Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

There's hardly any task on Chromebook that can't be accomplished with a keyboard shortcut.

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts make our day-to-day tasks easier on any device. Thankfully, Chromebook offers a huge list of keyboard shortcuts.

You can close windows, activate the split-screen mode, swap monitors, create desks, edit and format text, launch apps, turn on accessibility features, and do much more using Chromebook keyboard shortcuts.

We have divided the Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts based on their functionality in this cheatsheet. To find shortcuts on this page, press Ctrl + F and type whatever you are looking for.

Note: If your Chromebook keyboard doesn’t have the Search key, you must press the Launcher key instead to use the shortcut.

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Alt + [Split current app to the left side of the screen.
Alt + ]Split current app to the right side of the screen.
Alt + =Maximize current window.
Alt + – Minimize current window.
Ctrl + Shift + WClose current window.
Ctrl + Shift + TReopen last closed tab or window.
Shift + Search + = Create a new desk.
Search + [Switch to the desk on the left.
Search + ]Switch to the desk on the right.
Shift + Search + [desk number 1-8]Switch to desk 1-8.
Search + Alt + MMove window between screens (when Chromebook is connected to a monitor).
Shift + Search + [Move the active window to the desk on the left.
Shift + Search + ]Move the active window to the desk on the right.
Shift + Search + AMove a window to all desks.
Alt + FullscreenSwap primary monitor.
Alt + 1 to Alt + 8Open apps 1-8 on the shelf.
Alt + 9Opens the last app on the shelf.
Alt + TabSwitch to the last opened app.
Hold Alt and press TabView open apps and cycle through them.
Files App
Alt + Shift + MOpen the Files app.
Ctrl + .Show hidden files in the Files app.
Select File, then press SpacePreview a file.
Ctrl + ECreate new folder.
Ctrl + EnterRename a file or folder.
Alt + BackspaceDelete items.
Quick Panel/Launcher
Shift + Alt + SOpen quick panel.
Shift + Alt + NView notifications.
SearchOpen/close the launcher.
Shift + SearchOpen/close the full-screen launcher.
Ctrl + Shift + +Increase screen resolution.
Ctrl + Shift + –Decrease screen resolution.
Ctrl + Shift + 0Reset screen resolution.
Shift + Ctrl + Refresh Rotate screen 90 degrees.
Ctrl + Show WindowsTake a screenshot of the entire screen.
Ctrl + Shift + Show WindowsTake a partial screenshot of selected region.
Power button + Volume DownTake a screenshot on tablets.
External Monitor
Ctrl + Full ScreenToggle external monitor modes.
Ctrl + Alt + . Switch to next user.
Ctrl + Alt + , Switch to previous user.
Sleep and Login
Search + LLock screen.
Ctrl + Shift + Q (twice)Sign out of Google account.
Shift + Search + LPut device in sleep mode.
Text Editing
Ctrl + CCopy.
Ctrl + XCut.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + Shift + VPaste without formatting as plain text.
Search + VOpen and view clipboard items.
Ctrl + ZUndo last action.
Shift + Ctrl + ZRedo last action.
Search + AltTurn caps lock on or off.
Text Selection
Ctrl + ASelect everything on the page.
Ctrl + L or Alt + DSelect content in the address bar/ Focus address bar.
Ctrl + Shift + →Select next word.
Ctrl + Shift + ←Select the previous word.
Shift + Search + →Select all text to the end of the line.
Shift + Search + ←Select all text to the beginning of the line.
Ctrl + →Move to the end of the next word.
Ctrl + ←Move to the start of the previous word.
Search + →Go to the end of the line.
Search + ←Go to the beginning of the line.
Ctrl + Search + →Jump to the end of a document.
Ctrl + Search + ←Jump to the start of a document.
Ctrl + Search + ←Jump to the start of a document.
Alt + Backspace or Search + BackspaceDelete next letter.
Ctrl + BackspaceDelete the previous word.
Ctrl + Alt + BackspaceDelete next word.
Keyboard and Language
Alt + Brightness UpIncrease keyboard backlight.
Alt + Brightness DownDecrease keyboard backlight.
Ctrl + SpaceSwitch to the previous keyboard language.
Shift + Ctrl + SpaceSwitch between keyboard languages.
Search + Shift + SpaceOpen emoji picker.
Alt + ClickRight-click.
Hold Search + Preferred functionSwitch behavior of top-row key.
Ctrl + Alt + ZTurn ChromeVox on or off.
Search + Ctrl + HTurn high contrast mode on or off.
Search + Ctrl + MMagnify the whole screen.
Search + Ctrl + DMagnify part of the screen/ turn docked magnifier on or off.
Ctrl + Search + 7Turn caret browsing on or off.
Shift + Alt+ LHighlight the launcher button on the shelf.
Shift + Alt + L, then Tab (or)
Highlight the next item on the shelf.
Shift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab (or) ← Highlight previous items on the shelf.
Shift + Alt + L, then Space (or) EnterOpen the highlighted button on your shelf.
Search + Shift + Volume UpOpen right-click menu for the highlighted item.
Miscellaneous Shortcuts
Search + AOpen Google Assistant.
Search + EscOpen Task Manager.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + RefreshDo a barrel roll.
Ctrl + /Opens Chromebook help window.
Ctrl + Alt + /View all Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts.
Ctrl + Search + EscOpen Diagnostics app.

In addition to the above shortcuts, Chromebook also supports braille and accent shortcuts. You can also remap the keyboard shortcuts on Chromebook. Before you leave, I would suggest you read the Chromebook keyboard tips and tricks post as well as our Chromebook tips article for beginners.

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she's always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She's been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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