Android keyboard shortcuts

Android

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
4 years ago
- Shortcuts

Android is a touch centric operating system, but when you connect a keyboard to your smartphone or tablet, it supports some keyboard shortcuts out of the box. They aren't going to remove the need to use touchscreen, but they're perfectly useful for basic tasks.

1
Esc

Go back

-2
Ctrl + Esc

Menu

2
Alt + Space

Search page

Say "Ok Google" to start voice search.
3
Alt + Tab

Switch between tasks

0
or Alt + ↑   Shift + Tab
1
↑   Shift + Del

Delete the character to the right of the cursor

0
Alt + Del

Delete an entire line

0
↑   Shift then ↑   Shift

Activate caps-lock; press Shift once more to exit

0
Alt +

Move cursor to beginning of line

1
Alt + →:

Move cursor to end of line

0
Alt +

Move cursor to top of page

0
Alt +

Move cursor to bottom of page

1
↑   Shift + ←  →

Highlight text for cutting or copying

1
+ X

Cut text (will cut all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)

1
+ C

Copy text to clipboard (will copy all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)

0
+ V

Paste text from clipboard

0
+ A

Select all text in the current field

1
Space

Go to next page in any web page or document

0
↑   Shift + Space

Go to previous page in any web page or document

1
+ I

Zoom in

0
+ O

Zoom out

-1
+ J

Go back a page

0
+ K

Go forward a page

0
+ R

Refresh current page

-1
+ F

Find on page

1
+ B

Open bookmarks

0
+ S

Open social network sharing menu

-1
+ H

View browsing history

0
+ S

Open browser settings

0
F

Forward current message (works only while inside the message)

0
R

Reply to current message (works only while inside the message)

-1
A

Reply-all to current message (works only while inside the message)

0
Y

Archive message (works from within message or while on main inbox list)

0
+ U

Refresh inbox

0
+ C

Compose new e-mail

0
⤶ Enter

Open an e-mail (from the main inbox list)

0
Alt +

Jump to top of inbox

0
Alt +

Jump to bottom of inbox

1
Win + B

Open browser

1
Win + C

Open contacts

0
Win + E

Open e-mail

-1
Win + G

Open Gmail

0
Win + I

Open calendar

0
Win + M

Open Maps

1
Win + P

Open music

-1
Win + S

Open text messaging

-3
Win + Y

Open YouTube

If these keyboard shortcuts doesn't seem to cut it, you can create your own keyboard shortcuts with External Keyboard Helper.

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Program information

Program name: Android Android (Productivity)

Android is mobile operating system focused on touchscreen devices. Developed by Google, it's based on a modified version of Linux kernel.

Last update: 12/26/2019 7:59 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 68%

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Updated: Updated program information. (3 updates.) 12/26/2019 8:54:33 AM Updated program information.
12/26/2019 8:55:05 AM Updated program information.
12/26/2019 9:01:13 AM Updated program information.

Shortcut count: 47

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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Steel7 says: 16 days ago 5/8/2022 8:06 PM
Is there a shortcut to turn on Mobile data and Wifi?

BestGuest says: 8 months ago 10/2/2021 6:35 PM
Looking far and wide to find a shortcut to open "settings" somehow with a shortcut... dead screen, no wifi, usb debugging is off. please help!

BestGuest OP says in reply to BestGuest : 16 days ago 5/8/2022 8:17 PM
I ended up doing an entire mapping of keyboard commands to enable assistive speech settings so I could navigate using the keyboard without seeing the screen.

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Sonomaholiday says: 22 months ago 7/29/2020 5:24 AM
Bluetooth keyboard no mouse- fire stick - need to move cursor to select text in remote and shell - I cannot find out how to do this anywhere on the internet and I’ve been looking for 2 hours

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Zeynel Abidin Öztürk Admin says in reply to defkey.com : 22 months ago 7/29/2020 7:59 AM
Does above shorcuts (Shift + arrow keys) work?

ishak says: 3 years ago 5/16/2019 3:48 AM
how to close application

Guest says in reply to ishak : 3 months ago 3/10/2022 3:32 PM
1. First win + enter to see running apps
2. Scroll to the app with arrow keys or tab. They behave a little different, e.g. with arrows I had to go down from search field with arrow down and then select app with left/right arrow
3. Delete