Keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts in Hangouts Chat on Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows. To see this list of shortcuts in Chat, type ? anytime (except when typing in a text field).

Navigating between views

Chrome OS macOS Windows
Create or browse rooms Ctrl + O ⌘ + O Ctrl + O
Search Alt + / Option + / Alt + /
Start a new DM Ctrl + P ⌘ + P Ctrl + P

Navigating the sidebar

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Quick switch rooms or DMs Ctrl + K ⌘ + K Ctrl + K
Previous room or DM
Next room or DM
Previous unread item Shift + ↑ Shift + ↑ Shift + ↑
Next unread item Shift + ↓ Shift + ↓ Shift + ↓
Select room or DM → or Enter → or Enter → or Enter

Navigating conversations within a room

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Previous conversation
Next conversation
Focus on message
Focus on current room or DM in sidebar ← or Ctrl + Shift + K ← or ⌘ + Shift + K ← or Ctrl + Shift + K
Open Room menu Ctrl + G ⌘ + G Ctrl + G
Reply to current conversation r r r
Focus on last conversation or message Ctrl + J ⌘ + J Ctrl + J
Start new conversation or message Ctrl + S ⌘ + S Ctrl + S

Navigating messages within a conversation

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Previous message
Next message
Focus on conversation ← or Esc ← or Esc ← or Esc
Focus on Reply box r r r

Reply box

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
Edit previously posted message
New line Shift + Enter Shift + Enter Shift + Enter
Show emoji picker : : :

Anywhere

  Chrome OS macOS Windows
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