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How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Google replaced the Caps Lock key with a search button on Chromebooks long ago, but if you plug an external keyboard up to a Chromebook and hit the Caps button, guess what happens? Caps. That’s what happens. Fortunately, you can easily change this.

Personally, the search key on my Chromebooks is an integral part of the way I use the operating system—it’s how I quickly launch apps and Google searches. But when I’m using my Chromebook at my desk, I use an external keyboard and mouse. Since it’s become habitual to tap that search key and start typing, I need the external keyboard to function the same way that the integrated keyboard does.

To do this, first open the Chrome OS settings menu by clicking the system tray, then the gear icon.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

In the menu, scroll down to the Device section and choose “Keyboard.”

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

A new menu will expand and show several options for button remapping, including Search, Ctrl, Atl, Caps Lock, Escape, and Backspace. To change the Caps key to a Search key, simply select “Search” from the dropdown box next to the “Caps Lock” entry.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Boom, now your external keyboard will work exactly like the one built into your Chromebook.

Whether you want a full-time Caps Lock key or simply need the keyboard shortcut, here’s how to do it.

Google trades the Caps Lock key for Search, but you can switch it back.

It’s one of the first things people new to Chromebooks notice: The Caps Lock key on the keyboard isn’t a Caps Lock key at all. On Chromebooks, Google replaced it with a Search key also known as the Launcher key or, as of late last year, the Everything button. Why? Because many people today use search more than they use strings of all capital letters. And Google’s kind of known for search, so it all makes sense.

However, there are no doubt times when you might still want to show your emotions in all caps and not having the Caps Lock key to do it means holding the Shift key down while you type. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how to flip the Search key into a Caps Lock key as well as how to do it with a keyboard shortcut.

Head to your Chromebook’s Settings menu

Use the Search button one last time to get to the Settings menu.

There are a couple of ways to get to the Settings menu on your Chromebook. Ironically, one of them is to use the Search key you want to swap functions for. Press the Search key and start typing Keyboard and by the time you get to the letter O you’ll see an option at the top for Shortcuts (I’ll get to those in a minute) and, just below that is an option to open the Keyboard settings.

You can also reach the Settings menu by clicking on the time in the lower right of your screen. That opens the quick settings panel and, at the top of the panel, there is a sprocket icon that you can click to take you to the full settings menu. From there you can scroll down to your Device settings or use the navigation on the left side of the Settings to jump straight to the Device options. Once there, just click on Keyboard.

Swap Search for Caps Lock and more

You can change more than the Search key in Settings.

At the very top of the Keyboard settings is the option to change the function of the Search key via a drop-down menu. Simply click on the drop-down box, select Caps Lock and you’re done. You’ve now ditched the Search key for Caps Lock and you can get all shouty in your socials or whatever else you needed a full-time Caps Lock key for.

While you’re there in the Keyboard options, you can change the function of the Ctrl, Alt, Esc and Backspace keys, too, as well as a handful of other tweaks that might make life easier for you while using your Chromebook. This list also has access to a long list of keyboard shortcuts including one for turning on and off caps lock.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooksOne thing that jumps our for many new Chromebook users is that there is no Caps Lock key on a Chromebook. Chromebooks come with a Search key instead Caps Lock. They also do not have Delete keys. A common question from Chromebook owners is “where is the caps lock key?” or “how can I use caps lock on a Chromebook?”

The good news that there are a few keyboard shortcut tricks that will let you use the Caps Lock key on a Chromebook. Since Chromebooks don’t have a dedicated caps lock key, like some other computers do, you’ll have to use a keyboard shortcut to turn on the caps lock feature.

You can turn caps lock on and off on your Chromebook with keyboard shortcuts.To turn on caps lock on a Chromebook, you’ll need to use a specific keyboard shortcut — there is no caps lock button. When you turn on caps lock, you’ll see a pop-up confirmation message on your Chromebook’s screen.

1. Hit Alt + search (the magnifying glass or Assistant icon), the latter of which is in the place you’d look for a Caps Lock key. You’ll see an arrow appear on the bottom right notifications bar and a pop-up will alert you that Caps Lock is on.

2. Tap Shift to turn off Caps Lock.

3. Alternatively, you can also tap Alt + Search to turn Caps Lock off, or tap on the time icon in the bottom right corner, and click Caps Lock is on.

To change any keyboard combination, including how to turn on Caps Lock, tap the notifications bar on the bottom right. Then tap Settings > Keyboard Settings to change the behavior of any of the special keys.

Have you encountered any problems with your Chromebook keyboard? Are there any keys you can’t find?

The Chromebook keyboard does not have a Delete key as well. You can use the keyboard shortcut ALT + BACKSPACE as a replacement.

  • ALT + BACKSPACE: Delete the next letter (forward delete)
  • CTRL + BACKSPACE: Delete the previous word

There are a few other things to know about using a Chromebook keyboard. This includes getting a new keyboard in case you really liked the caps lock key. There are also some other shortcuts.

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How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Chromebooks are pretty different from traditional laptops in a lot of ways — and not just because of their software.

The most obvious physical difference? Chromebooks feature keyboards with a variety of Chrome-OS-specific functions, which means they don’t have standard keys like F1 or even Caps Lock. Depending on your style of working, that could be a welcome change or a massive pain.

If you aren’t thrilled with that arrangement, though, don’t despair. You can actually remap a fair number of your Chromebook’s keys and dramatically change how you use your device.

