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Tech Tips for Writers #128: Top Ten Chromebook Shortkeys for Writers

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

When I write, I don’t like interruptions. I’m completely in my head with my characters, watching what they do so I can scribe for them. When technology gets glitchy, it throws me out and–like a dream–I completely lose track of the storyline.

I’m probably extreme but because of my quirkiness, I’ve fallen in love with shortkeys. For me, once I remember them, they’re faster, more efficient, and my eyes stay on the screen rather than searching for tools and keys.

I usually write on a PC but sometimes, when I need a laptop, I use my Chromebook. Here’s a poster with ten of my favorite Chromebook shortkeys:

chromebook shortkeys

If you use a Chromebook for writing, do you have a favorite I didn’t mention?

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, Spring 2019, first in the Crossroads Trilogy. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


34 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #128: Top Ten Chromebook Shortkeys for Writers

    • I often think most normal people aren’t familiar with Chromebooks. Education has become addicted to them because they’re so cheap but few others I talk to are interested. Well, my son (a satellite geek for the Army) bought one and loves it.

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    • The laptop is like a desktop Mac or PC but in that laptop format–portable. It runs software as well as anything on the Intenret. Chromebooks look like laptops but only run whatever works off the Internet. You don’t load software nor do you download to it. It you use a laptop mostly for Internet and email, Chromebooks are perfect. Because lots of people don’t like software anymore (for oh so many reasons), online sites for MS Office, Adobe, and all what used to be software are becoming more and more popular.


  1. Keyboard shortcuts also improve speed by keeping your hands on the keyboard. Every time you lift your hand from the keyboard to move the mouse and click, you’ve lost time and train of through. and lord knows my tracks aren’t that solid …

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