Chrome keyboard shortcut for paste and search?

When we right click the address bar, there is an option for us to do "paste and search". I'm wondering is there an alternative shortcut for Ctrl-V + Enter (it's really slow, since Enter is on the right side of my keyboard)?

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    If you are copying material from a website open in the browser itself, you can also simply highlight the text, right-click and select 'Search Google for 'highlighted text.' – TookTheRook Aug 3 '11 at 21:05
  • Following on from @Mahendru, this also works for URLs except it will say "Go to <selected URL>." – Windos Aug 3 '11 at 21:11
  • if you think this should really be a feature and it is not go ahead and file a bug with Chromium Issue list – Seth Hikari Aug 3 '11 at 23:57
  • I don’t understand. What’s wrong with the Enter key being on the right-side of the keyboard? Where is your right hand? If it’s on the mouse, then why are you pressing Ctrl+V to paste? Just right-click the Omnibar and select Paste and search. If it’s on the keyboard, then what is the problem with Enter? (Apologizes for the—statistically reasonable—assumption if you only have one hand.) – Synetech Aug 8 '11 at 3:27
  • @Synetech well the problem with clicking the omnibar is that it's always slower since i have to aim my mouse at the omnibar. I can always do Ctrl-E-A-V much faster than I can do a single click on a targeted spot. – Pacerier Aug 8 '11 at 3:32

You can always do an AHK remapping, which isn't really an elegant solution, but will get you your shortcut with the least amount of effort:

  IfWinActive, Google Chrome 
    SendInput, ^v
    SendInput, {Enter}

Your new savior would be Ctrl+Shift+V.

  • Wouldn’t that affect every text field in web pages, the Options dialogs and so on as well? I highly doubt that you would want Enter to be automatically pressed when you paste something into a text field since it would submit the form or close the dialog prematurely. – Synetech Aug 8 '11 at 3:28
  • @Synetech it's mapped to Ctrl+Shift+V. No interference with the regular paste function. – digitxp Aug 8 '11 at 13:38
  • I really should get around to learning Autohotkey and AutoIt (I’ve got them installed, but keep ignoring them because I’ve got other tools like HotkeyMaster to do those things). :-| – Synetech Aug 9 '11 at 0:26
  • @Synetech If you already know another language and you can find the Windows Script Host libraries for it, use that instead. AutoHotKey is a horrible mess of a language. – digitxp Aug 9 '11 at 0:36
  • At least AHK is regularly updated; some languages and tools aren’t so for example, it can no longer be used to adjust the volume in Windows 7. – Synetech Aug 9 '11 at 1:27

I assume you mean searching in Google. Given the fact that you right-click the address bar, you already use your mouse and used Ctrl-C to copy a text that you again selected with your mouse before.

This means you switch from mouse (selecting) to keyboard (copying) to mouse (right-clicking) to keyboard (pasting and enter).

Better option: Download Context Menu Search, which searches for selected text using the context menu (right-click).

Steps involved: Select text (mouse), right-click and search (mouse). No keyboard necessary.

  • Or you could do Ctrl+C, Alt+TAB to Chrome, F4, Ctrl+V, all with the left-side keyboard. All that's missing is Enter. Ctrl+Shift+V will help keep it all on the left. – Hand-E-Food Aug 4 '11 at 0:28
  • i don't ever click the address bar – Pacerier Aug 4 '11 at 5:52
  • @Pacerier > When we right click the address bar, there is an option for us to do "paste and search" ? – slhck Aug 4 '11 at 6:45
  • @slhck i don't ever click the address bar. but i know that info. – Pacerier Aug 4 '11 at 8:59
  • @Pacerier Ah, okay, didn't really understand that at first, sorry! – slhck Aug 4 '11 at 9:01

Remap Left-Shift / Caps-Lock / ` / etc. to Enter, using whatever method you like. That way, you aren’t messing up a key/combo that you actually use; instead you just “create” a new Enter key that is closer to your left hand.


I created a Chrome Extension that does this without you even having to click on the address bar! You just click Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + E to search for whatever text you had copied to your clipboard. Hope this helps! https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pastequery/dglpgijbinajkdnmplaegaofkgjmfdbg

  • The AutoHotKey for me does not really answer the question because it excludes users who do not use Windows. Thanks, from a Linux user! – dappiu Aug 16 '18 at 16:08

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