Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

This article is about the various shortcut or hotkeys on the Chromebook. It’s not required to know all (or even any) of them, but they can help save you time. Most are pretty intuitive and/or equivalent to the keyboard shortcuts on other operating systems, such as Windows 7. Below you’ll find a handy chart of the most-used Chromebook shortcuts and the effects they produce. We recommend you bookmark this page for future reference and learn the specific shortcuts you want to learn at your own pace.

Many of these are identical or very similar to keyboard shortcuts on Windows and Mac, so please don’t feel overwhelmed by this long list. For special Chromebook-only keys, such as the top row of navigation keys and the Search Key, see Special Keys on the Chromebook Keyboard.

*Remember, on a Chromebook you can always press Ctrl + Alt + ? at any time to view a map of keyboard shortcuts.

Page Shortcuts

Page Shortcuts
Page Up Alt + up arrow
Home Ctrl + Alt + up arrow
End Ctrl + Alt + down arrow
Scroll down the current web page Spacebar
Print the current page Ctrl + P
Save the current page Ctrl + S
Reload the current page Ctrl + R
Reload from scratch Ctrl + Shift + R
Zoom in on the page Ctrl and +
Zoom out on the page Ctrl and -
Reset to normal zoom level Ctrl + 0
Stop loading the current page Esc
Bookmark the current page Ctrl + D
Find (Search the current page) Ctrl + F
View page source Ctrl + U
Alt + Click on a link Opens the link in a new background tab
Toggle the display of the Developer Tools panel Ctrl + Shift + I
Toggle the display of the DOM Inspector Ctrl +
Take a Screenshot of the Current Page Ctrl + Switch window

Tab and Window Navigation

Open a New Window Ctrl + N
Open a New Incognito Window (Private mode: doesn’t keep track of history or cookies) Ctrl + Shift + N
Open a New Tab Ctrl + T
Open a File Ctrl + O
Close the current tab Ctrl + W
Close the current window Ctrl + Shift + W
Reopen the last tab that was closed Ctrl + Shift + T
Go to a specific tab Ctrl + (1 – 9)
Go to the last tab in the window Ctrl + 9
Go to a specific window Alt + (1 – 9)
Go to the last open window Alt + 9
Go to the next tab Ctrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Go to the next open window Alt + Tab
Go to the previous open window Alt + Shift + Tab
Go back (previous page in history) Backspace, or Alt + Left arrow
Forward (next page in history) Shift + Backspace, or Alt + Right arrow
Open the link in a background tab Ctrl + Click on a link
Open the link in a new tab and switches to the new tab Ctrl + Shift + Click on a link
Open the link in a new window Shift + Click on a link

Editing Shortcuts

Select all Ctrl + A
Select the text in the address bar Ctrl + L or Alt + D
Select next word or letter Ctrl + Shift + right arrow
Select previous word or letter Ctrl + Shift + left arrow
Move to the start of the next word Ctrl + right arrow
Move to the start of the previous word Ctrl + left arrow
Page up Alt + up arrow
Page down Alt + down arrow
Undo the last action Ctrl + Z
Copy to the clipboard Ctrl + C
Cut to the clipboard Ctrl + X
Paste from the clipboard Ctrl + V
Paste as plain text without formatting Ctrl + Shift + V
Backspace Backspace
Delete (forward delete) Alt + Backspace

Browser Settings and Navigation

Show or hide the bookmarks bar Ctrl + Shift + B
Open file manager Ctrl + M
Open history page Ctrl + H
Open downloads page Ctrl + J
Open task manager Shift + Esc
See list of available keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + Alt + /
Visit the help center Ctrl + ?
Configure monitor display Ctrl + Full screen
Move focus to the top-right status area without using the mouse Shift + Alt + S
Open the wrench menu Alt + E
Toggle accessibility features (when not signed in with a Google account) Ctrl + Alt + Z

Note: This article applies to both the Acer Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook.

We hope this Chromebook hotkey list has been helpful. While this list includes mainly the shortcuts most people are most likely to use, we have eliminated a few of the more esoteric shortcuts for simplicity’s sake. Remember, to see the complete list of all available keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook, press Ctrl + Alt + ? at any time.

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