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Define keyboard shortcuts.

Accelerators are Strings that can contain multiple modifiers and a single key code, combined by the + character, and are used to define keyboard shortcuts throughout your application.


  • CommandOrControl+A
  • CommandOrControl+Shift+Z

Shortcuts are registered with the globalShortcut module using the register method, i.e.

const { app, globalShortcut } = require('electron')

app.whenReady().then(() => {
  // Register a 'CommandOrControl+Y' shortcut listener.
  globalShortcut.register('CommandOrControl+Y', () => {
    // Do stuff when Y and either Command/Control is pressed.

Platform notice

On Linux and Windows, the Command key does not have any effect so use CommandOrControl which represents Command on macOS and Control on Linux and Windows to define some accelerators.

Use Alt instead of Option. The Option key only exists on macOS, whereas the Alt key is available on all platforms.

The Super (or Meta) key is mapped to the Windows key on Windows and Linux and Cmd on macOS.

Available modifiers

  • Command (or Cmd for short)
  • Control (or Ctrl for short)
  • CommandOrControl (or CmdOrCtrl for short)
  • Alt
  • Option
  • AltGr
  • Shift
  • Super
  • Meta

Available key codes

  • 0 to 9
  • A to Z
  • F1 to F24
  • Punctuation like ~, !, @, #, $, etc.
  • Plus
  • Space
  • Tab
  • Capslock
  • Numlock
  • Scrolllock
  • Backspace
  • Delete
  • Insert
  • Return (or Enter as alias)
  • Up, Down, Left and Right
  • Home and End
  • PageUp and PageDown
  • Escape (or Esc for short)
  • VolumeUp, VolumeDown and VolumeMute
  • MediaNextTrack, MediaPreviousTrack, MediaStop and MediaPlayPause
  • PrintScreen
  • NumPad Keys
    • num0 - num9
    • numdec - decimal key
    • numadd - numpad + key
    • numsub - numpad - key
    • nummult - numpad * key
    • numdiv - numpad ÷ key

Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab