One of the reasons that Chrome OS is gaining in popularity is its simplicity and ease of use. This includes the keyboard, too: On most Chrome devices (with a few exceptions), there are no function keys, no caps lock key, and even no home or end keys.
Generally I’ve come to love the Chrome OS keyboard, and I’ve adapted quickly to its little idiosyncrasies. But as the editor-in-chief of Pocketables, and as a college instructor who grades most papers electronically, I use the “home” and “end” functionality all the time to quickly get my cursor at just the right spot in a document to make edits, corrections, and comments. And luckily, even though a true Chrome keyboard doesn’t have these keys, it’s easy to replicate their functionality with a few extra key presses:
- To replicate “home” key functionality, simply press ctrl + shift + ↑
- To replicate “end” key functionality, simply press ctrl + shift + ↓
While it may initially seem annoying to have to remember these key combinations, I’ve found that it has become second nature – and when I switch to a Windows PC that has a traditional keyboard attached, I often find myself using these key combinations by habit, even though they don’t work on Windows.
In any case, while this is a simple and quick tip, hopefully you’ll find it as useful as I do.