Here are 10 Chromebook keyboard shortcuts you need to learn, whether you’re a new user or a long-time fan.
Chromebook keyboard shortcuts help to speed up oft-repeated and repetitive tasks, as well as enable you to work more efficiently.
And just like Windows and macOS, Chrome OS has a bunch of useful shortcut keys built-in, ready to use, with no set-up or configuration required.
Some of these key combos let you access extra features on your Chromebook, while others can help speed up repetitive tasks — but all of these keyboard shortcuts are worth knowing about.
Let’s dive in!
Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook
We’ve shown you how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook before and it couldn’t be any easier!
Press and hold the
Ctrl key and the window switcher key at the same time to instantly take a screenshot of your screen:
To capture a specific section of your screen you can use the following shortcut keys to take a partial screenshot, using the crosshair and touchpad that appears to ‘select’ the region you want:
2. Open File Manager
You can open the file manager in Chrome OS by pinning it to the app shelf at the bottom of the screen and clicking on it — but it’s much FASTER to open the file manager using this keyboard shortcut:
3. Open Task Manager
Experiencing browser slowdowns or screen freezes is never good, and it often means a rogue extension or webpage is sucking up resources in the background.
You can easily identify the culprit using the Chrome OS task manager, which you can open at any time by pressing:
4. Launch Apps Quicker
You probably keep number of applications pinned on the Chrome OS Shelf (the bar at the bottom of the screen) so that you can easily open them at any time.
Did you know you can also ope these using the keyboard too?
Just hold down the
Alt key and press a number 1 to 8 to launch the relevant app (the first app in from the left – count the Chrome icon as 0 – is 1, the next 2, and so on until you reach 8).
5. Lock the Screen
If you’re going to leave your computer unattended for a short period (say, whilst you go grab a coffee refill) you should lock your screen to prevent others meddling with your session.
To do lock the screen in Chrome OS just press the following key combo:
6. Open the Chrome Menu
Out of all these Chromebook keyboard shortcuts this is the one I use the most often.
Now, opening the “Hotdog” menu in Chrome isn’t exactly hard, but if you’ve hooked your device up to a huge monitor it can take a fair bit of scrolling.
So save some time and open the Chrome menu using this shortcut:
7. Turn Caps Lock On & Off
Chromebooks don’t come with a dedicated
Caps Lock key like many Windows laptops do — so how do you enable caps lock on a Chromebook?
Pretty easily, it turns out. You can Caps Lock on (or turn it off again should you find yourself accidentally RANTING IN CAPITAL LETTERS) using the
Alt + search keys:
8. Immediately Logout
In a rush to quit your session? Some finger gymnastics can get you out in a snap:
9. Mirror Monitor
Connect your Chromebook to an external monitor (or TV) and you can extend your workspace — but what if you want to mirror it instead, so that what you see on the external monitor is the same as what’s on the Chromebook display?
Use the ‘Mirror Monitor’ shortcut, of course!
10. Show Keyboard Shortcut Overlay
A little bit meta, but the most important keyboard shortcut for Chromebooks is the one that shows more keyboard shortcuts for Chromebooks!