Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome Extensions

If a Google Chrome Extension displays an icon in the toolbar next to the address bar, you can probably set a keyboard shortcut that duplicates clicking that icon. It’s convenient and really simple to setup.

  1. Go to the Extensions page:
    Type chrome://extensions in the address bar
    Click on the icon in the upper right, select More Tools > Extensions

  2. Scroll to the bottom and click “Keyboard Shortcuts”


  3. To open this dialog where you can define your custom keyboard shortcut:


All you need to know about key combinations:

  • Be careful not to override existing keyboard shortcuts you might use.
  • All key combinations must include either Ctrl or Alt.
    (Ctrl = Cmd if you speak Mac)
  • Ctrl+Alt combinations are not permitted.
  • Supported keys: A-Z, 0-9, Comma, Period, Home, End, PageUp, PageDown, Space, Insert, Delete, Arrow keys (Up, Down, Left, Right) and the Media Keys (MediaNextTrack, MediaPlayPause, MediaPrevTrack, MediaStop)

Update 3/6/2016: As of Chrome 49 you can hide the extension icon from the toolbar and still activate it via your keyboard shortcut. Just right click on the icon and select “Hide in Chrome menu”.

That’s it!  You may never click a toolbar icon again.


5 thoughts on “Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome Extensions

  1. i’ve been using this but sometimes the configuration just disappear! not sure if it’s due to a bug in one of my many extensions. in any case, it’s truly annoying. would you happen to know of any way to backing these settings up? i’m also having no luck in finding a solution. 😦


    1. Personally, I haven’t experienced this, but I have heard of this bug from other users. I believe they fixed it by changing Chrome’s sync settings on multiple computers using the same Chrome acct. The two likely sync culprits are “Extensions” and/or “Settings”.

      fwiw I have my “main” computer sync both Extensions and Settings as a backup, but then I turn off these sync optins on other computers… mainly because I run slightly different settings and extensions on different machines.


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