How To Activate Google Search Keyboard Shortcuts

by Himanshu Yadav on October 1, 2010

Keyboard shortcut is one of the hidden feature of Google search. It is initiative of Google labs and still in experimental phase. To activate keyboard shortcut, you have to go to Google Labs website and activate it. Here’s the method to do that.

1. Go to Google Labs Keyboard shortcuts experiments.

2. Click on Join this experiment button to enable the keyboard shortcuts in Google.

keyboard shortcuts google How To Activate Google Search Keyboard Shortcuts

3. Now go to Google.com. You’ll see a Google experimental labs doodle on that page.

google experimental labs How To Activate Google Search Keyboard Shortcuts

4. Enter your query and press the tab key to navigate to the search result. You’ll see a small right headed arrow on the search result page. This arrow is a symbol of selection. You can move the arrow up and down with the help of j and k keys.

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5. There are several keyboard shortcuts present. Here are they:

Key Actions
J Selects the next result.
K Selects the previous result.
O Opens the selected result.
<Enter> Opens the selected result.
/ Puts the cursor in the search box.
<Esc> Removes the cursor from the search box.

Note: Google Instant automatically turns off if you try this experiment.

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Aditya Kane October 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Cool! Might be useful to people like us who are addicted to searching things online all the time.

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