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Chromebooks are already speedy, but if you want to make your Chromebook experience zippier than ever How To Speed Up Your Chromebook Experience How To Speed Up Your Chromebook Experience Do you want to improve your Chromebook experience with easy tweaks and shortcuts? There are lots of time-savers and little known tricks to improve and simplify your day-to-day usage of your device. Read More , you’ll need to learn some of its various keyboard shortcuts. We’ve shown off some of the most powerful shortcuts from Chrome OS The 9 Most Powerful Chromebook Shortcuts for You to Learn The 9 Most Powerful Chromebook Shortcuts for You to Learn For those of you who are just starting to love your Chromebook, it's time to learn how to get super-productive with your Google OS device. Read More , but there are many more hiding in your laptop.

To that end, we’re going to have a Chromebook keyboard shortcut marathon. Get ready for the master list of Chromebook shortcuts that let you do anything in a flash. We’ve done a mega-list of shortcuts for Windows Windows Shortcuts 101 - The Ultimate Keyboard Shortcut Guide Windows Shortcuts 101 - The Ultimate Keyboard Shortcut Guide With so many shortcuts built into Windows and its software, it might seem impossible to learn them all. Here's the ultimate guide to the most useful keyboard shortcuts. Read More before; now it’s Chrome OS’s turn!

As always with keyboard shortcut guides, there are a few notes to review before we begin:

  • All keys will appear in bold and keyboard combinations will appear in bold, italic font.
  • Keyboard shortcuts that need to be pressed at the same time will use a + symbol (e.g. CTRL + S).
  • Control will be abbreviated as CTRL.
  • The Search key is where the Caps Lock key is on Windows keyboards.

  • Left, Right, Up, and Down refer to the arrow keys.
  • The keys on the top row of your Chromebook’s keyboard are, from left to right, ESC, Back, Forward, Refresh, Full Screen, Window Switcher, Brightness Down/Up, Mute, and Volume Down/Up. (This should be the same for all keyboards, and is important because some shortcuts use these keys. Only a few use the brightness or volume keys. If your keyboard seems different, see a picture of a standard Chromebook keyboard for comparison.)
  • If you ever get overwhelmed, remember you can press CTRL + ALT + / to view an on-screen keyboard with all possible shortcut combinations.

Navigating Tabs

You’ll never have to fumble with the mouse to select a tab again with these shortcuts.

To open a brand-new window (a new set of tabs), use CTRL + N. Similarly, CTRL + Shift + N gets you an incognito window with a variety of uses Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing Private-browsing mode has many other names, including "incognito mode" in Chrome and "InPrivate Browsing" in Internet Explorer. Some people refer to private-browsing mode as "porn mode", but it isn't just for porn addicts. It can... Read More . If you’d instead like a new tab in the current window, try CTRL + T.

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To close the current tab (which will also close the browser window if it only has one tab left) use CTRL + W; you can also use CTRL + Shift + W to close the entire window at once. If you accidentally close a tab or close your browser with several tabs open, pressing CTRL + Shift + T will re-open your most recently closed tab, up to the previous 10.

You can switch between tabs using CTRL + 1 through CTRL + 8 to jump to the tab in that position. CTRL + 9 will always bring you to the last tab, no matter how many tabs are open. To scroll through your open tabs one at a time, press CTRL + Tab to scroll from left to right, or CTRL + Shift + Tab to go backwards one tab at a time.

If you see a link you want to open in a new tab, holding CTRL and clicking it will open the page in a new tab. To open it and switch to it immediately, CTRL + Shift and clicking does the trick. Opening a link in a new window is accomplished by pressing Shift when clicking a URL.

Apps and the Shelf

Similar to the taskbar on Windows 7 Useful Toolbars You Can Add To Your Windows Taskbar 7 Useful Toolbars You Can Add To Your Windows Taskbar The Windows desktop can be a super productive work space. Native toolbars can help you make it even more efficient by placing shortcuts and information at your fingertips. Let's have a closer look. Read More , the shelf is where your installed apps reside on your Chromebook. Here are some shortcuts for launching and manipulating app windows.

