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?


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. – Jari Keinänen Apr 9 '11 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 Oct 25 '17 at 14:08
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    How do you switch back to the main pane? – Dan Nissenbaum Jan 26 '18 at 2:48
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    @DanNissenbaum, by pressing a 'Tab' key – Ilya Kolesnikov Oct 24 '18 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.

  • Works for me nicely with Cmd key, but not with Option (Alt) +something unfortunately. – rafi Oct 31 '19 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 May 11 '20 at 18:01

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