Navigating Chrome on Windows by Keyboard: Browsing and Help


LAURA PALMARO:
Hi, I’m Laura and I’m on the Chrome Accessibility team at Google.
In this video, I’m going to show you some ways to browse in Chrome for Windows using
only the keyboard. I’m also going to show you some ways to find more resources if you’d
like additional information. So let’s start by talking about how to browse
web pages. You may already know that you can browse a
page at least 3 different ways: using the arrow keys, the Page Up and Page
Down keys, or the Home and End keys. But did you know that you can also scroll
down whole sections of a page by pressing the Spacebar? Once you reach the end of the page, press
Shift with the Spacebar to scroll back up. To move around the page, jumping from one
clickable thing to another, press Tab. And to move backwards? Shift + Tab.
Next, you can open a shortcut menu using just the keyboard. It’s also called a context
menu, and it’s a list of commands that are related to a task you’re doing, or the area
of the screen where your keyboard focus is. To open this context menu using only your
keyboard, press the Application key. If your keyboard has it, it’s to the right of the
space bar. If you don’t have the Application key on
your keyboard, try Shift and F10. Now I use the arrow keys to navigate through
the items and press Enter to choose something from the menu.
If I want to close this menu, I can simply press Escape. Escape is also handy for closing other things,
like dialog boxes. And Alt + Home is the fastest way to your
default home page. You can set your default home page in Chrome settings. Next, let’s talk a bit about bookmarks. To toggle whether or not the bookmarks bar
shows in Chrome, I can press Control + Shift + B as in bookmarks. For these next shortcuts, I’m going to leave
the bookmarks bar showing. Now I want to bookmark this page, so I’ll
press Control D, which will open the bookmarks dialog. I can choose the suggested bookmark
name or rename it, and once I’m ready, press done.
Next, notice that by pressing F6, I can switch focus between the Address bar… …the Bookmarks bar, if it’s showing… …and the main web page content.
So if I press F6 once, I’m in the address bar. Now I can use the Tab key or Shift + Tab to
move back and forth between the browser tools, the address bar, and any extension icons that
I have. To select one, I press Enter.
Now I can press F6 again and now the focus is on the Bookmarks bar. Now I can use the
Tab or arrow keys to navigate and, again, press Enter to select. There are a lot of keyboard shortcuts in Chrome
on Windows! Luckily there’s a quick way to look them
up, so you don’t have to memorize them all to get the most out of Chrome on your Windows
computer. Just press F1 to pull up Chrome help center.
Finally, I’m going to close the browser now, I can do this either by pressing Alt
+ F4, or Control + Shift + Q. Alright, that’s all for now!   To provide our team with feedback or ask any
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to Google.com/usability. Also, look out for additional videos about
more ways to make Chrome easier to use. Again, I’m Laura and on behalf of myself
and our entire Chrome Accessibility Team, thanks for watching! And don’t forget, we have a handful of other
videos about Chrome accessibility. Check them out here!