Is is possible to open a link in a new background tab in Google Chrome with a keyboard shortcut?

(I know it's possible with Ctrl+click and middle click, and I know that Shift+Enter opens the link in a new browser window.)


"Ctrl + Enter" should work...

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    Provided the cursor is active on the link, hover doesn't work
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Oct 3 '10 at 17:55
  • Thanks a lot! I thought I had tried all possible keyboard combinations with the Enter key, but apparantly not the most obvious one. :) Oct 3 '10 at 19:07
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    Found out, It's Right menu + t
    – Tiw
    Apr 6 '18 at 9:21
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    @mchid By trial and error ;)
    – Tiw
    Dec 27 '20 at 11:43
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    @Tiw Yeah, that's what I did eventually. I made a list and posted it on Askubuntu if you need any more.
    – mchid
    Jan 7 '21 at 1:45


  • for Windows and Linux: ALT + ENTER
  • for Mac:
    • open in new background tab: CMD + ENTER
    • open in new tab: CMD + SHIFT + ENTER


You could use it the following ways:

  1. Highlight link: TAB
  2. Open link in new tab: ALT + ENTER [Windows/Linux], CMD + ENTER (+ SHIFT) [Mac]


  1. Jumb to address bar: STRG + L [Windows/Linux], CMD + L [Mac]

  2. Type in url or search term

  3. Open in new tab: ALT + ENTER [Windows/Linux], CMD + ENTER (+ SHIFT) [Mac]


Here you can find all Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts. Some of them are pretty useful.

  • On Chromium 80 in Linux, <kbd>ALT</kbd> + <kbd>ENTER</kbd> saves the page's html.
    – RonJohn
    May 31 '20 at 5:54

Ctrl + Enter to open a link in a new tab and stay on the current tab

Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open a link in a new tab and go to the new tab

  1. Type your query in the search box.
  2. Press ENTER
  3. When the results page appears, press Tab once.
  4. You should be able to see an arrow pointing towards the first link.
  5. You can move to other links using Up and Down arrows.
  6. Go to the link you want and press Ctrl+Enter to open in a new tab or just Enter to open in the same tab. You can use Shift+Enter to open it in a new window.

Type in your search query and then use the shift+ to navigate through the search results. You would see an arrow appear near the links when you move through them. To open a link, hit enter. ctrl+entr would open it in a new tab.

It would be great if there was a keyboard shortcut to open the first link directly in a new tab, something like shift+1. I have not found anything of that sort till now.


It is now ctrl + cmd + enter. Ctrl + enter only opens it in the same tab.

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