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Google Release UK Extended Keyboard Extension for Chromebooks


Chromebook Keyboard

Google has released an official extension that enables ‘UK extended keyboard’ layout on Chromebooks.

Yeah, I know: hardly ‘hold the front page’ news.

But for multilingual British Chromebook users it is currently a bit of a faff to type anything other than acute accent characters, currently requiring the entire keyboard layout to be switched first.

And that gets real old, real fast.

New Extension

To help, Google has released a new extension for Chrome OS that rectifies this oversight. When installed, UK users can use the backquote key (`) on a Chromebook keyboard as a dead key — a modifier key — to type grave accents in the same way they would on Linux, Mac OS or Windows.

After installing the free add-on, it can be configured like so:

  • Visit chrome://settings/languages
  • Add ‘English (UK)’
  • Check the “UK Extended” option

Then, switching to the UK Extended layout can be achieved by pressing the Alt + Shift shortcut.

UK Extended Keyboard Extension for Chrome

Thanks to Steve Boswell
  • Francesco Lodovici

    It doesn’t seem to work here on my C720 with latest stable. Added extension, checked “UK extended” in settings, good so far. And since I’m Italian I need that damn grave accent more often than I need to breathe :D
    I can currently switch between layouts whenever I need accents, but it’s a bit of a PITA when typing on this otherwise perfect little monster.

  • Shona

    I’ve been using a chromebook for a while and had switched it to UK but now can’t find a way to use a hastag becaue that’s now my £ sign! Do you know if there’s a shortcut to the hashtag sign?

  • Sean Byrne

    My Hashtag has gone to its now a \\ SO ANNOYING!!!