It would be really convenient to be able to quickly run a search or check my e-mail without having to escape full-screen mode. Is this possible in Chrome? Is there a key shortcut that would allow me to access the URL bar?

  • 11 years late, but if the tabs are already open hotkeys can switch between them. And this hotkey or a similar one will show the URL bar.
    – J.Money
    Apr 1 at 20:29

Chrome does not allow that by default. See this bug report.

One option to achieve this would be to install MyAddressBar extension which will let you define a user configured key combination to bring up an address bar.

  • Neither MyAddressBar nor the extension recommended below worked for me with Chrome 54 on Win10, and from reading other comments I think they don't work for all Windows users.
    – Tom
    Oct 30 '16 at 13:58
  • 14 upvotes? Have people given up on this thing? Jul 2 '20 at 18:29
  • @molgar Cannot find your MyAddressBar suggestion in the Chrome Web Store : chrome.google.com/webstore/search/…
    – SebMa
    Nov 5 '20 at 12:58

Chrome by default doesn't allow any type of UI in full screen mode. That is, without the use of an extension. [Reference Link]

However, if you using a keyboard with a Windows Key then you can push [Windows Key] + [R]. This will bring up the run box. Type in the address you want and hit enter. If Google Chrome is your default browser then it will bring up a new web page.

As an additional note, to switch between tabs, push [CTRL] + [#]. Replace the # with a real number.

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    I believe Winkey+R is the best solution, because using the above mentioned extension, exposes all your personal data on all websites you surf to the "Fullscreen address bar" developer.
    – user164027
    Oct 9 '12 at 16:48
  • Not sure about your assertion that no UI is allowed in full screen mode. The fact that the search box doesn't work in full screen is considered a bug that needs to be fixed: bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=473782
    – Tom
    Nov 4 '16 at 17:18

You can use Vimium and access address bar with "o"/"O" hotkeys ("open URL"/"open URL in new tab").

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    As someone who is used to using the Omnibar via the new tab page, I found this answer to be most helpful, in the spirit of the usability I was looking for. It's very similar to the Ctrl+P in Submlime, Ctrl+T in Visual Studio, Command-space in MacOS. I like it.
    – alord1689
    Jul 14 '18 at 23:38
  • Hmm. I don't understand how to configure Vimium, and pressing the "o" key does nothing. May 17 '20 at 19:49

You could use Ctrl-T to open a new tab, which will show the Google search page. You could also use Ctrl-H to show your history and search through pages visited previously (Google and your mail page will certainly be on that list).

  • Also CTRL-Tab to switch between tabs, CTRL-W to close current tab Apr 22 '17 at 10:07
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    This is actually not an answer. The new tab page with Ctrl-T is the actual problem the OP is asking about, since the Omnibar there does not work.
    – alord1689
    Jul 14 '18 at 23:32

There are 2 ways I can think of

First way:

  1. F11 - To get out of full screen mode temporarily
  2. F6 - Shortcut key to URL bar
  3. Enter URL and press enter
  4. F11 - Get back to full screen mode

Second way:

  1. F12 - To open up inspector
  2. ESC - Shortcut key to open console within inspector
  3. type into console window.location = 'http://[webpage.com]', hit ENTER
  4. F12 - To turn off inspector
  • Scripting your way to a new page. What a great answer and quicker than one might think.
    – J.Money
    Apr 1 at 20:26

you can leverage on this extension for tab and url management in full screen mode.


  • I've just installed your extension on Linux, it works fine, congratulations :). Now, it does not use the default search engine I've defined in the browser. It also lacks other search engines such as duckduckgo, qwant, etc... Can you please add them ? Do you have a github or gitlab (or other) url for your project ?
    – SebMa
    Nov 5 '20 at 13:11

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