100+ Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts and Function Keys

Most of us have a friend or somebody we know who seems like a computer wizard. People like these use the mouse as less as possible and will do most things with a flick of their fingers on the keyboard. It’s nothing magical though and is pretty easy. All it takes is a little practice and it does make things very convenient. All one has to do is to learn and use keyboard shortcuts. There are plenty of Chromebook keyboard shortcuts too, like any other desktop OS. You need a Chromebook to experience the OS. Windows and Linux users can give it a try by running Chrome OS directly from a USB drive.

You might be forgiven to think Chrome OS probably doesn’t have as many keyboard shortcuts as a Mac or Windows computer. After all, Chrome OS is a very slimmed down version of an OS. It’s basically the Chrome web browser running on top of the Linux kernel. It still packs in a lot of keyboard shortcuts though. There are so many keyboard shortcuts and function keys for various browser functions of Chrome itself. On Chromebook, you get even more since the browser is also handling all of the other systems.

Below is a rather huge table of various Chrome OS or Chromebook keyboard shortcuts and what they do.

100+ Chromebook Shortcuts

There are a lot of Chromebook shortcuts and no one can possibly remember them all. Fortunately, nobody has to. Everyone uses their devices differently. Some people use their Chrome OS device to browse content on the web and maybe type a bit of email and messages. Some people will write long articles, and others probably use it just to consume media content.

Naturally, everyone has a different workflow along with different requirements. Your most used functions will be very different than mine. So just try to remember a couple of these Chromebook keyboard shortcuts and try to incorporate them in your workflow. Once you get used to them,  you won’t need to remember them or remember to use them. It becomes natural after a point. Then you can move onto the next couple of keyboard shortcuts that you think will make life easy.

Using these Chrome OS shortcuts, you can take screenshots on Chromebook, open task manager, zoom in or out, control browser settings and manage URLs, create, open and save files, navigate a page, and do lots more. You can also download the compete list of keyboard shortcuts as a PDF file from the end of this article.

Basic Chromebook Function Keys

Ctrl + P Open Print dialog
Ctrl + S Save the current webpage
Ctrl + R Refresh the page
Ctrl + Shift + R Refresh the page without loading cache
Ctrl + O Open a file
Ctrl + H View History
Ctrl + J Open Downloads
Ctrl + D Bookmark current page
Ctrl + Shift + D Bookmark all open tabs
Ctrl + Shift + B Toggle bookmarks bar
Alt + E Open Chrome’s menu
Search + Esc Open Task Manager
Ctrl + U View page source
Ctrl + Shift + I Open the Developer Tools panel

Navigating Tabs and Windows

Ctrl + N Open new window
Ctrl + Shift + N Open new incognito window
Ctrl + T Open new tab
Ctrl + W Close current tab
Ctrl + Shift + W Close current window
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen last closed tab
Ctrl + 1 — Ctrl + 8 Switch to tab 1-8
Ctrl + 9 Switch to the last tab
Ctrl +Tab Move to next tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move to prior tab
Ctrl + Click Open link in a new tab
Ctrl + Shift + Click Open link in a new tab and switch to it immediately
Shift + Click Open link in a new window

Apps and Shelf Shortcuts

Alt + 1 — Alt + 8 Open shelf apps 1-8
Alt + 9 Open the last app on the shelf
Alt + Tab Switch to the last-opened app; keep pressing to cycle through apps
Alt + Shift + Tab Switch to least recently opened app; keep pressing to cycle through apps
Alt + [ Pin the current app to the left side of the screen
Alt + ] Pin the current app to the right side of the screen
Alt + Equals (=) Maximize current window
Alt + Minus (-) Minimize current window
Search + Alt + M Move window between screens (when using multiple monitors)

Webpage Navigation Shortcuts

Ctrl + Plus (+) Zoom in
Ctrl + Minus (-) Zoom out
Ctrl + 0 (Zero) Reset zoom to 100%
Ctrl + F Search the current page
Alt + Left Go back one page
Alt + Right Go forward one page
Alt + Up Scroll the page up. Equivalent to Page Up key in Windows
Alt + Down Scroll the page down. Equivalent to Page Down key in Windows
Ctrl + Alt + Up Jump to the top of the page. Equivalent to Home key in Windows
Ctrl + Alt + Down Jump to the bottom of the page. Equivalent to End key in Windows

Chrome OS System Shortcuts

Shift + Alt + N Show notifications
Ctrl + Forward Slash (/) Open Help
Ctrl + Alt + Forward Slash (/) Show Chrome OS shortcuts reference window
Search + L Lock screen
Ctrl + Shift + Q (twice) Sign out of Google account
Ctrl + Shift + Plus (+) Increase screen resolution
Ctrl + Shift + Minus (-) Decrease screen resolution
Ctrl + Shift + Zero (0) Reset screen resolution
Alt + Brightness Up/Down Increase/decrease keyboard backlight (if applicable)
Ctrl + Window Switcher Take a screenshot of the entire screen
Ctrl + Shift + Window Switcher Take a screenshot of a selected region
Ctrl + Full Screen Toggle external monitor modes (if applicable)

Text Editing Shortcuts

Alt + Search Toggle Caps Lock
Alt + Backspace Delete next character. Equivalent to Delete key on Windows
Ctrl + Backspace Delete the previous word
Ctrl + Alt + Backspace Delete next word
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + L Select all text in the address bar
Ctrl + Right/Left Move the cursor to the next/previous word
Ctrl + Shift + Right/Left Select next/previous word
Shift + Search + Right/Left Select all text to the end/beginning of the current line
Ctrl + Search + Right/Left Jump to the end/beginning of a text field/document
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Shift + V Paste without formatting
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo

Trackpad Shortcuts and Swipe Gestures

Alt + Click Equivalent to a right-click
Click with three fingers Equivalent to a middle-click
Swipe up or down with two fingers Scroll up or down on the page
Swipe right/left with two fingers Go forward/back one page
Swipe down with three fingers Equivalent to the Window Switcher key
Swipe right/left with three fingers Move between open Chrome tabs

Accessibility/Advanced Navigation Shortcuts

Shift + Alt + B Highlight bookmarks bar; use arrows to navigate
Shift + Alt + T Highlight the icons in the address bar row
Shift + Alt + S Highlight the status area at the bottom-right
Shift + Alt+ L Highlight the first shelf icon
Ctrl + Back Move to the previous keyboard-accessible area on the screen
Ctrl + Forward Move to next keyboard-accessible area on the screen
Shift + Search + Volume Up Opens the right-click menu for the highlighted element
Search + Ctrl + H Toggle high contrast mode
Search + Ctrl + M Magnify the entire screen
Search + Ctrl + D Magnify part of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Z Toggle ChromeVox, the built-in screen reader

Miscellaneous Shrotcuts

Ctrl + Enter Add “www.” and “.com” to text in the address bar and open page
Ctrl + Period (.) Show hidden files in Files app
Search + 1 — Search + Equals (=) Use F keys (F1 through F12)
Ctrl + Alt + Period (.) Switch to next user (if applicable)
Ctrl + Alt + Comma (,) Switch to the previous user (if applicable)
Ctrl + Shift + Space Cycle between keyboard languages (if applicable)
Alt + Shift + M Open Files app

With a hope that these Chromebook shortcuts and function keys will help you perform a range of tasks quickly and easily, I wind up my list here. Should I find any other keyboard shortcuts, I’ll update this list. Meanwhile, if you want keep the above-mentioned Chromebook keyboard shortcuts for future reference, you can download this PDF file.

If you want to make more out of your Chromebook, you must not miss these Chrome OS tips and tricks.

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