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Dell Chromebook Keyboard Guide



This guide will take you through the use of your keyboard. This particular keyboard has some special functions, we will go into details on what they are and how to use them. If this article doesn't contain the information you seek, please check your user manual on the Support Site.


Table of Contents:

  1. Keyboard Layout
  2. Keyboard Keys Function
  3. Adjust Special Keys and Caps Lock
  4. Keyboard Shortcut Keys

1. Keyboard Layout

You will notice that your Chromebook keyboard has a few extra features to kelp make it easier for you to browse the web. The keyboard contains a dedicated search key and a new row of web shortcut keys. A standard USB keyboard can also be used with the Chromebook, using the same keyboard shortcuts.

Note: Be aware that the Power Button for the system is the key at the right hand side corner of the top row of keys, when looking at an actual keyboard.
Note: If you are experiencing problems with your Keyboard, please follow the troubleshooting guide linked below:


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2. Keyboard Keys Function

The keyboard on the Chromebook is designed to help you use the correct keys to accomplish the things you need the most. The table below is an overview of the special keys on the top row of the keyboard.

Key Function
Go to the previous page in your browsing history. Go to the previous page in your browsing history (F1)
Go to the next page in your browsing history. Go to the next page in your browsing history (F2)
Reload your current page. Reload your current page (F3)
Open your page in fullscreen mode. Open your page in fullscreen mode (F4)
Switch to your next tab or window. Switch to your next tab or window (F5)
Decrease screen brightness. Decrease screen brightness (F6)
Increase screen brightness. Increase screen brightness (F7)
Mute. Mute (F8)
Decrease the volume. Decrease the volume (F9)
Increase the volume. Increase the volume (F10)
Search key.

Search your apps and the web from your apps list. On a Chromebook, this key is located on the side, where you would normally find the Caps Lock key.

If you are using a regular keyboard, the Windows key in between Ctrl and Alt will work as the search key.

To turn Caps Lock on temporarily, press Alt + the search key.


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3. Adjust Special Keys and Caps Lock

Chromebooks come with a special search key to help quickly search the web. To type capital letters, users can make the search key work like the caps lock key. Similarly you can also adjust the way the Ctrl and Alt keys work on the Setting oage.

Change Key Behaviour
  1. Sign in to Chromebook.

  2. Click the status area in the lower-righ corner, where the account picture appears.

  3. Click Settings.

  4. In the Device section, click Keyboard Settings.

  5. Use the menus to adjust the behaviour of the search, Ctrl and Alt keys.

  6. Click OK.

More about the Search Key

Pressing the Search key brings up the search box and apps list. The search box allows you to search both the Internet and apps list at the same time.

Using a regular Keyboard?

The Windows key in between Ctrl and Alt will work as the Search key.

To make room for the Search Key the Caps Lock key is taken away, but if you really need the Caps Lock, you can turn it on temporarily by pressing Alt + the Search key. Press it again to turn it off.


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4. Keyboard Shortcut Keys

The table below lists the keyboard shortcut keys that will prove useful.

Shortcut Function
Esc Stop the loading of your current page
Alt + Up arrow Page up
Alt + Down arrow Page down
Alt + Left arrow (Backspace) Go to previous page in your browsing history
Alt + Right arrow
(Shift + Backspace)
Go to the next page in your browsing history.
Ctrl + Right arrow Move to the end of the next word
Ctrl + Down arrow Move to the start of the previous word
Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow Home
Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow End
Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow Select next word or letter
Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow Select previous word or letter
Ctrl + Alt + Z Enable or disable accessibility features if you're not signed in with a Google Account. If you're signed in, you can configure the accessibility feature on the Settings page.
Ctrl + Alt + / Open the list of available keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + Shift + D Save all open pages in the current window as bookmarks in a new folder
Ctrl + Shift + G or
Shift + Enter
Go to the previous match for the input in the find bar
Ctrl + Shift + B Toggle the display of the bookmarks bar. Bookmarks appear on the New Tab page if the bar is hidden.
Ctrl + Shift + I Toggle the display of the Developer Tools panel
Ctrl + Shift + J Toggle the display of the DOM Inspector
Ctrl + Shift + L Locks the screen
Ctrl + Shift + N Open a new window in incognito mode
Ctrl + Shift + B Toggle the bookmark bar
Ctrl + Shift + Q Sign out Google Account
Ctrl + Shift + Q (twice) Sign out Google Account on Chrome OS
Ctrl + Shift + R Reload your current page without using cached content
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the last tab being closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs being closed.
Ctrl + Shift + V Paste content from the clipboard as plain text
Ctrl + Shift + W Close the current window
Ctrl + . Display hidden files in the Files app
Ctrl + ? Go to the Help Center
Ctrl + 0 Reset zoom level
Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8 Go to the tab at the specified position in the window
Ctrl + 9 Go to the last tab in the window
Ctrl + A Select everything on the page
Ctrl + C Copy selected content to the clipboard
Ctrl + D Save your current webpage as a bookmark
Ctrl + F Search your current webpage
Ctrl + G or Enter Go to the next match for the input in the find bar
Ctrl + H Open the History page
Ctrl + J Open the Downloads page
Ctrl + K or Ctrl + E Perform a search. Type a search term after the question mark in the address bar and press Enter.
Ctrl + L or Alt + D Select the content in the address bar
Ctrl + N Open a new window
Ctrl + O Open a file in the browser
Ctrl + P Print your current page
Ctrl + R Reload your current page
Ctrl + S Save your current page
Ctrl + T Open a new tab
Ctrl + U View page source
Ctrl + V Paste content from the clipboard
Ctrl + W Close the current tab
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + Z Undo the last action
Ctrl + Backspace Delete the previous word
Ctrl + Tab Switch to next tab
Ctrl + Enter Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Go to the previous tab in the window
Ctrl + Shift + Refresh Rotate screen 90 degrees
Ctrl + Shift + ) Reset screen scale
Ctrl + Shift + + Increase screen scale
Ctrl + Shift + - Decrease screen scale
Ctrl + Shift + Refresh Rotate screen 90 degrees
Ctrl + + Zoom in on the page
Ctrl + - Zoom out on the page
Alt + click a link Open the link you clicked in a new background tab
Alt + 1 through Alt + 8 Go to the window at the specified position
Alt + 9 Go to the last window open
Alt + E or Alt + F Open the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar
Alt + Backspace Delete the next letter (forward delete)
Alt + Tab Go to the next window that have opened
Alt + Shift + Tab Go to the previous window that have opened
Alt + Shift + M Open the Files app
Alt + Shift + B Place focus on the bookmarks bar. Use the actions listed for Shift+Alt+T to move the focus.
Shift + Alt + S Opens the status area in the bottom-right corner of the screen
Shift + Alt + L

Place focus on the launcher

  • Press Tab or the right arrow to focus on the next item in the toolbar
  • Press Shift+Tab or the left arrow to focus on the previous item in the toolbar
  • Press Space or Enter to activate buttons, including page actions and browser actions
  • Press Shift + Increase volume key. to open the context menu for the button (if available).
  • Press Esc to return focus to the page
Shift + Search + Volume Up Open right-click menus for focused items.
Shift + Esc Open the Task Manager


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Article ID: SLN293875

Last Date Modified: 08/01/2017 05:41 AM


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