To quickly open items on the shelf, use ALT + 1 through ALT + 8; just like for switching tabs, ALT + 9 always launches the last item pinned to your shelf (did you know you can also pin websites to your shelf Turn Any Site Into a Chromebook Shortcut in Seconds Turn Any Site Into a Chromebook Shortcut in Seconds You can pin Chrome apps to your Chromebook's shelf, but did you know that you can add websites to it too? Read More ?).

A favorite of Windows shortcuts is also in Chrome OS: pressing ALT + Tab will instantly switch to your last-used app. Its counterpart ALT + Shift + Tab goes forward instead of back in the app queue.

Did you know Chromebooks can pin windows on the side of the screen? Press ALT + [ to pin an app on the left side of the screen or ALT + ] to pin it to the right. This lets you run two windows side-by side!

Shared Shortcuts

Inside Chrome itself, you’ll find a lot of shortcuts Google Chrome Shortcuts Google Chrome Shortcuts Read More are similar to their Windows and Mac counterparts. That doesn’t mean they aren’t useful!

A few basic shortcuts go a long way in keeping you out of menus. Press CTRL + P to open the Print dialogue, CTRL + S to save the webpage you’re viewing How To Save A Complete Webpage For Offline Reading How To Save A Complete Webpage For Offline Reading Read More , or CTRL + R to refresh (you can also use the Refresh key on your keyboard for this). If you want to open up a file on your computer, press CTRL + O to open it inside the browser.

Pressing CTRL + H lets you view your History, while CTRL + J jumps to the Downloads page (if you haven’t already tried a cool Downloads shortcut Two Quick Shortcuts for Your Chrome Downloads Menu Two Quick Shortcuts for Your Chrome Downloads Menu Want to always have a shortcut to your Chrome downloads handy? Try these methods. Read More ).

To zoom in or out of a page, press CTRL (+) + and CTRL (+) – respectively. If you zoomed by accident and something seems off, just tap CTRL + 0 to reset the zoom level.

Bookmarking your current page is accomplished with CTRL + D, and if you’d like to bookmark all of your open tabs to return to later Save & Reload Your Browser Tabs Just The Way You Like It With Layout Manager [Chrome] Save & Reload Your Browser Tabs Just The Way You Like It With Layout Manager [Chrome] Layout Manager in my humble opinion is a feature that Chrome or all browsers for that matter should have as a default. It not a complicated piece of work, it simply allows you to save... Read More , use CTRL + Shift + D — they’ll even save in their own folder!

One of the best time-saving shortcuts is CTRL + F — this lets you search for anything on the current page, which comes in handy for huge blocks of text. Press CTRL + G or Enter to advance to the next match of your search; adding Shift to either of those will go back one match.

You have several options for navigating through your page history. Use Backspace, ALT + Left, or the Back key to go back one page, and Shift + Backspace, ALT + Right, or the Forward arrow to go forward one page.

Typing out entire URLs can be tedious Try Out 10 Different URL Shorteners That Give You Addon Benefits Try Out 10 Different URL Shorteners That Give You Addon Benefits Just how differently can you shorten a uniform resource locator? Well, the shortening system is pretty much a run-of-the-mill job, but the trick seems to be in the extras that come with the shortening service.... Read More , so save yourself some time by typing the website name and pressing CTRL + Enter. This automatically adds “www.” before the text and “.com” after it, meaning you can simply type “makeuseof” into the Omnibox and CTRL + Enter will bring you right to the site!

There are plenty of ways to organize your bookmarks bar Creative Ways You Need to Try to Organize Your Bookmarks Creative Ways You Need to Try to Organize Your Bookmarks But, what really is the best way to save and organize bookmarks? Here are a few creative ways to do so, depending on your style and browser use. Read More , but you can’t use them if it isn’t showing! Press CTRL + Shift + B to toggle the bar.

ALT + Shift + B will highlight the bookmarks bar as long as it’s showing; you can use your keyboard to move among the bookmarks. Shift + ALT + T will highlight the icons on the Omnibox’s row, which means you can cycle between back/forward, refresh, the address bar, your extensions Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2015 Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2015 It is time to take a look back at some of the new features, notable MakeUseOf posts, and standout extensions surrounding one of the most popular browsers, Chrome. Read More , and the menu.