To get started, simply head into the Keyboard section of your Chromebook’s settings:

  • Click the clock in the lower right corner of the screen.
  • Tap the gear-shaped icon in the panel that appears.
  • Scroll down to the Device subhead and click the “Keyboard” option.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

There, you’ll see a list of keys you can customize:

  • The Launcher key (sometimes also called the Search key)
  • The Ctrl key
  • The Alt key
  • The Escape key
  • The Backspace key
  • The Assistant key (on Pixelbooks only)

Each key can be remapped to handle any of the following functions:

  • Launcher (the Chrome OS app drawer and search prompt)
  • Ctrl
  • Alt
  • Caps Lock
  • Escape
  • Backspace
  • Assistant (on devices where Google Assistant is available)

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

To remap any key, just click the box alongside it and select whatever function you’d like it to have. You might want to change the Launcher key back to a Caps Lock, for instance. Or if you like having the Launcher key in its default role but still miss Caps Lock, you might want to assign the Caps Lock function to your Escape key or Assistant key.

If you have any Chromebook other than the Pixelbook (which, as mentioned before, has a dedicated Google Assistant key) and want easier access to Assistant, you might consider assigning the Escape key or even the Launcher key to handle that function.

There’s one more keyboard remapping option worth noting: Beneath that list of customizable keys, you’ll see a setting called “Treat top-row keys as function keys.” If you activate the toggle alongside that, the specialty keys on the top row of your Chromebook’s keyboard — the commands for going back, reloading a page, maximizing a window, and so on — will be transformed into standard F1-style function keys. You’ll still be able to access their specialty functions in that scenario, but only if you first hold down the Launcher key and then press them.

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Using Caps Lock on your laptop is a pretty big deal in 2021. If you enjoy yelling at people online, it’s pretty much essential. If you recently moved to a Chromebook from another operating system, you may have noticed the missing Caps Lock key. This is undoubtedly one of the glaring differences when comparing your Chromebook keyboard to a Mac or Windows keyboard.

You can actually restore Caps Lock functionality on your Chromebook in a few different ways. If you don’t mind not having a dedicated key, you can also retain the flexibility of the built-in launcher or search key on your Chrome OS keyboard.

Using external keyboards and remapping keys

Many users migrating to a new Chromebook come from a computer running Windows or macOS. Perhaps you still enjoy using your trusty mechanical keyboard with a Windows or Mac layout? If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard for shortcuts, press the Windows key or Command key instead of the Search key or Launcher key .

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

To change how a specific keyboard key works:

  • At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  • Select Settings .
  • Under Device, choose Keyboard.
  • Change the function of one or more keys.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Using this approach, you can remap the Launcher or Search key to become a Caps Lock key. This is a method that allows you to regain the familiar keyboard layout on most Mac and Windows keyboards.

Chrome keyboard shortcuts for text editing

If you don’t need a dedicated Caps Lock key, you can turn Caps Lock on and off easily using the Alt and Launcher/Search key. This method allow you to retain the versatility of the Launcher/Search key for other shortcuts on your Chromebook keyboard.

For those of you using a Chromebook for work or school, you probably edit a fair amount of text. Luckily, a few of the text editing shortcuts you know from Windows or macOS carry over nicely to Chrome OS. Here are some useful general shortcuts you get access to on Chrome OS.

General shortcuts for all apps

      • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Search + Alt (or) Launcher + Alt
      • Select everything on the page: Ctrl + a
      • Select the next word or letter: Shift + Ctrl + Right arrow
      • Select previous word or letter: Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow
      • Open clipboard menu: Launcher + v or Search + v
      • Copy content to the clipboard: Ctrl+c
      • Cut content: Ctrl+x
      • Paste content from clipboard: Ctrl+v
      • Undo previous command: Ctrl+z
      • Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only): Alt +
      • Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only): Alt +

These shortcuts all work for general tasks, but there are also shortcuts relevant to specific productivity apps on your Chrome OS device. If you’re interested in learning about all of these shortcuts, check out our full guide to keyboard shortcuts on Chrome OS. Of course, you can also use an external Windows or Mac keyboard to retain the Caps Lock key in Chrome OS.

These are all the possible methods for getting Caps Lock back on your Chromebook or other Chrome OS device. If you want a dedicated Caps Lock key, use a Windows or Mac external keyboard or remap the Launcher/Search key to become Caps Lock. On the other hand, if you simply turn Caps Lock on manually using Launcher+Alt, you can gain access to several other useful Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts. If you’re brand new to Chrome OS and want some more tips, check out our guide to Chrome OS settings.

One of the most frustrating things about technology is getting used to a new device’s quirks, especially when it means having to relearn basic tasks.

For those who are unfamiliar with the various quirks of a Chromebook, and want to turn on the caps lock feature, know that there is no caps lock key.

So, here’s what you’ll need to do to use the simple, but seemingly hidden, caps lock feature.

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How to turn on and off the caps lock feature on a Chromebook

Since Chromebooks don’t have a dedicated caps lock key, like some other computers do, you’ll have to use a keyboard shortcut to turn on the caps lock feature.

To turn on caps lock: Hold down ALT and the search key (which has a magnifying glass icon on it) — this will make a confirmation message appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

To turn off caps lock: Hit the Shift key, or repeat the keyboard shortcut for turning on caps lock.

Alternatively, you can also opt to change the behavior of another key on your keyboard, by going into your Chromebook’s settings, which you can access in the bottom-right corner of the screen via the gear icon.

In your Settings, select the “Device” tab in the left sidebar, then select “Keyboard” and change your key bindings.

At the bottom or side of your screen, you’ll see a row of apps, called the shelf. If there’s an app you use frequently, you can pin it to the shelf for quick access.

