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

Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts video calls

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts in a video call.

To see the full list from any screen in a video call, press Shift + ?.

Keyboard keys for Mac users

Controls

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Turn on or off camera ⌘ + e
Mute or unmute your microphone ⌘ + d

Chat

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Open or close Chat ⌘ + b
Move focus to Chat ⌘ + m

Apps

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Close or remove a selected app Delete
Set focus on the apps menu ⌘ + y

Filmstrip

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Open your menu ⌥ + 1

Calling

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Open the call app Alt + t

Accessibility

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Become the primary speaker (works only when your audio is muted) ⌘ + g
Announce who is currently speaking Shift + ⌘ + Alt + a then s
Announce current information about the room Shift + ⌘ + Alt + a then i
Keyboard keys for PC users

Help

Controls

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Turn on or off camera Ctrl + e
Mute or unmute your microphone Ctrl + d

Chat

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Open or close Chat Ctrl + b
Move focus to Chat Ctrl + m

Apps

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Close or remove a selected app Delete
Set focus on the apps menu Ctrl + y

Filmstrip

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Open your menu Alt + 1

Calling

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Open the call app Alt + t

Accessibility

Shortcut Keyboard keys
Become the primary speaker (works only when your audio is muted) Ctrl + g
Announce who is currently speaking Shift + Ctrl + Alt + a then s
Announce current information about the room Shift + Ctrl + Alt + a then i

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