Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Whether you’re a casual user or a power user, keyboard shortcuts can save you time and make using your Chromebook more efficient. Here are ten of the most useful Chromebook keyboard shortcuts that every Chromebook user should know.

10 Useful Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

  • Control + l: This shortcut will take you to the URL bar in your browser, where you can enter a web address or search query. 
  • Control + shift + q: This shortcut will log you out of your Chromebook. 
  • Control + shift + n: This shortcut will open a new window in Incognito Mode, which is ideal for private browsing. 
  • Control + t: This shortcut will open a new tab in your current window. 
  • Control + w: This shortcut will close your current tab. 
  • Alt + tab: This shortcut lets you quickly switch between open tabs. Simply press Alt + tab to cycle through the tabs in your current window, and release the keys when you’ve reached the tab you want to switch to. 
  • Alt + backspace: This shortcut will delete the last word typed in the current text field, which can be handy if you make a typo or change your mind about what you want to say. 
  • Control + spacebar: This shortcut activates Voice Search, which allows you to search the web using your voice instead of typing out queries. 
  • Ctrl + d: Pressing this combination of keys on your Chromebook’s login screen will bring up Developer Mode options, which are options typically used by developers and not everyday users. Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s best to avoid these options altogether and just log in normally by entering your password and hitting Enter/Return. 
  • Shift + escape: This shortcut opens Chrome’s Task Manager, which shows you information about all the open tabs and windows in your browser as well as any Chrome-related processes that may be running in the background of your Chromebook. From here, you can end any processes that may be causing problems or eating up too much battery life by selecting them and clicking “End Process.” 

All Chromebook Shortcuts

Below is a list of all shortcuts available for use in Chrome OS. You can press Ctrl + Alt + ? to see a list of these shortcuts on your screen.

Tabs and windows

Open a new windowCtrl + N
Open a new window in incognito modeCtrl + Shift + N
Open a new tabCtrl + T
Open a file in the browserCtrl + O
Sign out of your Google Account on Chrome OSCtrl + Shift + Q (twice)
Close the current tabCtrl + W
Close the current windowCtrl + Shift W
Reopen the last tab you’ve closed. Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.Ctrl + Shift + T
Go to the tab at the specified position in the windowCtrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Go to the last tab in the windowCtrl + 9
Activate items 1-8 on your shelfAlt + 1 through Alt + 8
Use F keys (F1 to F12)Search 1 through Search + =
Open the last item on your shelfAlt + 9
Go to the next tab in the windowCtrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab in the windowCtrl + Shift + Tab
Go to the previous window you had openAlt + Tab
Go to the next window you have openAlt + Shift + Tab
Go to previous page in your browsing historyBackspace, or press Alt and the left arrow
Go to the next page in your browsing historyShift + Backspace, or press Alt and the 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 Ctrl + Shift 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 + [
Dock a window on the rightAlt + ]
Lock your screenSearch + L

Page shortcuts

Page upAlt or Search and up arrow
Page downAlt or Search and down arrow
Scroll down the web pageSpace bar
Go to top of pageCtrl + Alt and up arrow
Go to bottom of pageCtrl + Alt and down arrow
Print your current pageCtrl + P
Save your current pageCtrl + S
Reload your current pageCtrl + R
Reload your current page without using cached contentCtrl + Shift + R
Zoom in on the pageCtrl and +
Zoom out on the pageCtrl and 
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 your current webpage as a bookmarkCtrl + D
Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folderCtrl + Shift + D
Save the link as a bookmarkDrag a link to bookmarks bar
Open the find bar to search your current pageCtrl + F
Go to the next match for your input in the find barCtrl + G or Enter
Go to the previous match for your input in the find barCtrl + Shift + G or Shift + Enter
Perform a searchCtrl + K or Ctrl + E, then type a search term after the question mark in the address bar and press Enter.
Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting web addressCtrl + Enter
Take a screenshot of your current pageCtrl switch window
For non-Chrome OS keyboards:
Ctrl + F5
Take a partial screenshotCtrl Shift switch window , then click and drag.
For non-Chrome OS keyboards:
Ctrl + Shift + F5
View page sourceCtrl U
Show or hide the Developer Tools panelCtrl Shift I
Show or hide the DOM InspectorCtrl Shift J

