Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts conversations

Move between Hangout windows

Action Shortcut
Move to next Hangout window Ctrl + .
Move to previous Hangout window Ctrl + ,
Close the current Hangout window Esc
Enter or exit the last updated Hangout window
(only for Hangouts in Gmail)
Shift + Esc

Format messages

Use the following keyboard shortcuts before you type a new message to add formatting.

Action 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 in Gmail (if you've turned on keyboard shortcuts in Gmail) and within the Hangouts section of Google+.

Action Shortcut
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

Minimize all Hangouts windows simultaneously

You can minimize all of your Hangouts windows at the same time only if you are using the Hangouts Chrome extension.

  • For Mac OSX: Press Shift and click the minimize button in one of the windows.
  • For Windows and Linux: Press Ctrl and click the minimize button in one of the windows.