Browse webpage without a mouse using Vimium

By xngo on October 3, 2020

Install Vimium extension on your Google Chrome browser and then you can browse the internet without using a mouse. Here is the basic usage:

  1. Ctrl+n to open a new tab.
  2. Do a search.
  3. Press f to show shortcut key to hyperlinks.
  4. Press the shortcut key shown to open that link to the current tab.
  5. If you want to open on a new tab, press F instead of f.

Youtube

On Yoututbe, the f key is reserved for the full screen mode. I recommend to add the following Custom key mappings to avoid conflict:

map <m-f> LinkHints.activateMode
map <m-F> LinkHints.activateModeToOpenInNewTab

Useful Youtube commands:

  • Shiftl+#: Replace # with 1 to 9. It represents a multiple of 10% of that number. E.g. Ctrl+5 means move to 50% of the video.
  • Arrow UP or DOWN is for volume to be up or down.

Navigate to input fields

  • gi<tab>: Go the first input field.
  • <tab>: Move forward.
  • Shift + <tab>: Move backward.

Google chrome shortcuts

    • Ctrl+#: Replace # with a number. It will select the tab number.

About the author

Xuan Ngo is the founder of OpenWritings.net. He currently lives in Montreal, Canada. He loves to write about programming and open source subjects.