Use your Chromebook keyboard

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

Find out more about the keys

To get around online and control your Chromebook, use the keys across the top of your Chromebook's keyboard.

Keys might vary slightly depending on your Chromebook. 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 full-screen Immersive mode (F4)
switch window 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)
Fix problems with the keys

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 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 backward to.

Also try the following:

  1. Turn the Chromebook off, then back on.
  2. Try using the keys while you browse as a guest. If they work, you might be having a problem with a certain account.
    • If the keys work, delete and re-add the account that's having the problem.
    • If the account that's designated as the owner is having problems, reset the Chromebook.

If none of the above steps work, recover your Chromebook.

Search your apps and the web

Chromebooks have a search key. You can use it to search your apps and the web at the same time.

If you're using a Windows keyboard, the Windows key between Ctrl and Alt will work as the search key.

Turn on Caps Lock

To turn on Caps Lock on your Chromebook, press Alt + the search key. Press it again to turn it off.

More ways to use the keyboard

Change how the Ctrl, Alt and search keys work

You can change the way the Ctrl, Alt and search keys work:

  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. In the "Device" section, click Keyboard settings.
  5. Use the menus to change how the Ctrl, Alt and search keys work. For example, you can make the Search key work as a Caps Lock key.
  6. Click OK.
Add words to your dictionary
  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. In the "Device" section, click Keyboard settings > Change language and input settings.
  5. At the bottom of the window that appears, click Edit custom dictionary.
  6. Enter a word into the field "Add a new word", then press Enter
    • To delete a word from your dictionary, touch or click the X next to the word.
  7. When you’ve finished adding words, click Done.
Use autocorrect

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 that you'd like.
    • If you have more than one keyboard ticked you'll need to turn on auto-correct for each one. Some keyboards don't have autocorrect.

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