Chromebooks have become immensely popular in the last few years, especially among students and casual users. They are relatively more affordable than Windows laptops and give you access to a wide range of Android apps on a laptop. But the layout of a Chromebook keyboard is slightly different from that of a Windows computer. The keys have been optimized to perform Chrome OS-specific functions.
Laptops running Google’s Chrome OS have specialty keys instead of function keys in the top row. If you are new to Chrome, you’ll struggle to find the Caps Lock key. This could be a huge pain. Fortunately, you can remap your Chromebook’s keyboard to your liking, which should help improve your typing speed on the new laptop. Here’s how you can remap it in just a few simple steps.
1- Go to keyboard settings
In the bottom-right corner of the screen, click on the clock and then click the gear-shaped icon in the resulting panel to go to Settings. Then select Device subhead on the left menu and click the Keyboard option.
2- Remap the Launcher, Ctrl, Alt, and other keys
Under the Keyboard option, you’ll see a list of keys including the Launcher (Search), Ctrl, Alt, Escape, Backspace, and Assistant keys. By default, each of these keys are assigned the action of their namesake. But you can change what action they perform by clicking the box next to the key’s name and selecting from the drop-down options.
You can change the Launcher key to Caps Lock. Each of the keys are interchangeable, so remap them to your liking.
3- Getting the function keys back
The top row of the Chromebook keyboard has shortcut keys for going to the previous or next page, refreshing the existing page, adjusting the display brightness, and increasing or decreasing volume. But you can turn them into F1-like function keys.
Right below the option to customize keys, you’ll see a setting called Treat top-row keys as function keys. Activate the toggle next to it, and you’ll be able to use the top-row keys as function keys. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to access their specialty actions while the function keys are enabled. All you have to do is hold down the Launcher key while pressing one of the shortcut keys in the top row.