ALT + E will open the three-bar menu in Chrome, allowing you to use the arrow keys to choose any options.

Chrome has its own task manager on Windows, but on Chrome OS it’s your only task manager. To open it and see if you have any slowing extensions Loading Or Crawling? Pinpoint The Extensions Slowing Your Browser Loading Or Crawling? Pinpoint The Extensions Slowing Your Browser The more extensions you have running, the more memory your browser needs and you may find your browser experience agonizingly slow. But, how do you pinpoint extensions that are using up the most memory? Read More , just press Shift + ESC. This should be your first stop if your Chromebook ever slows to a crawl 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down Has your Chromebook crawled to a halt? Is your Chromebook slow to load pages? Is your Chromebook slowing down generally? Time to speed up Chrome again. Read More .

Finally, if you’re interested in Chrome’s developer tools Figure Out Website Problems With Chrome Developer Tools Or Firebug Figure Out Website Problems With Chrome Developer Tools Or Firebug If you've been following my jQuery tutorials so far, you may have already run into some code problems and not known how to fix them. When faced with a non-functional bit of code, it's very... Read More (even if it’s just for playing pranks on your friends How to Fake Edit Website Text Using Nothing but Chrome How to Fake Edit Website Text Using Nothing but Chrome Ever wanted to fake a website screenshot or an online conversation? Here's how to do it easily in Chrome. Read More ), CTRL + U lets you view the source code of the page, CTRL + Shift + I opens the Developer Tools window, and CTRL + Shift + J lets you view the DOM Inspector.

Interested in learning what the DOM is? Check out our introduction to jQuery Making The Web Interactive: An Introduction To jQuery Making The Web Interactive: An Introduction To jQuery jQuery is a client-side scripting library that nearly every modern website uses - it makes websites interactive. It's not the only Javascript library, but it is the most developed, most supported, and most widely used.... Read More .

Unique Chrome OS Shortcuts

Not all the combinations are copies of other platforms! Chrome OS has many unique shortcuts to learn.

If you’re used to Windows keyboards, you might notice that a few keys are missing from your Chromebook keyboard. You can remedy this by using ALT (or Search) + Up for Page Up, and ALT (or Search) + Down for Page Down. To use Home and End to go to the top and bottom of a page, use CTRL + ALT + Up and CTRL + ALT + Down respectively.

Screenshots are always important Multiple Ways To Capture Or Print What You See On Your Screen Multiple Ways To Capture Or Print What You See On Your Screen Print Screen is a term that lost its original meaning decades ago. Today, actually printing a screenshot takes several steps. Combined with shortcuts and software, you have a powerful 21st century tool at your fingertips. Read More , and you can take one on your Chromebook Taking Screenshots On Your Chromebook: All You Need To Know Taking Screenshots On Your Chromebook: All You Need To Know If you've just got a new Chromebook, you may be wondering how to take screenshots. We'll show you how to take a screenshot, then find it and use it. Read More with CTRL + Window Switcher. This grabs the entire screen, but if you want to select a specific area use CTRL + Shift + Window Switcher to only grab a cropped area of the screen.

To quickly open your file browser, press ALT + Shift + M. If you have any hidden files 3 Quick & Easy Ways To Hide A Folder In Windows 7 3 Quick & Easy Ways To Hide A Folder In Windows 7 Privacy is hard to come by these days. Whether you are sharing a computer or are generally suspicious of peers who occasionally have access to your computer, you may have the desire to store sensitive... Read More around, you can show them with CTRL + ..

When you’re using your Chromebook with an external monitor, you can press CTRL + Full Screen to toggle its modes.

Did you know you can get around Windows with keyboard shortcuts alone Navigating Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts Alone Navigating Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts Alone You might know lots of keyboard shortcuts, but did you know you could get around Windows without your mouse? Here's how. Read More ? You can try it on your Chromebook too! Use Shift + Alt + S to open the status area (the far right section of the shelf which contains your connection settings, volume, etc.). Once you have it open, use Tab to scroll through the options and Enter to select one.

