To make Chromebook a developer-centric machine, Google is adding some really interesting features through software updates. Recently, they brought Linux with full Terminal support on Chrome OS. And now, with the newest stable update, you’ll enable the missing function keys on your Chromebook just by enabling a toggle. Google has brought this feature to assist developers execute many of the programming commands through function key shortcuts on Chrome OS. Now having said all of that, let’s jump to the steps altogether.
Enable Function Keys on Chromebook
To enable function keys on Chromebook, update your machine to the newest Chrome OS build. you‘ll do so by navigating to Settings -> About Chrome OS -> Check for Updates. For your information, the Chromebook should get on Chrome OS 79. Now without further delay, let’s begin.
1. Open Chrome Settings and move to the “Device” menu within the left pane. Now, open “Keyboard” then enable “Treat top-row keys as function keys”.
2. this will turn the top-row keys as F1, F2 then on starting with the left-arrow key. Basically, now you’ll use Windows and programming shortcuts comfortably on your Chromebook. i really like this feature because I can now finally close the active app with Alt + the full-screen key (acting as F4).
3. However, you lose many of the helpful Chrome OS shortcuts like taking a screenshot and volume controls. So to use those Chrome OS shortcuts while keeping the function keys enabled, press the “Search” button then use the top-row keys. it‘ll work flawlessly.
Work sort of a Pro on Chromebook with the Function Keys
So that was our short guide function keys and Chromebook. While it’s going to appear to be alittle feature, for developers this is often an important requirement. And for general users who miss their Windows shortcuts, you’ll now freely use Ctrl and Alt with the function keys. Anyway, that’s all from us. If you would like to find out more about such hidden tricks of Chrome OS, through our linked article.