keyboard shortcuts every Chromebook owner needs to know
Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular due to their simplicity, efficiency, and seamless integration with Google services. To help you get the most out of your Chromebook experience, here are some essential keyboard shortcuts that will boost your productivity and make your device work as efficiently as possible.
1. Quick Launcher – Search + L
To launch the quick launcher, press the ‘Search’ key (also known as the ‘Everything’ key) and ‘L’ together. This shortcut allows you to find any app or website on your Chromebook in seconds.
2. Take a Screenshot – Ctrl + Show Windows (or Search + Volume Down)
To capture a screenshot of your entire screen, press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Show Windows’ keys simultaneously. If you have a tablet or convertible Chromebook, press the ‘Search’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons together instead.
3. Partial Screenshot – Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows
If you want to capture only a portion of your screen, use this shortcut. Press ‘Shift,’ ‘Ctrl,’ and ‘Show Windows’ keys together. The cursor will turn into a crosshair, allowing you to select the area you want to capture.
4. Open System Menu – Alt + Shift + S
Quickly access system settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more by pressing ‘Alt’, ‘Shift’, and the ‘S’ key simultaneously.
5. Lock Screen – Search + L
Secure your device by locking the screen when stepping away for a moment. Press the ‘Search’ key together with the letter ‘L.’
6. Toggle Caps Lock – Alt + Search
Turn on or off Caps Lock by pressing the ‘Alt’ and ‘Search’ keys together.
7. Switch Virtual Desks – Search + [ or ]
Easily switch between virtual desks by pressing the ‘Search’ key in conjunction with either the ‘[‘ or ‘]’ key.
8. Move window between Desks – Shift + Search + [ or ]
Move your current window to another virtual desk by using the ‘Shift’, ‘Search’, ‘[‘ or ‘]’ keys together.
9. Close Current Tab – Ctrl + W
Instantly close the active tab in your browser using ‘Ctrl’ combined with the letter ‘W.’
10. Reopen Closed Tabs – Ctrl + Shift + T
If you accidentally closed a tab, press ‘Ctrl’, ‘Shift’, and ‘T’ together to navigate back to the closed tab quickly.
These keyboard shortcuts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making your Chromebook experience more efficient and enjoyable. Once you start using these shortcuts, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these functions – your productivity will thank you!