Chrome OS tip: Launch pinned apps with keyboard shortcut [Video]

Here’s a quick, simple Chrome OS tip to help you launch your pinned apps quicker – without having to use a mouse. Did you know that the first eight apps along with the last app you have pinned to the bottom of your screen on your Chrome OS device can be launched with just two button presses?

Take a look at the bottom of the screen on my Chromebook Pixel. These are the apps that I have currently pinned there:

Chrome OS pinned apps

Each one of these apps represents a number – the Chrome browser is number 1, Gmail is 2, etc. The last app – in this case, the Files app – is always number 9.

To launch any of these apps using a keyboard shortcut, just press alt and the number at the same time. So, alt1 would launch Chrome. Even though the Files app is technically number 10, since it is the last app I have pinned, it is automatically assigned number 9. So, alt + 9 will open the Files app.

To see this in action, check out the video above.

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life.

Thanks, Chuck!

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John F

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.