Customized Chromebook keyboard shortcuts updated icons

There’s a new app for custom Chromebook keyboard shortcuts (Updated)

Google is working to update customized Chromebook keyboard shortcuts, complete with new icons and application interface. Using the in-progress code I generated some of the new icons that will be added to ChromeOS and they bring a more modern look to certain system functions.

This is how the new icons are designed, along with their representative function for customized Chromebook keyboard shortcuts.

There’s also mention of a dedicated Print icon although the code to display the icon isn’t yet present. It’s also possible these icons will change prior to implementation.

A code comment currently reads “Replace these temporary icons with the actual ones.” However, I can’t tell if that’s already happened: These could be temporary or they may have already been replaced with code for the planned icons.

Since the code refers to the Chromebook Shortcut Customization App first reported back in 2021, I anticipate that these icons will eventually appear in your Chromebook Settings.

Navigate to Settings -> Device -> Keyboard and you’ll see the default Chromebook keyboard shortcuts. However, you can modify some of these; I anticipate the list of which shortcuts you can customize will be growing. And this interface will be changing too.

Current customized Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

The more I use ChromeOS, the more I’m getting away from using the trackpad to navigate around quickly. I think it has something to do with my coding education because if you know the right keyboard shortcuts, you can zip around text or windows. In fact, that’s why I recently shared a quick way to maximize and minimize windows or apps using Chromebook keyboard shortcuts. I have a video demonstration in that post to show you how quick the approach is.

I figure the more my hands are on the keyboard, the more I can type. More time on the trackpad reduces text entry, so I’m learning to love Chromebook keyboard shortcuts. I’m looking forward to seeing how these new ones are implemented.

Update: Dinsan over at Chrome Story has a short video look at the new Chromebook keyboard shortcuts app. Here’s a peek at what’s coming:

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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4 thoughts on “There’s a new app for custom Chromebook keyboard shortcuts (Updated)

  1. I’m not too sure that the new keyboard shortcuts will be added under Settings -> Device -> Keyboard.
    They are working on an entirely separate ‘Shortcut Customization’ app that’s currently behind a flag.

    You can see it in the screenshots here:

    It’s still very much in the early stages now but I’m hoping it will be much more robust when it’s finished, and maybe even allow us to assign key-combos to F11 & F12.

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