Chromebooks are great for cheap, easy-to-use Internet access. However, as a stand-alone platform, Google’s Chrome OS is much newer than Windows and MacOS. Moving away from Apple and Microsoft there is a definite learning curve.
If you’re new to Chromebooks, familiarize yourself with all the nooks and crannies for an overall better experience. To help you get started, here are some tips that will take you to the status of “power user” in no time.
Use shortcut map
- 1 Use shortcut map
- 2 Type unicode characters
- 3 Use observation mode
- 4 Create new desktops
- 5 Change shelf position
- 6 Adjust resolution and zoom
- 7 Multitask like a pro
- 8 Snap a screenshot
- 9 Get your caps lock back
- 10 Load task manager
- 11 Check system information
- 12 Check your storage
- 13 show hidden files and folders
- 14 Get Chromebook Perks
- 15 Erase your Chromebook
We can fill an entire post listing all the keyboard shortcuts that come in Chrome OS, but why bother? You can see all of them for yourself at any time by pressing the following keys simultaneously:
Ctrl + Alt +?
This opens a window listing all keyboard shortcuts divided into six categories. To close the shortcut map, just click X The button.
Type unicode characters
Need to type Unicode characters? You can do this on a Chromebook. All you need is the Unicode number, listed here and the key combination. Here’s what to type:
Ctrl + U + Number
For example, to get the trademark symbol, type Ctrl + U + 2122.
Use observation mode
Want to see all the windows and desktops you have opened on one screen? Just swipe down three fingers on your touchscreen or trackpad to activate this mode.
You can also press Show windows Button key, or F5.
Create new desktops
Like Windows and MacOS, Chromebooks have the core ability to create new virtual desktops. This allows you to assign groups of different windows to different desktops, and easily organize more complex projects without overcrowding or overloading a single desktop.
To add a virtual desktop, press the following keys simultaneously:
Shift + Search + =
You can also create and manage virtual desktops using the following steps:
Phase 1: Use three fingers to swipe on your touchscreen or trackpad. Alternatively, press the show window button key, or F5.
stage 2: Tap or click New desk Located in the top right corner.
You will see a new desktop listed next to your original desktop in a ribbon running on the top edge of your screen. You can remove the virtual desktop by clicking “x” on the desktop thumbnail.
Change shelf position
By default, the shelf sits at the bottom of the screen, but does not have to be there indefinitely. If you like your taskbar on the top or edges, Chrome OS also provides that customization.
Phase 1: Right click on The shelf.
stage 2: Cursor over Shelf position Listed on the pop-up menu.
step 3: Choose Left, The floor, or right On the expanded menu.
Adjust resolution and zoom
If you find text or pictures too difficult to view on your Chromebook (especially on the new high-resolution screen), you have two options.
Your first option is display scaling, which sets the settings for fonts, icons and so on without reducing visual fidelity. This is different from changing the resolution seen in Windows, which can result in ugly scenes if your screen is lower than the original resolution.
Phase 1Click on: System clock.
stage 2: Press gear icon On the pop-up menu. This opens the settings panel.
step 3: Click Tip Listed on the left.
step 4: Click to enlarge It shows Is listed on the right.
You will see a slider as shown above. small To huge. By default, it is set small Or 100%, which is the original resolution of your display. You can move the slider up to 200% in nine increments, but it is still based on the original resolution of your screen.
For example, a 1,920 x 1,080 screen at 200% Seems like 960 x 540, but everything remains small and crisp. If you took a screenshot, the resulting image is 1,920 x 1,080, despite all the larger elements.
There are keyboard shortcuts that do something similar:
- Scale = Ctrl + Shift + “Plus”
- Scale down = Ctrl + Shift + “minus”
- Reset scale = Ctrl + Shift + 0
If menus and other interface elements are acceptable, but you want to change the scale of text and images on a specific website, type the following:
- Jhoom = Ctrl + “Plus”
- Zoom out = Ctrl + “minus”
- Reset zoom = Ctrl + 0
To change the default zoom and font size for all web pages, do the following:
Phase 1: Open chrome
stage 2: Click on the three-dot customize and control Icon in the top right corner.
step 3: Choose Adjustment On the drop-down menu.
step 4: Click Appearance Listed on the left.
Step 5: Use the drop-down menu next to font size To switch between five font settings.
Step 6: Use the pop-up menu next to Page zoom To adjust the zoom between 25% and 500%.
