For a while now, Google has invested time and development effort into making Chrome OS a viable alternative to mainstream operating systems. Case in point: On Friday, Google announced new Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts that manipulate the currently active window.
Francois Beaufort, a Chromium Evangelist at at Google, said in a Google+ post that the feature is available in the Canary build of Chrome OS. As long as you’re on the canary build of Chrome OS, you can use four new keyboard shortcuts to manipulate the currently active window between displays.
- Search + Alt + Left Arrow: move active window to the left nearest display
- Search + Alt + Right Arrow: move active window to the right nearest display
- Search + Alt + Up Arrow: move active window to the up nearest display
- Search + Alt + Down Arrow: move active window to the down nearest display
Thanks to the ubiquity of Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s macOS platforms, folks have come to expect things of certain keyboard combinations. When you hold the ALT button and the TAB button at the same time, for example, most veteran computer users will expect the operating system to switch between open applications. It’s a shortcut so well-known that Google implemented it in Android’s hardware keyboard framework.
Chrome OS’s new shortcuts are a step in that direction. The more familiar Chrome OS feels to a transitioning Windows or macOS user, the thinking goes, the more likely they are to stick with it.
Google’s strategy seems to be working. In the US K-12 education market, it grew to 58 percent market share in 2016 up from 50 percent a year earlier, according to Futuresource Consulting, and doubled its worlwide share to 6 percent.