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Chromebook Tips & Tricks

1. Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

To take a screenshot of the entire screen press the Ctrl key and the Switcher key at the same time:

Control Button + Switcher Button
Only need part of the screen? Pressing the following keyboard combo will allow you to select a section of the screen to snap:

Control Button + Shift Button + Switcher Button

2. Open File Manager

Opening the file manager in Chrome OS is easy using a track-pad or mouse (especially if you pin it to the app shelf) but keyboard aficionados aren’t left out: just tap the following pairing.

Alt Button + Shift Button + Letter M Button

3. Open Task Manager

Is Chrome suddenly running slow? it could be a rogue extension or webpage sucking up your resources.  Identify the culprit using the task manager.

Shift Button + Escape Button

4. Toggle Caps Lock On/Off

Most Chrome-books don’t come with a dedicated Caps Lock key. Just hit the following key combo to turn it on, and turn it back off when you’re done.

Alt Button + Search Button

5. Show Keyboard Shortcut Overlay

The ULTIMATE keyboard shortcut is the one that reveals all of the keyboard shortcuts!
Control Button + Alt Button + Question Mark Button

The secret to the touch-pad on a Chromebook is to touch, not click, to select things.

In fact, if you hear your touch-pad make a clicking sound, you are pressing too hard.

Here are some tips to make selecting things easier.

Left click or select

Press Touch lightly on touch-pad with one fingers.


Right click

Press Touch lightly on touch-pad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click touch with one finger.



Place two fingers on the touch-pad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or move them left and right to scroll horizontally.

Window & page scrolling

In addition, with Chrome, you will notice that almost everything you select will open on a separate tab.

To quickly change between tabs, put three fingers on the touch-pad and swipe left or right.

In addition, a two-finger swipe sideways will go back a page or forward a page in your history.