The new Play Store is certainly snazzy, but a lot of the functionality of the older site has been missing ever since it got a fresh coat of digital paint. One of the most bemoaned omissions was contextual keyboard shortcuts, especially handy for touch typists whose fingers never leave the keys. (ThinkPad users, I'm looking at you.) Good news, everyone: as of late yesterday, they're back.

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On any single app listing, press the left or right arrow keys to navigate between the posted screenshots. (You may need to click on one first.) Pressing Escape will return the screenshots to the gallery view, or you can just press the left arrow key until it minimizes. Embedded videos will not be included in the expanded view.

We're not really sure if this was included in previous versions of the Play Store website, but there's also a hotkey for the integrated search. Press "/" to highlight the search bar, begin typing, and use the down arrows to select a search prediction or press Enter to initiate one manually. Searches will include books, music, and videos.

The keyboard shortcuts should work in Chrome, Firefox, and later versions of Internet Explorer. Thanks for the features, Google. Now can we please get the 30-day download meter back?

Source: Google Play Store

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Guest

    In addition the endless picture loop was removed. This was changed some weeks ago, though.

    • Thomas’

      Hm. And now it's back. Weird. Never mind.

  • mapsave10

    now bring uninstall from web. I will be so happy

    • Jeff

      They had that before...did it go away?

      • astasualle


  • undercoverduck

    i'm laughing because in Dutch PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen

    • Matthew Fleisher

      In English too. If Android Police was a medical blog that would've been my first guess.

      • undercoverduck

        Haha, I'd been seeing the abbreviation for the past few months, but never bothered to look up what it exactly stands for, until now. Google got switched back to Dutch for some reason (I hate it when it does that), and this was the first thing I saw -- Prostaat Specifiek Antigeen --, and so I laughed and then my belly started hurting so I tried to stop and then I succeeded at stopping and then I figured hey but whatsitinenglishbcistillhavenoidea and then I only found Public Service Announcement. And so yeh.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I'm a trained Emergency Medical Technician. When I was taking my course, it took about two weeks for me to stop laughing every time they abbreviated "Pulse-Motor-Sensory"

      • undercoverduck

        Hahaaha, that's amazing :')

  • http://mikebdev.blogspot.com/ Michael Baumgartner

    hm I noticed the number of installations is present again, too. This was missing when they launched the new design afaik

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Why do they show tablet screenshots first? that's so lame.

  • Simon Belmont

    Can we also get the ability to see the permissions without being signed in again? I miss that a lot, as I'm not signed in on some PCs (where I'd rather not sign in), but want to see the permissions.

    Also, how about per device apps installed? Or even the ability to uninstall?

  • Matthew Fry

    Yay! shortcuts are fun.

  • David Becker

    An interesting thing to note. Once you are on an page with screenshots you just have to press right and it pulls up the first large screenshot. If you go back to the first screenshot and press left it exits large screenshot mode automatically.

  • Android Developer

    It's not just the download meter that is gone, it's so much more:
    -uninstall app.
    -sort and/or filter comments.
    -scroll between screenshots (without making them larger).
    -useful information at the top and not at the bottom.
    -ability to see exact rating instead of number of stars.
    -and if we go even further back in time, ability to comment without having a google+ account.

    about the (relatively) new feature of writing comments from developers to users, i don't think they added ability to actually write any more than this, like a real conversation. it's only "user wrote comment" -> "developer wrote a reply". there is nothing after that...