Use your Chromebook keyboard

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

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Unique keys on your Chromebook keyboard

Your unique Chromebook keys usually appear on the top row of your keyboard from left to right.

or Use the Search key or the Launcher key to search, show your apps, and interact with Google Assistant.
To turn Caps Lock on or off, press Alt + Search . Or press Alt + Launcher .
Go to the previous page
Go to the next page
Refresh your current page
Make your page take up the full screen
Show all your open windows
Take a screenshot
Decrease screen brightness
Increase screen brightness
Turn on electronic privacy screen
Decrease keyboard backlight brightness
Increase keyboard backlight brightness
Rewind to last track
Play/pause
Skip to next track
Turn off the sound
Lower the volume
Raise the volume

Tip: If you're using a Windows keyboard with your Chromebook, the Windows key between Ctrl and Alt works as the Search key or the Launcher key .

Change your keyboard settings

Change how the Ctrl, Alt, and Search or Launcher keys work

For example, you can make the Search or Launcher key work as a Caps Lock key.

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. In the "Device" section, select Keyboard.
  5. Under “Built-in keyboard,” select Remap keyboard keys.
  6. For the keys listed under “Remap keyboard keys,” choose an action you want it to perform.

Alt + key behavior

You can set up how to right-click with your touchpad and keyboard based on your preference. It’s either alt + click, search + click, or turned off.

You can also set up 6 actions (Insert, Delete, Home, End, Page up, Page Down) and choose the set of keys to perform those actions.

Tip: If the shortcut you use to simulate a right-click or 6-pack key action is different from the currently set shortcut for those settings, you’ll find a notification. This notification shows that the keyboard shortcut has updated to your new shortcut from your previous shortcut with a “Edit shortcut” and “Learn more” button.

Add words to your dictionary

To add a word to your dictionary:

  1. Right-click the word.
    • Tip: You can also press Search + Shift + Increase volume . Or press Launcher + Shift + Increase volume .
  2. Select Add to dictionary.

To add several words to your dictionary:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Under "Device," select Keyboard and then Change language and input settings.
  5. Under "Input method," next to your preferred keyboard, select New tab .
    • A "Keyboard settings" tab will open.
  6. At the bottom left, select the Edit dictionary entries button.
  7. Enter a word into the field "Add a new word," then select Add word.
  8. To delete a word from your dictionary, select the X next to the word.
Correct words automatically

Autocorrect is on by default for on-screen keyboards and Latin languages. It can be used with both physical and on-screen keyboards.

If your autocorrect is not turned on:

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  3. Select Settings . There are 2 options:
    • Under "Device," select Keyboard and then Change input settings.
    • Under “Advanced,” select Languages and inputs and then Inputs and keyboards.
  4. Select Input method.
  5. Next to your enabled keyboard, select Right Arrow .
  6. To turn on Auto-correction:
    • For Physical keyboard: Under “Physical keyboard,” turn on Auto-correction.
    • For On-screen keyboard: Under “On-screen keyboard,” turn on Auto-correction.

Tip: If you have more than one keyboard language, you'll need to turn on autocorrect for each one. Some keyboards don't have autocorrect.

Turn off autocorrect

If you want to turn off autocorrect:

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  3. Select Settings . There are 2 options:
    • Under "Device," select Keyboard and then Change input settings.
    • Under “Advanced,” select Languages and inputs and then Inputs and keyboards.
  4. Select Input method.
  5. Next to your enabled keyboard, select Right Arrow .
  6. To turn off Auto-correction:
    • For Physical keyboard: Under “Physical keyboard,” turn off Auto-correction.
    • For On-screen keyboard: Under “On-screen keyboard,” turn off Auto-correction.
Show suggested words as you type

Important: Currently, word prediction only works in Gmail.

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Under "Device," select Keyboard and then Change language and input settings.
  5. Select Input method.
  6. Next to your enabled keyboard, select New tab .
  7. Next to "Auto-correction," choose Modest or High.
  8. Check the box next to Enable next word prediction.

Add or turn off emoji suggestions

When you type certain words, like “wow” or “haha,” Chromebook will suggest emojis to enhance your text. On personal Chromebooks, emoji suggestions are on by default.

Important: If you’re on a Chromebook that is set up and maintained by a school, company, or other group, emoji suggestions are off by default.

Apply emoji suggestions

  1. When you type a message in some websites or apps, like Google Chat, an emoji suggestion may appear.
  2. To navigate the emoji options, on your keyboard, press the Up arrow or Down arrow.
  3. To choose an emoji, on your keyboard, press Enter.
Tip: If you’re on tablet mode, your Chromebook’s on-screen keyboard will suggest emojis in the virtual keyboard suggestions bar.

Turn off emoji suggestions

  1. On the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. On the left panel, select Advanced and then Languages and input.
  4. Select Suggestions.
  5. Turn off Emoji suggestions.

Apply or turn off personal info suggestions

Add personal info suggestions

You can quickly add personal info, like your phone number or address, with suggestions.

  1. Type a key phrase, like "my phone number is" or "my address is." Your suggested info will appear.
  2. To add your personal info, select the suggestion. You can also press the Down arrow key + Enter.

Update your personal info suggestions

  1. On the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings   
  3. On the left, select Advanced and then Languages and input
  4. Select Suggestions
  5. Select Manage personal information.
  6. Choose an option:
    • To add your personal contact info, next to "Addresses," select Add.
    • To edit your personal contact info, select More  and then Edit.
  7. In the box that appears, fill out your preferred info.

Turn off personal info suggestions

  1. On the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings
  3. On the left panel, select Advanced and then Languages and input
  4. Select Suggestions.
  5. Turn off Personal information suggestions.
Change the color of your RGB keyboard

To personalize your gaming experience, you can select the colors of your keyboard backlight.

Keyboard backlight illustration

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. In the "Personalization" section, select Set your wallpaper & style.
  4. At the bottom, under "Keyboard backlight," select your custom color.

Tip: The default keyboard color is based on your current wallpaper.

Fix problems with your keyboard

If the volume or brightness keys don't work, you might be at the upper or lower limit for that setting.

If the backward or forward buttons don't work, check if the same icons in a browser window are grayed out. For example, if the back button on a web page is gray, the browser isn't aware of a page to move backward to.

If you have other problems with your keyboard, try these steps:

  1. Turn off the Chromebook and then turn it back on.
  2. Use the keys while you browse as a guest. If the keys work, delete the account that has the problem on your Chromebook and then add it again.
  3. Complete a hard reset on your Chromebook hardware.
  4. If the owner account has problems, perform a factory reset on the Chromebook.

If you still have trouble after trying these steps, contact your Chromebook manufacturer.

Troubleshoot issues with the keyboard

  1. On your computer, open Settings .
  2. In the search bar, enter diagnostics.
  3. From the dropdown, select Diagnostics and then Input and then The internal keyboard.
  4. Select Test.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Tips:

  • Be sure to stay in the same window while you test. If you leave the window, you’ll receive a message that says, "Keys aren’t tested when you’re using another window." The test can’t continue until you return.
  • If you continue to have problems, contact your Chromebook manufacturer.

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