Skip to main content
  • Place orders quickly and easily
  • View orders and track your shipping status
  • Enjoy members-only rewards and discounts
  • Create and access a list of your products
  • Manage your Dell EMC sites, products, and product-level contacts using Company Administration.

Dell Chromebook Keyboard Guide

Summary: This guide takes you through using your keyboard. This particular keyboard has some special functions, we go into details on what they are and how to use them.

This article may have been automatically translated. If you have any feedback regarding its quality, please let us know using the form at the bottom of this page.

Article Content


Symptoms


Note: If this article does not contain the information that you seek, 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. Chromebook Shortcut Keys
 

 

Keyboard Layout

 

You notice that your Chromebook keyboard has a few extra features to help 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.

 

3100 Keyboard View

 

Note: If you are experiencing problems with your Keyboard, follow the troubleshooting guide that is linked below:


Back to Top


Cause

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
keyboard previous Chromebook11 Go to the previous page in your browsing history (F1)
keyboard next Chromebook11 Go to the next page in your browsing history (F2)
keyboard reload Chromebook11 Reload your current page (F3)
keyboard fullscreen Chromebook11 Open your page in fullscreen mode (F4)
keyboard next tab Chromebook11 Switch to your next tab or window (F5)
keyboard decrease brightness Chromebook11 Decrease screen brightness (F6)
keyboard increase brightness Chromebook11 Increase screen brightness (F7)
keyboard mute Chromebook11 Mute (F8)
keyboard decrease volume Chromebook11 Decrease the volume (F9)
keyboard increase volume Chromebook11 Increase the volume (F10)
search key Chromebook11

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

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

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


Back to Top


 

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 page.

 

Change Key Behaviour

 
  1. Sign in to Chromebook.

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

  3. Click Settings.

  4. In the Device section, click Keyboard Settings.

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

  6. Click OK.

 

More about the Search Key

 

Pressing the Search key Search key Chromebook11 brings up the search box and apps list. The search box allows you to search both the Internet and apps list simultaneously.

Using a regular Keyboard?

The Windows key between Ctrl and Alt works as the Search key.

The Caps Lock key is taken away, to make room for the Search Key. However, if you really need the Caps Lock you can turn it on temporarily by pressing Alt + 13searchkey_Chromebook11 the Search key. Press it again to turn it off.


Back to Top


Resolution

 

Chromebook Shortcut Keys

 

The table below lists the keyboard shortcut keys that 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 the 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 the next word or letter
Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow Select the previous word or letter
Ctrl + Alt + Z Enable or disable accessibility features if you are not signed in with a Google Account. If you are 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 Switch the display of the bookmarks bar. Bookmarks appear on the New Tab page if the bar is hidden.
Ctrl + Shift + I Switch the display of the Developer Tools panel
Ctrl + Shift + J Switch 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 Switch 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 the 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 that 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 has opened
Alt + Shift + Tab Go to the previous window that has opened
Alt + Shift + M Open the Files app
Alt + Shift + B Place focus on the bookmarks bar. Use the actions that are 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 + F10 Chromebook11 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


Back to Top


Videos

Video - How to Remove Chromebook 11-3180 Keyboard

Video - How to Remove Chromebook 11-3189 Keyboard

Article Properties


Affected Product

Chromebook 11, Chromebook 3100 2-in-1, Chromebook 3100, Chromebook 3120, Chromebook 11 3180, Chromebook 11 3189, Chromebook 5190 2-in-1, Chromebook 5190, Chromebook 13 3380, Chromebook 7310, Chromebook 3400, Inspiron Chromebook 11 3181Chromebook 11, Chromebook 3100 2-in-1, Chromebook 3100, Chromebook 3120, Chromebook 11 3180, Chromebook 11 3189, Chromebook 5190 2-in-1, Chromebook 5190, Chromebook 13 3380, Chromebook 7310, Chromebook 3400, Inspiron Chromebook 11 3181, Inspiron Chromebook 11 3181 2-in-1, Inspiron Chromebook 7486, Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook, Latitude 5400 Chromebook, Latitude 7410 ChromebookSee more

Last Published Date

11 Nov 2022

Version

6

Article Type

Solution