Computers, Laptops & Tablets Google How to Modify Keyboard Settings on Google Chromebooks Customize your Chrome OS keyboard By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated February 12, 2020 Google Microsoft Apple Google Tablets Accessories & Hardware Tweet Share Email It's possible to adjust your Chromebook's keyboard settings to your liking. For example, you can assign custom behaviors to specific keys and even change the language settings. Instructions in this article apply to laptops running Chrome OS. Chromebook Keyboard Difference The layout of a Chromebook keyboard is similar to that of a Windows laptop, with a few exceptions. For example, there's a Search key where the Caps Lock key would normally be. On many keyboards, the top row of keys is reserved for the function keys (F1, F2, etc.). On a Chromebook, these keys serve as shortcuts for actions such as controlling the volume and refreshing the active web page. If you prefer a more traditional layout, you can customize the Chromebook keyboard so that it more closely resembles what you're used to. It is possible to use a USB keyboard with your Chromebook, but the keys that aren't on the Chromebook keyboard will not work. How to Change Chromebook Keyboard Settings To customize your Chromebook's keyboard: Select the taskbar in the bottom-right corner of the desktop, and then select the Settings gear to open your Chromebook's settings in the Chrome browser. Select Device in the left pane, then select Keyboard. From here, you can change the function of certain keys. For example, select the drop-down menu beside Ctrl and choose one of the options listed. All changes take effect immediately, so if you reassign a key, it will remain reassigned until you change it back. Select Treat top-row keys as function keys if you want to enable function keys. You can toggle between shortcut and function behavior by holding down the Search key. Select Enable auto-repeat to toggle the auto-repeat function, which repeats the key that is held down multiple times until you let go. Use the sliders below to specify how long the delay should be before repeating each keypress, as well as the repeat rate. Select View keyboard shortcuts to see a list of all Chromebook shortcuts. You cannot modify shortcuts, but they are useful to know. Select Change language and input settings. On this screen, you can set the default language and change the keyboard layout by selecting Input method. There are also advanced spell check options.