Add, move, or remove apps

You can add an app that you use often to your desktop.

  1. In the corner of your screen, click the Launcher Up arrow .
  2. Find the app you want to add.
  3. Right-click the app icon.
  4. Click Pin to Shelf.

When you pin an app to your shelf, the app will stay there until you move or remove it.

To change the position of an app:

  1. Click and hold the app you want to move.
  2. Drag it to a new position.
  3. Release to put the app in a new spot.
  1. Right-click the app you want to remove.
  2. Click Unpin.

You can finish tasks faster by reorganizing and moving your windows and tabs.

Switch between windows quickly

Press & hold Alt, then tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open.

See two windows at the same time

On one of the windows you want to see, click and hold Maximize .

Drag to the left or right arrow .

Repeat for a second window.

Tip: You can also use the shortcut Alt + [ to move left, or Alt + ] to move right.

Your Chromebook keyboard works just like a regular keyboard, with a few differences.

Unique keys on your Chromebook keyboard

Your unique Chromebook keys usually appear on the top row of your keyboard from left to right.

or Use the Search key or the Launcher key to search, show your apps, and interact with Google Assistant.
To turn Caps Lock on or off, press Alt + Search . Or press Alt + Launcher .
Go to the previous page
Go to the next page
Refresh your current page
Make your page take up the full screen
Show all your open windows
ctrl Take a screenshot
Decrease screen brightness
Increase screen brightness
Turn off the sound
Lower the volume
Raise the volume

Tip: If you’re using a Windows keyboard with your Chromebook, the Windows key between Ctrl and Alt works as the Search key or the Launcher key .

To conserve your battery:

  • Do not keep multiple tabs open at the same time.
  • Do not charge your phone on your Chromebook.
  • Close the lid when you are not using it.
  • Plug it in at night and fully charge it.

Sign out each night before plugging in to charge.

1. Click the bottom right (time and battery option).

2. Select the “Sign Out” button in the top-left corner of the box.

Reboot your device at least once a week.

  • ‘Shut down’ option: tap the notification area (the section with the WiFi, power and time) and press the top ‘Shut down’ icon.
  • Hit power button to turn back on and log in.
  • Hold the Chromebook’s power button for three seconds it will automatically log out of your Google account.
  • Hit power button to turn back on and log in.

Delete unnecessary files from Downloads folder once a week.

    • Click the launcher button on the bottom left. Use the arrow up to show more options, and select the Files icon.
    • Double click the Downloads folder to open.
    • Examine the contents, and delete any files that you no longer need. Do not delete your Distance Learning Packet.

If your screen ever turns black and is not responsive, you may need to do a hard reset.

1. Turn off your Chromebook – hold down Power key until unit shuts down.

2. Press and hold the Reload/Refresh key and the Power key at the same time.

3. When your Chromebook begins to power on, release the Refresh key.

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How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

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What to Know

  • Select the taskbar and choose the Settings gear to open settings in the Chrome browser. Select Device >Keyboard.
  • Select Ctrl drop-down menu and choose an option to modify or select Treat top-row keys as function keys or choose Enable auto repeat.
  • Select Change language and input settings >Input method to change the default language and keyboard layout.

This article explains how to adjust your Chromebook keyboard settings to your liking by assigning custom behaviors to specific keys and changing the language settings. Instructions in this article apply to laptops with Chrome OS.

How to Change Chromebook Keyboard Settings

To customize the Chromebook keyboard, follow these steps:

Select the taskbar in the lower-right corner of the desktop, then select the Settings gear to open the Chromebook settings in the Chrome browser.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Select Device from the left menu pane, then select Keyboard.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

From here, you can change the function of certain keys. For example, select the Ctrl drop-down menu and choose one of the options listed.

Changes take effect immediately. If you reassign a key, it remains reassigned until you change it.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Select Treat top-row keys as function keys if you want to enable function keys.

To toggle between shortcut and function behavior, press and hold the Search key.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Select Enable auto-repeat to toggle the auto-repeat function, which repeats the key that is held down multiple times until you let go. Use the sliders below to specify how long the delay should be before repeating each keypress, as well as the repeat rate.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Select View keyboard shortcuts to see a list of all Chromebook shortcuts. You cannot modify shortcuts, but these shortcuts are useful to know.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Select Change language and input settings.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Select Input method to set the default language and change the keyboard layout. There are also advanced spell check options.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

How Is a Chromebook Keyboard Different?

The layout of a Chromebook keyboard is similar to that of a Windows laptop, with a few exceptions.

  • On a Chromebook keyboard, there’s a Search key where the Caps Lock key would be on a Windows PC.
  • On many keyboards, the top row of keys is reserved for the function keys (such as F1 and F2). On a Chromebook, these keys serve as shortcuts for actions such as controlling the volume and refreshing the active web page.

If you prefer a traditional layout, customize the Chromebook keyboard so that it closely resembles what you’re used to.

You can use a USB keyboard with a Chromebook, but keys that aren’t on the Chromebook keyboard won’t work.

On Chromebooks with built-in backlit keys, you can adjust key brightness by holding down the ALT key while pressing the screen brightness icons in the top row (roughly above the number 7 and 8 keys).

The Caps Lock key has been replaced with an App Launcher key (also called the Search Key). You can toggle CAPS LOCK on and off by pressing ALT-Search.

You can change the function of the Launcher key, as well as of the CTRL, ALT, Escape, and Backspace keys from device Settings -> Device -> Keyboard (See Figure 3).

You can take a full screenshot by simultaneously pressing CTRL and the Screens button (above and between the number 5 and 6 keys). If you have an external screen attached, two screenshots will be taken: one of your laptop screen AND the other of your external display.

