10 incredibly cool Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts you should know

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There are more people using a touchscreen to surf the web than those using a traditional keyboard and mouse setup. But that doesn’t mean that the older combination is useless — far from it.

For one, here are some cool shortcuts for Google Chrome that will improve your desktop browsing experience with a keyboard and mouse.

1. Quickly go Incognito with Ctrl+Shift+N

Need to “buy some gifts online” and don’t want the next computer user to see? Well, you could either right-click on the Google Chrome taskbar shortcut and choose “new incognito window” or you can use the aforementioned keyboard shortcut.

Don’t have anything to hide but still need a new window? Then hit Ctrl+N.

2. Accidentally closed a tab? Hit Ctrl+Shift+T

One of my favourite Google Chrome shortcuts, this is a great one in the event that you either accidentally closed a tab or you need to track back to a recently closed page in general.

Ditch the Shift (Ctrl+T) and you can seamlessly open new tabs as well.

3. Close tabs in no time flat with Ctrl+W

Ctrl+T is a great way to open new tabs, but why click the tiny X to close them when you can use Ctrl+W instead?

Hitting this shortcut will close the tab that’s currently open, so proceed with caution. On second thought, go wild — you can always press Ctrl+Shift+T.

4. View your downloads page with Ctrl+J

One of the more well-known browser shortcuts in general, a simple Ctrl+J combo will take you straight to your download window. Handy in case you need to quickly access that downloaded file and can’t be arsed to use the file explorer or Google Chrome menu.

Developer? Then toss in a Shift (Ctrl+Shift+J) to quickly open the browser’s developer tools window.

5. Quickly get to the “clear browsing data” page with Ctrl+Shift+Delete

You don’t need to open the Google Chrome menu, and navigate to “more tools” to clear your browsing data. Just use this shortcut to quickly open the relevant window.

This is a handy time saver at the internet cafe, if you’re using a loaner machine or if the needs arises for whatever reason.

6. Quickly add your cursor to the search bar with Ctrl+L

There are two ways you can add your cursor to the search/address bar. The straightforward way is to move your mouse to the address bar and click in the field, while the second way is to simply tap Ctrl+L.

Of course, if you’ve just opened up a new tab, your cursor is automatically placed into the search bar anyway. But this is useful if you don’t need to open a new tab anyway.

7. Use Ctrl+P to save a webpage as a PDF

You don’t need to save pages as HTML files if you don’t want to, as PDF saving is available by hitting Ctrl+P.

Once you’ve pressed these keys, click the “change” button under the “destination” field and then choose the “save as PDF” option under “local destinations”.

8. Too lazy to type in the full address? Hit Ctrl+Enter afterwards

One for some of the lazier people, hitting Ctrl+Enter after typing a website name adds “www.” to the beginning and “.com” to the end.

That’s all there is to it, really. So those needing a “.co.za” or any other variations will have to do it the old-fashioned way.

9. Open the Chrome Task Manager with Shift+Esc

Windows isn’t the only one with a task manager, as Google Chrome has one built-in too, which can be summoned with the above shortcut.

The task manager is a great way to track down memory-hogging tabs, so you can quickly shut them down and speed things up a bit.

10. Switch between tabs with Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+8

Don’t feel like using your trusty mouse to switch between tabs? Then simply use Ctrl and a number to switch to that tab.

So Ctrl+1 will switch to your first tab, Ctrl+2 will switch to your second tab and so on. However, Ctrl+9 will always switch to your last one.

Do you know of any other awesome shortcuts we’ve failed to list above? Let us know in the comments section below.



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