Ultimate Keyboard Shortcut Guide for Chromebook

List of Keyboard Shortcuts for Chromebook


Tabs and windows

Open a new windowCtrl + n
Open a new window in Incognito modeShift + Ctrl + n
Open a new tabCtrl + t
Open a file in the browserCtrl o
Close the current tabCtrl w
Close the current windowShift + Ctrl w
Reopen the last tab or window you closedShift Ctrl t
Go to tabs 1-8 in the windowCtrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Go to the last tab in the windowCtrl + 9
Go to the next tab in the windowCtrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab in the windowShift + Ctrl + Tab
Switch quickly between windowsPress & hold Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release. You can also press & hold Alt, then tap Tab, and select a window with the left or right arrow keys, mouse, or touch.
Open the window you used least recentlyPress & hold Shift + Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Go to the previous page in your browsing historyAlt + Left arrow 
Go to the next page in your browsing historyAlt + Right arrow 
Open the link in a new tab in the backgroundPress Ctrl and click a link
Open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tabPress Shift + Ctrl and click a link
Open the link in a new windowPress Shift and click a link
Open the link in the tabDrag the link to the tab’s address bar
Open the link in a new tabDrag the link to a blank area on the tab strip
Open the webpage in a new tabType a web address (URL) in the address bar, then press Alt + Enter
Return the tab to its original positionWhile dragging the tab, press Esc
Dock a window on the leftAlt + [ (left square bracket)
Maximize windowAlt + =
Minimize windowAlt + – (minus)
Dock a window on the rightAlt + ] (right square bracket)
Switch windows between screens (when your Chromebook is connected to a monitor)Search  + Alt + (or)
Launcher  + Alt + m

Page & web browser

Page upAlt + Up arrow 
Page downAlt + Down arrow 
Scroll down the web pageSpace bar
Go to the top of the pageCtrl + Alt + Up arrow 
Go to the bottom of the pageCtrl + Alt + Down arrow 
Print your current pageCtrl + p
Save your current pageCtrl + s
Reload your current pageCtrl + r
Reload your current page without using cached contentShift + Ctrl + r
Zoom in on the pageCtrl and +
Zoom out on the pageCtrl and – (minus)
Reset zoom levelCtrl + 0
Stop the loading of your current pageEsc
Right-click a linkPress Alt and click a link
Open the link in a new tab in the backgroundPress Ctrl and click a link
Save the link as a bookmarkDrag link to the bookmarks bar
Save your current webpage as a bookmarkCtrl + d
Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folderShift + Ctrl + d
Search the current pageCtrl + f
Go to the next match for your searchCtrl + g or Enter
Go to the previous match for your searchShift + Ctrl + g or Shift + Enter
Go to an inactive information fieldAlt + Shift + a
Perform a Google searchCtrl k (or)
Ctrl e
Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar, then open the pageCtrl + Enter
View page sourceCtrl + u
Show or hide the Developer Tools panelShift + Ctrl + i
Navigate to the selected section in the Developer Tools panelCtrl + Shift + c
Open the Console tab in the Developer Tools panelShift + Ctrl j
Show or hide the bookmarks barShift Ctrl b
Show the toolbarAlt + Shift + t
Navigate to the selected selection in the Developer Tools panelCtrl + Shift + c
Open the History pageCtrl + h
Open the Downloads pageCtrl + j
Delete selected Autofill suggestions when filling out a formShift + Alt + Backspace

System & display settings

Open the Files appShift + Alt + m
Preview a file in the Files appSelect the file, then press Space
Display hidden files in the Files appCtrl + . (period)
Open the status area (where the time appears)Shift + Alt + s
Click icons 1-8 on your shelfAlt + 1 through Alt + 8
Click the last icon on your shelfAlt + 9
Use function keysSearch  + your preferred function key (or)
Launcher  + your preferred function key
See your notificationsShift + Alt + n
Change screen resolutionShift Ctrl and + or – (minus)
Reset screen resolution to defaultShift + Ctrl + 0
Rotate screen 90 degreesShift + Ctrl + Rotate 
Switch to the next userCtrl + Alt + . (period)
Switch to the previous userCtrl Alt + , (comma)

Text editing

Turn Caps Lock on or offSearch  + Alt (or)
Launcher  + Alt
Select everything on the pageCtrl + a
Select the content in the address barCtrl + L or Alt + d
Select the next word or letterShift + Ctrl + Right arrow 
Select text to the end of the lineSearch  + Shift + Right arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Shift + Right arrow 
Select text at the beginning of the lineSearch  + Shift + Left arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Shift + Left arrow 
Select a previous word or letterShift + Ctrl + Left arrow 
Move to the end of the next wordCtrl + Right arrow 
Move to the start of the previous wordCtrl + Left arrow 
Move to beginning of the lineSearch  Left arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Left arrow 
Move to the end of the lineSearch  + Right arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Right Arrow 
Go to the end of the documentSearch  + Ctrl + Right arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Ctrl + Right arrow 
Go to the beginning of the documentSearch  + Ctrl + Left arrow  (or)
Launcher  + Ctrl + Left arrow  
Open clipboard menuLauncher  + v (or)
Search  + v
Tip: You can navigate the clipboard menu with the tab or arrow keys.
Copy selected content to the clipboardCtrl + c
Tip: You can select up to five items to copy to your clipboard.
Paste content from the clipboardCtrl + v
Paste content when the clipboard menu is openEnter
Paste content from the clipboard as plain textShift + Ctrl + v
CutCtrl + x
Delete the previous wordCtrl + Backspace
Delete the next letter (forward delete)Alt + Backspace
Undo your last actionCtrl + z
Redo your last actionShift + Ctrl + z
Switch to the previous keyboard language you were using.Ctrl + Space
Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only)Alt + 
Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only)Alt + 
Insert an emojiSearch  + Shift + Space (or) Launcher  + Shift + Space


Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or offCtrl + Alt + z
Turn on high contrast modeSearch  + Ctrl + (or)
Launcher  + Ctrl + h
Magnify your whole screenCtrl + Search  + m (or)
Ctrl + Launcher  + m
Magnify part of your screenCtrl + Search  + (or)
Ctrl + Launcher  + d
Move around in fullscreen-magnifier modeCtrl + Alt + Up Down , Left , or Right 
Highlight the launcher button on your shelfShift + Alt + L
Highlight the next item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Tab (or)
Shift + Alt + L, then Right arrow 
Highlight the previous item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab (or)
Shift + Alt + L, then Left arrow 
Open the highlighted button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Space (or)
Shift + Alt + L, then Enter
Remove the highlight from a button on your shelfShift + 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 + bHighlight the row with the address barShift + Alt + tOpen right-click menu for the highlighted itemSearch  + Shift + Increase volume  (or)
Launcher  + Shift + Increase volume Move an app icon up, down, or to the side in the launcherCtrl + Up Down , Left , or Right Move an app in or out of a folder in the launcherCtrl + Shift + Up , Down , Left , or Right 


Create a new deskShift + Search  + =
Switch to a desk on the left or rightSearch  + [ or ] (left or right square bracket)
Switch to a specific deskShift + Search  + [desk position number]
Move a window to a different deskShift + Search  + [ or (left or right square bracket)
Move a window to all desksShift + Search  + a
View all windows on your deskAlt + Tab
View a different window on your deskHold Alt and press Tab
View a different window on your current deskSelect Current desk
View windows across all desksSelect All desks

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