article? Or need to bookmark a useful tool? Hold Command and press D. On PC, hold Ctrl and press D.

Save current page as bookmark Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

20. Open the settings page.

Need to activate an extension (such as HubSpot Sales, an email productivity tool)? Hold Command and press the comma key. There is no keyboard shortcut for this for PC.

Open Settings In New Tab Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

21. Open the downloads page.

Downloaded something you quickly need to reference? Hold Command and Shift, then press J. For PC, hold Ctrl and press J.

Open Downloads Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

22. Open a new window.

When I have too many tabs open, but I don't want to close them yet, I'll open a new window. To do this, hold Command and press N. On PC, hold Ctrl and press N.

Open New Window Google Chrome keyboard shortcut

23. Drag a tab out of the strip to open in new window.

No this isn't a keyboard shortcut, but it's just as useful. If I want to focus on only one tab, I'll click the tab and drag it downwards until a new window opens. This helps me focus on only one tab, by removing it from a cluster of too many other tabs.

Drag tab out of strip to open in new window Google Chrome keyboard shortcut Close Current Window Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcut

25. Minimize the current window.

To minimize the current window, hold Command and press M. On PC, there isn't a keyboard shortcut for this.

Minimize Current Window Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcut

27. Scroll down the web page.

To scroll to the bottom of the page, tap the Space Bar once.

28. Quit Google Chrome.

To quit Google Chrome, hold Command and press Q. On PC, hold Ctrl and Shift and press Q.

29. Jump to the last tab.

To open the last tab in your browser, hold Command and then press the number nine. On PC, hold Ctrl and then press the number nine.

30. Hide Google Chrome.

If you need to hide Chrome to jump to a different task, hold Command and press H. There is no similar shortcut for this for PC.

It only takes a few minutes to learn these shortcuts. My logic is if we spend 80% of our time online, isn't it worth investing a few minutes into mastering these?

If you ever need a quick reference, consider saving this keyboard shortcut cheat sheet to reference for later. It has the 25 most common keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome you'll need during your workday.

Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

To get the most out of your email apps, check out these guides to Gmail shortcuts and Gmail keyboard shortcuts as well.

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Originally published Nov 13, 2018 4:23:00 PM, updated November 13 2018

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