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Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts conversations

You can use the keyboard shortcuts while messaging in Hangouts.

Move between Hangout windows

 

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Move to next Hangout windowCtrl + .
Move to previous Hangout windowCtrl + ,
Close the current Hangout windowEsc
Enter or exit the last updated Hangout window
(only for Hangouts in Gmail)
Shift + Esc

 

Format messages
Use the following keyboard shortcuts before you type a new message to add formatting.

 

ShortcutWindowsMac
BoldCtrl + b⌘ + b
ItalicizeCtrl + i⌘ + i
UnderlineCtrl + u⌘ + u

 

Navigation shortcuts
The following shortcuts allow you to navigate quickly. The shortcuts work for Hangouts at hangouts.google.com and in Gmail (if you've turned on keyboard shortcuts in Gmail).
ShortcutKeyboard keys
Focus on first element in the conversation listh then c
Go into phone mode (same as g then p)h then p
Open Hangouts Settings menuh then m
Go to Archived Hangouts and focus on first archived Hangouth then a
Go to Hangout Invites and focus on first inviteh then i
Go to Hangouts search box (same as q)h then q

 

Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts video calls

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts in a video call.

To see the full list from any screen in a video call, press Shift + ?.

Controls

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Turn on or off camera⌘ + e
Mute or unmute your microphone⌘ + d

Chat

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Open or close Chat⌘ + b
Move focus to Chat⌘ + m

Apps

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Close or remove a selected appDelete
Set focus on the apps menu⌘ + y

Filmstrip

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Open your menu⌥ + 1

Calling

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Open the call appAlt + t

Accessibility

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Become the primary speaker (works only when your audio is muted)⌘ + g
Announce who is currently speakingShift + ⌘ + Alt + a then s
Announce current information about the roomShift + ⌘ + Alt + a then i

 

Help

Controls

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Turn on or off cameraCtrl + e
Mute or unmute your microphoneCtrl + d

Chat

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Open or close ChatCtrl + b
Move focus to ChatCtrl + m

Apps

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Close or remove a selected appDelete
Set focus on the apps menuCtrl + y

Filmstrip

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Open your menuAlt + 1

Calling

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Open the call appAlt + t

Accessibility

ShortcutKeyboard keys
Become the primary speaker (works only when your audio is muted)Ctrl + g
Announce who is currently speakingShift + Ctrl + Alt + a then s
Announce current information about the roomShift + Ctrl + Alt + a then i

 

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