Browser settings

Show or hide the bookmarks bar. If the bar is hidden, you can see your bookmarks in the Chrome menu.Ctrl Shift B
Open the Files appAlt Shift M
Display hidden files in the Files appCtrl .
Open the History pageCtrl H
Open the Downloads pageCtrl J
Open the Task ManagerSearch Esc
Open or hide the list of available keyboard shortcutsCtrl Alt /
Get help with your ChromebookCtrl ?
Configure monitor displayCtrl + Full screen
Open the status area in the bottom-right corner of the screenShift Alt S
Highlight the launcher button on your shelfShift Alt L
Highlight the next item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Tab or right arrow
Highlight the previous item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or left arrow
Open the highlighted button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Space or Enter
Remove the highlight from a button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Esc
Switch focus to the next keyboard-accessible pane. Panes include:
Status area containing the time, network icon, and battery iconLauncherAddress barBookmarks bar (if visible)The main web content (including any infobars)Downloads bar (if visible)
Ctrl +  or Ctrl + 
Highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown)Alt Shift B
Highlight the row with the address barShift + Alt + T
Open the Chrome menu on the browser toolbarAlt E or Alt F
Open right-click menus for highlighted itemsShift Search Volume Up
Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or offCtrl Alt Z
Change screen resolutionCtrl Shift and + or 
Reset screen resolution to defaultCtrl Shift and 0
Rotate screen 90 degreesCtrl Shift and Reload

Google Sheets

Select columnCtrl + Space
Select rowShift + Space
Select allCtrl + A
UndoCtrl + Z
RedoCtrl + Y
Ctrl + Shift + Z
FindCtrl + F
Find and replaceCtrl + H
Fill rangeCtrl + Enter
Fill downCtrl + D
Fill rightCtrl + R
Every change is saved automatically in Drive
Ctrl + S
OpenCtrl + O
PrintCtrl + P
CopyCtrl + C
CutCtrl + X
PasteCtrl + V
Paste values onlyCtrl + Shift + V
Show common keyboard shortcutsCtrl + /
Compact controlsCtrl + Shift + F
Input tools on/off
(available in spreadsheets in non-Latin languages)
Ctrl + Shift + K
Select input toolsCtrl + Alt + Shift + K
Cell formatting
BoldCtrl + B
UnderlineCtrl + U
ItalicCtrl + I
StrikethroughAlt + Shift + 5
Center alignCtrl + Shift + E
Right alignCtrl + Shift + R
Apply top borderAlt + Shift + 1
Apply right borderAlt + Shift + 2
Apply bottom borderAlt + Shift + 3
Apply left borderAlt + Shift + 4
Remove bordersAlt + Shift + 6
Apply outer borderAlt + Shift + 7
Insert linkCtrl + K
Insert timeCtrl + Shift + ;
Insert dateCtrl + ;
Format as decimalCtrl + Shift + 1
Format as timeCtrl + Shift + 2
Format as dateCtrl + Shift + 3
Format as currencyCtrl + Shift + 4
Format as percentageCtrl + Shift + 5
Format as exponentCtrl + Shift + 6
Clear formattingCtrl +
Spreadsheet navigation
Move to beginning of rowCtrl + Left arrow
Move to beginning of sheetCtrl + Search + Left arrow
Move to end of rowCtrl + Right arrow
Move to end of sheetCtrl + Search + Right arrow
Scroll to active cellCtrl + Backspace
Display list of sheetsAlt + Shift + K
Open hyperlinkAlt + Enter
Open ExploreAlt + Shift + X
Move focus out of spreadsheetCtrl + Alt + Shift + M
Move to quicksum
(when a range of cells is selected)
Alt + Shift + Q
Move focus to popup
(for links, bookmarks, and images)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press E then P
Open drop-down menu on filtered cellCtrl + Alt + R
Open revision historyCtrl + Alt + Shift + G
Open chat inside the spreadsheetShift + Esc
Close drawing editorCtrl + Esc
Shift + Esc
Notes and comments
Insert/edit noteShift + Search + 2
Insert/edit commentCtrl + Alt + M
Open comment discussion threadCtrl + Alt + Shift + A
Enter current commentholding Ctrl + Alt, press E then C
File menuAlt + F
Edit menuAlt + E
View menuAlt + V
Insert menuAlt + I
Format menuAlt + O
Data menuAlt + D
Tools menuAlt + T
Form menu
(present when the spreadsheet is connected to a form)
Alt + M
Add-ons menu
(present in the new Google Sheets)
Alt + N
Help menuAlt + H
Accessibility menu
(present when screen reader support is enabled)
Alt + A
Sheet menu
(copy, delete, and other sheet actions)
Ctrl + Shift + S
Context menuCtrl + Shift +
Insert or delete rows or columns
Insert row aboveAlt + I, then R
Insert row belowAlt + I, then W
Insert column to the leftAlt + I, then C
Insert column to the rightAlt + I, then G
Delete rowAlt + E, then D
Delete columnAlt + E, then E
Show all formulasCtrl + ~
Insert array formulaCtrl + Shift + Enter
Collapse an expanded array formulaCtrl + E
Show/hide formula help
(when entering a formula)
Shift + Search + 1
Screen reader support
Enable screen reader supportCtrl + Alt + Z
Read columnCtrl + Alt + Shift + C
Read rowCtrl + Alt + Shift + R

