There's a stop button in Internet Explorer and Firefox, but there isn't one in Google Chrome. Some pages takes too long to load and I would like the browser to stop trying to load it.

How do you stop a webpage from loading in Google Chrome?

Is there a shortcut key at all?

2 Answers 2


The "go" button (a triangle) on the right side of the address bar becomes the stop button (a cross) while the page is loading.


Press Escape. Alternatively the refresh button should be changed to a stop button.

  • also a correct answer.
    – spong
    Jul 12, 2010 at 16:41
  • I now noticed Chromium does not have a Go/Stop button (see Shaji's answer), whereas Google Chrome does.
    – Vivelin
    Jul 13, 2010 at 9:18
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    Chrome v29 doesnt have Esc to stop 'feature', at least in mac. Sep 17, 2013 at 11:54
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    In Windows, I've found that in some situations it works, but in others it doesn't. I think it's related to the web page intercepting the <kbd>Esc</kbd> key for another purpose. For example, the Google home page seems to use the key to move text input focus back to the search box.
    – Sam
    Nov 5, 2015 at 0:31
  • Useless with anything that runs on new threads like popups/timers etc. as they are created at initialisation. Sep 27, 2017 at 9:48

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