Use your Chromebook keyboard

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

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. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. In the 'Device' section, select Keyboard.
  5. Use the menus to change how the keys work.
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

To turn on auto-correct or spell check:

  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 the level of auto-correction that you'd like. Tip: To get more corrections as you type, choose High.

Important: If you have more than one keyboard language, you'll need to turn on auto-correct for each one. Some keyboards don't have auto-correct.

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. Tick 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. At 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. At 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. 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 in your preferred info.

Turn off personal info suggestions

  1. At 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.

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 web browser window are greyed out. For example, if the back button on a web page is grey, the browser isn't aware of a page to move back 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.

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