Use the Pixelbook keyboard

Your Pixelbook keyboard has a lot in common with a regular keyboard, with a few new buttons you might not recognize. Let’s get you up to speed.

Unique keys on your Pixelbook keyboard

Search key Search your apps and the web. To turn Caps Lock on or off, press Alt + Search.
Launch assistant key Launch the Google Assistant
Previous page Go to the previous page in your browser history (F1)
Reload Reload / Refresh your current page (F2)
Hide the tabs and launcher in full-screen mode Hide the tabs and launcher in full-screen Immersive mode (F3)
Show all windows in Overview mode Show all windows in Overview mode (F4)
Dim the screen Dim the screen (F5)
Make the screen brighter Make the screen brighter (F6)
Play / pause Play/pause (F7)
Mute key Mute (F8)
Key to lower the volume Lower the volume (F9)
Raise the volume Raise the volume (F10)
Status area ( Where your account picture shows ) Open your status area (Pixelbook 2017 only)  
Power key Power (Pixelbook Go only)  

 

Note: If you're using a Windows keyboard with your Pixelbook:

  • The F keys work like the keys above, sometimes with a few differences
  • The Windows key between Ctrl and Alt works as the Search key

Tip: For quick access to emoji, handwriting, and voice input, add keyboard input options to your device's shelf.

  1. Select the clock in the bottom corner of the screen to open your status area.
  2. Select Settings Settings
  3. Under "Languages and input," select Input method.
  4. Next to "Show input options in the shelf," use the toggle to enable.
  5. Your keyboard type (for example, "US" for a US keyboard) will appear in a circle on the right side of your shelf. Select it to see input options.

Change your keyboard settings

Dim or brighten the keyboard backlight

To adjust the brightness of keyboards equipped with backlights:

  • Dim the keyboard: Alt +
  • Make the keyboard brighter: Alt +

Change how the Ctrl and Alt keys work

For example, you can make the Ctrl key work as a Caps Lock key.

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your device.
  2. Select the time in the bottom right to open the status area.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. In the "Device" section, click Keyboard.
  5. Use the menus to change how the keys work.

Add words to your dictionary

To add a word to your dictionary, right-click the word and select Add to dictionary.

To add several words to your dictionary:

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your device.
  2. Click the time in the bottom right to open the status area.
  3. Click Settings Settings.
  4. Under "Device," click Keyboard and then Change language and input settings.
  5. Click Spell check.
  6. Click Custom spelling.
  7. Enter a word into the field "Add a new word," then click Enter.
  8. To delete a word from your dictionary, click the X next to the word.

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