How to Create Custom Shortcuts For Extensions in Google Chrome

How to Create Custom Shortcuts For Extensions in Google Chrome
Learn how to boost your productivity by using custom keyboard shortcuts for your Chrome extensions.

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In today’s fast-paced digital world, we all want to be as efficient as possible when it comes to completing our tasks.

We use many applications to aid us in our work and chrome extensions are an easy way to work without leaving the browser.

Some of them like LeadDelta help us be more productive with our networking by helping us manage our LinkedIn network without distractions and giving us a better overview of our network and the power to organize connections.

These features can help you organize your network and keep your connections relevant with a few simple clicks. Once your connections are properly filtered, you can network much more productively.

But you can boost your productivity even further by using custom shortcuts for your Chrome extensions.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to create custom shortcuts for your favorite extensions in Google Chrome.

Why Should You Create Custom Shortcuts?

Since Google Chrome is so popular, there are millions of extensions available for it.

However, with so many options available, it’s easy to go overwhelmed and end up with a cluttered toolbar that’s difficult to manage.

That’s where custom shortcuts come into play.

Creating custom shortcuts for your extensions in Google Chrome can bring many benefits to your browsing experience.

The main benefit is that they save you time by letting you get to your favorite extensions with a single keypress without having to go through multiple chrome windows.

These shortcuts can be set to open new tabs, close tabs, move tabs, open bookmarks, open recent tabs, open new windows, open new incognito windows, and a lot more.

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When you have custom shortcuts you will work without any interruptions by having to switch between extensions. By assigning shortcuts to your favorite extensions your work will just flow.

How To Boost Your Productivity With Custom Shortcuts

There’s more than one way to make your extensions more accessible and boost your productivity.

Let’s take a look at what you can do with the example of LeadDelta:

  • Pin LeadDelta extension
  • Create a keyboard shortcut
  • Open LeadDelta as a window on your desktop

The best part is — you can use these productivity hacks for other extensions as well.

Here’s how to implement each of the methods.

Pin The LeadDelta Extension To The Chrome Toolbar

If you’re suffering from a cluttered toolbar because you simply can’t resist adding the latest productivity extension to your extensive collection, the easiest way to organize them is to use the pin feature.

This feature allows you to pin extensions that you frequently use or want easy access to, hide those you don’t, and rearrange them for a more organized toolbar.

Here’s how to pin or unpin extensions from your Google Chrome toolbar:

  • First, click the Extensions button. It’s the icon next to the profile avatar that looks like a miniature jigsaw piece. The dropdown menu will display all of the extensions that have been installed in Chrome.
  • Each extension has a pin icon next to it. If it’s blue, it signifies the extension is pinned and visible in the toolbar; if it’s white, it’s hidden.
  • To display or hide the extension icon, click the pin icon next to each one to change the status to pinned or unpinned.
  • After you’ve pinned an extension, you can alter its position in the toolbar.

If you find yourself using LeadDelta often, go ahead and pin it to the toolbar — and don’t forget to rearrange the order of the icons, so it’s easy to reach!

Add Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Or Hotkeys

There are divided opinions on whether it’s easier to use your keyboard or a mouse to get things done. However, if you want to boost your productivity, joining the keyboard-first camp is the way to go.

Aiming at a tiny extension icon in the Chrome toolbar with your cursor can seem like a cruel game rigged against you — it’s simply impossible to hit the right spot, especially if you have a significant amount of extensions that all look alike.

It’s much easier to simply use your keyboard to reach the extension you want, especially if you create custom keyboard shortcuts.

Here’s how to create custom shortcuts that will help you use your Chrome extensions more productively:

  • Click the three dots expansion menu in the upper right corner of Google Chrome.
  • Open the More Tools menu.
  • Select Extensions.
  • In the upper left corner, click on the hamburger icon and select Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Find the desired extension and press a combination of “Ctrl” or “Ctrl + Shift” and any other available key.
  • You can pick a starting letter of the extension, so it’s easier to remember — for example, use “Ctrl + Shift + L” to start the LeadDelta Chrome Extension.

Open LeadDelta As A Window

If you’re already using LeadDelta, you know it’s only a Chrome extension and not an app (for now). However, if you’re the kind of person that prefers using desktop apps over extensions, you can make the best of both worlds by opening LeadDelta as a window.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Open your LeadDelta extension by clicking on the LeadDelta icon and clicking on any three tabs (Dashboard, Connections, Inbox).
  • Click the three dots expansion menu in the upper right corner of Google Chrome.
  • Open the More Tools menu.
  • Select Create shortcut.
  • A pop-up will appear, offering you the option to change the name of the shortcut. Change it if you want, and then select Open as a window.
  • You will now have a custom shortcut on your desktop that will allow you to open LeadDelta as a window whenever you need it quickly.

We want to make your LinkedIn networking efforts more productive — and using shortcuts on top of our extension will help you take your networking to the next level. 

Video Explanation

For better understanding, we have a video guide for you. Just follow the steps and you will be closer to becoming a productivity expert.

Keep in mind that all of these tips work on Windows and Mac versions of Google Chrome.

What Else Can You Do To Improve Your Productivity

One of the easiest ways to save time and improve productivity is to automate tasks and we have you covered. 

With LeadDelta and Zapier Integrations, you will boost your productivity by focusing on networking and letting all other processes work in the background.

Use LeadDelta Tags to stop wasting time looking for important connections, organize them, and reach them in seconds with bulk messaging. 


If you want to make the most out of your Chrome experience and work more efficiently try using creating Chrome shortcuts, pinning extensions, and turning your extensions into a desktop window.

And if you want to make the most out of your LinkedIn network, use LeadDelta’s network manager to organize your connections and the smart inbox to make your conversations more efficient.

Download the extension and try LeadDelta today!

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