Do you know there’s an easier and faster way to access your Chrome add-ons? Just a few clicks within your Chrome browser can add custom hotkeys opening your favorite extensions in a jiffy. Here’s how to create keyboard shortcuts for Chrome extensions.
Hotkeys act as an essential part to boost your productivity. When all the actions you need to perform are threaded into the key combinations, it befalls a lot faster to open windows, execute tasks, and search for what you need. Chrome extensions are termed as a great source of productivity featuring easy keyboard shortcuts and more. Even better, Google Chrome lets you assign custom hotkeys to the extensions you have installed. Let’s move further to know how to do so.
Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Chrome Extensions
- Launch the Google Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots, i.e. Menu button in the top-right corner
- Click on the More Tools > Extensions option in the pop-up menu
- The extensions page will load. Scroll down the page and click on the blue Keyboard Shortcuts link to assign hotkeys to Chrome extensions
- A new window will arise listing all the extensions that support hotkeys. Find the extension for which you want to set up a keyboard shortcut and then find the feature you want to assign it to. For instance, if you want to make a hotkey to compose a new email in the Checker Plus extension, you can do so by navigating to the Checker Plus’ hotkey list and finding the Compose option
- To assign a custom keyboard shortcut to a specific function, click on the box that says ‘Not Set’ and manually press the key combination you want to use
Important Note: Chrome browser only supports two-key combinations. The first key must be either Alt or Ctrl. Let’s say you assign the Ctrl + N hotkey to compose a new email. Power users of Chrome will probably be known with the fact that Ctrl + N is already a Chrome keyboard shortcut to open up a new tab. In this case, the custom hotkey you create will override the default one. Now, Ctrl + N will open Checker Plus’ compose window rather than the new tab in your web browser.
- If you poke around the extension hotkey option, you may notice that a drop-down menu opens up once you set a keyboard shortcut. This menu has two options: In Chrome and Global. If you select the Global option, you no longer have to be within the window to trigger the hotkey. You can be in a different application altogether on your PC and still be able to activate your assigned hotkey
So, now you know how to assign custom hotkeys to Chrome extensions. But what if you had an extension in mind that you want to set keyboard shortcuts for and it doesn’t appear in the list? Well, there’s a chance that the developer hasn’t added support for it just yet. You’ll need to check the app’s Settings to see if there’s an option for hotkeys there. If not, try to contact the app developer and let him/her know that you need hotkeys for your extension as well as what you want a hotkey to do for you.
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