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Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to complete some tasks more quickly.

Tip: To find shortcuts on this page, press Ctrl + f and enter what you're looking for.

Common shortcuts

  • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + switch window (or Ctrl + F5)
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Ctrl + Shift + switch window (or Ctrl + Shift + F5), then click and drag
  • Lock your screen: Press Search + L
  • Sign out of your Google Account: Press Ctrl + Shift + q (twice)
  • See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + ?

All other shortcuts

Note: If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard, use the Windows key or Command key (Mac) in place of the Search key.

Tabs and windows

Open a new window Ctrl + n
Open a new window in incognito mode Ctrl + Shift + n
Open a new tab Ctrl + t
Open a file in the browser Ctrl + o
Close the current tab Ctrl + w
Close the current window Ctrl + Shift + w
Reopen the last tab or window you closed Ctrl + Shift + t
Go to tabs 1-8 in the window Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Go to the last tab in the window Ctrl + 9
Go to the next tab in the window Ctrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab in the window Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch quickly between windows Press & hold Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Open the window you used least recently Press & hold Alt + Shift, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Go to previous page in your browsing history Alt + left arrow
Go to the next page in your browsing history Alt + right arrow
Open the link in a new tab in the background Press Ctrl and click a link
Open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tab Press Ctrl + Shift and click a link
Open the link in a new window Press Shift and click a link
Open the link in the tab Drag the link to the tab's address bar
Open the link in a new tab Drag the link to a blank area on the tab strip
Open the webpage in a new tab Type a web address (URL) in the address bar, then press Alt + Enter
Return the tab to its original position While dragging the tab, press Esc
Dock a window on the left Alt + [
Dock a window on the right Alt + ]

Page & web browser

Page up Alt or Search and up arrow
Page down Alt or Search and down arrow
Scroll down the web page Space bar
Go to top of page Ctrl + Alt and up arrow
Go to bottom of page Ctrl + Alt and down arrow
Print your current page Ctrl + p
Save your current page Ctrl + s
Reload your current page Ctrl + r
Reload your current page without using cached content Ctrl + Shift + r
Zoom in on the page Ctrl and +
Zoom out on the page Ctrl and -
Reset zoom level Ctrl + 0
Stop the loading of your current page Esc
Right-click a link Press Alt and click a link
Open the link in a new tab in the background Press Ctrl and click a link
Save the link as a bookmark Drag link to bookmarks bar
Save your current webpage as a bookmark Ctrl + d
Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folder Ctrl + Shift + d
Search the current page Ctrl + f
Go to the next match for your search Ctrl + g or Enter
Go to the previous match for your search Ctrl + Shift + g or Shift + Enter
Perform a Google search Ctrl + k or Ctrl + e
Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar, then open the page Ctrl + Enter
View page source Ctrl + u
Show or hide the Developer Tools panel Ctrl + Shift + i
Show or hide the DOM Inspector Ctrl + Shift + j
Show or hide the bookmarks bar Ctrl + Shift + b
Open the History page Ctrl + h
Open the Downloads page Ctrl + j

System & display settings

Open the Files app Alt + Shift + m
Preview a file in the Files app Select the file, then press Space
Display hidden files in the Files app Ctrl + .
Open the status area (where your account picture appears) Shift + Alt + s
Click icons 1-8 on your shelf Alt + 1 through Alt + 8
Click the last icon on your shelf Alt + 9
Use F keys (F1 to F12) Search + 1 through Search + =
See your notifications Alt + Shift + n
Change screen resolution Ctrl + Shift and + or -
Reset screen resolution to default Ctrl + Shift + 0
Rotate screen 90 degrees Ctrl + Shift + Refresh

Text editing

Turn Caps Lock on or off Alt + Search
Select everything on the page Ctrl + a
Select the content in the address bar Ctrl + L or Alt + d
Select the next word or letter Ctrl + Shift and right arrow
Select text to the end of the line Shift + Search and right arrow
Select text to the beginning of the line Shift + Search and left arrow
Select previous word or letter Ctrl + Shift and left arrow
Move to the end of the next word Ctrl and right arrow
Move to the start of the previous word Ctrl and left arrow
Go to end of document Ctrl + Search and right arrow
Go to beginning of document Ctrl + Search and left arrow
Copy selected content to the clipboard Ctrl + c
Paste content from the clipboard Ctrl + v
Paste content from the clipboard as plain text Ctrl + Shift + v
Cut Ctrl + x
Delete the previous word Ctrl + Backspace
Delete the next letter (forward delete) Alt + Backspace
Undo your last action Ctrl + z
Redo your last action Ctrl + Shift + z
Switch between the keyboard languages you've set. Learn how to choose your keyboard language. Ctrl + Shift + Space
Switch to the previous keyboard language you were using. Learn how to choose your keyboard language. Ctrl + Space
Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only) AltDecrease brightness
Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only) AltIncrease brightness

Accessibility

Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or off. Learn about Chromebook accessibility features. Ctrl + Alt + z
Highlight the launcher button on your shelf Shift + Alt + L
Highlight the next item on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Tab or right arrow
Highlight the previous item on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or left arrow
Open the highlighted button on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Space or Enter
Remove the highlight from a button on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Esc
Switch focus between:
  • Status area (where your account picture appears)
  • Launcher
  • Address bar
  • Bookmarks bar (if visible)
  • The webpage that's open
  • Downloads bar (if visible)
Ctrl + Previous page or CtrlNext page
Highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown) Alt + Shift + b
Highlight the row with the address bar Shift + Alt + t
Open right-click menu for highlighted item Shift + Search + Increase volume

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