Here is the list of all the shortcuts of Chrome OS (in particular the one to make screenshots)

Here is the list of all the shortcuts of Chrome OS (in particular the one to make screenshots)

Devices using the Chrome OS operating system, called Chromebook, have many keyboard shortcuts, allowing operations to be performed faster. We present them all in this article.



Before I start, it's fair to know which keys I'm going to refer to. Chromebooks have specific keys for certain functions and we will refer to them from now on using these names:

  • Return : right arrow of the ESC key
  • refill : circular arrows, alternative key F2
  • Full screen : dotted rectangle, F3 alternative key
  • Show windows : rectangle flanked by two bars on the right side, alternative key F4
  • Decrease the brightness : little sun, alternative key F5
  • Increase brightness : large sun, alternative key F6
  • Play / pause : fairly explicit, alternative key F7
  • Mute : Barr speaker, F8 key alternates
  • Increase and decrease the volume : alternative keys F9 and F10
  • Menu : similar to the icon of the hamburger menu and which opens the notification panel located at the top right.
  • Research : replaces the classic Caps Lock, in the form of a magnifying glass or two concentric circles
  • Assistant : Google Assistant dedicated button not found on all Chromebooks

Most popular features

  • Screenshots : Press Ctrl + Show windows (or Ctrl + F5)
  • Partial screenshot : Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows (or Shift + Ctrl + F5), then click and drag the mouse
  • Screen capture (tablet) : Press the power button + lower the volume.
  • Activation / deactivation of caps lock: Press Search + Alt.
  • Screen lock : Press Search + L
  • Log out of your Google account : press Shift + Ctrl + q (twice)
  • All shortcuts : Press the Ctrl + Alt + / / keys.
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All ChromeOS keyboard shortcuts

There are so many keyboard shortcuts in Chrome OS, one for every function you can imagine. You can hardly learn them all, so I suggest you bookmark this article so that you always have it handy when you need it!

Panels and windows

Open a new window Ctrl + n
Open a new incognito window Shift + Ctrl + n
Open a new tab Ctrl + t
Open a file in your browser Ctrl + o
Close the current map Ctrl + w
Close the current window Shift + Ctrl + w
Reopen the last tab or the last closed window Shift + Ctrl + t
Move between tabs 1-8 inside the window From Ctrl + 1 Ctrl + 8
Go to the last window tab Ctrl + 9
Go to the next tab in the window Ctrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab in the window Shift + Ctrl + Tab
Quick window change Hold down the Alt key, press Tab repeatedly until the desired window appears. Then release.
Displays the most recently used window Hold down the Shift + Alt key and press the Tab key.
Previous page in history Alt + Left arrow
Next story page Alt + Right arrow
Open a link in a new tab in the background Hold Ctrl and click on a link
Open a link in a new tab in the foreground Hold Shift + Ctrl and click on a link
Open a link in a new window Hold Shift and click on a link
Open a link in the current tab Drag the link to a tab's search bar
Open a link in a new tab Drag the link to an empty space next to open tabs
Open a web page in a new tab Type the web address (URL) in the search bar, then press Alt + Enter.
Move the card to its previous position While dragging a window, press Esc
Lock a left window Alt + (
Maximize a window Alt + =
Minimize a window Alt + –
Locking a right window

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Move windows between monitors (if the Chromebook is connected to a secondary screen) Search + Alt + m

