There are a lot of Google hits in which people report that the usual desktop Chrome keyboard shortcuts (e.g., ctrl+t for a new tab) work fine on Android Chrome with an external Bluetooth keyboard.

However, none of the shortcuts seem to work in my system. I am using the following setup:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Android 4.0
  • Chrome web browser
  • Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
  • Nothing strange configured or installed; I have recently reset the tablet

For example, these things work OK:

  • System-wide shortcuts (e.g. win+l for Calendar) work.
  • If I tap on the address bar in Chrome, I can use the keyboard to enter a URL.
  • I can also edit the address as usual when the address bar is active. Arrow keys work, ctrl+a works, ctrl+c / ctrl+v works, etc.

However, these things seem to do nothing:

  • Using any of the usual keyboard combinations in Chrome: ctrl+t, ctrl+n, ctrl+l, ctrl+w, etc.
  • This guy claims working keyboard shortcuts on Note 10.1 reddit.com/r/Android/comments/16pcqx/… – geffchang Aug 13 '13 at 1:59
  • I tried to plug-in a USB keyboard via OTG. Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Cltrl+V works, but not Ctrl+T (and the others). I don't have a bluetooth keyboard. So, I can't try. – geffchang Aug 13 '13 at 2:00

Installing External Keyboard Helper Pro seemed to fix the keyboard shortcuts in Chrome.

(I have no idea why it helps; this was completely unexpected. I was just installing it to get rid of the onscreen keyboard.)

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