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Is there a keyboard shortcut for Google Chrome that lets you reload a frame (iframe) that has focus? The only way I've found to do it is via right click.

Pressing F-5 while the frame has focus (e.g. while actively in a form element) reloads the entire parent page or does nothing, depending on where the focus lies within the frame. I'm hoping to avoid that, as I'm debugging a rather massive form that is loaded in an iframe.


  • Version: Chrome 16.0.912.75 (I love those version numbers) Anyway, stable.
  • OS: Windows 7 and XP.
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closed as too localized by Tim Post, Ivo Flipse Jan 10 '12 at 21:46

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Is it possible to open the iframe content in a new tab? – Daniel Beck Jan 10 '12 at 19:24
Which operating system? I ask, because AutoHotkey is perfect for this kind of thing on Windows. – iglvzx Jan 10 '12 at 19:25
Are you able to use e.g. Safari instead? I solved it with Safari... but Chrome apparently has bugs related to reloading iframes. – Daniel Beck Jan 10 '12 at 19:46
I'm hoping for something cross-OS, however I'm using the stable version on XP and Windows 7 currently. I'll happily accept an answer that says 'no' with a link and summary of a bug report, I can't be the only one wondering about this :) – Tim Post Jan 10 '12 at 20:36
In case someone needs it: In Safari, you can use the bookmarklet javascript:(function(){x=document.activeElement;if(x.tagName=="IFRAME"){x=x.con‌​tentWindow;x.location.reload();}})();. I'm afraid a bug prevents this from working in Chrome though. – Daniel Beck Jan 10 '12 at 21:11
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No. There's no shortcut because the browser needs to know what frame to reload. You can right-click inside the iFrame and select Reload frame from the context menu.

There's also a suggestion to program a mouse gesture for this purpose but it's for Firefox. You can check out Chrome extensions for mouse gestures.

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document.activeElement gives you the iframe from the parent document or a bookmarklet, if its content is focused. – Daniel Beck Jan 10 '12 at 21:12
Any suggestions for an extension that might suit the problem? They are, after all, a rather vast sea :) – Tim Post Jan 10 '12 at 21:20
So you're suggesting to create a bookmark containing JS that will work the following way: user clicks inside an iFrame -> user clicks on the bookmark. How's that different from right-click the iFrame -> click Reload frame? – dnbrv Jan 10 '12 at 21:22
@TimPost: There's no way to do it without a mouse and in fewer than 2 steps because of the DOM. Even an extension needs to know what the active iFrame is. – dnbrv Jan 10 '12 at 21:24
@dnbrv Extensions can use local storage, which is why I asked. I don't mind telling an extension what ID I'm scoping if I can just tab through it later. – Tim Post Jan 10 '12 at 21:38

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