Chrome: DeadMouse is a Chrome extension that allows you to surf the web with only your keyboard. The idea is simple: if you want to click a link, just start typing it. DeadMouse will show you that you've selected it by making it wiggle on the page. All you have to do is press enter to choose it, tab to select the next option, or delete to cancel your selection. More »
Coders love text editor Vim because you can do everything from the keyboard, avoiding detours into into slow, distracting mouse-click work. Here's how a single Chrome extension can change your browsing habits in similar get-what-you-came-for fashion.More »
Firefox/Chrome/Safari: Netflix's new interface may not be the most fun to navigate, but you can ease a bit of the pain with a user script that adds Gmail-like keyboard shortcuts to the entire thing.
When going to a .com domain in Google Chrome, you don't have to type the www. or .com because this handy keyboard shortcut can do it for you. Just press Control+Enter on any platform (it's even Control+Enter on a Mac) and Chrome will take care of the rest. You can do this in Firefox, too, but it's not just limited to .com. Either way, this can save you milliseconds of typing several times per day. More »
Chrome: Music Plus is an extension for Google Music that adds popup controls, HTML5 notifications, Last.fm scrobbling and bios, song downloading, global keyboard shortcuts, and lyrics to Google's nascent cloud-based music player. Basically it takes Google's pretty cool web-based music player and makes it awesome. More »
When you enter a web site into the omnibar in Chrome, you don't necessarily want it to open in the same tab or window. Fortunately there are a bunch of shortcuts to let you control exactly how Chrome handles your new destination.More »
When you close a browser tab prematurely, whether it's by accident or, unbeknownst to you, you're going to need it again moments later, it's no fun digging through your history to get it back. That's why Control/Command+Shift+T was invented. It resurrects your fallen tabs from the graveyard of your browser history.More »
Windows/Mac: "Keyboard Shortcuts to Reorder Tabs" is a no-frills Chrome extension with a no-nonsense name. It allows Windows and Mac users to change the order of their tabs by holding CTRL+SHIFT and pressing Page Up or Page Down to move the tab to the left or right.More »
Google Chrome users, for example, can add playback hotkeys with an extension called keyMazony. Once installed, you'll have keyboard control of your Amazon Cloud Player queue. keyMazony commands will work as long as you're in the same Chrome window as Cloud Player, even if its tab doesn't have focus. The key combinations are customizable as well -- just make sure you don't set up a combo that conflicts with another extension or Chrome's built-in keyboard shortcuts.
Mac: Google Chrome 10 came with a new feature that made you hold Command+Q down for a few seconds before Chrome would quit.
Chrome: If you find that all of Google Reader's extra social features just get in your way, Minimalist Google Reader will let you slim down the interface quite nicely, while also adding a useful shortcut that opens links in the background. More »
It occurred to us, after writing yesterday's list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts, that there was one glaring omission: bookmark shortcuts.
Not only does the Bookmark Bar take up valuable real estate, but no one really wants to click through folders of bookmarks to find what you're looking for.
Now, Firefox has 'Smart bookmarks', which lets you add a keyword to a bookmark. Chrome, however, only lets you assign keywords (and thus keyboard shortcuts) to search engines.
Fortunately, with a little bit of hacking, that doesn't matter.
If you really want to make the most of Chrome's speed, what you need is is a bevy of keyboard shortcuts. Check them out!
- Alt+F or Alt+E -- Open the Wrench (Tools) menu (you can then use the arrow keys to navigate it...)
- Ctrl+Shift+B -- Toggles the Bookmarks Bar on and off
- Ctrl+D -- Bookmark your current Web page
- Ctrl+Shift+D -- Bookmarks all of your open Web pages in one folder
- Ctrl+J -- Opens the Downloads tab
- Shift+Esc -- Opens the 'Task Manager', which you can use to close errant tabs/processes
- Ctrl+Shift+J -- Opens the Chrome Developer Tools (which are surprisingly good!)
- Ctrl+L -- Selects your current page's URL (and puts the cursor in the address bar)
- Ctrl+Backspace -- Deletes one word/phrase to the left of your cursor in the address bar
- Ctrl+G -- Finds the next instance of your search term (Ctrl+F!) Ctrl+Shift+G finds the previous instance
- Ctrl+U -- View the source of your current page
- Ctrl+R -- The same as F5 (might be faster for some people to type)
- Ctrl+1(2, 3, 4, etc) -- Switch to the tab designated by the number (from the left)
- Ctrl+Shift+T -- Re-open the most recently closed tab
Chrome: If you're one of the folks that opens up tabs upon tabs upon tabs when browsing, you may find it difficult to sift through them. Extension Snipe lets you search your open tabs with a simple keyboard shortcut. More »
Chrome/Firefox: The SiteLauncher browser extension adds a one-stroke keyboard launcher to your favorite sites in Chrome and Firefox. More »
Text pasted into your browser, when using a rich text editor like the one found in Gmail, automatically takes on the formatting of the source text. Google Chrome now supports text stripping via Ctrl+Shift+V (Cmd+Shift+V on Mac), your pasted text is format-free. More »