Use Google Chat keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts in Google Chat on Android, Chrome OS, macOS and Windows. To access shortcuts in Chat, type ? at any time, except when you're entering text in a field.

Use keyboard shortcuts in Chat

Important: To make the shortcuts '/', 'H then C', 'H then R', and 'Q' available, enable keyboard shortcuts in the '?' dialogue.

Available everywhere

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Open keyboard shortcut Help ? ?
Search in 'Chats and Spaces' / /
Focus on 'Direct message' conversation list

H then C

H then C

Focus on Spaces list H then R H then R
Browse Spaces Ctrl + O Command + O
Create a space Ctrl + I Command + I
New Chat Q or Ctrl + Shift + K Q or Command + Shift + K

Navigating within the sidebar

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Focus on previous or next space or direct message or or
Focus on previous or next unread space or direct message Shift +or Shift + Shift +or Shift +
Move focus between 'Shortcuts', 'Spaces' or 'Direct messages' Ctrl +or Ctrl + Command +or Command +
Select Shortcut, Space or Direct message or Enter or Enter
Focus on 'Direct message' conversation list H then C H then C
Focus on Spaces list H then R H then R

Navigating Chat messages

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Focus on previous or next message or or
Focus on main reply box R or Ctrl + S

R or Command + S

Open Space or Direct message menu Ctrl + G Command + G
Focus on the last message Ctrl + J Command + J
Return focus to sidebar Esc Esc

Navigating space messages

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Focus on previous or next message or or
Open the thread and focus on the last message
Open the thread and focus on the reply box Enter or R Enter or R
Focus on main reply box Ctrl + S Command + S
Open Space or Direct message menu Ctrl + G Command + G
Focus on the last message Ctrl + J Command + J
Open and focus on the thread navigation panel H then T H then T
Return focus to sidebar Esc Esc

Navigating messages within a thread

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Focus on previous or next message or or
Focus on the first message in the thread Shift + Shift +
Focus on the last message in the thread Shift + Shift +
Go back to the main conversation
Exit to thread navigation panel Esc Esc
Focus on thread reply box Enter or R Enter or R
Focus on main reply box Ctrl + S Command + S

Reply box

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Send reply Enter Enter
Edit previously posted message
Insert new line in message Shift + Enter Shift + Enter
Show emoji picker : (colon) : (colon)
Return focus to messages Esc Esc
Read the preceding {number} message with a screen reader Alt + {number} Option + {number}

Navigating pop-ups

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Move focus between main window and last Chat pop-up Shift + Esc Shift + Esc
Go to next Chat pop-up Ctrl + . (full stop) Command + . (full stop)
Go to previous Chat pop-up Ctrl + , (comma) Command + , (comma)

Workspace side panel

Action ChromeOS and Windows macOS
Move focus among main window, side panel and video call Ctrl + Alt + . (full stop) Command + Option + . (full stop)
Reverse focus among main window, side panel and video call Ctrl + Alt + , (comma) Command + Option + , (comma)

Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate around Chat

Navigate around Chat
  • To go to a conversation or space, use the Up and Down arrows. To open a conversation or space, press Enter.
  • By default, the focus is on the message or conversation box. To read messages in a 1:1 conversation or space, press Esc to exit the box. Then, to go through the messages, use the Up arrow.

Legacy Spaces always have two levels:

  • Level one is the list of conversations.
  • Level two is messages within a conversation.

Current Spaces can have two levels:

  • Level one is the main conversation.
  • Any message in the main conversation can start a thread at the second level.

Tips:

  • To move through the level, use the Up and Down arrows.
  • To change the level, use the Left and Right arrows.
    • This may start a thread if one doesn't already exist.
Start a conversation
  1. Select an option:
    • On Chrome OS and Microsoft Windows, press Ctrl + Shift + K or Q when not editing.
    • On macOS, press Command + Shift + K or Q when not editing.
  2. To move through the suggestions:
    • Enter the username.
    • Use the Up and Down arrows, then press Enter.
  3. Enter your message.
  4. To send your message, press Enter.
Create or find a space
  1. Select an option:
    • On Chrome OS and Windows, press Ctrl + O.
    • On macOS, press Command + O.
  2. To create a space, enter the name.
  3. Press Tab and then Enter.
  4. To find and join a space:
    • To move through the list of spaces, use the Up and Down arrows.
    • Press Tab to highlight or 'Preview' and then Enter.
Start a new conversation or message in a space
  1. Select an option:
    • On Chrome OS and Windows, press Ctrl + S
    • On macOS, press Command + S.
  2. Focus moves to the main reply box.
    • In a legacy Space, this is a new topic.
  3. Enter your message.
  4. Press Enter.
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