Navigating Chrome on Windows by Keyboard: Tabs and Links

Navigating Chrome on Windows by Keyboard: Tabs and Links

Hi, I’m Laura and I’m on the Chrome accessibility team at Google. In this quick tutorial, I’m going to show
you some ways to navigate tabs and links in Chrome using only the keyboard on your Windows
computer. Ready to go? Let’s start off by looking at tabs first. Let’s start by opening a new tab. To do this, I’ll press Control T as in tab. If I change my mind and want to close this
tab, I can press Control W. But the great thing is, Chrome remembers the
tabs that you’ve recently opened and closed, so if I want to re-open the one I just left,
I can press Control Shift T, and there it is. I actually wind up using this shortcut all
the time when I accidentally close a tab that I still need open. I’ll press Control T to open up a few more
tabs in this window. Now, I’m going to show you how to cycle
through them. To move forward, jumping from tab to tab,
I hold down Control and press the Tab key. And to move backward? If you guessed Control Shift Tab, great! I can do the same thing using Control Page
Up to move forward… …and Control Page Down to move backwards. Now let’s open up a new window instead of
a new tab. To do this, I press Control N as in New. I can navigate through my open windows by
pressing alt + tab. If I hold down alt, I can press tab to choose
the window I want, and then either press enter or simply release my finger from the alt key
to move to that window. I can close the window by pressing ctrl +
shift + w. So now that we’ve opened up some tabs, this
seems like a good time to talk about links. Chrome for Windows has a few different ways
to open up links using just the keyboard. After pressing Tab within a web page to get
to a link, we have some options. You can open a link in the current tab, or
a new background tab. You can also open a link in a new tab and
then jump to that tab in one step. You can even open a link in a completely new
window. Let’s explore these now. So…to open a link in the current tab, nice
and simple – you just press enter. To open a link in a new background tab, press
Control Enter. Now I’m going to open a link in a new tab
and jump directly to that tab. I hold down Control and Shift, and press Enter
and…there it is! But if I need to open a link in a completely
new browser window, I can press Shift Enter. Ok, so now we’ve seen how to use tabs and
navigate links in Chrome for Windows just by using the keyboard. To provide our team with feedback or ask us
any questions join our Google Group and send us an email at [email protected]
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go to Also, look out for other videos for more ways
to make Chrome easier to use. Again, my name is Laura and on behalf of myself
and our entire Chrome Accessibility Team, thanks for watching! And don’t forget, we have a handful of other
videos about Chrome Accessibility. Check them out here:

22 thoughts to “Navigating Chrome on Windows by Keyboard: Tabs and Links”

  1. I like to use CTRL + # to jump to that tab number in your current window. (Ex. CTRL+1 to go to the first tab, CTRL+2 to go to the second, etc.)

    While not a keyboard shortcut, you can open a link in a new tab by clicking on it with the mouse wheel. This and closing tabs my middle clicking on them are my most used shortcuts in Chrome.

  2. no for google search for l fuck with this right now because l serach 2000 games like copy paste copy paste my hand is painful

  3. How do you move the selection box over links so that you can click enter to select them? When I use the arrow keys, it just moves the page up and down. Is there a key I have to click first?

  4. How to open chrome browser using keyboard key. Like we open Windows Explorer using "Wind + E". Can we open Chrome browser like this using a keyboard key. Pls reply. TnX

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