I have a couple of Web sites that have conflicting keyboard assignments with Google Chrome. For example, there are several sites where Ctrl+Shift+B (or Command+Shift+B on Mac) is a shortcut for Bold or Bullet, but this combination is already used by Chrome to toggle the visibility of the bookmarks toolbar.

The question is simply: how to disable this and similar shortcuts in Chrome so the shortcut/function of the web site will be in effect.

There are other similar posts, but please note that I want to disable a specific set of shortcuts, not add new shortcuts! So as far as I can see, applications/extensions like keyconfig or Shortcut Manager as described in customizing chromium keyboard shortcuts does not work.

  • You are not trying to disable the keyboard shortcuts on the user's side are you? This is just on your end right? – Ramhound Apr 2 '13 at 11:21
  • I just want to remove the shortcut in my Chrome, so the web sites jI use - e.g. Blogger - works better/properly... – Tonny Madsen Apr 2 '13 at 12:20
  • Would like to know that, too. – demonkoryu May 31 '13 at 10:20
  • Seems related to this: askubuntu.com/questions/162700/… – Wimateeka Jan 17 at 18:10

If you are using Mac OS X you can alter the keyboard shortcut of any shortcut exposed in the menu bar. You need to take note of the exact name of the menu item you want to change, which in this example is, "Always Show Bookmarks Bar". Then go to the Shortcuts section of the Keyboard preferences in System Preferences. Click App Shortcuts, and add a new Google Chrome specific shortcut that changes the "Always Show Bookmarks Bar" shortcut to something else:

Screenshot of keyboard shortcut preferences

Return to Chrome and you will see the Always Show Bookmarks Bar shortcut has changed:

Screenshot of altered keyboard shortcut

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  • I just have to say this is a life-changing tip! Thank you! – Phil Mitchell Feb 9 '16 at 18:34
  • Thank you! This allows me to fix one of my greatest frustrations (using Ctrl-D to duplicate a Google Slide adds a bookmark to the slides if the focus is wrong). – Joel Oct 22 '18 at 23:12

I found a chrome app (Shortcut Manager) that may fill your needs.

I did not try it, but it seems to work.

It was mentioned in an AskUbuntu topic

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  • Shortcut Manager doesn't appear to work when it comes to replacing builtin shortcuts. I tried adding a shortcut over Ctrl+D then clicking "disable" and "save" -- ctrl+d continued to work. - Then I tried enabling the shortcut, and choosing "javascript" and leaving it blank. Ctrl+d continued to work. - Ctrl+d also continued to work when I chose javascript, and entered a null javascript expression "()". In short, it doesn't work. – Cory Jul 17 '14 at 0:16
  • Yes, Cory. It doesn't appear to work in my chrome as well. – Reman Aug 3 '14 at 13:52

This works with MacOS and Windows 7+ and assumes you have an extension installed. If not, go get an extension like Save to Google Drive.

1) Type 'chrome:extensions' into your browser's address bar. You will be greeted by Chrome's Extensions menu.

2) Scroll down until you find a link called "Keyboard Shortcuts." Click it. A window should appear inside Chrome.

3) Pick any extension then click the box alongside it.

4) When the box is active and ready for input, it'll turn a different color and say "Type a shortcut."

5) When you are sure that the box is active, press 'Ctrl+Shift+B', then press 'OK' at the bottom of the window.

What you have just done is override 'CTRL+SHIFT+B' from toggling the Bookmarks bar to doing something non-obtrusive like saving a link to your Google Drive. (I'm assuming you are signed into your Google Account on Chrome.)

Instructions referred to from here.

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