Chromebook-Specific Shortcuts

 

FROM THE DISTINGUISHED DESK OF Lee S. Chhuon Esq. 

Afternoon everyone,

To assist you further with the chrome boxes, listed are the shortcut keys for Chrome OS:

  • Ctrl + Shift + L – Lock your Chromebook’s screen.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Q – Log out of your Chromebook. Press the key combination twice to quit.

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  • Alt + E – Open the Chrome browser’s menu. This only works if a Chrome browser window is open and focused.
  • Alt + 1-8 – Launch applications located on Chrome OS’s “shelf,” or taskbar. For example, Alt + 1 will launch the first application shortcut from the left.

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  • Alt + [ – Dock a window to the left side of your screen.
  • Alt + ]  – Dock a window to the right side of your screen.

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    • Ctrl + Switcher/F5 – Take a screenshot and save it to your Downloads folder The Switcher key is located in place of the F5 key on a standard keyboard.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Switcher/F5 – Take a screenshot of part of the screen. Use the cursor to select the part of the screen you want to save.

  • Alt + Search – Toggle Caps Lock. The Search key has a magnifying glass on it and is in place of the Caps Lock key on typical keyboards.

  • Shift + Esc – Launch the Task Manager.

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Display Settings

    • Ctrl + Shift and + – Increase screen scale, making items appear larger on your screen.

    • Ctrl + Shift and – – Decrease screen scale, making items appear smaller on your screen.

  • Ctrl + Shift and ) – Reset screen scale to the default setting.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Refresh/F3 – Rotate your screen 90 degrees. The Refresh key is located where the F3 key would be located on typical keyboards.

  • Ctrl + Immersive Mode/F4 – Configure display settings when an external monitor is connected. The Immersive Mode key is located where the F4 key would be located on typical keyboards.

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Web Browser & Text-Editing Shortcuts

Chromebooks support all the standard web browser keyboard shortcuts you can use in Chrome or other browsers on other operating systems. For example, Ctrl + 1 activates the first tab in the current window, while Ctrl + 2 activates the second tab. Ctrl + T will open a new tab, while Ctrl + W will close the current tab. Ctrl + L will focus the location bar so you can immediately start typing a new search or website address. Read our in-depth guide to shared web browser keyboard shortcuts for many more shortcuts.

Chrome OS also supports standard text-editing keyboard shortcuts other operating systems support. For example, you can press Ctrl+Backspace to delete the previous word, use Ctrl + Zto undo, and use the standard Ctrl+XCtrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts to Cut, Copy and Paste. Consult our in-depth guide to text-editing keyboard shortcuts for more shortcuts.