15 essential Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts

Google's Chrome OS uses some familiar keyboard shortcuts as well as some unique ones. We reveal 15 essential keyboard shortcuts in Chrome OS.

Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Google's Chrome OS uses some familiar keyboard shortcuts as well as some unique ones. A few of these access Chrome OS settings and others take the place of missing physical keys on Chromebook keyboards (Page Up, Page Down, Home, End). Here are 15 essential keyboard shortcuts in Chrome OS:

Settings:

Ctrl+? Open help
Shift+Esc Open task manager
Ctrl+Alt+/ Open keyboard shortcut list
Ctrl+M Open file manager

Navigation and text editing:

Alt+ up arrow Page Up
Alt+ down arrow Page Down
Ctrl+Alt+ up arrow Home
Ctrl+Alt+ down arrow End
Ctrl+Tab Switch to next browser tab
Ctrl+W Close current tab
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopen last closed tab
Ctrl+N Open new browser window
Alt+Tab Switch to next open window
Ctrl+Shift+Q Sign out of Google account
Alt+backspace Delete file(s) in file manager
About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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