I hope to share with you my top five Chromebook keyboard shortcuts for fun and productivity as we go beautifully into the new year, hoping to never look back to 2020. You can access your shortcut manager by pressing
ctrl + alt + / Or by opening your explore and going to them on the ‘Overview’ page. If you put some of them into memory they can help increase your productivity tenfold.
Plenty of them are available to you, but today I have selected shortcuts, which I use daily and sometimes at the moment. Lastly just for fun, but we all need some fun in our day, right? I hope you find them interesting. I would love to hear the shortcuts you use on your own Chromebook in the comments section!
Quickly close the application or tab
Ctrl + w
Instead of dragging your mouse or finger to the top right of any app or website in the Chrome browser, using this shortcut (along with the next one) will feel more natural after a while, so you can become an elite shortcut user later. If that happens, sorry – it’s too fast! You can quickly close multiple applications and windows using Ctrl + w.
Reopen the closed application or tab
Ctrl + Shift + t
If you close a non-meaningful app, you should usually go to your launcher and reopen it from the Recent section. If this is your closed website, you can ‘reopen the closed tab’, but this shortcut is much faster – you just have to put it into memory and practice it. As far as I can tell, it gives you unlimited ‘deactivation’ to speak, so press ‘Ctrl’ with your pinky finger, ‘Shift’ with your ring finger and ‘T’ with your index finger on the home row keys. After a while it becomes a second default!
Quickly lock your Chromebook
Launcher + l
On a Windows system, you may have heard that if you use keyboard shortcuts, you can lock your computer with the Ctrl and Windows keys. Well, when I started using Chromebooks, I missed it, so I dug a little deeper. Instead of going to the bottom right of your Chromebook and clicking the time clock and then clicking on the padlock icon to lock your device, you can also press down your boot key and the ‘L’ letter. This will send you to the lock screen and you will need to enter your password before logging in. I use this several times a day as it is the quickest way to lock my Chromebook in a coffee shop so I can wake up in a second for more fuel.
Open your clipboard shelf for viewing
Launcher + v
This is relatively new. If you press the ‘Start’ button and the letter ‘V’, you will be presented with the latest items on your clipboard layer! It goes hand in hand with the new Holding Space feature, allowing you to quickly drop images and text easily into a document or text field. In these years of invisible clipboard, it is a pleasure to watch it without third party software.
Make a barrel roll!
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Rotate
Finally, we have the popular Chrome OS Easter egg from Super Nintendo! I added this because even though I don’t use it often, I continue to be happy when I remember to try it. By pressing this button combination, anything you have on the screen of your Chromebook (except plain wallpaper with no active windows) will rotate 180 degrees! It’s a little nauseating if you do it over and over again, but it’s fun.