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.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Popular shortcuts

  • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + Show windows Overview (or Ctrl + F5).
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows Overview (or Shift + Ctrl + F5), then click and drag.
  • Take a screenshot (on tablets): Press Power button + Volume down button.
  • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Search Search + Alt.
  • Lock your screen: Press Search Search + L.
  • Sign out of your Google Account: Press Shift + Ctrl + q (twice).
  • See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash).

Shortcuts on external keyboards

If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard, press the Windows key or Command key instead of Search Search.

To change how a specific keyboard key works:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s. 
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Device," choose Keyboard.
  4. Change the function of one or more keys.

All other shortcuts

Tabs and windows

Open a new window Ctrl + n
Open a new window in Incognito mode Shift + Ctrl + 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 Shift + Ctrl + w
Reopen the last tab or window you closed Shift + Ctrl + 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 Shift + Ctrl + 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 Shift + Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Open tabs menu Press and hold Ctrl, tap Forward Forward or Back Back until a tab is highlighted. Then press Search Search + Shift + Volume up Increase volume
Go to previous page in your browsing history Alt + Left arrow Left arrow
Go to the next page in your browsing history Alt + Right arrow 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 Shift + Ctrl 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 + [ (left square bracket)
Maximize window Alt + =
Minimize window Alt + - (minus)
Dock a window on the right

Alt + ] (right square bracket)

Switch windows between screens (when your Chromebook is connected to a monitor) Search Search + Alt + m

Page & web browser

Page up Search Search + Up arrow Up arrow or Alt + Up arrow Up arrow
Page down Search Search + Down arrow Down arrow or Alt + Down arrow Down arrow
Scroll down the web page Space bar
Go to top of page Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow Up arrow
Go to bottom of page Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow 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 Shift + Ctrl + r
Zoom in on the page Ctrl and +
Zoom out on the page Ctrl and (minus)
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 Shift + Ctrl + 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 Shift + Ctrl + g or Shift + Enter
Go to an inactive information field Alt + Shift + a
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 Shift + Ctrl + i
Navigate to selected section in the Developer Tools panel Ctrl + Shift + c
Open the Console tab in the Developer Tools panel Shift + Ctrl + j
Show or hide the bookmarks bar Shift + Ctrl + b
Show the toolbar Alt + Shift + t
Navigate to selected selection in the Developer Tools panel Ctrl + Shift + c
Open the History page Ctrl + h
Open the Downloads page Ctrl + j
Delete selected Autofill suggestion when filling out a form Shift + Alt + Backspace

System & display settings

Open the Files app Shift + Alt + 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 the time 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 Search + 1 through Search Search + =
See your notifications Shift + Alt + n
Change screen resolution Shift + Ctrl and + or (minus)
Reset screen resolution to default Shift + Ctrl + 0
Rotate screen 90 degrees Shift + Ctrl + Rotate Refresh
Switch to the next user Ctrl + Alt + . (period)
Switch to the previous user Ctrl + Alt + , (comma)

Text editing

Turn Caps Lock on or off Search Search + Alt
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 Shift + Ctrl + Right arrow Right arrow
Select text to the end of the line Search Search + Shift + Right arrow Right arrow
Select text to the beginning of the line Search Search + Shift + Left arrow Left arrow
Select previous word or letter Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow Left arrow
Move to the end of the next word Ctrl + Right arrow Right arrow
Move to the start of the previous word Ctrl + Left arrow Left arrow
Move to beginning of the line Search Search + Left arrow Left arrow
Move to end of the line Search Search + Right arrow Right arrow
Go to end of document Search Search + Ctrl + Right arrow Right arrow
Go to beginning of document Search Search + Ctrl + Left arrow 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 Shift + Ctrl + 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 Shift + Ctrl + z

Switch between the keyboard languages you've set.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Shift + Ctrl + 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) Alt + Decrease Brightness
Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only) Alt + Increase Brightness

Accessibility

Learn how to make your Chromebook accessible.

Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or off Ctrl + Alt + z
Turn on high contrast mode Search Search + Ctrl + h
Magnify your whole screen Ctrl + Search Search + m
Magnify part of your screen Ctrl + Search Search + m
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 Right arrow
Highlight the previous item on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or Left arrow 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 the time appears)
  • Launcher
  • Address bar
  • Bookmarks bar (if visible)
  • The webpage that's open
  • Downloads bar (if visible)
Ctrl + Back Back or Ctrl + Forward Forward
Highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown) Shift + Alt + b
Highlight the row with the address bar Shift + Alt + t
Open right-click menu for highlighted item Search Search + Shift + Increase volume Increase volume
Use shortcuts on a braille keyboard See braille keyboard shortcuts
Magnify your whole screen Search Search + Ctrl + m
Magnify part of your screen Search Search + Ctrl + d
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