Chromebook resolutions can be changed with shortcut keys.

Change your Chromebook’s resolution quickly with this keyboard shortcut

Did you know there’s an easy way to change your Chromebook’s resolution?

Yes, an easy way.

Although some of you may already be proficient with Chromebooks and able to change it from the Settings menu, there’s an even quicker way to do it.

Let me put that into “perspective” for you. Eh? See what I did there? Heh.


Why the change?

Change your Chromebook's resolution to work more efficiently.
Change your resolution so you can adjust your image to make things bigger or smaller.

With more advanced Chromebooks coming out that have much more powerful hardware and specs compared to 2016’s models, they’re obviously getting higher resolutions with sharper screens.

Models such as the Samsung Plus/Pro, Google Pixel, and HP G1, the resolution for Chromebooks just keeps getting better.

Therefore, it only makes sense that there’s a quick shortcut to change it on-the-fly to make adjusting for Android apps, YouTube, and Chrome apps easier.

I mean, you don’t want a huge version of Temple Run 2, and a super small version of Google Docs. Being able to change resolutions with a quick shortcut combination makes sense.

Why you would need to change your resolution in the first place

Adjusting resolution also plays a role in keeping Chrome’s UI scaled correctly as well. Menus, navigation bars, information widgets, and the browser itself should all scale nicely. This is especially important when you have different tabs open with different zooms.

Having a higher resolution means more real to fine-tune depending on what you’re doing. This gives flexibility over resolution control.

Being able to change resolutions is something that not many users take advantage of. It’s very handy. For example, if you’re working on a big image you’ll likely want to max out the resolution which will give you a “smaller” picture, UI, and menu icons. But then when you’re just playing around on your Chromebook, you may want to drop the resolution a bit to get everything back to “normal.”

This is why your resolution is even able to be adjusted. And also why you should take advantage of it.

It also gives you the ability to see how things look on other screens with less resolution (or more) depending on what you’re working on. If you’re designing an icon or touching-up an image, you may want to see it across a variety of resolutions- from smartphone to a 4K TV.

This is the old way of changing it:

But that’s not cool anymore, right? Here’s the new way of switching between resolutions quickly like a “professional” Chromebook user would.


Change resolutions with keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook

So, how can you take advantage of changing resolutions quickly?

Use keyboard shortcuts (or hotkeys, if you will).

Whenever you need to switch resolutions, you can simply scale your Chromebook’s screen by pressing the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Press “CTRL + SHIFT” followed by either the “+” or “-” key.
  • Pressing the “+” key will make the screen “bigger” and zooms you in. (It actually makes the resolution lower.)
  • Pressing the “-” key will make the screen “smaller” and zooms you out. (It makes the resolution higher.)

Toggle between resolutions instantly

Screen settings picture meme.
You can change your resolution without messing up your Chromebook’s settings.

So you can switch between them and toggle the resolution of your Chromebook at any time you want in whatever app you’re currently working with.

The resolution of your screen itself (native resolution) doesn’t change. Your Chromebook just changes the image to match the resolution you set as if that was the native resolution. You can always go back to the default setting and this doesn’t damage your screen in any way.

Use it to scale down high-resolution images to size, or blow up smaller images though they’ll be pixelated. Videos will simply get “bigger” but more pixelated as well. Anything that has a set resolution will either get either pixelated or scaled down, depending on the resolution of the media. Here’s an excellent resource to check out about screen resolutions (hint: it’s from Wikipedia).

Adjust your resolution to your liking

So, now that you know how to adjust your Chromebook’s resolution with a keyboard shortcut, use it. Play around with it and adjust frequently to match what you’re doing. You’ll find it easier on the eyes and makes your work a lot more appealing to look at since it fits perfectly with how you want it to be.

If you found this helpful, consider telling a fellow Chromebook user.

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (

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