Taking this further, try pressing Shift + ALT + L to highlight the first icon on your shelf (the search button). From there, you can move between apps on the shelf with Tab or Right to move right and Shift + Tab or Left to move left. Then you can launch any app by pressing Enter! To remove the highlight, press ESC at any time. Combine these tips with the shared ones above, and you can get anywhere without the mouse!

To keep using your keyboard, use CTRL + Back and CTRL + Forward to focus on different keyboard-accessible areas, including the launcher, address bar in Chrome, and the bookmarks bar. If you’re ever stuck without a mouse Learn To Navigate Windows Without A Mouse, Keyboard Or Screen Learn To Navigate Windows Without A Mouse, Keyboard Or Screen You just spent hours labouring over an important document when your keyboard dies on you. Would you know how to save your work, exit programs, and shut down your computer? We'll show you. Read More , this could help you out of a fix!

Admittedly a niche shortcut, you can mimic a right-click on a highlighted item by pressing the awkward Shift + Search + Volume Up.

Unsure about a feature 5 Web Resources For New Chromebook Owners 5 Web Resources For New Chromebook Owners The Chromebook is a form factor that splits opinion, as we previously discovered when we asked you what you thought of the netbook-like devices from Google. However, the Chromebook isn't going away anytime soon, with... Read More on your Chromebook? Pressing CTRL + ? will open the Help dialogue with all sorts of useful information. You might find an easy fix for your question!

If you ever forget some shortcuts and don’t want to navigate back to this list, you’ll be excited to hear that Chrome OS actually has a shortcut guide built right in! Just press CTRL + ALT + / to open an overlay. Here you’ll be able to press any key (such as CTRL) and see what that key can do in combination with others. Visual learners should appreciate this feature.

Text Editing Shortcuts

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To select everything on a page, use CTRL + A. If you want to be more selective, use CTRL + Shift + Right/Left to select the next/previous word, or Shift + Search + Right/Left to select all the text to the end/beginning of the line. Use CTRL + Right/Left to move the cursor between words,

Warping to the end of a document is done with CTRL + Search + Right, or CTRL + Search + Left to jump to the beginning.

The Search key replaces the traditional Caps Lock key, but you can still enable Caps Lock if needed by pressing ALT + Search.

Our old buddies Copy, Cut, and Paste are on Chrome OS too. Copy is CTRL + C, Cut is CTRL + X, and Paste is CTRL + V. To paste text without any formatting 5 Ways to Strip the Formatting When You Copy & Paste Text 5 Ways to Strip the Formatting When You Copy & Paste Text Carrying all the rich text formatting along when copying and pasting text is irritating. Here are multiple ways to avoid that. Read More , use CTRL + Shift + V instead.

To undo an action, press CTRL + Z. Redo, the opposite of undo, will reverse the undo action and is activated with CTRL + Y.

If you want to delete an entire word instead of just one character, use CTRL + Backspace. Chromebooks have no Delete key, so ALT + Backspace serves this function instead. You can use CTRL + ALT + Backspace to forward-delete one word at a time.

Miscellaneous Chrome OS Shortcuts

Some Chromebook shortcuts just don’t have a home anywhere else. Here are the rest of the bunch.

It’s a good idea to lock your screen to prevent shenanigans 7 Hilarious Practical Joke Ideas To Play On Your Friend's Computer [Windows] 7 Hilarious Practical Joke Ideas To Play On Your Friend's Computer [Windows] Read More when you’re away. You can do this in one step by pressing Search + L.

To sign out of your Google account on your Chromebook, tap CTRL + Shift + Q two times.

You can turn on ChromeVox, an accessibility feature that announces what’s happening on-screen, with CTRL + ALT + Z (and use the same combination to turn off Chromevox). If you have this enabled, you’ll want to see the specific list of Chromevox Shortcuts too.

If you have multiple keyboard languages enabled, perhaps for learning a second language Five Free Apps to Help You Learn A Foreign Language Five Free Apps to Help You Learn A Foreign Language Whether you're gearing up to go on your summer holidays, studying for exams, or just want to expand your mind, it's always a great time to learn a foreign language. Read More , use CTRL + Shift + Space to cycle between them, or CTRL + Space to switch to your last-used one.

