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Every Chromebook keyboard shortcut you need to know

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Time is money, and keyboard shortcuts help us save our valuable time. Keyboard shortcuts are a workaround to the things that you will typically do by clicking on the screen and help you get things done quicker. For example, to print a Google Calendar, you will have to click on various options, whereas by Ctrl + P keyboard shortcut, the print window appears instantly.

In this article, we bring all the keyboard shortcuts for Chromebook in five sub-sections and hope that you do benefit from the list.

Note: Since this is an extensive list, we recommend that you press Ctrl+F and enter the function for which you’re trying to find the keyboard shortcut.

Tabs and windows shortcuts

  • Ctrl + n: To open a new window.
  • Shift + Ctrl + n: To open a new window in Incognito mode.
  • Ctrl + t: To open a new tab.
  • Ctrl oTo open a file in a browser.
  • Ctrl w: To close a current tab.
  • Shift + Ctrl w: To close the current window.
  • Shift Ctrl t: To reopen a last tab or window that you closed.
  • Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8: To open 1-8 tabs in the Window.
  • Ctrl + 9: To open the last tab.
  • Ctrl + Tab: Next tab in a window.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Tab: Previous tab in the window.
  • Alt + Tab: To switch quickly between windows.
  • Shift + Alt, then tap Tab: To open the window you use least.
  • Ctrl, then press Forward or Back until the tab you want to open gets highlighted. Then press Search + Shift + Volume up: To open tabs menu.
  • Alt + Left arrow: Previous page in your browsing history.
  • Alt + Right arrow: To go the next page in your browsing history.
  • Press Ctrl and click a link: To open the link in a new tab.
  • Press Shift + Ctrl and click a link: To open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tab.
  • Press Shift and click a link: To open the link in a new window.
  • Drag the link to the address bar: To open the link in the same tab.
  • Drag the link to a blank area beside an open tab: Opens the link in a new tab.
  • Insert a URL, press Alt + Enter: To open the webpage in a new tab.
  • Press escape while dragging the tab: To return the tab in its original position.
  • Alt + [: To shift and dock a window on the left.
  • Alt + =: To maximise the window.
  • Alt + -(minus) : To minimise the window.
  • Alt + ]: To shift and dock a window to the right.
  • Search + Alt + m: To switch between screens when the Chromebook is connected to the monitor.

Page and web browser

  • Search  + Up arrow or Alt + Up arrow: To page up.
  • Search  + Down arrow or Alt + Down arrow: To page down.
  • Space bar: To scroll down a webpage.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow: To go to the top of the page.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow: To go to the bottom of the page.
  • Ctrl + p: To print the page.
  • Ctrl + s: To save the current page.
  • Ctrl + r: To reload the current page.
  • Shift + Ctrl + r: To reload the current page without using the cached content.
  • Ctrl and +: To zoom in on the page.
  • Ctrl and – (minus): To zoom out on a page.
  • Ctrl + 0: To reset the zoom level.
  • Esc: To stop the loading of your current page.
  • Press Alt and click a link: To right-click on a link.
  • Press Ctrl and click a link: To open the link in a new tab in the background.
  • Drag a link to bookmarks bar: To save the link as a bookmark.
  • Ctrl + d: To save the link as a bookmark.
  • Shift + Ctrl + d: To save all open pages in the current window as a bookmark in the new folder.
  • Ctrl + f: To search the current page.
  • Ctrl + g or Enter: To go to the next match for your search.
  • Shift + Ctrl + g or Shift + Enter: To go to the previous match for your search.
  • Alt + Shift + a: To go to an inactive information field.
  • Ctrl k or Ctrl e: To perform a Google search.
  • Ctrl + Enter: To add www. and .com to your input in the address bar, then open the page.
  • Ctrl + u: To view page source.
  • Shift + Ctrl + i: To show or hide the Developer Tools panel.
  • Ctrl + Shift + c: To navigate to the selected section in the Developer Tools panel.
  • Shift + Ctrl j: To open the Console tab in the Developer Tools panel.
  • Shift Ctrl b: To show or hide the bookmarks bar.
  • Alt + Shift + t: To show the toolbar.
  • Ctrl + Shift + c: To navigate to selected selection in the Developer Tools pane.
  • Ctrl + h: To open the History page.
  • Ctrl + j: To open the Downloads page.
  • Shift + Alt + Backspace: To delete selected Autofill suggestion when filling out a form.

