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10 Handy Shortcuts You Must Be Using on Your Chrome

Chrome is my browser of choice for a couple of years now. I had used a couple of other browsers before Chrome namely Firefox and IE but nothing matches the browsing power of Chrome. It's true that Chrome acts up from time to time especially with pages running Javascript and flash but there is a clever workaround for this which I will share with you in a separate post very soon.


Chrome, like all the other softwares and browsers, can only do so much alone. Luckily Google made its API open for developers and the result is the proliferation of numerous extensions and add-ons. Chrome store is buzzing with all kinds of extensions that you can think of.

related: 15 Great Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Given the over-abundance of extensions in Chrome store, it becomes very hard and time consuming to search for the add-ons that work best for you. Sometimes you can even fall on weak extensions which can cause problems to your Chrome. For this and several other reasons, I created a section here in Educational Technology and Mobile learning where I review some powerful and trusted extensions that you, as a teacher and educator, can use to tap into the educational potential of Chrome. Check out Teacher Chrome Extensions page to learn more.

Today i am adding to this section these awesome shortcuts that are indispensable to your Chrome browsing. Using these shortcuts will definitely change your entire browsing experience and improve your productivity.

These 10 shortcuts are part of a list that includes 100 tips on how to use Chrome created by Chromestory.

  1. Ctrl + Shift + Del takes you directly to the settings page where you can delete your browsing history.
  2. Press Shift and click a link – Opens the link in a new window.
  3. Ctrl + 9 takes you to the last tab open on your current window.
  4. Ctrl + Shift + B toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
  5. Ctrl + Shift + T reopens the last tab you closed. Google Chrome remembers up to 10 tabs you closed.
  6. Alt + F or Alt + E opens Chrome settings menu (the menu you open clicking the hotdog icon, not the chrome://settings page)
  7. Shift + Esc opens the Task Manager of Chrome, which will let you monitor system usage by each tab and kill tabs you wish.
  8. Type a URL, then press Alt + Enter to open the URL in a new tab.
  9. CTRL + H = Opens your browsing history
  10. CTRL + SHIFT +V = Paste content from the clipboard without formatting (ie, pastes plain text)

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