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6 Google Chrome shortcuts you need to try

Part of being productive at work and school means making the most of your time, especially when browsing the web. You’ve probably heard of keyboard shortcuts in Windows that can help you, but your web browser also has several shortcuts that can be used to help reduce your mouse usage.

We’ve already highlighted these shortcuts that can be used in Microsoft Edge, but now it’s time to turn our attention to the world’s most popular web browser, Google Chrome. Here are some of the best Chrome keyboard shortcuts you can use.

Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen previously closed tabs

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At the top of our list is something that might come in handy for those “uh-oh” moments. If you accidentally closed a tab in Google Chrome, this shortcut is for you. You can just press the CTRL + Gap + J keys on your keyboard when you’re in Google Chrome. This will then reopen any of your previously opened tabs, in exactly the order you closed them. Simply repeat the shortcut until all of your accidentally closed tabs are reopened.

Shift + Esc to open Chrome Task Manager

The Task Manager in Chrome.
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Google Chrome is known to be a heavy consumer of resources, although recent updates have made it more optimized. So, if you’ve ever had trouble with a specific tab or webpage in Chrome, you can open the Chrome Task Manager to remove that tab or check what’s wrong. Usually you have to access it through the More tools menu, but there is a faster way.

Chrome’s Task Manager is very similar to Windows Task Manager or MacOS Activity Monitor. It allows you to take a look at all the background activities inside the browser. Just press Gap + Esc to open it. You will then see all the tabs labeled as “tongue:” and other processes like GPU renders or subframes. If something is taking up too much memory and you know it’s impacting your web page, feel free to kill it. You can always restart the browser and go back to how you were.

Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+8 to go to a specific tab

Google Chrome opens with multiple tabs.
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Do you have many tabs open in Google Chrome? You might think you’ll have to hover over all those tabs to get to them, but make no mistake! You can access any open tab in Chrome with a very specific keyboard shortcut.

Press the CTRL key, followed by a specific number like 1, 2 or 3. This will guide you through these tabs in number order. It’s actually one of many tabbed browsing shortcuts in Chrome. You can close tabs with CTRL+W navigate to the next open tab with Ctrl + Tabor switch to the previous tab with CTRL + Gap + Tongue. And remember, if you want to go home to a current tab, just click Alt + Home.

Ctrl + Shift + Del to open clear browsing data options

Delete browsing data in Google Chrome
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Want to clear your history in Chrome without going through the menus? This one is for you. Just press the CTRL + Gap + Wipe off keys on your keyboard. This opens the full Chrome settings page where you can clear your browsing data. Access to basic options and advanced options, they are all there for you, and you just saved yourself a few clicks.

Search using another search engine

Bing search on Google Chrome.
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This next keyboard shortcut is one if you don’t like using Google to search in Chrome. You can actually search in the web browser using an alternative search engine like Bing or DuckDuckGo at any time. Simply type the name of your search engine, then press the Tongue key on your keyboard. From there, you will be able to perform a natural search, without directly visiting the web page.

Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder

Save Tabs on Google Chrome
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Doing research or working on a project that involves open tabs that you want to save? Google makes it easy to save any set of tabs you have open as a bookmark. To do this, press CTRL + Gap + D on your keyboard. You should then see tabs saved in a bookmark folder. Feel free to rename this folder as you see fit.

More from Google

These shortcuts are some of our favorites, but Google has a long list of Chrome shortcuts on its support page. It covers tabs, web pages, as well as mouse shortcuts. Oh, and the shortcuts apply to other operating systems like MacOS, as well as Linux.

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