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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?

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[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.

  • In case @Riveascore (who bountied this question) happens to see this comment: In my current chrome version, pressing <kbd>Tab</kbd> once does the trick already. Is this not the case in your chrome? (Or if that works for you, why is my answer not "proper"?) – lucidbrot Dec 4 '20 at 7:43
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There's no good way to do it, but if you're focusing the address bar to copy the URL, you could install something like Vimium, it ads yy hotkey that saves the URL to the clipboard.

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Pressing Tab should be doing what you want. This works even when the page has no focus-able elements. Tab will cycle though all the focus-able page elements and return to the address bar/location field, and whatever other browser UI controls can receive focus, in a loop, in that order.

Simple example: setting focus to the address bar/location field pressing Cmd+L/Crtl+L, pressing Tab proceeds from the address bar/location field, to the page/first focus-able element, through the page's other focus-able elements in the order determined by the HTML/JavaScript, and then back to the address bar/location field.

More complicated example with other browser UI present: with the Inspector open, then setting focus to the address bar/location field pressing Cmd+L/Crtl+L, pressing Tab proceeds from the address bar/location field, to the next browser UI controls, which is the Inspector (and through all it's focus-able controls), and then to the page.

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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.

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    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
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    yes, no effect. – akai Apr 13 '16 at 23:58

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