Mastering Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

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Using a Chromebook for the first time can be a rather unpleasant experience especially if your previous daily driver is one running either of the competing platforms.

I can bear witness to this fact having recently transitioned to using a Chromebook. Suffice to say, the platform can be an intimidating experience for first-time users especially considering how the keyboard is laid out in comparison to those of Windows and MACs

The first annoyance that I can’t seem to get over is the particular lack of a caps lock key.

Chromebook keyboards aren’t shipped with a dedicated key to toggle caps lock on/off. In an interesting twist, doing, so, actually requires you to simultaneously press the Search+ alt keys. A process, I find to be particularly time-consuming especially when I’m trying to keep a continuous work flow.

Determined to find a solution to my predicament, I ran a Google search which yielded to some interesting results.

Landing on the Chromebook Help page was like walking into a dojo and within a few minutes, I mastered the exclusive art of the Chrome OS keyboard.

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Since Chrome OS and the Chrome browser are practically cousins, nearly all shortcuts are the same regardless of what platform you’re on.

Note: If aren’t a Chromebook owner but want to use these shortcuts on your  Windows or Mac keyboard, use the Windows key or Command key in place of the Search button.

Here is a short list of some of the shortcuts that I found to be particularly useful.

  • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + switch window (or Ctrl + F5)
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + switch window (or Shift + Ctrl + F5), then click and drag
  • Take a screenshot (on tablets): Press Power button + Volume down button
  • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Search Search + Alt
  • Lock your screen: Press Search Search + L
  • Sign out of your Google account: Press Shift + Ctrl + q (twice)

On Chromebooks, you can display the entire shortcut list by hitting the Ctrl + Alt + / keys on your keyboard.


Categories: Tips

Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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