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How to change the function of the non-character keys in Chrome OS

How to change the function of the non-character keys in Chrome OS

Short guide:

  1. Click the Time widget in the bottom right corner of the screen, then click the Settings button  .
  2. In the Settings window, scroll down to the Device section and select Keyboard.
  3. Click on the drop-down menu next to a key and select a new function to assign it. For instance, you could re-assign the Search key to launch the Google Assistant or act as a Capslock key.
  4. When you're finished changing settings, click the X in the top-right corner to close the window.

Before and after

The Chrome OS keyboard settings with the non-charcter keys reassigned

Video guide

This section explains the steps you need to follow in order to re-assign the behaviour of non-character keys, with pictures of the screen to help.  

Open Settings

1. Click the Time widget in the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click the Settings button .

Click the Settings button

Find the Keyboard settings

2. Scroll down in the Settings window to the Device section, then click Keyboard.

Scroll down to the Device section and click Keyboard

Reassign the non-character keys

3. At the top of the keyboard settings you'll see a list of five non-character keys, each with a drop-down menu next to it. Just click on the drop-down menu to assign a new function to that key. For example, you could change the Search key into a Capslock key or set it to launch the Google Assistant.

Click the drop-down menu to change the function of a key

Close the window

When you've finished changing settings, click the X button in the top right of the window to close it.

 

Note: If this does not work it could be because someone else manages your computer settings (an IT department or administrator). If this is the case, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

Created on: August-04-2021

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