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Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to complete some tasks more quickly.

Tip: To find shortcuts on this page, press Ctrl + f and enter what you're looking for.

Common shortcuts

Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + (or Ctrl + F5)

Take a partial screenshot: Press Ctrl + Shift + (or Ctrl + Shift + F5), then click and drag

Lock your screen: Press Search + L

Sign out of your Google Account: Press Ctrl + Shift + q (twice)

See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + ?

All other shortcuts

Note: If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard, use the Windows key or Command key (Mac) in place of the Search key.

Tabs and windows

Open a new window
Ctrl + n
Open a new window in incognito mode
Ctrl + Shift + n
Open a new tab
Ctrl + t
Open a file in the browser
Ctrl + o
Close the current tab
Ctrl + w
Close the current window
Ctrl + Shift w
Reopen the last tab or window you closed
Ctrl + Shift + t
Go to tabs 1-8 in the window
Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
Go to the last tab in the window
Ctrl + 9
Go to the next tab in the window
Ctrl + Tab
Go to the previous tab in the window
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch quickly between windows
Press & hold Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Open the window you used least recently
Press & hold Alt + Shift, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
Go to previous page in your browsing history
Alt + left arrow
Go to the next page in your browsing history
Alt + right arrow
Open the link in a new tab in the background
Press Ctrl and click a link
Open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tab
Press Ctrl + Shift and click a link
Open the link in a new window
Press Shift and click a link
Open the link in the tab
Drag the link to the tab's address bar
Open the link in a new tab
Drag the link to a blank area on the tab strip
Open the webpage in a new tab
Type a web address (URL) in the address bar, then press Alt + Enter
Return the tab to its original position
While dragging the tab, press Esc
Dock a window on the left
Alt + [
Dock a window on the right
Alt + ]