You can screenshot a portion of your screen by simultaneously pressing SHIFT-CTRL and the Screens button.

There are so many more shortcuts and functions that you can review by simultaneously pressing CTRL – ALT – / (that’s a forward slash… the one shared with the question mark key).

By default, all downloads and screenshots are saved to your My Files -> Downloads location, which is the space on your device’s local storage, and is not synchronized to your Google Drive account. To change the storage destination for your downloads, launch the Chrome browser, go to Settings -> Advanced -> Downloads -> Location -> Change (press the button). Since we are using a device that loves to be cloud-connected, create a folder in your Google Drive called Downloads, and save your files to that destination so you can access them anywhere (See Figure 7)

You can change your sound inputs and outputs by clicking on the bottom right section of the screen and bringing up the menu. There, you will see a volume slider and to its right a headphones icon. Click on that icon to change your sound input and output sources (See Figure 9).

If you connect an external display and use it to extend your workspace (instead of just mirroring your Chromebook’s screen to the external display), you can specify the layout of your desk’s screens so your mouse moves from one to the other in the correct way. Go to Settings -> Device -> Displays, then drag the icons representing each screen to the positions on your desk where those screens are actually located (See Figure 9).

If you have a Chromebook with a built-in stylus, you can define which application to launch when the stylus is removed from its slot by going to Chromebook Settings -> Device -> Stylus -> Note Taking App. Google Keep is the default note-taking app. Unfortunately, not all apps you might consider note taking apps (example: Evernote) are available in this list.

If your Chromebook has a fingerprint sensor, you can enable it and add your fingerprints by going to Chromebook Settings -> People -> Security and sign-in -> Edit Fingerprints (see Figure 11).

You can enable a split screen app mode by clicking the Screens button (above and between the #5 and #6 keys) and dragging the window of any application to either the left or right edge of your display. Do it a second time to add another app to the opposite side of the display (see Figure 12).

A cool computer functions faster. Be sure to not block the exhaust vents. On a Samsung Galaxy Chromebook these are located on the underside of the machine. On most computers the keyboard doubles as a venting surface, so do not cover it with any papers or other objects.

Enhance your focus by separating your various windows onto different desktops, just like you can on a Mac or a Windows computer. To do so, press the Screens key (above the number 5 key), then press the “New Desk” button on the top left side to add more desktops. Next, drag and drop any of your windows to the different desktops. When working, flick left and right with four fingers to navigate between your desktops. To close desktops, and return their contents to the first desktop, press the Screens button then press the x button over the desktop you want to close (see Figure 14).

Most of the peripherals you use on other computer platforms will work with Chromebooks, including mouse pointing devices, trackpads, keyboards, and headphones. Some specific functions may not be available, though, so play around with the devices you have first before buying new peripherals.

If you’d like to purchase an external Bluetooth keyboard, consider the Brydge C-Type keyboard for Chromebooks, available here.

For a Bluetooth mouse, consider the Logitech Pebble, available here.

** This post will be updated with further tips and tricks in the coming weeks, so check back regularly. **

FIGURE 3: Reassigning key functions in Chromebook Settings -> Device -> Keyboard

FIGURE 7: Changing the destination for stored downloads and screenshots in Chrome Browser -> Settings -> Advanced -> Downloads -> Location.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

FIGURE 8: Change your audio input and output sources by clicking the headphones icon in the bottom-right menu.

FIGURE 9: Match the screen setup on your desk to the way it is depicted in Chromebook Settings -> Device -> Display.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

FIGURE 11: Add your fingerprints to unlock your Chromebook (if it is equipped with a fingerprint reader)

FIGURE 12: Use your display as a split screen between two different apps or browser windows.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

FIGURE 14: Separate your work onto multiple desktops to enhance your focus.

Google Chromebook’s keyboard is a bit smaller than a standard keyboard. This means that some keys are missing. Think about some of those smaller laptops where you don’t see those arrow keys on the right side.

In the case of the Chromebook’s keyboard, there is no Caps Lock key. The Caps Lock key allows you to type in all capital letters and turn it off when you no longer need to. Don’t worry, as there are methods on how to caps lock on Chromebook.

3 Ways to Caps Lock on Chromebook

Method 1

The first method you can do is press the alt button and search button, which is the magnifying glass icon. The search button is where the caps lock is usually located. When you do the ALT + SEARCH method, the caps lock will be turned on. Then, please turn it off by pressing the same buttons again so that you can type in the lower case form again.

Method 2

The next method is straightforward because you need to press the Shift key and follow up with the letter you want to be in capital form. This method is the same for any laptop or desktop keyboard. If you want to keep on typing with capital letters, then hold the shift key.

Method 3

This last method is a bit long, but it can help you get a permanent caps lock on Chromebook.

  • Go to the lower right corner where your avatar is located.
  • Click on the settings icon, which is the one that looks like a gear.
  • Find the device settings where you’ll see the Keyboard option.
  • Click on the search button after you’ve clicked on the Keyboard option.
  • You can click on the Caps Lock option and bind it to the search button.

This method is a good idea if you always end up using the caps lock button more than the search button. Plus you can always just change it again later as well as for other keys.

You don’t need to worry when you don’t know how to change or locate the caps lock button on your Google Chromebook is after you’ve read our instructions.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

It is not uncommon to see folks complaining about the lack of some features in the Chromebook. Although Chromebooks are more of a notebook and not a fully blown up laptop, they do have a bunch of shortcuts and hidden features that can boost your productivity. We have curated some of the most useful Chromebook Keyboard shortcuts, and we hope that this will delight you.

