Geeks love keyboard shortcuts – they can make you faster and more productive than clicking everything with your mouse. We’ve previously covered keyboard shortcuts for Chrome and other browsers, but you can assign your own custom keyboard shortcuts, too.
Google Chrome includes a built-in way to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to your browser extensions. You can also use an extension created by a Google employee to create custom keyboard shortcuts for common browser actions – and less common ones.
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Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Extensions
Google recently added a feature that allows you to set custom keyboard shortcuts for the extensions you have installed.
You can do this from your Chrome extensions page. (Click the menu button, point to Tools, and select Extensions.) Scroll down on the extensions page and click the Configure commands link.
Click inside the box next to an extension and press a key combination to create your keyboard shortcut.
Pressing this key combination will perform the same action that occurs when you click the extension’s icon on Chrome’s toolbar. If you’re using the keyboard shortcut to activate the extension, you can even hide an extension’s icon (by right-clicking it and clicking Hide) to free up some screen real estate.
Create Custom Shortcuts For Browser Actions & Bookmarklets
Use the Shortcut Manager icon on your toolbar after you install it to set custom keyboard shortcuts. You can enter any key combination or even use a sequential key combination – for example, if you enter g e e k, you’ll have to type geek on any website to activate your custom action.
Shortcut Manager also allows you to restrict shortcuts to specific websites, but shortcuts will work on all websites with the default settings.
You can choose from a variety of actions for working with browser tabs, navigation, page scrolling, text entry, opening and closing windows, and more.
After selecting an action, you’re set – you can create additional keyboard shortcuts, if you like. View your custom keyboard shortcuts by clicking the Shortcut Manager icon in the future.
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- Published 10/21/12