Google Hangouts is being upgraded to Google Chat. If you use Google Chat, visit the Google Chat help center.

Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts

Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts conversations

You can use the keyboard shortcuts while messaging in Hangouts.

Classic Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat for everyone. You are no longer able to use classic Hangouts on most platforms. Learn about the switch from classic Hangouts to Google Chat.

Move between Hangout windows
Shortcut Keyboard keys
Move to next Hangout window Ctrl + .
Move to previous Hangout window Ctrl + ,
Close the current Hangout window Esc
Format messages
Use the following keyboard shortcuts before you type a new message to add formatting.
Shortcut Windows Mac
Bold Ctrl + b ⌘ + b
Italicize Ctrl + i ⌘ + i
Underline Ctrl + u ⌘ + u
Navigation shortcuts
The following shortcuts allow you to navigate quickly. The shortcuts work for Hangouts at
Shortcut Keyboard keys
Focus on first element in the conversation list h then c
Go into phone mode (same as g then p) h then p
Open Hangouts Settings menu h then m
Go to Archived Hangouts and focus on first archived Hangout h then a
Go to Hangout Invites and focus on first invite h then i
Go to Hangouts search box (same as q) h then q
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