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.

Popular shortcuts

  • Take a screenshot: Press the Screenshot key  . Or press Ctrl + Show Windows 
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Alt + Screenshot  , then click and drag. Or press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows  , then click and drag.
  • Take a screenshot on tablets: Press Power button + Volume down button.
  • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Search + Alt. Or press Launcher  + Alt.
  • Lock your screen: Press Search + L. Or press Launcher  + 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 key  or Launcher key .

To change how a specific keyboard key works:

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

All other shortcuts

Important: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key  or the Launcher key  for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same. 

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 that 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 that you want to open, then release.
Open the window least used recently Press & hold Shift + Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window that 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 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 web page 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)
Maximise window Alt + =
Minimise 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 + Alt + m (or)
Launcher Alt + m

Page and web browser

Page up Alt + Up arrow
Page down Alt + Down arrow
Scroll down the web page Space bar
Go to top of page Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow
Go to bottom of page Ctrl + Alt + 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 web page 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 Auto-fill suggestion when filling in 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 + . (full stop)
Open the status area (where the time appears) Shift + Alt + s
Click icons 1–8 on your shelf Alt + 1 to Alt + 8
Click the last icon on your shelf Alt + 9
Use function keys Search + your preferred function key (or)
Launcher  + your preferred function key
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
Switch to the next user Ctrl + Alt + . (full stop)
Switch to the previous user Ctrl + Alt + , (comma)

Text editing

Turn Caps Lock on or off Search + Alt (or)
Launcher  + 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  
Select text to the end of the line Search + Shift + Right arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Shift + Right arrow 
Select text to the beginning of the line Search + Shift + Left arrow (or)
Launcher  + Shift + Left arrow 
Select previous word or letter Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow
Move to the end of the next word Ctrl + Right arrow
Move to the start of the previous word Ctrl + Left arrow
Move to beginning of the line Search + Left arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Left arrow 
Move to end of the line Search + Right arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Right Arrow 
Go to end of document Search + Ctrl + Right arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Ctrl + Right arrow 
Go to beginning of document Search + Ctrl + Left arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Ctrl + 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 that you've set.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Shift + Ctrl + Space

Switch to the previous keyboard language that you were using.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Ctrl + Space
Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only) Alt +
Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only) Alt +

Accessibility

Learn how to make your Chromebook accessible.

Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or off Ctrl + Alt + z
Turn on high contrast mode Search + Ctrl + h (or)
Launcher  + Ctrl + h
Magnify your whole screen Ctrl + Search + m (or)
Ctrl + Launcher  + m
Magnify part of your screen Ctrl + Search + d (or)
Ctrl + Launcher  + d
Highlight the Launcher button on your shelf Shift + Alt + L
Highlight the next item on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Tab (or) 
Shift + Alt + L, then Right arrow 
Highlight the previous item on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab (or)
Shift + Alt + L, then Left arrow
Open the highlighted button on your shelf Shift + Alt + L, then Space (or) 
Shift + Alt + L, then 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 web page that's open
  • Downloads bar (if visible)
Ctrl + Back or Ctrl + 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 + Shift + Increase volume  (or)
Launcher  + Shift + Increase volume
Move an app icon up, down or to the side in the launcher Ctrl + Up , Down , Left or Right
Move an app in or out of a folder in the launcher Ctrl + Shift + Up , Down , Left , or Right 
Use shortcuts on a braille keyboard See braille keyboard shortcuts
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