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.


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.

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