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How to activate Chrome extensions with shortcuts

If you are using Google Chrome and have a number of extensions installed, you have probably asked yourself if there is a way to activate the extensions more easily. While some place their icon in the browser's main toolbar and others in context menus, you sometimes may encounter extensions that do not do that. And if you have removed an extension icon from the toolbar, for instance to make room there, you are also left without the option to activate it there directly.

Google has added an option to recent versions of the Chrome browser (version 22 and up) to map the activation of extensions to shortcuts. You can find out your version of the web browser by loading chrome://chrome/ in the browser's address bar.

To take advantage of the feature in the browser, load chrome://chrome/extensions/ in the address bar. This displays a list of all of the extensions that are currently installed in Google Chrome. Note that you find enabled and disabled extensions listed here.

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The configure commands link at the bottom right opens a new menu that allows you to assign keyboard shortcuts to your Chrome extensions. Activating means that you will activate the extensions feature in the browser. So, if you activate the Google+ extension you will see the interface right on the screen to +1 the active page. For other extensions, you may instead see a list of options that you get when you activate it.

Activation should not be confused with enabling. You will only see extensions listed in the menu that are enabled, and you can't use the shortcuts to enable disabled extensions. To add a shortcut simply click in the form and press the shortcut that you want to map to the extension. Developers can utilize an experimental API to make the whole feature more versatile, but it may take a while before those become available.

It also needs to be noted that you can't override default browser shortcuts, so Ctrl-t or Ctrl-c won't work as shortcuts, and you are best of using three keys instead of just two.

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  1. aalto said on January 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    totally useless, don’t worry you aren’t alone

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