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5 Simple Chromebook Tips

#1- Using your phone to unlock your chrome book

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under “Connected devices,” select your Android phone.
  4. Select Smart Lock.
  5. Select Unlock device and sign in to your Google Account. You may have to enter your password.
  6. Your device will unlock and you’ll be signed in when your Android phone is nearby and unlocked.

Tip: If your phone and Chromebook are signed in to the same account, you can use your phone to unlock multiple Google Accounts on your Chromebook.

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#2- Common Keyboard Shortcuts

One thing that may take some getting used to is the fact that there is no Caps Lock button, but a search button instead. To take advantage of all the keyboard shortcuts Chromebooks have to offer, hold down Ctrl+Alt+? Some of the most commonly used shortcuts are:

To Close Tab: Crl+W

To Open a recently closed tab: Ctrl+Shift+ “T”

To Copy Text: Ctrl + “C”

To Paste Text: Ctrl + “V”


#3- Multitasking with Side-By-Side Displays

“Chrome OS allows you to “snap” windows to the sides of your display, essentially splitting your screen in two. For instance, you can have a browser open on the left and Google Docs open on the right, filling the entire screen – no stacked or floating windows.”

Step 1: Select 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 snap it to the right. Type it again later to “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 it fills the target half. Rinse and repeat with your second window.

#4-Take a screen shot

Screenshot captures work differently on every operating system, which can get frustrating if you are switching to a Chromebook keyboard, as it doesn’t support the Print Screen key. But fear not: Taking a screenshot is just as easy albeit slightly different: Ctrl + Switch window (F5)”


#5-Save your files directly to your Google drive

  • Open up the Settings dialog then click Show advanced settings.
  • Under Downloads, click Change, then specify your Google Drive (or any folder inside it), and click on Open.
  • Back on the Settings screen, untick the box marked Ask where to save each file before downloading.
  • The change is saved automatically and new downloads will go straight to your cloud storage.”


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