22 Chromebook Shortcuts To Use Chrome OS Like a Pro

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

We know how keyboard shortcuts make things breezy on a Windows PC or a Mac but what about Chromebooks? Well, Chromebooks are known to be speedy devices but as we’ve come to expect, you can always speed things up a bit. The good news is, there are a number of unique Chromebook shortcuts that should make things way more productive.

Some of the Chrome OS shortcuts are identical to what we’ve used in Windows, plus the Chrome shortcuts remain the same. However, there are a number of unique shortcuts on Chrome OS that are worth checking out. So, let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Here are the 22 Chromebook shortcuts:

Note: If you are using a Windows or Mac keyboard with your Chromebook, you can use the Windows key or Command key in place of the Search key on Chromebooks. 

1. Take a screenshot: Ctrl+Window/F5

You can also take a partial screenshot by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Window/F5.

Chromebook Shortcuts take screenshot

2. Turn Caps Lock On/Off: Alt+Search

Unlike Windows or Mac, you don’t have a Caps Lock key in the keyboard in a Chromebook, so you can use this shortcut to turn it on or off.

3. Launch Task Manager: Search+Esc

This shortcut launched Chrome OS’ task manager, which lists down all the processes currently running on the system, plus a button to end processes.

Chromebook Task Manager

4. Open File Manager: Alt+Shift+M

You can easily launch the Files app on a Chromebook through this key combo.

Chromebook Files App

5. Open a file in browser: Ctrl+O

If you want to open a file, let’s say, a PDF file in Chrome, you can use this shortcut to do it. Just open Chrome and press the aforementioned key combo and you should get a dialog box to select a file you want to open.

Chromebook Shortcut open file in browser

6. Launch Shelf apps: Alt+1-9

If you have a number of apps pinned to the shelf, you can use this shortcut to open them, with 1 being the first app and 9 being the last app.

Chromebook Shelf`

7. Dock a window: Alt+[ (Left) or Alt+] (right)

You can dock an open window to the left or right with this shortcut. Docking two windows on either sides should let you use two apps or windows side by side.

Chromebook shortcuts dock windows

8. Lock the screen: Search+L

You can lock the screen on your Chromebook with this shortcut. After you have locked your Chromebook, you will need your Google account’s password to unlock the device and you will find everything the way you left it.

Chromebook Shortcut lock screen

9. Log out of your Chromebook: Ctrl+Shift+Q (twice)

While signing out of your account is pretty easy in Chrome OS, you can use this command if you are more of a keyboard-person.

Chromebook Shortcuts sign out

10. Open Status Area: Shift+Alt+S

Status area is similar to the system tray we’ve known over the years from Windows and you can use this shortcut to open it, if you are fully engrossed in using your Chromebook through the keyboard.

Chromebook shortcuts status area

11. Enable ChromeVox: Ctrl+Alt+Z

ChromeVox is an accessibility feature, which reads the Chromebook’s screen to you. You can hold down Shift and Search keys and then, use the arrow keys to point at the screen area you want to be read.

12. Rotate display: Ctrl+Shift+Refresh/F3

This shortcut lets you rotate the screen 90 degrees.

Chromebook Shortcuts rotate screen

13. Change Screen resolution: Ctrl+Shift and + or –

You can increase or decrease the screen resolution of your Chromebook with this shortcut. To reset screen resolution to default, you can use Ctrl+Shift+0.

Chromebook shortcuts change screen resolution

14. Switch keyboard languages: Ctrl+Shift+Space

You can switch between different keyboard languages installed on your Chromebook with this shortcut.

15. Get help: Ctrl+?

If you are a new Chromebook user, you’d need this shortcut quite often. This opens up Chrome OS’ Get Help app, where you will find different tutorials around Chromebooks. Moreover, if you have any doubts, you can even ask questions in the app.

Chromebook Get Help

16. Go to specific tabs in Chrome: Ctrl+1-9

You can switch between different tabs in Chrome using this shortcut, with 1 being the first and 9 being the last tab.

17. Clear browsing data: Ctrl+Shift+Backspace

Want to clear browsing & download history, cookies, cached data, passwords etc. on your Chromebook? This shortcuts brings up the “Clear browsing data” window.

Chrome OS clear data

18. Save all open webpages in a folder: Ctrl+Shift+D

You can bookmark all the open tabs in Chrome through this shortcut. This will come in handy when you are researching for a project and you want to save all the webpages open at single place.

Chromebook Shortcuts bookmark tabs in new folder

19. Select text in address bar: Ctrl+L or Alt+D

There are times when we want to select the link in the address bar to share but using the mouse to do it can be cumbersome at times. This shortcut should definitely speed things up.

20. Hide/Unhide Bookmarks Bar: Ctrl+Shift+B

Not everyone wants to see the bookmarks bar all the time and thus, you can easily show or hide it with this shortcut.

21. Page up and Page down: Alt/Search+Up or Down

This is a fairly common shortcut but since Chromebook keyboards don’t feature dedicated keys for this, it’s important you know this shortcut.

22. See a map of all Chromebook shortcuts: Ctrl+Alt+?

This is the ultimate shortcut for Chrome OS, as it lets you check all the shortcuts there are, in a great visual form. It opens up a virtual keyboard and you can then hold Ctrl or Shift or Search or hold them together to see what shortcuts are available.

Chromebook map of all shortuts

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Speed up your Chrome OS experience with these Chromebook shortcuts

There are a number of other Chromebook shortcuts but they are the basic ones, which we are pretty sure you’d know from your Windows and Mac experience. According to us, these are the Chromebook shortcuts you should be knowing for sure. So, try them out on your Chromebook and you can thank us later.


Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!