1. Taking a Screenshot on a Chromebook

There exists plenty of third party apps to take screenshots, but the native screenshot grabber is the only tool that works on all the screens. All you need to do in order to take a screenshot on Chromebook is to press the Ctrl button together with this

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

key at the same time, and the screenshot will be captured and saved in downloads.

Additionally, if you want to capture a particular part of the screen, all you need to do is press Ctrl + Shift and the following button:

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

2. Launching Apps pinned to shelf

Shelf is the horizontal bar at the bottom of the Chromebook screen. Apart from housing the menu, browser and notification center, it also lets users pin their favorite apps. Here is a keyboard shortcut to access your favorite apps without actually using the mouse.

Pressing Alt + (1-8) will open any apps pinned on the shelf and the apps are referenced from number 1-8 starting from the left.

3. Locking the Screen on Chromebook

Just like Windows and every other operating system, even Chromebook has a keyboard shortcut to lock the screen when the machine is left unattended for short period of time. We would suggest you lock your Chromebook even if you are away to grab a cup of something or a quick bite, as this will ensure that no one will be able to access your machine.

Press Ctrl+Shift+L simultaneously to lock the Chromebook.

4. Toggling Caps Lock On/Off

When i first bought my Chromebook, I struggled to find the caps lock key and finally learned that Chromebook Keyboard doesn’t have one. Yes, instead of a direct Caps Lock key like in the conventional keyboards, Chromebook keyboard requires the users to press Alt+Search key to toggle the caps lock On/Off.

5. Direct Logout

In case you need to log out in a jiffy from your Google account, all you need to do is punch in Ctrl + Shift + q (twice).

6. Opening File Manager

File manager can be opened easily by pinning it to the shelf, but if you want to open the same without using the trackpad, then you need to press Alt + Shift + M simultaneously.

7. Accessing Task Manager

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Ever wondered if your Chromebook has a task manager or if it keeps all the processes wrapped up? Cutting to the chase, Chromebook does come with a powerful task manager that can be accessed by Shift + Esc. For added or more detailed insights, you need to click on “Stats for nerds.”

8. Keyboard Shortcut Blueprint

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Want to checkout all of the shortcuts at a single go? Press Ctrl + Alt + ?. The overlay will show you all the shortcuts associated with different buttons once you press them just like in the picture above.

9. Changing Internal Display resolution

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

This shortcut will come in handy if you want to change the internal display without wandering deep into the settings. Pressing Ctrl + Shift and “+” will increase the internal resolution and Ctrl + Shift + “-“ will reduce the internal display resolution.

10. Connecting to an external display

Chromebook can not only be connected to an external display, but the display can also be mirrored. Mirror display feature will show the same image on Chromebook and the external display. Display can be mirrored by Ctrl +

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Wrapping it up

Chromebook has its own pros and cons, but the truth is not many of the users care to explore the additional features the little Linux machine has to offer. I have been using Chromebook as my primary machine for more than six months, and I don’t have any problem transitioning from Windows to Chrome OS. In fact, the transition process was smooth and graceful. If you find yourself in a fix, while using the Chromebook you can always head to “Settings -> About Chrome OS -> Get Help using Chrome OS.” This will open up a guide for users to get instant help.

If you’ve just switched to a Chromebook, you may have noticed that you don’t have the Lock key. Shift, something that appears in the rest of the laptops of other operating systems on the market. Let’s see how we can solve it.

The fact of not having the Lock key. Shift It is something that has led many users who were released on Chromebook from Windows or Mac devices, who, due to ignorance, did not know that this option would not be present.

It may be that you do not mind not having that key because you never or almost never write in capital letters continuously, but the truth is that, for many users, at least it’s a surprise not being able to use this option.

Anyway, functionality can be restored Caps Lock on any Chromebook in different ways.

External keyboard

One of the easiest ways to regain your Caps lock key in our Chromebook, it is to use an external keyboard like the one used for Windows, for example.

With this keyboard we can reassign a key that we do not use the function that we have lost in the Chromebook’s own keyboard. For this we only have to do the following:

  • In the bottom right, we select the time. The other way to access the same menu would be to press Alt + Mayus + s
  • Now you have to go to Setting which is the symbol of a toothed nut on the right side.
  • At this moment we will Device and we choose Keyboard.
  • The next screen is where we can change the function of one or more keys, choosing the one we want Lock capital.

Now we can reassign the home or search key to become a caps lock key.

You can use the one or those that best suit your needs. With this system, most Windows or Mac keyboards will be able to be used for this purpose.

Keyboard shortcuts for caps lock

Another way to get the caps lock on Chromebook are keyboard shortcuts, that is, key combinations that are used to perform certain actions, and thus not have to enter any type of menu to achieve the same.

To explicitly get capital letters locked and everything comes out in this type of font, we must press the search key + Alt or the applications menu key + Alt.

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With this method we manage to activate the first time we combine them and deactivate it the next.

This is a fairly intuitive and simple way to make all letters capitalize at the same time.

Other keyboard shortcuts

In case this keyboard shortcut has been interesting for you, we can see several more that there are for Chrome that can serve you in other matters, just like there are keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10.

We are going to know them and so you can decide which ones you are going to use from now on, since if there is something they have this type of shortcut, it is that they provide comfort when facing certain options.

The most popular keyboard combinations

The combinations that are used the most within the amount of them that there are right now can be the following that you are going to see now.

If by chance you want to look for a keyboard shortcut, press Ctrl + F and write what you want to find.

