How to create custom keyboard shortcuts for Chrome extensions

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Chrome extensions are really helpful to enhance the Chrome browser’s features. We can download and install any of the Chrome extensions with just a few clicks of the mouse. But, do you know? We can add custom keyboard shortcuts to any installed Chrome Extensions to quickly access them. This will not only save our time but also refrain us from going through multiple extensions icons available in the browser address bar after the installation. Moreover, if we install multiple numbers of extensions then it will not be possible to keep all of them visible on the small available space of Chrome browser’s address bar.

So, to keep all this process of accessing the extensions as simple and quick as possible, Google Chrome has an inbuilt feature that let us assign our choice keyboard shortcut for often use add-ons. Let’s see the steps to create custom keyboard shortcuts for certain extensions.

Trivia: The shortcut to access the installed Chrome extensions page is Chrome://extensions/  Copy and paste it in the URL address bar of the browser and press the enter button.

How to create a shortcut for chrome extension

  1. You can use these steps for Linux, Windows and MacOS to shortcuts for chrome extensions. 
  2. Go to the three dots (Customize and Control Google Chrome) given on the extreme top right side of the browser.
  3. Click on dots and a pop-up menu of different Chrome control options will appear.
  4. Go to Menu Tool and Select the Extensions option.
  5. On the Extensions page, click on the burger icon given on the left top side of the page.
  6. Click on the Keyboard shortcuts option.
  7. Now all the installed extensions will appear along with a space to enter the custom shortcut for each of them.
  8. To set custom keyboard shortcut press CTRL or ALT and any key you want to pair with it as a shortcut.
  9. That’s it. You have successfully enabled or added the custom keyboard shortcuts.


Screenshots for the above tutorial:

As you can see in the below screenshot, go to the custom and controls option represented by three dots. And then select the More tools->extensions. Or simply type Chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar of the browser and press the Enter button.

how to set chrome extension keyboard shortcuts

The second step is to click on the burger icon given on the Extensions page.

extensions chrome shortcuts

Select the Keyboard shortcuts option.

Select keyboard shortcuts for Chrome browser extensions

Press Ctrl or Alt button along with a Key which you want to set for some particular extension.

shortcuts for Chrome extensions

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