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I'm using the latest Google Chrome (14.0.835.35) on a Mac (10.6.8)

There are quite often instances where the address bar has focus and I'd like to get back to the main page (so I can use arrow keys and all my Vimium shortcuts) without having to use the mouse and manually clicking somewhere on the page... (pressing Escape would be the obvious shortcut but it doesn't work)

Is there a way round this?

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This has annoyed me very much too. Using tab is not always desirable, for example when you're reading a large document. Tab could move away from where you were reading to the first link on the page.

I have found a work-around for the missing hotkey inspired by some of the answers from here: In Mac Chrome, how can I return focus from the address bar to the page?

Typing "javascript:" (without quotes) and then enter will move focus back to the page. OK, so that's one solution. That's however not very nice as you would have to do a lot of typing. Now what you can do is add a new search engine with a short keyword, like "u", and set the search string to be "javascript:". Then you can type in "u" and then enter to move focus back to the page without jumping around.

Edit: Apparently this still gets upvotes. If this really bothers you please let the chrome devs know here: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=92885

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    Thanks for this (& sorry for delay in acknowledging.) I've used 'j' as my shortcut. Sep 25, 2011 at 17:20
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    Also see this issue on vimium: github.com/philc/vimium/issues/226
    – ReyCharles
    Nov 23, 2011 at 17:58
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    It's 2014... is there really still not a "right way" of doing this on OS X Chrome?
    – Max Cantor
    Aug 2, 2014 at 22:36
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    On the bug page you linked: "Only users with EditIssue permission may comment". Woot!
    – Gerry
    Jun 12, 2016 at 7:38
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    Weirdly enough, if I actually type javascript: into the address bar, it Googles that query. However, if I add a search engine javascript: as the Query URL, it works correctly.
    – ijoseph
    Oct 29, 2019 at 2:54
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On Windows at least, I've been using F6 to switch between the URL bar and the rest of the page, also for the purpose of using Vimium. I am not sure if this works on OSX or Linux.

F6 cycles between keyboard accessible panes such as the URL bar, bookmarks, the page itself, and downloads. I generally keep downloads and bookmarks hidden, so F6 acts as a toggle. It's not nearly as clean of a solution as a dedicated "focus to the page" button would be, but I've found it workable.

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    Does nothing in OS X. Dec 16, 2011 at 21:00
  • Doesn't work for me on Windows 7 64 bit using Chrome 17.0.963.78 m. Where did you find out about this?
    – Myer
    Mar 13, 2012 at 14:26
  • @PeterNore Works great for me on Windows 7 64-bit, although at the moment I'm running Chromium 19.0.1043.0. I don't remember where I first read it, but I was able to find it on Google just now. Looks like it cycles between bookmarks and downloads too, but I apparently have those hidden. Mar 13, 2012 at 14:55
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    Shift-F6 works better. Pressing F6 moves the focus to the bookmark toolbar, if it is enabled. (This is about Windows only.)
    – Alex Quinn
    Aug 6, 2015 at 20:53
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    This worked for me on Firefox on Linux, using F6.
    – Flimm
    Jul 6, 2021 at 16:25
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The best way for me is never using Chrome's URL bar, and always use Vimium's open URL hotkey, which is O by default.

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I'm using Shift+F6.

I mapped Ctrl+Shift+L to Shift+F6 so now I focus on the address bar with Ctrl+L and unfocus with Ctrl+Shift+L.


I'm using Ubuntu so I've mapped those keys with autokey

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  • Works even without mapping keys. Since F6 is address bar focus shortcut. Seems Shift+F6 do the backwards. Aug 5, 2021 at 13:01
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I think the best way is ⌘ (Command)+, (comma), then +w.  It will open "chrome://settings/" and then close it.  And the focus will get back to your page.

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+ L

+ Option + Down

P.S. :-) might not work as I don't have any Mac and had to ask a friend to test this :-)

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  • This works!!! ⌘ + Option + Up focuses the page quicker
    – ksloan
    Dec 2, 2020 at 20:32
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cmd + p, then ESC.

This will set the focus to the webpage.

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  • it works, but it does take a few seconds... But it's the most consistent one for me either way
    – Y. Gherbi
    Jan 6 at 21:51
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Action Normal role Note Kind
+ F Find in page Fast / light incidental work for the browser Key combo
+ P Print Key combo
+ , / + w Open settings & close Key combo
in url: javascript:+Enter Script execution Fast / light incidental work for the browser. Also try: a search alias. Add search engine, e.g. keyword :u, search url javascript: at about:settings/searchEngines Browser scripting
F6 Cycle between Accessibility Panes (Focusable Areas) Direct & intended use of keyboard shortcut. May require repeated use for desired selection. (Windows, not macOS) Key combo

macOS Accessibility settings used to support a select better all fields, I don't see where it is now.

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not a true "focus to the page" hot-key solution, but works as needed on both firefox and chrome:

use "ctrl+l" to move focus to address bar, then hit "enter". page will reload with focus given to page.

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If using Windows, the following AHK script will do the job:

#IfWinActive ahk_exe chrome.exe
  !a::Send +{F6}
#IfWinActive

To verify:

  • Focus Chrome address bar.
  • Press Alt+A.
  • Now the webpage should be focused.
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The best way I've found is using a hotkey-triggered Keyboard Maestro macro that simulates a mouse click on the bottom-left corner of the window.

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You can overcome a lot of chrome omnibar limitations with Fauxbar extension. It allows you to open a pop-up addressbar which you can close with escape key. That is besides the fact that it uses firefox algorithm for url lookup, which is awesome and WAY more usable then what omnibar offers.

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