Everyone loves a keyboard shortcut, no matter whether you’re a Windows, OS X or Linux user. Chromebook users are no different – there are loads of keyboard shortcuts available that’ll make you a lot more productive and save you plenty of time. Here are some of our favourites.

Chromebook Shortcuts

Ctrl + Shift + L – Lock the screen.

Ctrl + Shift + Q – Log out of your Chromebook. Pressing this keyboard shortcut twice will quit.

Alt + E – If you have Chrome open then this shortcut will open up Chrome’s menu.

Alt + 1-8 – This shortcut will open up a program in your taskbar. To open the first program (from left to right) use Alt+1. To open the second program use Alt+2. You get the idea.

Alt + [ – This shortcut will dock a program to the left of your screen.

Alt + ] – You guessed it; this shortcut will dock a program to the right of your screen.

Ctrl + Switcher/F5 – This shortcut will take a screenshot and save it to your downloads folder. The switcher key is where the F5 key would be on a normal keyboard.

Ctrl + Shift + Switcher/F5 – This shortcut will allow you to use your cursor to select the area of the screen that you’d like to take a screenshot of. Again, this will be placed in your downloads folder.

Alt + Search – The Search key is in place of the usual Caps Lock key. To turn caps lock on, use this keyboard shortcut.

Shift + Esc – This shortcut will launch the task manager.

Display Settings

Ctrl + Shift and + – This shortcut increases magnification.

Ctrl + Shift and – – This shortcut decreases magnification.

Ctrl + Shift + ) – This shortcut will reset the screen’s magnification to the default level.


There you have it, some simple Chromebook shortcuts. Do you have any favourites of your own that we’ve not covered here? Hit us up in the comments below.

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