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Chromebooks to Get a Shortcut Customization App

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Google is adding a shortcut customization app to Chrome OS. According to a new experimental flag, this app lets you customize system shortcuts.

Shortcut System Web App

You might have noticed Chrome OS moving different parts of settings and the operating system to System Web Apps or SWAs. The new shortcut customization app will be another SWA in Chrome OS.

We do not have more information on this change yet. However, you can find a few more code change requests for the shortcuts SWA here on the Chromium Gerrit website.

My best guess is that we will find the Device > Keyboard section of Chrome OS settings in this new SWA.

Chromebook keyboard settings
Chromebook keyboard settings

Here is the new Chrome OS flag to enable this SWA:

Enable shortcut customization app: Enable the shortcut customization SWA, allowing users to customize system shortcuts.

Do you have a different theory? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.


5 responses to “Chromebooks to Get a Shortcut Customization App”

  1. CajunMoses Avatar
    CajunMoses

    Need ability to put Caps-Lock back where it belongs. Search should be assignable to a key that no one ever uses, like the browser Page-Forward key. Most recent Back-light brightness setting needs to be persistent. And back light should only remain on while keystrokes continue.

  2. Andrey Avatar

    The flag is now can be enabled on ChromeOS 91 in the stable channel.
    I enabled it, but I don’t see any new options in keyboard settings in ChromeOS.

    How did you make it appear on Canary? How to access it after flag has been enabled? Please let me know

    1. In Canary, there is a new Shortcut Customization app. It doesn’t do much at the moment.

      1. Andrey Avatar

        yes, but where did this app appear after enabling the flag? Did it just appear in the list of apps in the app launcher? Or somewhere else?

        1. You press the search button on your chromebook.


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