Chromebook Shortcut Key Combinations for Tabs and Windows

By Mark LaFay

There are several key combinations that will perform a litany of tasks on your Chromebook without making you navigate and click your way through the Chrome OS menu system. This table shows several different shortcut key combinations for tabs and windows that will make your experience on a Chromebook more intuitive and efficient!

Shortcuts for Tabs and Windows
Shortcut Function
Ctrl+N Open a new window.
Ctrl+Shift+N Open a new window in incognito mode.
Ctrl+T Open a new tab.
Ctrl+O Open a file in the browser.
Ctrl+Shift+Q (twice) Sign out of your Google Account on Chrome OS.
Ctrl+W Close the current tab.
Ctrl+Shift+W Close the current window.
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopen the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome
remembers the last ten tabs you’ve closed.
Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+8 Go to the tab at the specified position in the window.
Ctrl+9 Go to the last tab in the window.
Alt+1 through Alt+8 Activate App Launcher items 1 through 8.
Search+1 through Search+= Use F1 to F12.
Alt+9 Go to the last window opened.
Ctrl+Tab Go to the next tab in the window.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Go to the previous tab in the window.
Alt+Tab Go to the next window you have open.
Alt+Shift+Tab Go to the previous window you have open.
Click and hold the Back or Forward arrow in the browser
See your browsing history for the tab.
Backspace or Alt+left arrow Go to previous page in your browsing history.
Shift+Backspace or Alt+right arrow Go to the next page in your browsing history.
Ctrl-click a link Open the link in a new tab in the background.
Ctrl+Shift-click a link Open the link in a new tab and switch to the newly opened
Shift-click a link Open the link in a new window.
Drag a link to a tab Open the link in the tab.
Drag a link to a blank area on the tab strip Open the link in a new tab.
Type a URL in the address bar, then press Alt+Enter Open the URL in a new tab.
Hold Esc while dragging a tab Return the tab to its original position.
Ctrl+Shift+L Lock your screen.