Multitask like a pro
Like Snap Assist in Windows 10, Chrome OS allows you to “snap” Windows to the edges of your display, essentially splitting your screen in two. For example, you can have a browser open on the left and Google Docs on the right, which fills the entire screen – no stacked or floating windows.
Phase 1: Choose your first window and press Alt + [ to snap it to the left. Type it again later to “un-snap.”
Step 2: Select your second window and press Alt + ] To correct this. Type it later on “un-snap”.
Alternatively, you can simply click and hold on a window and drag it to the left or right edge of your screen. Release the mouse button when the target is half full. Rinse and repeat with your other window.
Snap a screenshot
Screenshot capture works differently on each operating system, which can be frustrating if you’re switching to the Chromebook keyboard, as it doesn’t support the print screen key. But fear not: taking screenshots is as easy as a little different:
Ctrl + Switch Window (F5)
For more help taking screenshots on a Chromebook, see our dedicated guide.
Get your caps lock back
By default, the Chromebook replaces the Caps Lock key in the standard keyboard layout, with the search button activating the Google Search popup. If you rely on a traditional caps lock key (or you prefer to shout at people with all-caps text), there is an easy way to bring it back.
Phase 1: Click on system clock.
stage 2: Choose to gear icon On the pop-up menu. This opens the settings panel.
step 3: Click Tip Located on the left menu.
step 4: Click to enlarge The keyboard Is listed on the right Tip.
Step 5: Click the drop-down menu next to search Choose more Caps lock.
In addition to the search key, you can reassign the Ctrl, Alt, Esc, and Backspace keys. You can also disable all five.
Load task manager
Despite its web-based roots, Chrome OS provides task managers such as Windows and MacOS. With this tool, you can see what your Chromebook’s memory, CPU, and network bandwidth are eating. To open Task Manager, type the following:
Search + Esc
Alternatively, you can access Task Manager from Chrome:
Phase 1: Click on the three-dot customize and control Button in the top right corner.
stage 2: Highlight More equipment In the drop-down menu until the roll-out menu appears.
step 3: Click Task Manager.
You can finish a task by selecting it in the list and clicking on it. end process The button.
Check system information
Unlike Windows and MacOS, you will not find a detailed hardware list. Instead, you have to open Chrome and load About the system Page. Nevertheless, the average Chromebook owner cannot understand what the information provides for the current Chrome OS version.
To access this information, type the following into Chrome’s omnibus:
Chrome: // system
Check your storage
If you are primarily web-focused, a Chromebook is not ideal. Even with Android functionality, the Chromebook has 16GB or 32GB of space. If your Chromebook supports it, you can expand storage from the SD card. They are easy to find and also easy to set up.
To see how much space is available on your local drive, do the following:
Phase 1: Press Files Icon on the shelf. It looks like a folder.
stage 2: With the app open, click on the three-dot Excess The button is located in the top right corner. The storage amount is displayed below the menu.
To see the amount of storage you have on the SD card, do the following:
Phase 1: Press Files Icon on the shelf. It looks like a folder.
stage 2: Click on SD card Listed on the left.
step 3: With the app open, click on the three-dot Excess The button is located in the top right corner. The storage amount is displayed below the menu.
Chrome OS intentionally hides all files and folders that start with a period by default. You can highlight them by following these two steps:
Step 1: Click on the folder icon on the shelf. This opens the Files app.
Step 2: Press Ctrl And Period The chambers.
Repeating these steps will hide the files.
Get Chromebook Perks
After you get your new Chromebook, Google supplies you A variety of perks. Therefore, you have an excellent opportunity to test apps and services that you would not otherwise have a chance to use. While the list of perks is evergreen, here is a list of perks currently:
- A month of cool premium
- Two months of Clipchamp Business Platinum
- Three months disney +
- Three Months of YouTube Premium
- Six month squid premium
- Twelve months of Dropbox storage (100GB)
- Google One’s Twelve Months (100GB)
- One year membership of VSCO
- Three months of studia pro
- Three months of Nvidia GeForce Now
- Free project highrise game
- Free vie da vinci game
- Free Fallout Shelter In-App Item Pack
- Free couple display app
Erase your Chromebook
If you want to sell your computer, you want to end your files and any other external apps or downloads. Powerwash is the feature that makes your computer new to the way you purchased it by eliminating personal information again. However, you cannot keep files on the device and only reset operating system settings to Windows 10. For Powerwash to work, you must first remove all files from your computer and upload them to an external hard drive.