How to Disable Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Don’t like a particular keyboard shortcut in Google Chrome? Here’s a simple way to disable Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts.

I like to use keyboard shortcuts as much as possible. In fact, I’m a big fan of AutoHotKey and have several scripts for both custom keyboard shortcuts and various automation. Sometimes, the built-in Chrome keyboard shortcuts can interfere with our own or other application’s keyboard shortcuts.

Additionally, if you are using a web service that uses the same shortcuts as Google Chrome, you cannot interact with that web service using those keyboard shortcuts. For example, the tool I use to write uses Ctrl + Number to change heading levels. However, the same shortcut is used by Chrome to select a tab in order.

As you can guess, I cannot use the same keyboard shortcut in that web tool. If you are ever in these kinds of situations, you can simply disable Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts that you don’t use. Let me show you how.

Steps to Disable Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcut

Google Chrome provides no options or settings you can change to disable the keyboard shortcuts you don’t use or like. So, we are going to use a free and lightweight extension.

1. First, open Google Chrome if it is not already opened. Now, go to the following page and click on the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension. If you see a prompt, click on the “Ok” or “Add Extension” button.

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2. After installing, click on the extension icon appearing at the top right corner and select “Options”.

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3. The above action will open the extensions settings panel. Here, type the shortcut you want to disable in the first field, select the “Do Nothing” action from the second drop-down menu and then click on the “Add” button.

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4. As soon as you click on the button, the shortcut will be added to the disabled list. Click on the “Save” button to save changes.

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5. Close the options panel and restart Chrome.

Wrapping Up

That is all. From now on, the shortcuts you listed are disabled in Google Chrome. Keep in mind this method is will completely disable the shortcut. If you want the shortcut to perform some other action then you need to select the appropriate option while configuring the extension.

As good as it is, this method is not foolproof. i.e, not all built-in Chrome keyboard shortcuts can be disabled or remapped from within the Chrome browser. So, occasionally, the extension may fail to intercept and disable the shortcut. If you are looking for a sure-fire way or if the above method did not work for you then I recommend using something like AutoHotKey with a custom script that can capture and restrict keyboard shortcuts before they can ever reach Google Chrome.

Of course, working with AutoHotKey requires you get your hands dirty with scripting and new programming language but trust me, it is very easy to grasp and infinitely useful.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

If you like this article, do check out how to rename Chrome tabs and how to limit Google Chrome cache so it doesn’t consume several GB worth of space in your hard drive.

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