As a Chromebook user, you may wonder where the delete key is on your keyboard. Unlike most laptops, Chromebooks do not have a dedicated key for deleting characters.
However, there are ways to achieve the same functionality with keyboard shortcuts or context menus. In this article, we will show you how to create a delete key on a Chromebook.
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How to delete on Chromebook?
The easiest way to delete on Chromebook is to use the keyboard shortcut Alt + Backspace. This will erase the character immediately after the cursor, just like a delete key on a regular keyboard.
You can also use Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word or Shift + Alt + Backspace to clear autofill form data on a page.
To delete a file or block of text, right-click on it and select Delete from the context menu. This will move the file to the trash bin, where you can permanently restore or delete it.
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How to navigate text on Chromebook with keyboard shortcuts?
In addition to the delete key, many other keys are missing from the Chromebook keyboard, including Home, End, Page Up and Page Down. These keys are useful in successfully navigating a body of text.
Here are some Chromebook keyboard shortcut alternatives for the keys mentioned above that you can use on a Chromebook:
- Home: Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow
- End: Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow
- Page Up: Alt or Search + Up arrow
- Page Down: Alt or Search + Down arrow
To see a full list of keyboard shortcuts available in Chrome OS, grouped by category, press Ctrl + Alt + / or select View keyboard shortcuts from the Keyboard settings page.
In conclusion, Chromebooks are designed to be simple and light. They are only meant for web browsing and cloud computing. That is why you have to bear the trade-off between a light laptop and fewer keys on the keyboard. However, with keyboard shortcuts, you can easily perform almost all the functions you could have with a normal keyboard.