How to Launch Bookmarklets from Chrome's Omnibar {#Chrome}

I'm a keyboard user. The more I can keep my hands on the keyboard without moving a hand to the mouse, the better. Google Chrome offers many shortcuts to begin with, but launching specific, customizable actions without a mouse takes it to the next level.

Here's how to set it up (no extension needed).

I'll assume that the bookmarklet you want to use is already installed. If it's not, go get it (or them). Now, open Chrome's Bookmark Manager from the options menu. Find your bookmarklet. Right-click on it, and select "Edit."

Now, double-click the area of the bookmark's address (for a bookmarklet, it will start with "javascript:" like in the screenshot. Select all the given text and copy it.

Now, right-click in the Omnibar (Chrome's search box) and select "Edit search engines." We're going to use Chrome's search functionality to execute bookmarklets. Scroll down until you see the option to add a new search engine. Give your "search" a name, then enter the keyword you'd like to use to execute it. For example, I'm using Instapaper's "Read Later" bookmarklet. The keyword is "later." In the box beginning with "URL", paste the contents of your clipboard (the bookmarklet javascript we copied earlier).

That's it. Setup is complete. Now, when you want to execute that bookmarklet, just type the keyword into Chrome's Omnibar. The first option in the drop-down menu will be your customized search. Hit enter, and watch your mouse go green with envy. Obviously, you can repeat this as often as you'd like, for as many bookmarklets as you'd like.

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