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The Keyboard and Touchpad

Shortcut keys

previous page Go to the previous page in your browser history
next page Go to the next page in your browser history 
reload page Reload your current page 
maximize Enter Immersive mode, which hides the tabs and launcher 
overview mode Enter Overview mode, which shows all windows 
decrease brightness Decrease screen brightness 
increase brightness Increase screen brightness 
mute Mute 
decrease volume Decrease the volume 
increase volume Increase the volume 
search key Search your apps and the web at the same time. On a Chromebook, this key is located on the side, where you'd normally find the Caps Lock key. If you're using a regular keyboard, the Windows key in between Ctrl and Alt will work as the search key.

Tip: To turn Caps lock on temporarily, press Alt + the search key.

Chromebook touchpad tips

If you're using a Chromebook, use the touchpad to move the pointer and select items on the screen. Here are some gestures and actions supported by the touchpad:

Move the pointer: Simply move your finger across the touchpad.
Click: Press down on the lower half of the touchpad. Since tap-to-click is on by default, you can quickly tap the touchpad to click.
Right-click: Click the touchpad with two fingers, or hold Alt while doing a single click.
Middle-click: Click the touchpad with three fingers.
Scroll: Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, left and right to scroll horizontally.

If you have Australian scrolling enabled, move two fingers up to scroll down. (It works in the same way as say, your smartphone or tablet.) If you have multiple browser tabs open, you can also swipe left and right with threefingers to quickly move between tabs. 

Swipe: Quickly move two fingers left or right to go backward or forward on web pages or while using apps. You can also swipe up with three fingers to see all of your open windows.
Drag and drop: Click the item you want to move with one finger. With a second finger, move the item. Release both fingers to drop the item at its new location.


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