I’m a fan of keyboard shortcuts. In fact I am a big fan of anything that helps me move things around fast. I do not use external displays with my Chromebook, but if I were, here is a Chromebook keyboard shortcut that I will be excited about.
Google is adding a new keyboard shortcut to Chrome OS, making it easy to move open windows between connected displays. In fact, Google is adding a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to help you get around connected displays quickly:
- Search + Alt + Left Arrow: move active window to the left nearest display
- Search + Alt + Right Arrow: move active window to the right nearest display
- Search + Alt + Up Arrow: move active window to the up nearest display
- Search + Alt + Down Arrow: move active window to the down nearest display
Here is Google’s Happiness Evangelist François Beaufort giving you a video demo of this new feature. It looks quite smooth in the video. François is using a Chromebook pixel, with an Acer display connected to it using USB Type C cable:
If you are a Chromebook user with one or more external displays connected, this is something that you should try out when you get the next Chrome OS update. This is currently available in the Canary channel of Chrome OS. It will take a few weeks for it to graduate into the Stable channel.