How to Restart Chromebook with Keyboard

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Last updated on January 17th, 2024

Welcome to this article where I will guide you on how to restart your Chromebook using just your keyboard. If you’re experiencing issues with your Chromebook or simply want to refresh your device, restarting it can often solve the problem.

By using keyboard shortcuts, you can easily restart your Chromebook without the need to navigate through menus or use the touchpad. Let’s dive in and discover the different methods to restart your Chromebook using your keyboard!

How to Restart Chromebook with Keyboard

To restart your Chromebook using your keyboard, follow these easy steps:

Press the [Power] button and [Refresh] button simultaneously:

  • Locate the [Power] button on your Chromebook. It might be located on the upper-right side of the keyboard or as a separate physical button on the chassis.
  • Locate the [Refresh] button, which typically has an icon resembling a circular arrow and is positioned between the [Full Screen] and [Switch Window] buttons.
  • Press and hold both the [Power] and [Refresh] buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.

Release the buttons:

  • After holding the [Power] and [Refresh] buttons, you’ll notice your screen briefly turning off before powering back on.
  • Release both buttons once you see the Chromebook restarting.

Wait for the Chromebook to restart:

  • Your Chromebook will go through the restart process, and it may take a few moments to complete.
  • Once the restart is finished, you’ll be able to log back in and resume using your Chromebook as usual.

Common Problems

Here are some common problems you might encounter when trying to restart your Chromebook with the keyboard and how to troubleshoot them:

1. Unresponsive keyboard: If your keyboard doesn’t respond when you press the [Power] and [Refresh] buttons, try the following:

  • Make sure your Chromebook is connected to a power source.
  • Ensure that both the [Power] and [Refresh] buttons are not physically stuck or damaged.
  • If possible, connect an external keyboard and try the restart process again.

2. Chromebook doesn’t power off: In some cases, your Chromebook might not power off completely. If this happens, try the following:

  • Press and hold the [Power] button until the device powers off.
  • Disconnect the power adapter and remove the battery (if possible) to force a complete shutdown.
  • Wait for a few moments before reconnecting the power and turning on your Chromebook again.

Extra Tips

Here are some additional tips to enhance your Chromebook experience when it comes to restarting with the keyboard:

  • Keyboard shortcuts: Familiarize yourself with other useful keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook. They can help you navigate, perform actions, and troubleshoot common issues more efficiently.
  • Hard reset: If your Chromebook continues to have issues even after a restart, you can perform a hard reset by following these steps:
  1. Locate a small hole on the bottom or side of your Chromebook.
  2. Using a paperclip or a similar object, press and hold the button inside the hole for around 10-15 seconds.
  3. Release the button and wait for a few seconds before turning your Chromebook back on.
  • Update your Chromebook: Keeping your Chromebook up-to-date with the latest software and system updates can prevent potential issues and ensure optimal performance.


Can I restart my Chromebook without using the keyboard?

Yes, you can restart your Chromebook without using the keyboard by navigating to the power menu in the toolbar at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Simply click on the power icon and select the “Restart” option from the menu.

Will restarting my Chromebook delete any of my files?

No, restarting your Chromebook will not delete your files. It is simply a way to refresh the system and resolve any temporary issues. Your files and documents will remain intact.

Can I use different keyboard shortcuts to restart my Chromebook?

No, the keyboard shortcut using the [Power] and [Refresh] buttons is the standard method to restart a Chromebook. However, you can explore other keyboard shortcuts for specific functions like adjusting volume, taking screenshots, or opening applications.

By John Routledge

Founder and owner of - I'm an avid tech junkie, a lover of new gadgets and home automation. You will often find me reading, writing, and learning about new technologies. I've been featured in many leading technology magazines where I've written about my favorite topics.