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I recently switched from Windows to Mac. One of the things that's really ingrained in my muscle memory is hitting Alt+D in a browser to go to the address bar. On Mac browsers, +D creates a bookmark, the equivalent to move to the address bar is +L.

I've used the Keyboard pref pane to remap +D to the "Open Location..." command in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. In Safari this works great. In both Chrome and Firefox, hitting +D now goes to the address bar and creates a bookmark. Is there any way to get this to work properly in Chrome and Firefox?

Mac OS 10.7, Chrome 13.0.782.220, Firefox 6.0.2

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You can achieve this using the keyboard prefs just as you were trying. You simply need to create one more shortcut.

In Chrome you would:

  • Set Command-D to Open Location...
  • Set Command-L to Bookmark This Page...

By setting an explicit shortcut for Bookmark This Page... you get rid of the conflict an ensure there aren't two menu options with the same shortcut.

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Could someone extend this answer for dummies, please? I'm not sure where this Keyboard prefs page is. Is this System Preferences > Keyboard? If so, I added Google Chrome and the shortcuts mentioned above and relaunched Chrome but the shortcut actions did not change. – Henno Sep 21 '12 at 14:54
I figured it out. My browser was not in English. :) – Henno Sep 21 '12 at 15:01
it took me a moment to find, even today under El Capitan. it's under System Preference > Keyboard > Shortcuts. adding and removing shortcuts is done using the unlabeled plus and minus below the shortcuts list. – worc Jun 30 at 21:03

ShortcutManager (Chrome extension) allows you to:

Customize shortcut keys; Assign any Javascript code or browser actions to any key strokes.

Here's an article on remapping keyboard shortcuts for Firefox. You'll need the keyconfig extension.

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This extension is useless on OS X. Let's say I try to add a shortcut Ctrl+t to open a new tab. The extension refuses to do that, and says that shortcut is already assigned to do open a new tab. That may be the case on other platforms, but not on OS X. The whole reason I want to add this shortcut in the first place is to map the action on the same keys as on other platforms. – Lars Haugseth Feb 26 '15 at 11:26
Another way that this extension fails is that pressing "Command" produces META+META, so "Command + 1" doesn't produce the desired result. The answer by @Samuel Mikel Bowles solves the problem. – Ioannis Filippidis Apr 10 at 0:26

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