Best Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts 2022.
Windows and Mac computers have many keyboard shortcuts to help you complete tasks faster. As well as computers with Chrome OS. We will list some Google Chromebook keyboard shortcuts for faster day to day tasks.
You’ll find them useful for editing and formatting text, navigating the web, adjusting system settings, and more. These are some of the best Chromebook keyboard shortcuts you should know – in no particular order.
1. Enabling and disabling Cap Locks
Unlike Mac and Windows devices, Chromebook keyboards don’t have a dedicated Caps Lock button. Instead, you’ll find a search/launcher key.
So how exactly do you enable Caps Lock on a Chromebook? By pressing the Alt+Search keys. Press the buttons again to disable Caps Lock.
If your Chromebook has a launch key (circle icon), press launch key + Alt to toggle Caps Lock on or off.
2. Take a screenshot
There are different ways to take screenshots on a Chromebook, but the quickest way is to use a keyboard shortcut.
Press Ctrl + Show Windows to take a screenshot of your Chromebook.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Show Windows Keys to open the screenshot menu. You can take a partial screenshot, record your screen, or change where screenshots are saved in the screenshot menu.
3. Open Task Manager
Few Chromebook users are aware that their device has a dedicated task management utility. You can force close unresponsive applications and monitor the consumption of system resources.
Press Search + Esc (or Launch + Esc) on the desktop or in an application to open Task Manager.
Select the app you want to force close and click the “End Process” button in the bottom right corner.
4. View All Keyboard Shortcuts
The Chrome operating system has a special application “Shortcuts”, which contains all the shortcuts to the system and applications. Press Ctrl + Alt + / (slash) or Ctrl + Alt + ? (question mark) to launch the Shortcuts app.
You will see different categories (Popular Shortcuts, Tabs & Windows, Page & Web Browser, etc.) on the left sidebar. Select a category to view all keyboard shortcuts in that category. Then type the function into the search bar to find the corresponding keyboard shortcut.
5. Open Chromebook Clipboard
Copied texts, images, and recent screenshots are temporarily saved to your Chromebook’s clipboard. Chrome OS stores the last five items copied to the clipboard.
Press Search + V or Launcher + V to open the Chromebook’s clipboard menu. Select an element (text or image) to paste the content into the app’s text editor.
6. Switch keyboard input language
If you have multiple input languages enabled on your Chromebook, press Ctrl + Shift + Space to switch between keyboard languages.
Press Ctrl + Space to switch to the last used keyboard language or input method.
7. Close and reopen the app
Pressing Ctrl + Shift + W will close the current window or application you are using. To reopen the last closed application or window, press Ctrl + Shift + T. You can also use this keyboard shortcut to open a recently closed browser tab in Google Chrome.
8. Lock your Chromebook
Pressing the power button once on Windows and Mac computers will lock the devices. On a Chromebook, you need to press and hold the power button and select “Lock” from the power menu. The key combination Search + L or Launcher + L will lock your Chromebook faster.
9. Split Screen Chromebook
Splitting your Chromebook’s screen allows you to organize two apps side-by-side. To use apps in split screen mode on your Chromebook, you need to pin both apps side by side to the screen.
Open the first app you want to use in split screen mode and press Alt + ] (right bracket). This will pin the app’s windows to the right half of your Chromebook’s screen.
Press Alt + [ (left square bracket) to pin the same app or another app to the left half of the screen.
10. Open a URL or webpage in a new tab
There is a keyboard shortcut to open web pages in a new tab directly from the current tab. Type a URL in the current tab’s address bar and press Alt + Enter to open the web address in a new tab.
You cannot use shortcuts in third party web browsers or non-Google web browsers. It only works in the Chrome browser on Chromebook, Windows, and Mac devices.
11. Open status area / view all notifications
Alt + Shift + N will open the status area of your Chromebook (“Status Area”) and display any unread notifications.
12. Zoom in and out
Do you find application elements (text, images, etc.) too small? Press Ctrl + + (plus sign) to zoom in on a page or application content. Press Ctrl + – (minus) to zoom out the page.
Not all Android apps support the zoom feature in Chrome OS. These shortcuts work in web browsers, web pages, and some apps like Settings, Files, Calendar, and more.
To reset the zoom level of an application or page to its default value, press Ctrl + 0 (zero).
13. Change display size or screen resolution
You can increase or decrease the size of elements on your Chromebook screen by adjusting the screen resolution.
Shift + Ctrl + + (plus icon) and Shift + Ctrl + – (minus icon) are keyboard shortcuts for zooming in and out of your Chromebook screen.
Press Shift + Ctrl + 0 (zero) to restore the original screen resolution.
14. Jump to the beginning or end of the document
Scrolling through a long document with a mouse or trackpad can be tedious. Use the keyboard shortcut Search + Ctrl + < (left arrow key) to navigate to the beginning of the document you are typing.
To go to the end of the document, press Shift + Ctrl + > (right arrow key).
14. Jump to the beginning or end of a web page
In Google Chrome, press Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow (^) to jump to the top of any webpage. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow (˅) takes you to the bottom of any webpage in Chrome.
15. Go to beginning or end of line
Use the search keys + < (left arrow) to move your Chromebook’s cursor to the beginning of a line in the document. Search + > (right arrow key) will move the cursor to the end of the line.
16. Selecting the next or previous word in a document
Press Shift + Ctrl + < (left arrow key) to select the word to the left of the cursor. Alternatively, use Shift + Ctrl + > (right arrow key) to select the next word after the cursor in the document.
17. Open the Google Chrome menu
While browsing the web in Google Chrome, press Alt + E on any page to open the browser menu.
18. Rotate Chromebook Screen
You can change the screen orientation using the Shift + Ctrl + Rotate (or Refresh) keys. Your Chromebook screen will rotate 90 degrees each time you press a key combination.
19. Delete file or folder
Chromebook keyboards don’t have a dedicated delete key, but you can still use your keyboard to delete a file or folder.
Open the Files app, select the items you want to delete and press Alt + Backspace.
20. Copy or paste content from clipboard
Ctrl + C and Ctrl + X copy and cut the selected content (text or images) to the clipboard, respectively.
Press Ctrl + V to paste the text exactly as it was copied from the source. Use Shift + Ctrl + V to paste the copied content as plain text, stripping the text of all formatting.
Best Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts 2022
Best Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts 2022