Google Chrome blocks shortcuts of the form Ctrl+(letter)  (e.g., Ctrl+W to close the current tab) as well as Alt+(arrow) when I'm in a text field in the current tab. This includes the address bar and being unable to open another tab with Ctrl+T when entering an address. This might be intended behavior since a recent update, but I couldn't find an according release note.

Is there an option to deactivate this "feature"? I couldn't find anything in about://flags so far.

If relevant, I'm running Chrome 71.0.3578.80 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 18.04 (Gnome 3) with Kernel 4.15.0-42.

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    I can't reproduce the problem. Could you give an example of a website on which this happens. – harrymc Dec 10 '18 at 13:10
  • Happens on every website and even on a new tab (or any tab) when in the address bar. As I can't find anything on this even though it's been this way for a week makes me think it could be something in Gnome intercepting the Ctrl presses... – clemisch Dec 10 '18 at 13:12
  • Does it happen in Incognito mode? – harrymc Dec 10 '18 at 13:13
  • Yes, it happens in Incognito mode and/or all plugins disabled. – clemisch Dec 10 '18 at 13:14
  • Do you mean Ctrl+(any letter) or Ctrl+(anything)? – Scott Dec 10 '18 at 13:16

I solved the issue by removing the German keyboard layout (I had US English and German before) and then re-adding (standard) German layout.

I had noticed before that the blocking only occured when in German layout, not in English. That might have been a coincidence, but removing and re-adding the "problematic" layout helped.

  • Aha, thank you! This helped me as well -- it looks like the problem only happens for me in "English (intl., with AltGr dead keys)", not "English (US, alt. intl.)" – lavaturtle Dec 17 '18 at 21:12

The update to Chrome 72 today solved the issue.

Related bug on the chromium bug tracker: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=899881

Comment 43 by tejaskal...@gmail.com, Jan 31 (3 days ago)

I can confirm this is fixed on :

Google Chrome 72.0.3626.81 (Official Build) (64-bit) Revision ac8b982e05014492d1bd7d317628a4f22a97ffa0-refs/branch-> heads/3626@{#796}

OS Linux

JavaScript V8 7.2.502.24


Related fixing commit: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src.git/+/faa579def265753007f87c3ea85a907f0ed469b0

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