Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts let you do something quickly, like switch apps or add symbols not on your keyboard.

Tip: To access more symbols, press the hotkey hotkey. To access the emoticons, press the alt key.

Type more symbols

Use these shortcuts to add symbols that aren’t on your keyboard.

[ Left bracket hotkey + o
] Right bracket hotkey + p
{ Left curly bracket hotkey + Shift + o
} Right curly bracket hotkey + Shift + p
\ Backslash hotkey + Equals ( = )
| Vertical bar hotkey + Shift + Equals ( = )
` Back tick hotkey + 2
~ Tilde hotkey + Shift + 2
Esc Escape hotkey + 1
General shortcuts

Quickly get around your Pixel C using these shortcuts.

Home Opens Home. If you’re viewing a left or right Home screen, opens the central Home screen. Search  + Enter
Back Opens the previous screen you were working in, even if it was in a different app. Once you back up to the Home screen, you can't go back any further in your history. Search + Backspace
Overview Opens a list of thumbnail images of apps you’ve worked with recently. To open an app, touch it. To remove a thumbnail from the list, swipe it left or right. Alt + Tab
Select keyboard layout Access the next physical keyboard layout if you have more than one enabled. Ctrl + Space
Page up or down Scroll up or down a page. Up or down arrow


Shortcuts to open apps

These shortcuts open your default apps. To change which apps open, set your default apps.

Browser Opens the browser. Search  + b
Contacts Open the contacts app.  Search  + c
Email Opens the email app. Search  + e
Messages Opens the messaging app. Search  + t
Music Opens the music app. Search  + p
Calendar Opens the calendar app. Search  + l
Calendar app

Use these shortcuts with the Google Calendar app.

Create new event Ctrl + n
Edit event Ctrl + e
Help and feedback Ctrl + Question mark ( ? )
Open the drawer Ctrl + m
Go to day view Ctrl + 2
Go to week view Ctrl + 3
Go to month view Ctrl + 4
Open in focus item Enter
Move through events Left and right arrow
Save an event Ctrl + s
RSVP yes Ctrl + Shift + y
RSVP no Ctrl + Shift + n
RSVP maybe Ctrl + Shift + m
Next field Tab
Open settings Ctrl + Comma ( , )
Cut Ctrl + x
Copy Ctrl + c
Paste Ctrl + v
Chrome app
Open a new tab Ctrl + t
Open an Incognito tab Ctrl + Shift + n
Go to the Bookmarks page Ctrl + Shift + b
Go to the History page Ctrl + h
Switch to next tab Ctrl + Tab
Switch to previous tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to the tab at the specified position number on the tab strip Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Switch to last tab Ctrl + 9
Close current tab Ctrl + w
Select the URL bar Ctrl + l
Open the find bar Ctrl + f
Add or edit bookmark Ctrl + d
Reload page Ctrl + r
Stop loading hotkey + 1
Save page as PDF Ctrl + p
Show Help and feedback Ctrl + Question mark (?)
Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps

Choose from the list below to learn about keyboard shortcuts:

Gmail app
New / Compose Ctrl + n
Archive Ctrl + d
Delete Ctrl + Backspace
Send Ctrl + Enter
Save Ctrl + s
Refresh Ctrl + u
Open (selected item) Enter
Cut Ctrl + x
Copy Ctrl + c
Paste Ctrl + v
Select All Ctrl + a
Open Navigation drawer Ctrl + m
Open Settings Ctrl + Comma ( , )
Open Help & Feedback Ctrl + Question mark ( ? )
Reply all Ctrl + r
Mark as Read/Unread Ctrl + i
Change label Ctrl + l
Print Ctrl + p

If shortcuts don’t work, make sure your device is using the Pixel C keyboard in Settings.

  1. Go to the Settings app Settings.
  2. Touch Language & Input.
  3. Under “Physical keyboard,” choose Pixel C Keyboard.
  4. Try using the shortcuts listed above.
Need help with your apps, settings, or Home screen? Learn more about Android on your Pixel C in the Pixel Phone Help Center.
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