I just recently switched from Windows and *nix to OS X, and I miss being able to hit F6 to go straight to my Address Bar. What's the OS X equivalent?


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To switch quickly to the Address Bar use:

  • Mac/OS X: +L
  • Win/Linux: Ctrl+L
  • IIRC cmd+L works also in Safari, Firefox and Opera; and ctrl+L does the same magic in Windows' versions of the browsers — though not in the same manner in IE: it opens up an Open URL dialog. Commented Apr 9, 2011 at 11:13
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    ⌘+L doesn't work for me in Chrome 61 for Mac/OS X. Only works in Firefox
    – OMA
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 14:08
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    How do you switch back to the main pane? Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 2:48
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    @DanNissenbaum, by pressing a 'Tab' key Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 8:59

Catch and remap your keystroke in the browser.

Using Google Chrome 75.0.3770.100 64 bit on a MacOS Mojave 10.14.4.

Chrome should tell you what your shortcut is under File -> Open Location...: enter image description here

Clearly the shortcut is command-L

But you want to change that keystroke to be Command-e, like old times.

  1. Open System Preferences -> keyboard
  2. Go to Shortcuts tab -> App Shortcuts
  3. Click the plus to add a new Application specific key remapping.
  4. Choose Google Chrome.
  5. Use the string: Open Location... case sensitive, include space and dots.
  6. Use the hotkey detector and type command-e.
  7. Click add and close to save. Restart Chrome. Press your new key.
  8. The File -> Open Location... command should be executed.


enter image description here

This remap appears to occur somewhere between how the Application negotiates the keymaps between itself and the operating system.

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    Works for me nicely with Cmd key, but not with Option (Alt) +something unfortunately.
    – rafi
    Commented Oct 31, 2019 at 14:42
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    My command+L stopped working somehow. Even if it is what it shows next "Open Location...". So I had to remap it to something else using this method, thank you.
    – tozCSS
    Commented May 11, 2020 at 18:01
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    Yes, using the Alt key is not working, which is unfortunate because the command on Windows, which I'm trying to match, is Alt+D.
    – Paul Wintz
    Commented Jul 12, 2021 at 23:21
  • Also, most of step 7 ("Click add and close to save. Restart Chrome. Press your new key") is unnecessary on Big Sur. The menu in Chrome shows the updated shortcut as soon as you click "add."
    – Paul Wintz
    Commented Jul 12, 2021 at 23:23
  • This worked great for me, I'd tried to get it working but was missing the ellipses at the end!
    – Try431
    Commented May 27, 2022 at 15:26

This is how I have mine setup.

I wanted command + D to behave like alt + D did in windows. I had to re-associate the bookmark to another key as well as associating the Open Location... to command + D.

You must enter exactly as appears in menu so if its got 3 dots include this :

Ventura 13.2

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