Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts

Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts conversations

You can use the keyboard shortcuts while sending messages in Hangouts.

Move between Hangouts windows
Shortcut Keyboard keys
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 to add formatting before you type a new message.
Shortcut Windows Mac
Bold Ctrl + b ⌘ + b
Italicise Ctrl + i ⌘ + i
Underline Ctrl + u ⌘ + u
Navigation shortcuts
The following shortcuts allow you to navigate quickly. The shortcuts work for Hangouts at hangouts.google.com and in Gmail (if you've turned on keyboard shortcuts in Gmail).
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 Invitations and focus on first invitation h, then i
Go to Hangouts search box (same as q) h, then q

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