Summer’s winding down, and it’s time to gear up for another exciting school year. As our kids dive back into the world of assignments and projects, Chromebooks once again become their trusty companions. But wait! There’s a secret weapon that can help your child work smarter, not harder. Discover the game-changing keyboard shortcuts that will make a world of difference in their productivity.
General Chromebook Shortcuts
Tab It Right: Ctrl + T opens a new tab, Ctrl + Shift + T resurrects a recently closed tab, and Ctrl + W bids adieu to the active tab.
Options at Your Fingertips: Alt + E unveils the options menu, perfect for personalizing your Chromebook experience.
Cursor Control: Shift + arrow keys selects text, Ctrl + arrow keys navigates words, and Shift + Ctrl + arrow keys make text selection a breeze.
Screenshots Simplified: Capture your screen’s magic with Ctrl + Overview – essential for quizzes, homework hiccups, or hilarious group chat moments.
Zoom In, Zoom Out: Get closer with Ctrl + + and step back with Ctrl + – to suit your viewing preference.
Minimize with Alt: Alt + – keeps your secrets safe when unwanted visitors approach, and Alt + = restores order.
Google Docs and Drive Shortcuts
Master Google Drive: Ctrl + / reveals all the keyboard shortcuts. Start with Shift + T for Docs, Shift + S for Sheets, and Shift + F for Folders.
Rename with Ease: Tapping N lets you rename files swiftly, making organization a cinch.
Keyboard Navigation: Use j, k, h, and l keys for smooth scrolling without leaving your keyboard.
Perfect Formatting: Ctrl + \ removes weird formatting, while Ctrl + Shift + V pastes text sans formatting.
List It Right: Ctrl + Shift + 7 for numbered lists and Ctrl + Shift + 8 for bulleted lists.
Count Your Words: Ctrl + Shift + C provides a word count, a lifesaver for meeting that hefty word count goal.
Voice Typing Magic: Ctrl + Shift + S initiates voice typing, sparing your fingers from endless typing.
Navigation Mastery: Ctrl + Search + left arrow and Ctrl + Search + right arrow navigate to the document’s beginning and end.
Link It Up: Ctrl + K opens the insert link window in Google Docs for easy hyperlinking.
Files App Shortcuts
Files, Your Secret Ally: The Files App syncs with Google Drive and other cloud storage, making it a handy tool for file management.
Swift Folder Creation: Ctrl + E crafts new folders effortlessly.
Rename Like a Pro: Ctrl + Enter swiftly renames selected items, no pop-ups, no hassle.
Delete with Ease: Alt + Backspace deletes items from folders, sending them to Google Drive’s trash folder for potential recovery.
Unleash Your Chromebook’s Potential These shortcuts are just the tip of the iceberg. To unlock your Chromebook’s full potential, hit Ctrl + / for the complete list of keyboard shortcuts. Enjoy a fantastic school year filled with productivity and success!