Chrome OS tip: What to do if you’re missing your home and end keys

Chrome OS keyboard

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.

John Freml

John Freml is 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. Google+ | Twitter | More posts by John | Subscribe to John's posts