Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook

Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
by Dinsan Francis

Thanks everyone who shared these tips on various forums and communities. A big thank you to François Beaufort and all my Google Plus friends!

85 Google Chromebook Tips for You

  1. My first Google Chromebook tip is, 100 Chrome tips. Confused? Since Chrome OS is mostly Chrome browser, most of the tips that I have listed for Chrome will work for Google Chromebook too. So checkout my 100 Chrome Tips.
  2. Here is a free PDF guide on “Getting Started with Chromebook
  3. What to do When Your Chromebook is Offline
  4. Looking for caps  lock? press ALT + SEARCH
  5. You can configure the Search key to do other things. Go to the settings page and search for Keyboard Settings. On Keyboard Settings page, Search dropdown menu is what you are looking for. You can set it to work as Alt, Ctrl , Caps Lock or disable it.
  6. For Home key, press  CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow
  7. For End key, press CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow
  8. For Delete key, press ALT + Backspace. You can use the same keyboard shortcut for deleting files from the file manager and Google Drive.
  9. To lock your Chromebook screen, press Ctrl+Shift+L
  10. You can open apps pinned on the taskbar using a keyboard shortcut. ALT + Number, where Number is the position of the app. For example, on the taskbar, the first icon is always the Chrome icon which opens a new tab. Ignore that, assume that the second app pinned there is Gmail. Press ALT + 1 and you will see Gmail opening in a new tab.
  11. How to view BIOS version on your Google Chromebook
  12. How to print from your Google Chromebook
  13. How to access your iTunes library from Google Chromebook by importing your playlists to Google Music
  14. How To Reset Your Chromebook (Factory Reset or Wipe) Easily 
  15. How to Diagnose Wifi and 3G Connection Issues on Your Google Chromebook 
  16. How To Download Torrents on Your Google Chromebook 
  17. Switch To HTML5 for Better Google Music Experience on your Google Chromebook 
  18. To change window transparency on your Google Chromebook, visit chrome://transparency
  19. Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Reload will make your Chromebook do a barrel roll. Its cool!
  20. To find hundreds of offline apps visit the offline apps section of the Chrome Web Store,  click here.
  21. To take a screenshot, Ctrl Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
  22. Take a partial screenshot by selecting the area you want to capture, CtrlShift Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
  23. Refresh google drive cache (hold control and press refresh)
  24. Changing your chromebook’s release channel, (software version) is a good idea if you want to experiment or check out new features waiting for general release. To change channels, visit chrome://help and click More Info. You can switch channels here, and with one re-start, you will be on the new release channel you picked.
  25. To insert Unicode characters, press  <Ctrl> + <Shift> + U + The number for the unicode character.
  26. To clear local cache and reload Google Drive, hold Ctrl and then click the Google Drive settings key on Google Drive. You will see those additional options showing up in the settings menu. Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
  27. To open a command prompt, press CTRL + ALT+ T. Once you are on the command prompt, type shell and hit enter to go to shell prompt.
  28. Once you are in the command prompt (CTRL + ALT + T ) you can do SSH using the following format.  ssh username computernameORipaddress. To view available SSH options, type ssh hit enter, and then hit enter one more time.
  29. On an ARM Chromebook, Hold ESC + Refresh buttons then push power to enter developer mode
  30. To view hardware information of your Chromebook while it is booting, press Ctrl + i or Tab + i Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
  31. To get the version of chrome your Google Chromebook is running using CLI in dev-mode [crosh/shell] type: /opt/google/chrome/chrome –version
  32. To view free space available on your Google Chromebook’s local drive (HDD or SSD) visit chrome://quota-internals/. Alternatively, you can click the gear icon on the Files app to view remaining space.
  33. To enable accessibility options on your Google Chromebook, visit chrome://settings/search#accessibility. You can enable the accessibility menu, spoken feedback and other accessibility options.
