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I am trying to use keyboard shortcuts more and more and have run across something I've not been able to figure out. If there is a text box on the page that I want to enter text into, how can I navigate to that field quickly without actually clicking on it with the mouse?

  • I know I can just start tabbing and eventually get to it
  • I've tried using Ctrl-F to find text near it and then tab to it

Any ideas?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Natively there's no keyboard shortcut to do this, so I fear there's no real solution for this.

What you could try is write a Sikuli script to look for text boxes and then make it mouse click in it.

However, this would only work if the textboxes are similar to the one you use in your script.

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Sadly I couldn't find any relevant AutoHotKey script that does this – Ivo Flipse Dec 7 '10 at 15:31
Marking this as answered, but if anyone else has any ideas, I'd greatly appreciate it! – Micky McQuade Dec 8 '10 at 18:22
No need to rush it @Micky ;-) I always hope someone proves me wrong, though sometimes we have to accept it when something can't be done... – Ivo Flipse Dec 8 '10 at 18:26

With the Vimium extension, you can use the command gi to focus the first (or n-th) text input box on the page.

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In any application Tab will move to the next focusable element and Shift+Tab will move to the previous element. This is universal and works in any app on linux, windows or mac.

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Install the Vimium extension for Google Chrome.

Vimium logo


  1. Type f and all controls and links get a letter combination; here an example for the page: website with Vimium shortcuts

  2. Now type n to put the cursor focus in the text field; n because that's what Vimium assigned to this particular textfield.

  3. That's it.

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