Configure Your Chromebook Keyboard Settings - dummies

Configure Your Chromebook Keyboard Settings

By Mark LaFay

The first time you turn on your Chromebook, you have to complete a basic setup process that includes selecting your language and desired keyboard language layout. This setting, among other keyboard settings, can be edited after the fact. To access your keyboard settings, follow these steps:

  1. Click the status area located in the bottom-right corner of your desktop.

    You might recall that the status area contains your clock, Wi-Fi indicator, and battery charge level indicator. It is also pictured here.

    Your settings panel appears.


  2. Select Settings.

    A window launches and loads your Chromebook Settings page.

  3. Scroll down to the Device section and select Keyboard Settings.

    A Keyboard Settings dialog box appears, pictured here.


In the Keyboard Settings dialog box, you can

  • Reconfigure your Search, Alt, and Ctrl keys.

  • Turn your shortcut keys into function keys (F keys).

  • Change your keyboard language configuration.

The good news is that Google has a built-in Help tool you can quickly reference. To access the visual helper, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+?.

    The Keyboard Shortcut Help tool appears in an onscreen overlay, as shown in the last figure.

  2. Press Ctrl, Alt, Shift, or any two of these three keys in combination.

    A keyboard shortcut map specific to the key (or keys) you press appears.


Use the Keyboard Shortcut Help tool for a quick reminder as you use your Chromebook.