Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to complete some tasks more quickly.

Tip: To find shortcuts on this page, press Ctrl + f and enter what you're looking for.

*** How to reset screen resolution (common issue):  

Reset screen resolution to defaultShift + Ctrl + 0


*** How to reset Chromebook Zoom Level (common issue):  

Reset zoom levelCtrl + 0


Popular shortcuts


  • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + Show windows  (or Ctrl + F5).
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows  (or Shift + Ctrl + F5), then click and drag.
  • Take a screenshot(on tablets): Press Power button + Volume down button.
  • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Search  + Alt.
  • Lock your screen: Press Search  + L.
  • Sign out of your Google Account: Press Shift + Ctrl + q (twice).
  • See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + /.

Shortcuts on external keyboards

If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard, press the Windows key or Command key instead of Search .

To change how a specific keyboard key works:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under "Device," choose Keyboard.
  4. Change the function of one or more keys.

All other shortcuts

Tabs and windows

Open a new windowCtrl + n
Open a new window in incognito modeShift + Ctrl + n
Open a new tabCtrl + t
Open a file in the browserCtrl + o
Close the current tabCtrl + w
Close the current windowShift + Ctrl + w
Reopen the last tab or window you closedShift + Ctrl + t
Go to tabs 1-8 in the windowCtrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Go to the last tab in the windowCtrl + 9
Go to the next tab in the windowCtrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab in the windowShift + Ctrl + Tab
Switch quickly between windowsPress & hold Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Open the window you used least recentlyPress & hold Shift + Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Go to previous page in your browsing historyAlt + Left arrow 
Go to the next page in your browsing historyAlt + Right arrow 
Open the link in a new tab in the backgroundPress Ctrl and click a link
Open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tabPress Shift + Ctrl and click a link
Open the link in a new windowPress Shift and click a link
Open the link in the tabDrag the link to the tab's address bar
Open the link in a new tabDrag the link to a blank area on the tab strip
Open the webpage in a new tabType a web address (URL) in the address bar, then press Alt + Enter
Return the tab to its original positionWhile dragging the tab, press Esc
Dock a window on the leftAlt + [
Maximize windowAlt + =
Minimize windowAlt + -
Dock a window on the right

Alt + ]

Switch windows between screens (when your Chromebook is connected to a monitor)Search  + Alt + m

Page & web browser

Page upSearch  + Up arrow  or Alt + Up arrow 
Page downSearch  + Down arrow  or Alt + Down arrow 
Scroll down the web pageSpace bar
Go to top of pageCtrl + Alt + Up arrow 
Go to bottom of pageCtrl + Alt + Down arrow 
Print your current pageCtrl + p
Save your current pageCtrl + s
Reload your current pageCtrl + r
Reload your current page without using cached contentShift + Ctrl + r
Zoom in on the pageCtrl and +
Zoom out on the pageCtrl and -
Reset zoom levelCtrl + 0
Stop the loading of your current pageEsc
Right-click a linkPress Alt and click a link
Open the link in a new tab in the backgroundPress Ctrl and click a link
Save the link as a bookmarkDrag link to bookmarks bar
Save your current webpage as a bookmarkCtrl + d
Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folderShift + Ctrl + d
Search the current pageCtrl + f
Go to the next match for your searchCtrl + g or Enter
Go to the previous match for your searchShift + Ctrl + g or Shift + Enter
Perform a Google searchCtrl + k or Ctrl + e
Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar, then open the pageCtrl + Enter
View page sourceCtrl + u
Show or hide the Developer Tools panelShift + Ctrl + i
Show or hide the DOM InspectorShift + Ctrl + j
Show or hide the bookmarks barShift + Ctrl + b
Open the History pageCtrl + h
Open the Downloads pageCtrl + j
Delete selected Autofill suggestion when filling out a formShift + Alt + Backspace

System & display settings

Open the Files appShift + Alt + m
Preview a file in the Files appSelect the file, then press Space
Display hidden files in the Files appCtrl + .
Open the status area (where your account picture appears)Shift + Alt + s
Click icons 1-8 on your shelfAlt + 1 through Alt + 8
Click the last icon on your shelfAlt + 9
Use F keys (F1 to F12)Search  + 1 through Search  + =
See your notificationsShift + Alt + n
Change screen resolutionShift + Ctrl and + or -
Reset screen resolution to defaultShift + Ctrl + 0
Rotate screen 90 degreesShift + Ctrl + Rotate 
Switch to the next userCtrl + Alt + .
Switch to the previous userCtrl + Alt + ,

Text editing

Turn Caps Lock on or offSearch  + Alt
Select everything on the pageCtrl + a
Select the content in the address barCtrl + L or Alt + d
Select the next word or letterShift + Ctrl + Right arrow 
Select text to the end of the lineSearch  + Shift + Right arrow 
Select text to the beginning of the lineSearch  + Shift + Left arrow 
Select previous word or letterShift + Ctrl + Left arrow 
Move to the end of the next wordCtrl + Right arrow 
Move to the start of the previous wordCtrl + Left arrow 
Move to beginning of the lineSearch  + Left arrow 
Move to end of the lineSearch  + Right arrow 
Go to end of documentSearch  + Ctrl + Right arrow 
Go to beginning of documentSearch  + Ctrl + Left arrow 
Copy selected content to the clipboardCtrl + c
Paste content from the clipboardCtrl + v
Paste content from the clipboard as plain textShift + Ctrl + v
CutCtrl + x
Delete the previous wordCtrl + Backspace
Delete the next letter (forward delete)Alt + Backspace
Undo your last actionCtrl + z
Redo your last actionShift + Ctrl + z

Switch between the keyboard languages you've set.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Shift + Ctrl + Space

Switch to the previous keyboard language you were using.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Ctrl + Space
Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only)Alt + 
Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only)Alt + 

Accessibility

Learn how to make your Chromebook accessible.

Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or offCtrl + Alt + z
Turn on high contrast modeSearch  + Ctrl + h
Highlight the launcher button on your shelfShift + Alt + L
Highlight the next item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Tab or Right arrow 
Highlight the previous item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or Left arrow 
Open the highlighted button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Space or Enter
Remove the highlight from a button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Esc
Switch focus between:
  • Status area (where your account picture appears)
  • Launcher
  • Address bar
  • Bookmarks bar (if visible)
  • The webpage that's open
  • Downloads bar (if visible)
Ctrl + Back  or Ctrl + Forward 
Highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown)Shift + Alt + b
Highlight the row with the address barShift + Alt + t
Open right-click menu for highlighted itemSearch  + Shift + Increase volume 
Use shortcuts on a braille keyboardSee braille keyboard shortcuts
Magnify your whole screenSearch  + Ctrl + m
Magnify part of your screenSearch  + Ctrl + d
Creation date: 12/7/2018 11:45 AM (esanchinelli)      Updated: 12/7/2018 11:45 AM ()