Delete Key and Caps Lock On Your Chromebook

Delete and Caps Lock are missing from the Chromebook keyboard? And the function keys too?. Fear not. Delete and caps lock still work.

The Delete key was removed to keep the Chromebook compact (uh!) and the Caps Lock key was replaced with a search key. You use search more than caps lock, Google thinks. But they haven’t left you without options.

  • Delete Key – Use ALT + Backspace
  • Caps Lock – ALT + Search (When caps lock is on, you will see an icon on the end of the taskbar)

For many, that is more than enough. I live happily with these combinations, and my only complaint is that I d that ALT + Backspace on my office PC where a Delete key is readily available for me to use.

But what if you want to have a permanent easy solution? You have one such option with the caps lock key. You can make the Search key your caps lock key. (or do something else with it)

You can configure the Search key to do other things. Go to the settings page and search for Keyboard Settings. On Keyboard Settings page, Search dropdown menu is what you are looking for. You can set it to work as Alt, Ctrl , Caps Lock or disable it.





So, there you have those missing keys. Press CTRL + ALT + ? to view all the keyboard shortcuts. Now, take a look at this video.

Don’t forget to check out more useful Chromebook tips here.

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • James 24/10/2012, 8:37 pm

    I preferred it when caps lock was L-shift + R-shift. Now it doesn’t work on Colemak, which has another backspace key on the caps lock/search button.

  • Jackie S 03/11/2013, 4:37 am

    How do you delete a bookmark item, for example, I want to remove Yahoo Mail bookmark shown in my Bookmarks Bar.

    • Dinsan Francis 03/11/2013, 6:51 pm

      Right click and then delete.
      Or, open bookmarks manager (CTRL + SHIFT + O or chrome://bookmarks)

  • Andrew Preston 16/01/2014, 10:53 pm

    Just had a look at a couple of Chromebooks in my local PC World today. Noticed the lack of a Delete key, and some other ‘oddities’.

    I had a qick play with the demo Chromebooks. Seem a bit flimsy.
    Most;y, however, my experience was that I decided that I didn’t want my world taken over by Google, with their stuff all over the place, dominating my every move.

    Funny isn’t it.., with Apple it’s a case of …Well , this is how we do it.., if you don’t like it, then don’t come in to our walled garden.

    With Google they seem to have too many people who have read that psychologists book on ‘Nudge Theory’. ie they keep nudging you towards their stuff, or their way of doing something. And eventually, you just go… “Yeah, OK.., I’ll do it your way..”

    Well, I decided not to.

    1. A Chromebook is not for me.
    2. I’ve, some while ago, ceased using Adwords to advertise my couple of
    3. I’m moving away from Gmail, and have taken up an annual subscription with a
    reasonably secure non-US, non-UK email service. I chose Fastmail.

    Yes, I like my ‘Delete’ key, and so no reason to to be nudge, pushed, or whatever…. into using multiple keys just to do a delete.

  • Rochelle 02/02/2014, 9:13 am

    I Tried To Use ALT+Backspace To Delete Facebook Logins But I Doesn’t Work :/ Do You Have Anything Else That Might Help Me ?

    • Dinsan Francis 03/02/2014, 9:26 am

      Delete facebook logins? Can you please explain that?

  • Keshav Sharma 06/09/2015, 1:50 pm

    Nice tips for deleting and using caps lock, i was wondering this from a while, after reading this, i searched for other tricks also, and written an article on all the tips and tricks for chromebook on

  • Lori 01/01/2016, 6:04 pm

    Good article. I’m especially gad to know I can enable the cap lock key. The search key isn’t really useful to me as I’m used to searching the traditional way on the web and don’t find the search key any more efficient. Thanks for the tips.