Use keyboard features

Your Chromebook keyboard works just like a regular keyboard, with a few differences.


To get around online and control your Chromebook, use your Chromebook’s hotkeys along the top and left sides, including the search key.

If you're using a Windows keyboard with your Chromebook, the F keys at the top of the keyboard will work just like the keys below.

Go to the previous page in your browser history (F1)
Go to the next page in your browser history (F2)
Reload your current page (F3)
Hide the tabs and launcher in Immersive mode (F4)
window switcher key Show all windows in Overview mode (F5)
Dim the screen (F6)
Make the screen brighter (F7)
Mute (F8)
Lower the volume (F9)
Raise the volume (F10)
Search your apps and the web at the same time. On a Chromebook, this key is on the side, where you'd sometimes find the Caps Lock key. If you're using a regular keyboard, the Windows key in between Ctrl and Alt works as the search key.

To turn on Caps Lock temporarily, press Alt + the search key.

Note: Keys may vary slightly depending on your Chrome device model.

Keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook. To see a map of all shortcuts on your screen, press Ctrl + Alt + ?.


You can turn on autocorrect for your Chromebook keyboard:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under "Device," click Keyboard settings > Change language and input settings.
  5. Under "Input Method," find your preferred keyboard and click Configure…
  6. Use the drop-down menu to choose the level of auto-correction you’d like.
    • If you have more than one keyboard checked, you’ll need to turn on autocorrect for each one. Some keyboards don’t have autocorrect.

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