You can change the screen resolution with CTRL + Shift (+) + and CTRL + Shift (+) –. To reset it to the default (which is probably the best setting), use CTRL + Shift + 0.

To rotate your screen 90 degrees at a time, press CTRL + Shift + Reload. This is one shortcut that could cause problems if triggered by accident Oops, I Did It Again: 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake Oops, I Did It Again: 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake It happens even to the most experienced of users: the accidental keyboard shortcuts. No matter how often you use your computer, weird things can start happening when you’re going too fast, when you lean on... Read More !

Not all Chromebooks have backlit keyboards, but if you’re lucky enough to have one, use ALT + Brightness Down/Up to adjust the intensity of the key backlight.

Bonus: Chromebook Trackpad Shortcuts

Thought there were too many keyboard shortcuts? You might be more of a trackpad shortcut person! There aren’t nearly as many on the trackpad, but let’s review them just so you’re a complete Chrome OS shortcut master.

If you have trouble right-clicking with two fingers, you can hold ALT and click with one finger to perform a right-click.

You probably won’t need to middle-click often, but you can do so by clicking three fingers at once on the touchpad.

To scroll with the touchpad, use two fingers and slide vertically or horizontally. To navigate through your recent pages in Chrome, swipe left with two fingers to go back one page or right with two fingers to go forward. If this doesn’t feel natural, try reversing these actions by enabling Australian scrolling 4 Chromebook Trackpad Tips That Will Blow Your Mind 4 Chromebook Trackpad Tips That Will Blow Your Mind Chromebooks are fast, and you can get around them even faster with these quick touchpad gestures. Read More .

You can view all open windows (equal to pressing the Window Switcher key) by sliding down with three fingers — again, Australian scrolling reverses this.

To quickly move between open Chrome tabs, just slide left and right with three fingers. This is even faster than using CTRL + Tab!

You Can Never Have Too Many Shortcuts

Did you ever think you’d see so many keyboard shortcuts in one place? Don’t be overwhelmed! Chances are you probably don’t need every one of these integrated into your workflow, so take it slow and try to get used to a few at a time. Learning even just a couple will make you loads more productive!

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What are your favorite Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts? Did I miss any important ones? Let us know in the comments!

  1. tammy
    April 14, 2016 at 6:55 am

    i am a computer ignorant person-not being hard on myself-it is just the truth. i didn't get online until i was 48-and i am 50 now. how do i close tabs i left open-and why is it necessary to close them?

    • Ben Stegner
      April 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      That's completely fine - MUO is for people of all technical aptitudes!

      You can close tabs by clicking the little X icon on the right side of one, or press CTRL + W to close the tab you currently have open. Each tab lets you have a different website or page open, and the more you have open, the more resources on your computer are being used by them. If you have ten tabs open but are only actively using three, the other seven are just taking up resources that could be used somewhere else.

      You don't have to worry about closing tabs all the time, though. Close ones that you're done with, but don't feel like you have to play janitor. Make your computer work for you :)

  2. Sweetpea
    March 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    p.s. these hints also work in Firefox :-)

  3. johnbuk
    March 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Agreed, this is excellent and if a PDF is possible that would be superb. Many thanks for an excellent and useful article.

    • Ben Stegner
      March 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      I've asked about getting the PDF done, and I appreciate your kind words. Thank you!

    • Angela Randall
      March 9, 2016 at 8:40 am

      If you like PDFs of things, install the PrintFriendly browser extension and you can create clean PDFs of any article you see. :)

  4. Peter Fitzsimmons
    March 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    This is brilliant.

    Another superb list of short cuts for me to play about with.

    Bookmarked (using CTRL+D) as I think I will be back to this page again and again!

    Thanks.

    • Ben Stegner
      March 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      So glad this helped you, Peter! I love writing about keyboard shortcuts and am happy you can utilize even more of them now!

  5. Frank
    March 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    How about a pdf?

    • Ben Stegner
      March 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      I'll ask my editor if this is possible :)

    • Angela Randall
      March 9, 2016 at 8:40 am

      As I just said elsewhere in these comments, if you like PDFs of things, install the PrintFriendly browser extension and you can create clean PDFs of any article you see. :)

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