Chromebook - Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to complete some tasks more quickly.

Tip: To find shortcuts on this page, press Ctrl + f and enter what you're looking for.

  • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + Show windows  (or Ctrl + F5).

  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows   (or Shift + Ctrl + F5), then click and drag.

  • Take a screenshot (on tablets): Press Power button + Volume down button.

  • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Search + Alt.

  • Lock your screen: Press Search  + L.

  • Sign out of your Google Account: Press Shift + Ctrl + q (twice).

  • See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash).

 

Shortcuts on external keyboards

If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard, press the Windows key or Command key instead of Search .

To change how a specific keyboard key works:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s. 

  2. Select Settings  .

  3. Under "Device," choose Keyboard.

  4. Change the function of one or more keys.

All other shortcuts

Tabs and windows

Open a new window

Ctrl + n

Open a new window in Incognito mode

Shift + Ctrl + n

Open a new tab

Ctrl + t

Open a file in the browser

Ctrl + o

Close the current tab

Ctrl + w

Close the current window

Shift + Ctrl + w

Reopen the last tab or window you closed

Shift + Ctrl + t

Go to tabs 1-8 in the window

Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8

Go to the last tab in the window

Ctrl + 9

Go to the next tab in the window

Ctrl + Tab

Go to the previous tab in the window

Shift + Ctrl + Tab

Switch quickly between windows

Press & hold Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.

Open the window you used least recently

Press & hold Shift + Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.

Open tabs menu

Press and hold Ctrl, tap Forward   or Back   until a tab is highlighted. Then press Search   + Shift + Volume up

Go to previous page in your browsing history

Alt + Left arrow

Go to the next page in your browsing history

Alt + Right arrow

Open the link in a new tab in the background

Press Ctrl and click a link

Open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tab

Press Shift + Ctrl and click a link

Open the link in a new window

Press Shift and click a link

Open the link in the tab

Drag the link to the tab's address bar

Open the link in a new tab

Drag the link to a blank area on the tab strip

Open the webpage in a new tab`

Type a web address (URL) in the address bar, then press Alt + Enter

Return the tab to its original position

While dragging the tab, press Esc

Dock a window on the left

Alt + [ (left square bracket)

Maximize window

Alt + =

Minimize window

Alt + - (minus)

Dock a window on the right

Alt + ] (right square bracket)

Switch windows between screens (when your Chromebook is connected to a monitor)

Search  + Alt + m

Page & web browser

Page up

Search   + Up arrow   or Alt + Up arrow

Page down

Search   + Down arrow   or Alt + Down arrow

Scroll down the web page

Space bar

Go to top of page

Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow

Go to bottom of page

Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow

Print your current page

Ctrl + p

Save your current page

Ctrl + s

Reload your current page

Ctrl + r

Reload your current page without using cached content

Shift + Ctrl + r

Zoom in on the page

Ctrl and +

Zoom out on the page

Ctrl and (minus)

Reset zoom level

Ctrl + 0

Stop the loading of your current page

Esc

Right-click a link

Press Alt and click a link

Open the link in a new tab in the background

Press Ctrl and click a link

Save the link as a bookmark

Drag link to bookmarks bar

Save your current webpage as a bookmark

Ctrl + d

Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folder

Shift + Ctrl + d

Search the current page

Ctrl + f

Go to the next match for your search

Ctrl + g or Enter

Go to the previous match for your search

Shift + Ctrl + g or Shift + Enter

Go to an inactive information field

Alt + Shift + a

Perform a Google search

Ctrl + k or Ctrl + e

Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar, then open the page

Ctrl + Enter

View page source

Ctrl + u

Show or hide the Developer Tools panel

Shift + Ctrl + i

Navigate to selected section in the Developer Tools panel

Ctrl + Shift + c

Open the Console tab in the Developer Tools panel

Shift + Ctrl + j

Show or hide the bookmarks bar

Shift + Ctrl + b

Show the toolbar

Alt + Shift + t

Navigate to selected selection in the Developer Tools panel

Ctrl + Shift + c

Open the History page

Ctrl + h

Open the Downloads page

Ctrl + j

Delete selected Autofill suggestion when filling out a form

Shift + Alt + Backspace

System & display settings

Open the Files app

Shift + Alt + m

Preview a file in the Files app

Select the file, then press Space

Display hidden files in the Files app

Ctrl + .

Open the status area (where the time appears)

Shift + Alt + s

Click icons 1-8 on your shelf

Alt + 1 through Alt + 8

Click the last icon on your shelf

Alt + 9

Use F keys (F1 to F12)

Search + 1 through Search  + =

See your notifications

Shift + Alt + n

Change screen resolution

Shift + Ctrl and + or (minus)

Reset screen resolution to default

Shift + Ctrl + 0

Rotate screen 90 degrees

Shift + Ctrl + Rotate

Switch to the next user

Ctrl + Alt + . (period)

Switch to the previous user

Ctrl Alt + , (comma)

Text editing

Turn Caps Lock on or off

Search   + Alt

Select everything on the page

Ctrl + a

Select the content in the address bar

Ctrl + L or Alt + d

Select the next word or letter

Shift + Ctrl + Right arrow

Select text to the end of the line

Search   + Shift + Right arrow

Select text to the beginning of the line

Search   + Shift + Left arrow

Select previous word or letter

Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow

Move to the end of the next word

Ctrl + Right arrow

Move to the start of the previous word

Ctrl + Left arrow

Move to beginning of the line

Search   + Left arrow

Move to end of the line

Search   + Right arrow

Go to end of document

Search   + Ctrl + Right arrow

Go to beginning of document

Search   + Ctrl + Left arrow

Copy selected content to the clipboard

Ctrl + c

Paste content from the clipboard

Ctrl + v

Paste content from the clipboard as plain text

Shift + Ctrl + v

Cut

Ctrl + x

Delete the previous word

Ctrl + Backspace

Delete the next letter (forward delete)

Alt + Backspace

Undo your last action

Ctrl + z

Redo your last action

Shift + Ctrl + z

Switch between the keyboard languages you've set.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Shift + Ctrl + Space

Switch to the previous keyboard language you were using.

Learn how to choose your keyboard language.

Ctrl + Space

Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only)

Alt +

Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only)

Alt +

Accessibility

Learn how to make your Chromebook accessible.

Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or off

Ctrl + Alt + z

Turn on high contrast mode

Search   + Ctrl + h

Magnify your whole screen

Ctrl + Search   + m

Magnify part of your screen

Ctrl + Search   + d

Highlight the launcher button on your shelf

Shift + Alt + L

Highlight the next item on your shelf

Shift + Alt + L, then Tab or Right arrow

Highlight the previous item on your shelf

Shift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or Left arrow

Open the highlighted button on your shelf

Shift + Alt + L, then Space or Enter

Remove the highlight from a button on your shelf

Shift + Alt + L, then Esc

Switch focus between:

  • Status area (where the time appears)

  • Launcher

  • Address bar

  • Bookmarks bar (if visible)

  • The webpage that's open

  • Downloads bar (if visible)

Ctrl + Back   or Ctrl + Forward

Highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown)

Shift + Alt + b

Highlight the row with the address bar

Shift + Alt + t

Open right-click menu for highlighted item

Search   + Shift + Increase volume

Move an app icon up, down or to the side in the launcher

Ctrl + Up  , Down  , Left  ,  or Right

Move an app in or out of a folder in the launcher

Ctrl + Shift + Up , Down , Left , or Right

Use shortcuts on a braille keyboard

See braille keyboard shortcuts