Google Docs

CopyCtrl + C
CutCtrl + X
PasteCtrl + V
Paste without formattingCtrl + Shift + V
UndoCtrl + Z
RedoCtrl + Shift + Z
Insert or edit linkCtrl + K
Open linkAlt + Enter
Show common keyboard shortcutsCtrl + /
Every change is automatically saved in Drive
Ctrl + S
PrintCtrl + P
OpenCtrl + O
FindCtrl + F
Find and replaceCtrl + H
Find againCtrl + G
Find previousCtrl + Shift + G
Hide the menus (compact mode)Ctrl + Shift + F
Insert page breakCtrl + Enter
Search the menusAlt + Z
Alt + /
Text formatting
BoldCtrl + B
ItalicizeCtrl + I
UnderlineCtrl + U
StrikethroughAlt + Shift + 5
SuperscriptCtrl + .
SubscriptCtrl + ,
Copy text formattingCtrl + Alt + C
Paste text formattingCtrl + Alt + V
Clear text formattingCtrl +
Increase font sizeCtrl + Shift + >
Decrease font sizeCtrl + Shift + <
Paragraph formatting
Increase paragraph indentationCtrl + ]
Decrease paragraph indentationCtrl + [
Apply normal text styleCtrl + Alt + 0
Apply heading style [1-6]Ctrl + Alt + [1-6]
Center alignCtrl + Shift + E
Right alignCtrl + Shift + R
JustifyCtrl + Shift + J
Numbered listCtrl + Shift + 7
Bulleted listCtrl + Shift + 8
Images and drawings
Resize largerCtrl + Alt + K
Resize larger horizontallyCtrl + Alt + B
Resize larger verticallyCtrl + Alt + I
Resize smallerCtrl + Alt + J
Resize smaller horizontallyCtrl + Alt + W
Resize smaller verticallyCtrl + Alt + Q
Nudge up, down, left, or rightArrow keys
Nudge by a pixelShift + Arrow keys
Rotate clockwise by 15°Alt + Right arrow
Rotate counterclockwise by 15°Alt + Left arrow
Rotate counterclockwise by 1°Alt + Shift + Left arrow
Rotate clockwise by 1°Alt + Shift + Right arrow
Close drawing editorCtrl + Esc
Shift + Esc
Insert commentCtrl + Alt + M
Open discussion threadCtrl + Alt + Shift + A
Enter current commentholding Ctrl + Alt, press E then C
Move to next commentholding Ctrl + Alt, press N then C
Move to previous commentholding Ctrl + Alt, press P then C
Insert footnoteCtrl + Alt + F
Enter current footnoteholding Ctrl + Alt, press E then F
Move to next footnoteholding Ctrl + Alt, press N then F
Move to previous footnoteholding Ctrl + Alt, press P then F
Context (right-click) menuCtrl + Shift + X
File menuAlt + F
Edit menuAlt + E
View menuAlt + V
Insert menuAlt + I
Format menuAlt + O
Tools menuAlt + T
Table menuAlt + B
Help menuAlt + H
Accessibility menu
(present when screen reader support is enabled)
Alt + A
Input Tools menu
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K
Toggle input controls
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
Ctrl + Shift + K
Text selection with keyboard
Select allCtrl + A
Extend selection one characterShift + Left/right arrow
Extend selection one lineShift + Up/down arrow
Extend selection one wordCtrl + Shift + Left/right arrow
Extend selection to the beginning of the paragraphCtrl + Shift + Up arrow
Extend selection to the end of the paragraphCtrl + Shift + Down arrow
Select current list itemholding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press E then I
Select all list items at current levelholding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press E then O
Text selection with mouse
Select wordDouble-click
Extend selection one word at a timeDouble-click + drag
Select paragraphTriple-click
Extend selection one paragraph at a timeTriple-click + drag
Screen reader support
Enable screen reader supportCtrl + Alt + Z
Alt + Shift + ~
Speak selectionCtrl + Alt + X
Speak from cursor locationCtrl + Alt + R
Announce cursor locationholding Ctrl + Alt, press A then L
Announce formatting at cursor locationholding Ctrl + Alt, press A then F
Speak the table column and row headerholding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press T then H
Speak the table cell locationholding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press T then N
Speak the table row headerholding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press T then R
Speak the table column headerholding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press T then C

Learning keyboard shortcuts is one of the best ways to improve your efficiency when using any computer platform – Chromebook included. By taking the time to learn some of the most useful shortcuts available for ChromeOS, you’ll be able to breeze through tasks both big and small on your Chromebook with ease!

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