Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Bookmarklets in Chrome

A while ago I posted about using Safari’s native keyboard shortcut for quick access to the bookmarks in your Bookmarks Bar. Unfortunately, Chrome doesn’t assign keyboard shortcuts to bookmarks natively. That doesn’t mean, however, that it can’t be done. First, go to System Preferences > Keyboard and click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Click on Application Shortcuts—it should be an option on the left–hand side of the window.

Screen Shot 2013-02-23 at 3.00.35 PM
Screen Shot 2013–02–23 at 3.00.35 PM

Now click on the + to add a shortcut. Another dialogue box will pop up with three fields: Application, Menu Title, and Keyboard Shortcut. Here’s what you need to do in each of those three fields:

Application: Choose the appropriate application. In this case Google Chrome.

Menu Title: Type the name of the bookmark or bookmarklet, exactly as it appears in Chrome. For example, in the photo below, I would type “bitly Sidebar” if I wanted to assign a keyboard shortcut to that bookmark. For Pinboard I would type—yep, you guessed it—“Pinboard.”

Chrome Bookmarks Bar
Chrome Bookmarks Bar

Keyboard Shortcut: Assign your keyboard shortcut[1]. For easy reference, I assign ^1, ^2, ^3, etc. to the bookmarks in my Bookmarks Bar, moving from left to right.

Of course, you aren’t restricted to assigning keyboard shortcuts to the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar only. You can assign keyboard shortcuts to any bookmark you have saved. My most used bookmarks and bookmarklets tend to be located there, however, so they are the ones that are assigned shortcuts.

Now, if I want to send a blog post to Instapaper for later reading, I simply press ^1. Need to create a shortened bitly link for the page I’m currently on? ^5.


This is easy to remember and can save you a lot of time over the long haul.

If you are a Chrome user on an Apple machine, then this is well worth your time to set up. Give it a try.

What are your favorite time–saving browser keyboard shortcuts or tips?

  1. You’ll want to make sure you don’t choose a shortcut that is already in use. Since Chrome uses ⌘1, ⌘2, ⌘3 as keyboard shortcuts to jump to open tabs, I use the Control key instead.  ↩

Support Your Favorite Apps and Services

Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, in response to the acquisition of Sparrow by Google and Acrylic Software by Facebook:

If you want to keep the software and services around that you enjoy, do what you can to make their businesses successful enough that it’s more attractive to keep running them than to be hired by a big tech company.

A good reason to support developers by paying for the apps and services you enjoy.

Desktop Notifications for Gmail

Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages were announced on the Official Gmail Blog yesterday. Though not life-changing, this is a feature that I am glad to see.

Gmail is typically open as a tab in my browser at all times, even while I work on non-email related items and tasks. This means that I regularly miss others' attempts to chat with me. By the time I realize they have sent me a message and attempt to respond, they may not even be online. If this bothers me, then I'm sure it's even more frustrating for the person initiating the conversation. Problem solved. The best part is that I don't need to run an application in the background (such as iChat or Adium) in order to receive chat notifications any longer!

I'm less excited about the email notifications. I prefer to control my inbox and not the other way around. Email notifications kill my productivity, so I only check email at designated times. There is an option to be notified only when "Important Messages" arrive, however. As a Priority Inbox lover, I may consider giving this a try.

Desktop notifications are available only to Google Chrome users at this time. Details here.

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