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Google Chromebook shortcut keys

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope


Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys used on a Google Chromebook . For additional shortcuts that work in both Chrome and on a Chromebook, see our Google Chrome shortcut keys page.

Tip: Pressing Ctrl+Alt+/ shows an interactive menu with every shortcut key combination available on a Chromebook.

Tip: See the computer shortcuts page if you are looking for other shortcut keys used with other operating systems.

Shortcut KeysDescription
Ctrl+Shift+Q (twice)Sign out of your Google account.
Ctrl+Shift+LLock your computer’s screen.
Alt+1 through Alt+8Activates apps 1-8 on your shelf.
Alt+Shift+MOpen the files app.
Alt+Shift+SOpen the status menu.
Ctrl+Alt+ZToggle ChromeVox on or off.
Ctrl+Shift and + or –Change the screen resolution.
Ctrl+Shift and 0Set the screen resolution back to default.
Ctrl+Shift and ReloadRotate the screen 90 degrees.
F1-F12Search + 1 to Search + =
Page upAlt or Search and up arrow.
Page downAlt or Search and down arrow.
Ctrl+Window switcher key 1 or Ctrl+F5 Take a screenshot of the current page.
Ctrl+Shift+Window switcher key 2 or Ctrl+Shift+F5 Take a partial screenshot of the current page.
Ctrl+Shift+Right ArrowSelect the next word.
Ctrl+Shift+Left ArrowSelect the previous word.
Shift+Search + Right ArrowSelect text until the end of the line.
Shift+Search + Left ArrowSelect text until the end of the previous line.
Ctrl+BackspaceDelete the previous word.
Alt+BackspaceForward delete.
Ctrl+Right ArrowMove cursor one word to the right.
Ctrl+Left ArrowMove cursor one word to the left.
Ctrl+Alt+Up ArrowGo to the top of the page.
Ctrl+Alt+Down ArrowGo to the bottom of the page.
Ctrl+Search + Right ArrowGo to the end of a document.
Ctrl+Search + Left ArrowGo to the beginning of a document.
Ctrl+ASelect everything on a page.
Ctrl+CCopy selected text to clipboard
Ctrl+L Select everything in the address bar


Paste text currently in clipboard

Ctrl+Shift+VPast text as plain text
Ctrl+XCut text from document and copy to clipboard.
Ctrl+ZUndo last action.
Ctrl+WCloses the currently selected tab.

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Master Chrome OS With These Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Chris Hoffman


Keyboard shortcuts are essential on any device with a hardware keyboard, whether you’re using a Windows PC , Linux system , Mac , or even a Chromebook. Chrome OS and other operating systems share quite a few shortcuts, but many are unique to Chrome OS.

Be sure to use the function keys at the top of your keyboard, too. These keys replce the F1-F12 keys with useful browser action and hardware control buttons. You can even press a key to see all open windows at once.

Chromebook-Specific Shortcuts

Ctrl + Shift + L – Lock your Chromebook’s screen.

Ctrl + Shift + Q – Log out of your Chromebook. Press the key combination twice to quit.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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 + Z to undo, and use the standard Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts to Cut, Copy and Paste. Consult our in-depth guide to text-editing keyboard shortcuts for more shortcuts.

The Ultimate Keyboard Shortcut

RELATED: Seven Useful Chromebook Tricks You Should Know About

Press Ctrl + Alt + ? (or Ctrl + Alt + / ) to open a keyboard shortcut cheat sheet at any time. This cheat sheet allows you to view all your Chromebook’s keyboard shortcuts. Whether you’re looking up a keyboard shortcut you forgot, you want to master all the keyboard shortcuts, or you’re just curious, this overlay will help you master those keyboard shortcuts.


Chrome OS doesn’t allow you to create custom keyboard shortcuts for most of these actions. You can still create custom keyboard shortcuts for extensions or use an extension to create custom keyboard shortcuts for browser actions.

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