Chrome OS tip: How to page up and page down

chrome-logoA few days ago, I showed you what to do if you’re missing those “home” and “end” keys on your Chrome OS device. (Spoiler alert: just press ctrl shift + ↑ or ctrl shift + ↓). But what if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to page up or page down, without having to waste time with unnecessary scrolling?

The answer, as it turns out, is again deceptively simple. Even though “page up” and “page down” buttons don’t exist on most Chromebooks, another simple combination of key presses will do the trick.

  • To replicate “page up” key functionality, simply press alt + ↑
  • To replicate “end” key functionality, simply press alt + ↓

Of course, most Acer Chromebooks actually forgo the Chrome OS-style keyboard in favor of a more traditional Windows-style layout. Part of the reason for this is that Acer likes to repurpose old Windows machines for Chrome OS, but another factor might be many people’s reluctance about change. Chrome OS is, after all, such a radical departure from traditional computing that little things like this might be comforting to some people.

I, on the other hand, have dived head first into Chrome OS with my Google Chromebook Pixel. I don’t regret it one bit, and have found these simple key combinations to be simple, easy to remember, and practically as convenient as the old Windows-style buttons themselves.

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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4 thoughts on “Chrome OS tip: How to page up and page down

  • Avatar of inevidimka
    July 8, 2013 at 11:53 am
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    shift-esc task mgr
    shift-backspace forward
    ctrl-back prev tab
    ctrl-forward next tab
    ctrl-fullscreen mirroring
    ctrl-next window screenshot
    ctrl-1 go to tab 1

    ctrl-8 go to tab 8
    ctrl-9 go to last tab
    ctrl-0 zoom normal
    ctrl– zoom out
    ctrl-+ zoom in
    ctrl-tab select next tab
    ctrl-a select all
    ctrl-c copy
    ctrl-d bookmark
    ctrl-e focus search
    ctrl-f find
    ctrl-g find again
    ctrl-h history
    ctrl-j downloads
    ctrl-k focus search
    ctrl-l focus location
    ctrl-n new window
    ctrl-o open/new file browser
    ctrl-p print
    ctrl-r reload
    ctrl-s save
    ctrl-t new tab
    ctrl-u view source
    ctrl-v paste
    ctrl-w close tab
    ctrl-x cut
    ctrl-z undo
    ctrl-? help
    ctrl-left word move
    ctrl-right word move
    alt-1 go to window 1

    alt-9 go to window 9
    alt-backspace forward delete
    alt-tab select next window
    alt-d focus location bar
    alt-e menu
    alt-f menu
    alt-left back
    alt-right forward
    alt-up pg up
    alt-down pg dwn
    ctrl-alt-t command line terminal crosh
    ctrl-alt-=> command line terminal VT2
    ctrl-alt-<= exit command line terminal VT2
    ctrl-alt-? keyboard viewer
    ctrl-alt-up home
    ctrl-alt-down end
    ctrl-shift-back next tab
    ctrl-shift-forward prev tab
    ctrl-shift-tab select prev tab
    ctrl-shift-b toogle bookmark bar
    ctrl-shift-d bookmark all tabs
    ctrl-shift-g find previous
    ctrl-shift-i development tools
    ctrl-shift-j dom inspector
    ctrl-shift-n new incognito window
    ctrl-shift-q sign out
    ctrl-shift-r reload bypassing cache
    ctrl-shift-t reopen last tab
    ctrl-shift-v paste as plain text
    ctrl-shift-w close window
    ctrl-shift-? help
    ctrl-shift-left word select
    ctrl-shift-right word select
    alt-shift-tab select previous window
    alt-shift-b focus bookmarks
    alt-shift-s focus status
    alt-shift-t focus toolbar

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    • Avatar of Wm Brae
      December 4, 2018 at 7:16 am
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      alt + down arrow doesn’t work for me in the browser works in Google docs

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  • Avatar of dan
    July 10, 2013 at 7:44 am
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    Gee, what a waste of space… spacebar for pgdn shift spacebar for pgup, is all

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  • Avatar of Andrew
    April 20, 2017 at 10:41 am
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    Thanks a bunch. I need this shortcut when reading in Google Docs as the spacebar, which normally does the job of “page down”, is useless for that function in docs.

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