Open Typed URLs In A New Tab With Alt+Enter

Occasionally, we rediscover shortcuts that have been around forever, but that slipped our minds. This is one of those times. Reader Cass Lopez shares a very simple shortcut that works in most browsers, and saves you from those "oh crap" moments: Just press Alt+Enter to open a typed URL in a new tab. Check out the video above to see it in action.

This shortcut works in Chrome, Firefox and IE. Reader Covarr notes that Opera users have a slightly different shortcut: It's Ctrl+Enter (or Cmd+Enter on a Mac) for a new background tab, or Ctrl+Shift+Enter to focus the new tab. Safari users should also use Cmd+Enter.


    Opera information is incorrect, those shortcuts are used for keyboard navigation (e.g. cycle through links on the page using Tab and then open in background tab with Ctrl+Enter). In 15.0 neither Alt+Enter nor Ctrl+Enter do anything with typed addresses and as far as I can recall Ctrl+Enter had always previously been the shortcut to auto-complete .com urls.

      Who really uses Opera these days anyway?!?

      Didn't think it was that popular anymore

    I'm kinda surprised I didn't use that. I use Ctrl+Enter regularly to autocomplete urls.
    I guess I always just Ctrl+T to go to the location bar of a new tab anyway so it hasn't been an issue.

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