Classic Hangouts will be replaced by Google Chat. Learn about the switch from classic Hangouts to Google Chat.

Use Google Chat keyboard shortcuts

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

Navigate between views

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Browse spaces Ctrl + O ⌘ + O Ctrl + O
Create a space Crtl + I ⌘ + I Ctrl + I
Search Alt + /  / Alt + /
Start a new message Ctrl+S ⌘ + S Ctrl+S

Navigate the sidebar

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Quickly switch between spaces or conversations Ctrl + K ⌘ + K Ctrl + K
Open a previous space or conversation
Open the next space or conversation
Go to previous unread item Shift + ↑ Shift + ↑ Shift + ↑
Open next unread item Shift + ↓ Shift + ↓ Shift + ↓
Select a space or conversation → or Enter → or Enter → or Enter

Navigate conversations within a space

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Open previous conversation
Open next conversation
Focus on message
Focus on a current space or conversation in sidebar ← or Ctrl + Shift + K ← or ⌘ + Shift + K ← or Ctrl + Shift + K
Open a space menu Ctrl + G ⌘ + G Ctrl + G
Reply to current conversation r r r
Focus on last conversation or message Ctrl + J ⌘ + J Ctrl + J
Start a new thread or message Ctrl+S ⌘ + S Ctrl+S

Navigate messages within a conversation

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Open previous message
Open next message
Focus on conversation ← or Esc ← or Esc ← or Esc
Focus on reply box r r r

Reply box

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Edit previously posted message
New line Shift + Enter Shift + Enter Shift + Enter
Show emoji picker : : :

Copy a transcript of the conversation

  Chrome OS macOS Linux
Copy selected messages as a transcript Control + Shift + . CMD + Shift + . Control + Shift + .

Anywhere

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
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