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?


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.

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  • 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? – Minh Nghĩa Jul 2 at 18:29
  • @molgar Cannot find your MyAddressBar suggestion in the Chrome Web Store : chrome.google.com/webstore/search/… – SebMa Nov 5 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. – Stefan Reich May 17 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).

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  • Also CTRL-Tab to switch between tabs, CTRL-W to close current tab – Mike Redrobe 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

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


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  • 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 at 13:11

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
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