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How To Use Shortkeys

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Initial setup

  1. Install the extension from the Webstore.
  2. Visit the configuration page.
  3. Add one or more custom shortcuts to that form (see below for more details).
  4. Click "Save".
  5. Reload any open tabs to test out your new shortcuts.
  6. If it didn't work, visit the FAQs and Troubleshooting page.

Supported keyboard shortcuts

Key combos are zero or more modifiers (ctrl, shift, etc.) plus one regular key (letter keys, number keys, arrow keys, etc), all joined with + signs (for keys to be pressed at the same time) or spaces (for keys to be pressed one after another.

Note that you have to use + rather than - to signify pressing keys at the same time. Example: ctrl+b will work but ctrl-b will not.

Here are a couple examples:

  • t
  • ctrl+l (hold ctrl and press l)
  • t g (press t then g)
  • shift+h
  • ctrl+shift+⇑+pageup
  • alt+f7 r (hold alt and press F7, release, then press r)

The following modifiers are available: , shift, option, , alt, ctrl, control, command, and .

In addition to regular letters, numbers, and punctuation, the following special keys can be used for shortcuts: backspace, tab, clear, enter, return, esc, escape, space, up, down, left, right, home, end, pageup, pagedown, del, delete and f1 through f19.

Triggering shortcuts while typing in form fields

By default, shortcuts are disabled when you're typing in a form field. This is because if you have a shortcut like h, you wouldn't want it to fire whenever you type an h in a form field.

However, this is configurable per shortcut. Here are the steps to enable a specific shortcut while you're typing in a form field:

  1. Visit the configuration page.
  2. Expand the shortcut you want to enable in form fields.
  3. Click the "Activation settings" box to expand it.
  4. Check "Active while in form fields".
  5. Click "Save".

Enabling or disabling shortcuts on specific websites

By default, shortcuts are enabled on every website. However, it's possible to set specific shortcuts to only be enabled on certain websites (i.e., "whitelisted"), or to be disabled on specific websites (i.e., "blacklisted").

Here's how to do that:

  1. Visit the configuration page.
  2. Expand the shortcut you want to enable in form fields.
  3. Click the "Activation settings" box to expand it.
  4. Choose either "All sites except..." or "Only on specific sites"
  5. In the text box, type the sites you want to allow or disallow, one per line. Note that wildcards are supported, so you can type things like *facebook.com* or *mail.google.com*.
  6. Click "Save".

Help! Something isn't working!

Visit the FAQs and Troubleshooting page.

Full list of commands

Action Category Description Built in*
Jump to tab or URL Tabs If a tab exists that matches a URL pattern, focus it, otherwise create one.
New tab Tabs Open a new blank tab ✔️
Close tab Tabs Close the currently focused tab ✔️
Close other tabs Tabs Close every tab except for the currently focused tab ✔️
Close tabs to the left Tabs Close every tab that is to the left of the current tab ✔️
Close tabs to the right Tabs Close every tab that is to the right of the current tab ✔️
Duplicate tab Tabs Clone the currently viewed tab ✔️
Reopen last closed tab Tabs Reopen the tab that you most recently closed ✔️
Next tab Tabs Switch to the next tab (to the right) ✔️
Previous tab Tabs Switch to the previous tab (to the left) ✔️
First tab Tabs Switch to the first tab ✔️
Last tab Tabs Switch to the last tab ✔️
Pin/unpin tab Tabs Toggle pinning on the current tab ✔️
Mute/unmute tab Tabs Toggle muting on the current tab ✔️
Move tab left Tabs Swap the current tab with the one to the left of it ✔️
Move tab right Tabs Swap the current tab with the one to the right of it ✔️
Scroll to top Scrolling Jump to the very top of the page
Scroll to bottom Scrolling Jump to the very bottom of the page
Scroll up Scrolling Scroll up by 50px
Scroll up more Scrolling Scroll up by 500px
Scroll down Scrolling Scroll down by 50px
Scroll down more Scrolling Scroll down by 500px
Scroll left Scrolling Scroll left by 50px
Scroll left more Scrolling Scroll left by 500px
Scroll right Scrolling Scroll right by 50px
Scroll right more Scrolling Scroll right by 500px
Go back Location The same thing as clicking the "Back" button
Go forward Location The same thing as clicking the "Forward" button
Reload Location Reload the current tab
Copy URL Location Copy the URL of the current tab to the clipboard
Search Google for selected text Location Opens a new tab with a Google search for whatever text is selected
Open bookmark Bookmarks Open a pre-selected bookmark in the current tab
Open bookmark in new tab Bookmarks Open a pre-selected bookmark in a new focused tab
Open bookmark in background tab Bookmarks Open a pre-selected bookmark in a new background tab
New window Windows Open a new empty window
New private window Windows Open a new incognito/private window
Close window Windows Close the current window, including all tabs
Zoom in Zooming Zoom in on the current page
Zoom out Zooming Zoom out on the current page
Reset zoom Zooming Reset the zoom to 100% (default)
Run Javascript Other Run custom JS within the context of the currently viewed page
Clear downloads Other Clear the recent downloads page and close the downloads bar
View source Other Open a new tab with the source HTML of the current tab
Do nothing Other This is for disabling core browser shortcuts, but note that some shortcuts can't be disabled
Trigger another shortcut Other This allows you to have multiple shortcuts to trigger the same action
Click button and switch to next tab Other This is typically only useful for people who play Tribal Wars

* Supported by Shortkeys in Chrome's built in Keyboard Shortcuts UI. You can access the built in list by entering this URL: chrome://extensions/configureCommands on the address bar. More info.

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