Chromebooks are very simple to use laptops based on the Chrome browser and widely used in academic environments such as schools or institutes.

  • Take a screenshot: hit Ctrl + Show Windows.
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows, then click and drag.
  • Screenshot on tablets: press the power button + volume down button.
  • To access more screen capture features: press Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows, then select a screenshot function from the toolbar.
  • To access more screen capture features on tablets, follow these steps: press and hold the power button and then select “Screenshot” or the time and then choose Screenshot.
  • Lock the screen: Press Search Key + L. Or press Application Menu Key + L.
  • Log out of your Google account: press Shift + Ctrl + Q (twice).
  • See all key combinations: press Ctrl + Alt + / (slope slash).
  • Select all on page: Ctrl + a
  • Select the next word or letter: Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow
  • Select the previous word or letter: Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow
  • Open clipboard menu: Launcher + V or Search + v
  • Copy content to clipboard: Ctrl + c
  • Cut content: Ctrl + x
  • Paste clipboard content: Ctrl + v
  • Undo the previous command: Ctrl + z

These are some of the keyboard shortcuts Chromebook users have at their disposal for certain tasks, although there are many more that can be used as well.

With all that we have talked about today, you will be able to recover one of the functions that Chromebooks lack with the naked eye, but that can be recovered in several different ways and thus be able to enjoy this ability that is present at first glance, on Mac and Windows.

If you own a Chromebook, you have probably noticed the new addition that Google has made to the keyboard, which is the Search key. This key is supposed to add the practice of searching on Google to the hardware itself. After all, that is what the Chromebook as a product is about, tying you into the Google environment. However, Google has been kind and allowed us to reconfigure this Search key into a third ‘alt’ key or ‘Caps Lock’ (which was bumped out to make space for the search key).

In case you don’t find the search key useful for its default purpose, you can easily choose to map it onto another function. Here’s how to go about doing that –

  1. Go to settings from the dashboard on the bottom-right corner of the screen (where you also have your wifi and bluetooth controls
    How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks
  2. On the Settings window, scroll (or alternatively search) to the subheading ‘Device’ and then go to the Keyboard option.
    How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks
  3. Under the Keyboard option, you will see drop-down menus to reconfigure the Search key, as well as the Ctrl, Alt, Escape and Backspace keys. You can choose from a list of predefined functions for these keys.

Note that you can also make the search key the Caps Lock key, in case you really missed having Caps Lock.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Another unique thing about Chromebook keyboards is that they got rid of the function keys (F1 to F12) commonly found on windows keyboards. From the keyboard settings, you can also remap the number keys to act as function keys when you press the search key with them. The use case for this feature would be if you’re trying to run a Windows application or a webapp uses function keys, then you have them if you need them.

The keyboard configuration makes Chromebook keyboards space efficient and purposeful without compromising on a range of functionality. You can now choose which functions you want and which you find useless, and map your keys accordingly. This is a much appreciated step by Chrome OS, and I’m sure users will make very good use of it.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Google replaced the Caps Lock key with a search button on Chromebooks long ago, but if you plug an external keyboard up to a Chromebook and hit the Caps button, guess what happens? Caps. That’s what happens. Fortunately, you can easily change this.

Google很久以前用Chromebook上的搜索按钮替换了Caps Lock键,但是如果您将外部键盘插入Chromebook并按Caps按钮,您猜会发生什么? 瓶盖。 就是这样 幸运的是,您可以轻松更改此设置。

Personally, the search key on my Chromebooks is an integral part of the way I use the operating system—it’s how I quickly launch apps and Google searches. But when I’m using my Chromebook at my desk, I use an external keyboard and mouse. Since it’s become habitual to tap that search key and start typing, I need the external keyboard to function the same way that the integrated keyboard does.

就个人而言,Chromebook上的搜索键是我使用操作系统的组成部分,这就是我快速启动应用程序和Google搜索的方式。 但是,当我在办公桌上使用Chromebook时,我会使用外接键盘和鼠标。 由于点击搜索键并开始键入已成为一种习惯,因此我需要外接键盘的功能与集成键盘相同。

To do this, first open the Chrome OS settings menu by clicking the system tray, then the gear icon.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

In the menu, scroll down to the Device section and choose “Keyboard.”

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

A new menu will expand and show several options for button remapping, including Search, Ctrl, Atl, Caps Lock, Escape, and Backspace. To change the Caps key to a Search key, simply select “Search” from the dropdown box next to the “Caps Lock” entry.

新菜单将展开并显示按钮重映射的几个选项,包括“搜索”,“ Ctrl”,“ Atl”,“ Caps Lock”,“ Escape”和“ Backspace”。 要将Caps键更改为Search键,只需从“ Caps Lock”项旁边的下拉框中选择“ Search”。

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Boom, now your external keyboard will work exactly like the one built into your Chromebook.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

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Here are the 10 Chromebook shortcuts you should learn, all applicable whether you’re a new user or a long-time fan.

These Chromebook keyboard shortcuts help speed up a raft of oft-repeated and repetitive tasks, and allow you to work more efficiently and confidently.

And just like Windows and macOS, Chrome OS has a whole bunch of useful keyboard shortcuts built-in, ready to use, with no set-up or configuration required.

Whether you want to access extra features on your Chromebook or just save some time, here are the keyboard shortcuts are worth knowing about.

Essential Chromebook Shortcuts

1. Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

We’ve shown you how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook before and it couldn’t be any easier!

