Tips & Shortcuts


Chrome OS itself uses similar keyboard commands as Google Chrome on your computer, however built into the OS itself, there is a handy keyboard commands reference, which lists all the available key commands.

Ctrl + Alt + ?

Chromebooks also has a different keyboard to what you may have seen on other laptops. For starters, there is no Caps Lock key. This has been replaced with a dedicated Search key which will launch the App Menu. The App Menu is a place where all your Web Apps are located, you can perform searches here; and soon it will be used to search Google Contacts. If you would rather have the Caps Lock key back, you can either use Alt + Search key which will act as the Caps Lock key; or to enable it permanently, you can change the Search key to the Caps Lock key under “Settings”. (chrome://chrome/settings/keyboard-overlay)

The Home, End, Page Up, Page Down and Delete keys are also missing, again there is a keyboard command to regain this function.

Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow key - Home
Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow key - End

Alt + Up Arrow key - Page Up
Alt + Down Arrow key - Page Down

Alt + Backspace  –  Delete the next letter (forward delete)
Ctrl + Backspace   – Delete the previous word

Finally, the Chromebook keyboard has replaced the function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc) with browser buttons.

Some of these browser buttons have secondary commands;

F4 + Shift – Full Screens the active window
Esc + Shift – Open Task Manager

Alt + F6 – Keyboard Brightness down
Alt + F7- Keyboard Brightness up

Ctrl + F4 – Mirror Monitor
Ctrl + F5 – Take Screenshot

Finally, the Power button has two modes. A short press will Lock the Chromebook, a large press will shut down the Chromebook.

Touch screen tips
You can use the gestures below if you have a Chromebook with a touch screen.tap
tap


Touch:  Touch the screen on the area you want to click. (If you touch a link, we'll highlight it for you so it's easier to see.)

You can also quickly tap with two fingers to show the right-click menu.



  long press


Long press: Touch and hold the area you want to right-click.

You can also select, cut, copy, paste, and drag-and-drop text and images.


drag


Swipe or Drag: To scroll quickly or go backwards or forwards in your browser history, swipe one finger on a web page. Keep your finger on the screen for more precise control.



bottom swipe



Swipe up from lower bezel: Turns the shelf autohide on or off.
 






Pinch open / Pinch close: Zooms in or out on supported web pages.

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