System and display settings

  • Shift + Alt + m: To open the Files app.
  • Select the file, then press Space: To preview a file in the Files app.
  • Ctrl + . : To display hidden files in the Files app.
  • Shift + Alt + s: To open the status area (where the time appears).
  • Alt + 1 through Alt + 8: To click icons 1-8 on your shelf.
  • Alt + 9: To click the last icon on your shelf.
  • Search + 1 through Search + = : To use F keys (F1 to F12).
  • Shift + Alt + n: To see your notifications.
  • Shift Ctrl and + or – (minus): To change screen resolution.
  • Shift + Ctrl + 0: To reset screen resolution to default.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Rotate: To rotate screen 90 degrees.
  • Ctrl + Alt + . (period): To switch to the next user.
  • Ctrl Alt + , (comma): To switch to the previous user.

Text editing

  • Search + Alt: To turn Caps Lock on or off.
  • Ctrl + A: Select all.
  • Ctrl + L or Alt + D: To select the content in the address bar.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Right arrow: To select the next word or letter.
  • Search + Shift + Right arrow: To select text to the end of the line.
  • Search + Shift + Left arrow: To select text to the beginning of the line.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow: To select previous word or letter.
  • Ctrl + Right arrow: Moves the cursor to the end of the next word.
  • Ctrl + Left arrow: Moves the cursor to the start of the previous word.
  • Search + Left arrow: To move to the beginning of the line.
  • Search + Right arrow: Moves the cursor to the end of the line.
  • Search + Ctrl + Right arrow: To go to end of document.
  • Search + Ctrl + Left arrow: To go to the beginning of a document.
  • Ctrl + C: Copy selected content.
  • Ctrl + V: Paste selected content.
  • Shift + Ctrl + V: To paste content from the clipboard as plain text.
  • Ctrl + X: To cut.
  • Ctrl + Backspace: To delete the previous word.
  • Alt + Backspace: To delete the next letter (forward delete).
  • Ctrl + Z: To undo your last action.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Z: To redo your last action.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Space: To switch between the keyboard languages you’ve set.
  • Ctrl + Space: To switch to the previous keyboard language you were using.
  • Alt + : To dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only).
  • Alt + : To make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only).


  • Ctrl + Alt + ZTo turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or off.
  • Search + Ctrl + H: To turn on high contrast mode.
  • Ctrl + SearchM: To magnify your whole screen.
  • Ctrl + SearchD: To magnify part of your screen.
  • Shift + Alt + L: To highlight the launcher button.
  • Shift + Alt + L, then Tab/Right arrow: To highlight the next item on your shelf.
  • Shift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab/Left arrow: To highlight the previous item on your shelf.
  • Shift + Alt + L, then Space or Enter: To open the highlighted button on your shelf.
  • Shift + Alt + L, then Esc: To remove the highlight from a button on your shelf.
  • Ctrl + Back or Ctrl + Forward: To Switch focus between Status area, Launcher, Address bar, Bookmarks bar, active webpage tab, Downloads status.
  • Shift + Alt + B: To highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown).
  • Shift + Alt + T: To highlight the row with the address bar.
  • Search + Shift + Increase volume: To open right-click menu for highlighted item.
  • Search + Ctrl + M: To magnify your whole screen.
  • Search + Ctrl + D: To magnify part of your screen.

This is the complete list of the Chromebook keyboard shortcuts that you should know.

Also Read: How to implement double spacing in Google Docs?

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here:

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