The Chromebook Keyboard

2014 Thinkpad 11e Chromebook on the Left, 2013 Thinkpad x131e Chromebook on the Right

Chromebook keyboards have some minor differences from other laptops. The following are the unique function keys in Chrome OS:

Chrome OS Special Function Keys
previous page Go to the previous page in your browser history (F1)
next page Go to the next page in your browser history (F2)
reload page Reload your current page (F3)
maximize Maximize your window (F4)
overview mode Switch to your next window (F5)
decrease brightness Decrease screen brightness (F6)
increase brightness Increase screen brightness (F7)
mute Mute (F8)
decrease volume Decrease the volume (F9)
increase 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'd normally find the Caps Lock key.

Tip: To turn Caps Lock on, press the Alt + the Search keys

Chrome OS Keyboard Shortcuts

Page up Press Alt and the up arrow
Page down Press Alt and the down arrow
Home Press Ctrl+Alt, and the up arrow
End Press Ctrl+Alt, and the down arrow
Delete Press Alt+Backspace
Toggle the bookmark bar Ctrl+Shift+B
Search your current webpage Ctrl+F
Open a new tab Ctrl+T
Open a new window Ctrl+N
Open the link you clicked in a new background tab Press Alt and click a link
Switch to your next tab Ctrl+Tab
Switch to your next window Alt+Tab
Sign out of your Google Account Ctrl+Shift+Q
Close your current tab Ctrl+W

For a full list of all Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts, visit this Google help page.

Chrome OS Keyboard Overlay
One very nifty feature in Chrome OS is a keyboard overlay showing all the key combinations and shortcuts available (and there are plenty!). To view the overlay, hold down the Ctrl + Alt + ? keys.

Chromebook Keyboard Overlay

Use the links below for additional instructional pages on using your Chromebook