Up until last week, Google used to place a blue arrow on the first search result. Using the arrow keys, one could select different results. Finally, pressing enter would enter into the selected result. For the past few days, these keyboard shortcuts are no longer there. How do I re-enable them? I search on Google every 10 minutes and can't afford to waste 2 seconds each time pointing my mouse at the desired link.


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This is not possible anymore. It used to be possible with Tab and the arrow keys, but Google removed that feature.

You can use a browser extension like this one to enable this feature again.

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    This works. It's strange why they removed it. They should have kept it there to promote more usage of keyboard shortcuts. Using the mouse is a huge time kill.
    – JoJo
    Sep 26, 2011 at 20:27
  • So there's another problem. If I'm logged in to my Google account, hitting enter will do a Google +1 on that link rather than go to the link.
    – JoJo
    Sep 26, 2011 at 23:25
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    Check your tab order. If that's the case, just press Enter after you entered your search term and the arrow will appear.
    – slhck
    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:25
  • @Flimm Fixed it
    – slhck
    Jun 26, 2020 at 9:24

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