The Chromebook screenshot shortcut is simple to learn: just hold down the Ctrl key and the window switcher key at the same time to instantly take a screenshot of your screen:

To screenshot a specific section of your screen you can add the shift key. This shortcut will let you take a partial screenshot — just use the crosshairs that appear after you press this shortcut to ‘select’ the region you want to snap:

2. Open File Manager

The Chrome OS file manager is an important too, and pinning it to the app shelf at the bottom of the screen make it easy to get to, But it’s much FASTER to open the file manager with a keyboard shortcut:

3. Open Task Manager

Experiencing browser slowdowns or screen freezes is never good, and it often means a rogue extension or webpage is sucking up resources in the background.

You can easily identify the culprit using the Chrome OS task manager, which you can open at any time by pressing:

4. Launch Apps Quicker

You probably keep number of applications pinned on the Chrome OS Shelf (the bar at the bottom of the screen) so that you can easily open them at any time.

Did you know you can also ope these using the keyboard too?

Just hold down the Alt key and press a number 1 to 8 to launch the relevant app (the first app in from the left – count the Chrome icon as 0 – is 1, the next 2, and so on until you reach 8).

5. Lock the Screen

If you’re going to leave your computer unattended for a short period (say, whilst you go grab a coffee refill) you should lock your screen to prevent others meddling with your session.

To do lock the screen in Chrome OS just press the following key combo:

6. Open the Chrome Menu

Out of all these Chromebook keyboard shortcuts this is the one I use the most often.

Now, opening the “Hotdog” menu in Chrome isn’t exactly hard, but if you’ve hooked your device up to a huge monitor it can take a fair bit of scrolling.

So save some time and open the Chrome menu using this shortcut:

7. Turn Caps Lock On & Off

Chromebooks don’t come with a dedicated Caps Lock key like many Windows laptops do — so how do you enable caps lock on a Chromebook?

Pretty easily, it turns out. You can Caps Lock on (or turn it off again should you find yourself accidentally RANTING IN CAPITAL LETTERS) using the Alt + search keys:

8. Immediately Logout

In a rush to quit your session? Some finger gymnastics can get you out in a snap:

9. Mirror Monitor

Connect your Chromebook to an external monitor (or TV) and you can extend your workspace — but what if you want to mirror it instead, so that what you see on the external monitor is the same as what’s on the Chromebook display?

Use the ‘Mirror Monitor’ shortcut, of course!

10. Show Keyboard Shortcut Overlay

A little bit meta, but the most important keyboard shortcut for Chromebooks is the one that shows more keyboard shortcuts for Chromebooks!

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Chromebook-Specific Shortcuts

Ctrl + Shift + L – Lock your Chromebook’s screen.

Ctrl + Shift + Q – Log out of your Chromebook. Press the key combination twice to quit.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Alt + E – Open the Chrome browser’s menu. This only works if a Chrome browser window is open and focused.

Alt + 1-8 – Launch applications located on Chrome OS’s “shelf,” or taskbar. For example, Alt + 1 will launch the first application shortcut from the left.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Alt + [ – Dock a window to the left side of your screen.

Alt + ] – Dock a window to the right side of your screen.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Ctrl + Switcher/F5 – Take a screenshot and save it to your Downloads folder The Switcher key is located in place of the F5 key on a standard keyboard.

Ctrl + Shift + Switcher/F5 – Take a screenshot of part of the screen. Use the cursor to select the part of the screen you want to save.

Alt + Search – Toggle Caps Lock. The Search key has a magnifying glass on it and is in place of the Caps Lock key on typical keyboards.

Shift + Esc – Launch the Task Manager.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Display Settings

Ctrl + Shift and + – Increase screen scale, making items appear larger on your screen.

Ctrl + Shift and – – Decrease screen scale, making items appear smaller on your screen.

Ctrl + Shift and ) – Reset screen scale to the default setting.

Ctrl + Shift + Refresh/F3 – Rotate your screen 90 degrees. The Refresh key is located where the F3 key would be located on typical keyboards.

Ctrl + Immersive Mode/F4 – Configure display settings when an external monitor is connected. The Immersive Mode key is located where the F4 key would be located on typical keyboards.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Web Browser & Text-Editing Shortcuts

Chromebooks support all the standard web browser keyboard shortcuts you can use in Chrome or other browsers on other operating systems. For example, Ctrl + 1 activates the first tab in the current window, while Ctrl + 2 activates the second tab. Ctrl + T will open a new tab, while Ctrl + W will close the current tab. Ctrl + L will focus the location bar so you can immediately start typing a new search or website address. Read our in-depth guide to shared web browser keyboard shortcuts for many more shortcuts.

Chrome OS also supports standard text-editing keyboard shortcuts other operating systems support. For example, you can press Ctrl+Backspace to delete the previous word, use Ctrl + Z to undo, and use the standard Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts to Cut, Copy and Paste. Consult our in-depth guide to text-editing keyboard shortcuts for more shortcuts.

The Ultimate Keyboard Shortcut

Press Ctrl + Alt + ? (or Ctrl + Alt + / ) to open a keyboard shortcut cheat sheet at any time. This cheat sheet allows you to view all your Chromebook’s keyboard shortcuts. Whether you’re looking up a keyboard shortcut you forgot, you want to master all the keyboard shortcuts, or you’re just curious, this overlay will help you master those keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard & Mouse for Chrome OS

*The Keyboard and Mouse set is available as both a standalone with the ASUS Chromebox 3 and as standalone sets.
*Please check product specification and availability in your region.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

Unique keys on your Chrome OS keyboard

Search your apps and the web To turn Caps Lock on or off, press Alt + Search.

