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It would be really convenient to be able to quickly run a search or check my e-mail without having to escape full-screen mode. Is this possible in Chrome? Is there a key shortcut that would allow me to access the URL bar?

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this probably doesn't apply anymore, but you can on mac! – gadgetmo Feb 11 '12 at 10:39
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Chrome does not allow that by default. See this bug report.

One option to achieve this would be to install MyAddressBar which will let you define a user configured key combination to bring up an address bar.

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Chrome by default doesn't allow any type of UI in full screen mode. That is, without the use of an extension. [Reference Link]

However, if you using a keyboard with a Windows Key then you can push [Windows Key] + [R]. This will bring up the run box. Type in the address you want and hit enter. If Google Chrome is your default browser then it will bring up a new web page.

As an additional note, to switch between tabs, push [CTRL] + [#]. Replace the # with a real number.

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I believe Winkey+R is the best solution, because using the above mentioned extension, exposes all your personal data on all websites you surf to the "Fullscreen address bar" developer. – user164027 Oct 9 '12 at 16:48

You can use Vimium and access address bar with "o"/"O" hotkeys ("open URL"/"open URL in new tab").

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There is an extension for it:

Fullscreen address bar

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Does not work for me on Chrome v36/Win7. – David Balažic Aug 24 '14 at 13:44

You could use Ctrl-T to open a new tab, which will show the Google search page. You could also use Ctrl-H to show your history and search through pages visited previously (Google and your mail page will certainly be on that list).

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