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Chrome shortcuts

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Google Chrome is more than just a browser; for me, it's a vital tool in my daily online activities and in my day to day job. To maximize efficiency and make the most of the browsing experience, here's a compilation of my favourite Chrome shortcuts I use constantly

  1. Open a New Tab: Press Ctrl + T (Windows/Linux) or Command + T (Mac). This shortcut will swiftly open a new tab so you can navigate to a different website or start a fresh search.
  2. Close the Current Tab: Press Ctrl + W (Windows/Linux) or Command + W (Mac). This is a quick way to declutter your browser.
  3. Reopen the Last Closed Tab: Ever closed a tab accidentally? Just press Ctrl + Shift + T (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + T (Mac) to get it back!
  4. Switch Between Tabs: Navigate between open tabs using Ctrl + Tab (Windows/Linux/Mac) or Command + Option + Right Arrow (Mac) to go to the next tab, and Ctrl + Shift + Tab (Windows/Linux) or Command + Option + Left Arrow (Mac) to go to the previous tab.
  5. Open a New Incognito Window: Want to browse privately? Use Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows/Linux) or Command + Shift + N (Mac) to open a new incognito window.
  6. Bookmark the Current Page: If you find a page you want to revisit, bookmark it by pressing Ctrl + D (Windows/Linux) or Command + D (Mac).
  7. Search the Web: Instead of navigating to Google or another search engine, just press Ctrl + K or Ctrl + E (Windows/Linux) or Command + Option + F (Mac) to put the cursor in the omnibox (address bar) and type your search query.
  8. Go to the Address Bar: Jump to the address bar (omnibox) instantly by pressing Ctrl + L (Windows/Linux) or Command + L (Mac).
  9. Zoom In or Out: Enlarge or reduce the size of the content in your browser with Ctrl + + (zoom in) and Ctrl + - (zoom out) on Windows/Linux or Command + + and Command + - on Mac. Use Ctrl + 0 or Command + 0 to reset to the default zoom level.
  10. Duplicate the tab: As of 4 Sept 2023, Chrome doesn’t have this shortcut though I use the feature quite often. But there are a few tricks you can achieve the same thing. First, Command + L and Command + Enter. This will open a new tab with the same address in the address bar. If you are ok to use a bit of mouse or trackpad, Click on Refresh with Command. It will duplicate the tab.

Incorporate these shortcuts into your daily browsing routine, and you'll find that navigating Chrome becomes faster and more intuitive. With a bit of practice, these key combinations will become second nature, enhancing your overall productivity.

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