ChromeOS brings customization for keyboard shortcuts

Google is rolling out the April update to ChromeOS users with features like the ability to customize keyboard shortcuts and mouse button actions. The update also brings improved voice support for offline text-to-speech. The ChromeOS M123 update will be rolling out to users in the coming days.

Let’s review these new features. The main new feature is a way to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to actions. This is a feature available on other desktop systems.

However, users will have to enable this feature manually by enabling a flag setting called “#enable-shortcut-customization”. The company said that the keyboard customization shortcut will be enabled by default with the upcoming ChromeOS M124 update.

Customizing the ChromeOS keyboard

With ChromeOS M123 update, users can assign custom keyboard shortcuts based on their usage Image credits: Google

With this update, Google also allows users to customize mouse button actions. If you have a mouse with more than two buttons, you can assign them to tasks like taking a screenshot, muting, unmuting, and inserting emojis. Additionally, you can set a dedicated key combination for an action performed by a keyboard shortcut.

ChromeOS lets you assign actions to additional buttons on your mouse

ChromeOS lets you assign actions to additional buttons on your mouse Image credits: Google

The ChromeOS M123 update also has a few smaller upgrades, such as the ability to change preferred languages ​​per Android app via “Settings > Apps > Manage your apps > App language”; and an improved text-to-speech feature with voice that should sound more natural. It supports 31 languages ​​and works when you are offline.


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