Web pages

Page Up Search + up arrow or Alt + up arrow
Page Down Search + Down Arrow or Alt + Down Arrow
Scroll down Space
Return to the top of the page Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow
Go to the bottom of the page Ctrl + Alt + down arrow
Print current page Ctrl + p
Save the current page Ctrl + s
Reload the current page Ctrl + r
Reload the current page without cache Shift + Ctrl + r
Zoom in Ctrl and + Ctrl
Zoom back Ctrl and –
Reset zoom Ctrl + 0
Stop loading the current page Esc
Right-click on a link Press Alt and click on a link
Open a link in a new tab in the background Press Ctrl and click on a link
Save the link as a bookmark Drag the link to the Favorites bar
Save the current page as a bookmark Ctrl + d
Save all open tabs in the current window in the bookmarks of a new folder. Shift + Ctrl + d
Search in the current page Ctrl + f
Next search result Ctrl + g or Enter
Result of previous research Shift + Ctrl + g or Shift + Enter
Google search Ctrl + k or Ctrl + e
Add www. at content of the search bar and load the result. Ctrl + Enter
View page source Ctrl + u
Show or hide the development panel Shift + Ctrl + i
Show or hide the DOM Inspector Shift + Ctrl + j
Show or hide the Favorites bar Shift + Ctrl + b
Open history Ctrl + h
Open the Downloads page Ctrl + j

System and screen settings

Open the File application Shift + Alt + m
Preview a file Select the file, then press Space
Show hidden files Ctrl +.
Open the status bar Shift + Alt + s
Click on the 1 8 icons in the bar at the bottom (tag) From Alt + 1 Alt + 8
Click on the last icon in the bottom bar (tagged) Alt + 9
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Notifications Shift + Alt + n
Changing the screen resolution Shift + Ctrl and + o –
Restore screen resolution Shift + Ctrl + 0
Rotate the screen 90 degrees Shift + Ctrl + Reload
Skip next user Ctrl + Alt +.
Skip previous user Ctrl + Alt +,


Turn caps lock on or off Search + Alt
Select all on the page Ctrl + a
Select the content of the address bar Ctrl + L or Alt + d
Select the next word or letter Shift + Ctrl + Right arrow
Select all text at the end of the line Search + Shift + Right arrow
Select all the text until the beginning of the line Search + Shift + Left arrow
Select the previous word or letter Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow
Move the cursor to the end of the next word Ctrl + Right arrow
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word Ctrl + Left arrow
Move cursor to start of line Search + Left arrow
Move cursor to end of line Search + Right arrow
Back to the top of the document Search + Ctrl + Right arrow
Go to end of document Search + Ctrl + Left arrow
Copy selected content Ctrl + c
Paste the contents of the clipboard Ctrl + v
Paste the contents of the clipboard as text only Shift + Ctrl + v
Cut selected content Ctrl + x
Delete the previous word Ctrl + Backspace
Delete the next letter (Delete button) Alt + Back
Cancellation of the last operation Ctrl + z
Repeat the operation canceled Shift + Ctrl + z

Change the language and keyboard layout (next)

Shift + Ctrl + Space

Changing the language and keyboard layout (previous)

Ctrl + Space
Decrease keyboard brightness (if supported) Alt + Decrease brightness
Increase keyboard brightness (if supported) Alt + Increase brightness


Activate or deactivate ChromeVox (Voice feedback) Ctrl + Alt + z
Activation of high contrast mode Search + Ctrl + h
Highlight launch button Shift + Alt + L
Highlight the next item in the bottom bar (tag) Shift + Alt + L, then Tab or Right arrow
Highlight the previous item in the bottom bar (tag) Shift + Alt + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or Left arrow
Open the highlighted item in the bottom bar (tag) Shift + Alt + L, then Space or Between
Remove the highlighting of the elements from the bottom bar (tag) Shift + Alt + L, then Esc
Highlight the Favorites bar (if it is displayed) Shift + Alt + b
Highlight the row in the address bar Shift + Alt + t
Open the "right click" menu of the selected item Search + Shift + Increase volume
Enlarge all the screen Search + Ctrl + m
Enlarge part of the screen Search + Ctrl + d

Shortcuts on external keyboards

If you are using a Windows or Mac keyboard, the Windows or Command key replaces the Search key.

How to modify the operation of the keys:

  • Click on the time in the lower right corner
  • Click on Settings
  • Under "Device" click on the keyboard
  • Change the function of the keyboard keys

Did you find these shortcuts useful? Which do you use most often?

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