Go to the previous page (F1)

Go to the next page (F2)

Refresh your current page (F3)

Make your page take up the full screen (F4)

Show all your open windows (F5)

Decrease screen brightness (F6)

Make the screen brighter (F7)

Turn off the sound (F8)

Lower the volume (F9)

Raise the volume (F10)

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks
Learn more about Chrome OS Keyboard.

If you have recently bought a Chromebook and surprising why its keyboard doesn’t have a “Delete” button, and you are missing that badly, here is a nice tip for you. Although the Chromebooks don’t have a dedicated Delete key, you can use a preset keys combination to function as the Delete button.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

You can use the Alt + Backspace keys to work as Delete. This means that simply hold the ‘Alt’ key and press the Backspace button, it would function as the Delete key. What a relief! Moreover, hold the Control key along with these keys to delete words instead of individual letters. Hence, Ctrl + Alt + Backspace = Delete words.

Although, the users can remap keyboard buttons on Chromebooks by visiting the Settings > Device > Keyboard settings, but this works only for Search, Ctrl and Alt keys. For example, you can remap the ‘Search’ key on Chromebooks to the ‘Caps Lock’ key, which is also missing here.

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Tags Chromebook Keyboard, Chromebook Tips, Keyboard Shortcut, Remap Keyboard Buttons Posted by BrowserNative on December 8, 2013, Last updated on April 11, 2021 .

45 thoughts on “Delete Key on Chromebook”

for CAPS LOCK key on Chromebook: press ALT and Search button together. FYI, Search button is just above the left Shift key.

Really? No del key? No caps lock? Who do you think you are Microsoft doing stupid things like that…

Thanks for the tip!! Now I can delete stuff easily.

yes get mad at google becuase they make us press two keys insted of one. how could they do that to us.. the inhumanity of them.

what the **** …. this is a huge drawback of chromebooks. why Google why.

Thanks! I often use the delete key and was most annoyed at not finding it on the Chromebook. However, since I’m also running Ubuntu on it and thinking of using it mostly as an ereader, I might not need it. I really need to explore more on just how to use this thing.

Stupid stuff like the lack of a Delete and Caps Lock key is why chromebooks will never be mainstream and beat our Microsoft

how do you clear browsing data on chromebooks then? On Windows Chrome, the command is control (CTRL) + ALT + DELETE keys.

I don’t understand why they they need to waste space on the keyboard for an on-off button instead of using that key for delete.

Thanks for the tip! I missed this key as I was using my new Chromebook this morning. It’s a solution as good as a dedicated key. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Happy here and I love the Chromebook.

This is very bad news to not have a delete key because our work desktop is set up to require this key to re-enter the desk top. Why wouldn’t chromebook have a delete key. This is crazy.

Recently got a Chromebook and disappointed to know this. No DELETE key … seriously.

Then, I tried to use my USB keyboard and mouse pair with my Chromebook but it failed to worked with them.

Well, had to buy Microsoft’s wireless keyboard and mouse and pair and luckily it is working fine. All this for a f**king delete key, Google!!

This is THE reason for me not to buy a chromebook. I can’t tell my wife to use alt-backspace…..

Thanks for the tip about the delete button. I just got my Chromebook a week and and I’m loving it!!

It is great with surfing and worry free on viruses but my docs are on MS word and still not compatible with their Docs software. Biggest down side is printing… Man it is quite technical just to register the printer unlike with windows that printers are plug and play or simply install the cd. Chromebook isn’t user friendly yet. Yes it will be in the near future, but right now, I have to live with it for a year.

Alt-Backspace DELETES my email in Yahoo! This sucks. There are a lot of stupid keys along the top row that don’t need to be there, but a Delete key should have been included!

I have never seen such a bunch of cry babies like on this page just because you have to press an additional button.

Maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention, but this is the first sign of sheer stupidity I’ve seen from Google. I was going to spend half my time writing on my Chromebook. Granted, it’s a mediocre word processor, but I was going to use it on the road for its light weight and long battery life. The inefficiency of fumbling for two keys is unacceptable in the back-and-forth typing-deleting-typing of the creative process.

the backspace key is a delete key w t f guys lol…

I figured out a better way, and that is to highlight (or select) what I want deleted, and click on backspace.

O Google substituiu a tecla Caps Lock por um botão de pesquisa nos Chromebooks há muito tempo, mas se você conectar um teclado externo até um Chromebook e aperte o botão Caps, adivinha o que acontece? Cápsulas. É isso que acontece. Felizmente, você pode alterar isso facilmente.

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Pessoalmente, a chave de pesquisa nos meus Chromebooks é parte integrante da maneira como uso o sistema operacional. como eu lanço rapidamente aplicativos e pesquisas do Google. Mas quando estou usando meu Chromebook na minha mesa, uso um teclado e mouse externos. Como se tornou habitual tocar na tecla de pesquisa e começar a digitar, preciso que o teclado externo funcione da mesma forma que o teclado integrado.

Para fazer isso, primeiro abra o menu de configurações do Chrome OS clicando na bandeja do sistema. o ícone de engrenagem.

No menu, role para baixo até a seção Dispositivo e escolha “Teclado”.

Um novo menu será expandido e mostrará várias opções de remapeamento de botão, incluindo Pesquisa, Ctrl, Atl, Caps Lock, Escape e Backspace. Para alterar a tecla Caps para uma tecla Search, basta selecionar “Search” na caixa suspensa ao lado da entrada “Caps Lock”.

Boom, agora seu teclado externo funcionará exatamente como aquele incorporado em seu Chromebook.

How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

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How to set the caps lock key as a search button on external keyboards on chromebooks

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