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Provides keyboard shortcuts for common text formatting commands, reducing the dependency on mouse usage. Current version does not have a configurable set of hotkeys but later versions will.

How to use.

All of the following commands are run if the user has focus in the chat input area.

  • ALT + A inserts a link.
  • ALT + T inserts a .
  • ALT + B formats text to bold.
  • ALT + I formats text to italics.
  • ALT + S formats text to strike-through.
  • ALT + C formats text to code.


Chat Easy Input Tools is released under the WTFPL.


You can install Chat Easy Input Tools here:


I can be reached at


Chat Easy Input Tools is written in Javascript.

The code can be retrieved from here:

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Pro Tip: if you goto chrome://extensions and drag and drop the userscript to the page it will install it. – rlemon Aug 11 '12 at 3:16
Make sure you download the file first. facepalm – Kyle Trauberman Oct 24 '12 at 17:45
hehe yea that is important. – rlemon Oct 24 '12 at 20:40
I want this for SO comments... – Denys Séguret May 29 '13 at 17:10
Why not use the same shortcuts the full editor on SO uses? – ThiefMaster Oct 17 '13 at 14:16
@ThiefMaster because I didn't think about that when I wrote it, and now I'm used to these keybindings. I will make it editable in the future ... maybe. – rlemon Oct 17 '13 at 15:13

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