Related: Chrome: Keyboard shortcut to go to Address Bar?

You can go to address bar by +l / Ctrl+l, but how can I go back to, or focus, the browsing area again?


Pressing esc will "undo" your previous keystroke and eventually take you back to the browsing area. You may have to press esc multiple times though.

  • well, this doesn't work. – akai Apr 13 '16 at 3:52
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    That's very odd, it works for me. Have you tried pressing <kbd>esc</kbd> multiple times? – perhapsmaybeharry Apr 13 '16 at 3:54
  • yes, no effect. – akai Apr 13 '16 at 23:58

[EDIT:] Does simply pressing Tab a few times work for you? [/EDIT]

There doesn't seem to be such a shortcut. What you can do is press CTRL+F, search for a word close to where you are on the page and then Esc.

Of course this is not really convenient, so you could also do what this other answer suggests and type javascript: in the url bar, followed by Enter. This executes the javascript following the colon, so it does nothing. However, it DOES refocus the page.

This is still not convenient, but using AutoHotkey, you can remap any shortcut you'd like to do this. The AutoHotkey Script would probably have to simulate CTRL+L to make sure focus lies on the url bar, followed by javascript: and Enter.

I hope this helps. Sadly, AutoHotkey is only available for windows but there might be a similar tool for Mac.

Another option I just found out about: On windows, I can press Alt followed by Tab. This might work on mac as well.

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