One of the first things that you will notice on your new Chromebook is the keyboard layout. Chromebooks come with a Search key instead of Caps Lock. They also do not have Delete keys. In this article, we will look at how to turn on or turn off Caps Lock and also turn the Search key into Caps Lock.
Turn on Caps Lock
To turn on Caps Lock on your Chromebook, use the keyboard shortcut ALT + SEARCH.
When you use the keyboard shortcut to enable Caps Lock, you will see a notification in the system tray.
This notification will stay in the notification area as long as Caps Lock is turned on.
Turn Off Caps Lock
To turn on Caps Lock on your Chromebook, use the keyboard shortcut ALT + SEARCH. In short, use the same keyboard shortcut to toggle between On and Off.
Change the Search Key to Caps Lock
We saw the keyboard shortcut to temporarily enable or disable Caps Lock. What if you want a permanent Caps Lock button?
You can turn your Search key into your Caps Lock key. You can use Chromebook’s Key Mapping feature to do this.
Go to Settings > Device > Keyboard and select Caps Lock from the drop-down next to Launcher (or Search).
Want detailed instructions to do this? Refer to the Keyboard section of our Chromebook Settings Guide.
The Chromebook keyboard does not have a Delete key as well. You can use the keyboard shortcut ALT + BACKSPACE as a replacement.
- ALT + BACKSPACE: Delete the next letter (forward delete)
- CTRL + BACKSPACE: Delete the previous word
Want more keyboard shortcuts and other tips to get started with your Chromebook? Refer to our Getting Started guide here.
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