I've searched around, there don't seem to be any built in shortcuts. Is there a way to customize shortcuts with an extension or an extension that is built specifically for accessing bookmarks?

EDIT: I want to be able to press a configuration of buttons on my keyboard, not my mouse, to select bookmarks. Is this possible?

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Opens the Bookmark manager. Use Tab or the arrow keys to move around and Enter to open the bookmark

Chrome has moved on to in-tab based bookmark manager, so the above step no longer works. To open Bookmarks, hit Ctrl-T to open a new tab, Ctrl-L to move focus to the Omnibox, type in chrome://bookmarks to access the bookmarks page. From there you can use Tab or the arrow keys to move around and Enter to open the bookmark

  • this is close, but shift+alt+t doesn't put the focus on the bookmarks toolbar, only the browser toolbar. and navigation from the browser toolbar to the bookmarks is impossible with the arrow keys
    – eqzx
    Commented Nov 3, 2009 at 6:16
  • @nrhine - yes. Opening the Bookmark manager should be fine right?
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Commented Nov 3, 2009 at 13:55
  • I edited the question - I want to be able to open the bookmarks with solely my keyboard. None of these options allow that.
    – eqzx
    Commented Nov 4, 2009 at 19:04
  • nrhine - You can still use solely your Keyboard. Ctrl+Shift+B opens the bookmarks manager. Use Tab/arrow keys to move around and Enter to open the bookmark
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Commented Nov 6, 2009 at 10:29
  • ah yes. Hit tab twice after ctrl+shift+b and then use arrow keys. Thanks
    – eqzx
    Commented Nov 8, 2009 at 18:06

Ctrl+Shift+b opens the Bookmarks Bar.

Alt+Shift+b focuses it.

From there you can use Tab or arrow keys to select the link you want.


F6, F6, arrow keys, Enter

Detailed Explanation
Press {F6} once to focus on the location bar.
Press {F6} again to focus on the bookmarks bar.
Then use {Arrow} keys and {Enter}.

  • F6 - indeed switches focus from omnibar to bookmarks bar and other bars. Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 14:09

On a Mac:

  1. System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. Plus button
  3. Application = Google Chrome, Menu Title = [bookmark title as it appears in the Bookmarks menu], Keyboard Shortcut = [shortcut]

Or on any OS:

  1. Chrome > Preferences > Manage Search Engines
  2. Add a new "search engine" with the URL to bookmark and a keyword.
  3. To open the bookmark type Command-L, keyword, Enter.

Simply use


It's even better because you have more options. You can navigate with the keyboard, or use the search functionality for your bookmarks.

  • Correct solution as of now.
    – danijar
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 4:08

I've been wondering this myself. I haven't found anything which actually solves this, but you can hack it a bit with this extension: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/mgjjeipcdnnjhgodgjpfkffcejoljijf

It unfortunately seems to have some trouble with command-key shortcuts. But that could just be on my system.

Essentially, it lets you create static events for keystrokes. Among others, it can open a webpage (== bookmark) or run javascript (== bookmarklet). Maybe they'll add in bookmark-launching by number eventually, but it's not in there now.

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