I am aware of the answer provided here.

If you browse an official discussion, the only answer that can be found is also to switch on Instant search.

I have a few problems with this. The main one is that Instant limits to 10 results. I want keyboard navigation but I can only get 10 results to navigate with my keyboard. It's like some kind of a joke, except it's not a joke.

Anyway, no animosity toward Google. The very reason that I'm ticked off is testament to the quality of the product itself, after all.

So the real question is, does anyone have a Tampermonkey userscript or Chrome browser Extension that lets me keep Instant off while giving me keyboard navigation?

I found some links from many years ago, but userscripts.org is now defunct. Besides, even if I did find a solution for running in Chrome and Firefox, I use Safari on my Mac, and even with Google Instant search the Tab key doesn't work at all in Safari.

I would cook up my own bookmarklet, I don't want to reinvent a wheel. (and besides, I still don't know how to bind a bookmarklet to run by pressing one key) ---- If I had to resort to doing this, I could do it in under an hour. I don't care how sophisticated or spaghettified a webpage is, a keyboard handler that does something useful can be hacked together in an hour. It boggles the mind how this isn't a feature that exists.

  • Hi Steven, have you perhaps hacked something up by any chance or found a different solution for this?
    – Bloke
    Jan 24 '17 at 11:12
  • No I don't and this still pisses me off. When I'm at work I do use a tenkeyless keyboard (no numpad) and a magic touchpad right next to it, so the ergonomics are decent enough. Similarly if on most laptops. But at the desktop with a mouse this still sort of sucks.
    – Steven Lu
    Jan 24 '17 at 21:44
  • Yeah. I used this extension before, worked like a charm, but then stopped working because Google changed the results page a bit I guess. Could be easy to fix :/ I tried a while ago, but my javascript/DOM wasn't quite at the level then. Resolved to using the Vimium extension. But never really liked that approach. So yesterday I gave up and turned the damn Instant on. Might try fixing that keyboard-shortcuts-for-google-search extension again when I catch a bit of time
    – Bloke
    Jan 25 '17 at 17:14
  • I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for but have you tried Vimium. It uses a similar approach to the vim editor
    – Jimmy_A
    May 31 '17 at 13:13
  • The google instant search keyboard navigation has now been disabled permanently :( See my new question here: superuser.com/questions/1234766/… Jul 27 '17 at 9:54

I think Gleebox will do what you need. Simply set your shortcut to invoke it, and type '2' on a google search page and hit enter.

If you're in an input field, use alt+ [whatever your binding is in extenstion-->settings] and it will auto escape you from that field to allow you to navigate.


I would suggest the following Chrome extension: Google Search Shortcuts - RESULTER.

Some of the functions:

  • Tab/Keys for results navigation
  • Alt+1..9 to open the N-th result
  • Alt+S to focus on the search box
  • Alt+A to open search results list
  • Link only answer is useless, especially when it will be broken. Can you elaborate on this a little more?
    – Toto
    Jun 5 '18 at 11:56
  • Well, I added the list of features, not much more I can do probably
    – vhe
    Jun 6 '18 at 20:53

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