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How to enable keyboard shortcut to open specific bookmark / URL while using Chrome?

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Firefox users interested in this feature can set keywords for bookmarks, which can also be used to create custom searches. – user33758 May 25 '14 at 17:14
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Without extensions

The only ways (that I know of) to open a bookmark with the keyboard are the following:

  • Using the Bookmark Manager:

    1. Open Bookmark Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + O.

    2. Three options:

      • Search all bookmarks (just start typing), press Tab twice and select the desired bookmark with the arrow keys.

      • Press Tab, select the desired folder, press Tab again and select the desired bookmark with the arrow keys.

      • If the desired bookmark is in the Bookmarks Bar, press Tab twice and select the desired bookmark with the arrow keys.

    3. Press Enter.

  • Using Customize and control Google Chrome:

    1. Press Alt + E or Alt + F to open Customize and control Google Chrome.

    2. Press B to enter Bookmarks.

    3. Assuming the desired bookmark is in the Bookmarks Bar, select it with the arrow keys.

    4. Press Enter.

  • Using the Omnibox:

    1. Press Ctrl + L, Alt + D or F6 to focus the Omnibox.

    2. Type (part of) the desired bookmark's name.

    3. When it appears in the drop-down below the Omnibox, select the desired bookmark with the arrow keys.

    4. Press Enter.

With extensions

Several extensions are able to do this. The easiest way is probably a user script like this one:

// ==UserScript==
// @name          Bookmark Launcher
// @description   Launches bookmakrs with keyboard shortcuts
// ==/UserScript==

var bookmarkLauncherSetup = (function() {
    var bookmarks = {}, url;

    bookmarks['G'] = '';
    bookmarks['S'] = '';

    window.addEventListener('keyup', function() {
        if(event.ctrlKey && event.altKey && !event.shiftKey)
            if(url = bookmarks[String.fromCharCode(event.keyCode)])

To use it, do the following:

  1. Modify the array bookmarks to suit your needs. All letter and number keys should work fine.

  2. Save the code as bookmark-launcher.user.js in a location of your choice.

  3. Open chrome://chrome/extensions/ in Google Chrome.

  4. Drag and drop bookmark-launcher.user.js in the open tab.

  5. Click Add.

Note that no extension can function in tabs opening chrome://... URLs (this includes New Tab) or the Chrome Web Store.

In any other tab (after reloading it), pressing Ctrl + Alt + S will open Super User in a new tab.

Note that you have to be focusing the tab itself. If you're focusing, e.g., the omnibox or the developer console, the keyboard shortcuts won't have any effect.

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It's working like a charm! Many thanks! :) – RCola Oct 30 '12 at 13:52
+1, Great answer! – amiregelz Oct 30 '12 at 15:30
The userscript can't work on some pages ( for example), since they don't accept script-injection... – yckart Apr 2 '14 at 15:49
Update fixed the problem with script-injection, edited the answer. Should work now... – yckart Apr 2 '14 at 16:03
@yckart: It does. Thanks. – Dennis Apr 2 '14 at 17:03

Another approach is to

  • Move focus to the url bar with +L.
  • Type the full name of the bookmark followed by a /.
  • Press tab to select the second autocompletion (which in my experience is always the first matching bookmark name).
  • Press enter.
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+1 Great answer! – JakeGould Sep 3 '15 at 0:57

Try this Chrome Bookmark Shortcut:

You can now open bookmarks using key board shortcuts.

You need to manually edit the javascript code, but instructions are provided at the above link.

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what does this do? – Sathya May 25 '14 at 17:38

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