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Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts

Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts conversations

You can use the keyboard shortcuts while messaging in Hangouts.

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
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.
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 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 Invites and focus on first invite h then i
Go to Hangouts search box (same as q) h then q

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