  34. Enable tap dragging from settings (accessbility). Search tap dragging from the settings page.
  35. Press Shift + Alt + M to open the file manager
  36. While viewing pictures from the Chrome OS File Manager, press E (as in Editor) to quickly edit the picture using the inbuilt image editor.
  37. If you are experience trouble with 3G or Wifi internet connection on your Google Chromebook, here is a way to start your diagnostic. Visitchrome://diagnostics and test your connection status. Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
  38. You can create a recovery media right from the Google Chromebook. You need a 4 GB or larger USB flash drive or SD card. This card needs to be wiped completely so make sure you don’t have any data on it. Open up chrome://imageburner and follow on screen instructions.
  39. To view total amount of RAM, open chrome://system, find meminfo and click expand.
  40. To view the mac address of your device, go to Settings, search for Internet Connection. Now, click on the name of the network that you are currently connected to. A popup box with the network information will be displayed. The Hardware address listed there is the MAC address.
  41. To know the bandwidth used by your Chromebook/Chromebox, open chrome://net-internals/#bandwidth
  42. Hold Shift key and click on any app to open it in a separate window,without the addressbar. This makes it look like an app, instead of a website!. You can right click any app to change the way they open by default, for example,  full screen, new tab, new window etc.
  43. How to change MAC address of your Chromebook.
  44. To change the launcher/taskbar position, right click the taskbar and go toLauncher position menu.
  45. Ctrl + S to save webpages for offline reading. (Yes, it works!)
  46. A Simple Method to Upload Music to Google Play from a Chromebook.
  47. How To Add Locally Managed Users in Chrome OS.
  48. On the Ash Try (The small pop up menu you get by clicking the time and profile icon on the bottom right corner of Chrome OS desktop) click the profile icon to easily access profile pic changing settings.
  49. On the file manager, right click Downloads drive to see available space on your Chromebook’s HDD/SD
  50. Open chrome://flags and enable “Force high DPI mode” flag to view Google Chrome OS in high resolution.
  51. If you try to open a .swf file (flash) from the Files app, you will get an error saying it is unsupported. Drag the file to a Chrome tab, and it will work fine!
  52. <Alt> + <Shift> + N opens the new messaging/notifications center
  53. Do a Powerwash to Factory Reset your Chrome OS device.
  54. Looking for some help with Chrome OS File Manager? Its here.
  55. 7 things you can do right now to make Chromebook secure.
  56. Accessibility options on Chrome OS, a guide.
  57. Ctrl + M once, minimizes current window, and displays any other window that is open. Keep pressing Ctrl + M to minimize each open window, till you see the desktop!
  58. On the file manager, Ctrl + E creates a new folder
  59. You can create a new folder (also) by clicking the gear icon on the top right corner of the file manager
  60. On the file manager, while you are dragging and dropping files, hovering over a folder will open it. To open the folder immediately without waiting for it, press the spacebar
  61. To quickly get the IP address and MAC ID of your Google Chromebook, click the Ash Tray (the right end of your taskbar where time and your profile icon) and click the wifi icon, and then the “i” icon.
  62. How To Stop Chromebook From Grouping Windows Per Application
  63. You can access files present on the inbuilt Google Drive app from Chrome omnibar too. Open drive:drive/root/ followed by the file name. Note: it will not work without a file name.
  64. An hidden folder is actually a folder that starts with a dot like “.hidden_folder” for instance. By pressing <Ctrl> + “.” in the Files App, you can quickly toggle hidden folders visibility. It also works with files.
  65. To remove wallpaper images that you added through “Custom” section, right click the image and select Delete.
  66. On the Chrome OS wallpaper picker screen, you can check “Surprise me” to see a random wallpaper each time you login. In future, it will download wallpapers from an RSS feed located at (not working yet)
  67. How To Use Google DNS Servers On Your Chromebook
  68. How To Keep Chromebook Stay Awake with Screen On
  69. You can rotate Chrome OS screen using this keyboard shortcut. <Ctrl> + <Shift> + <Refresh> . Try portrait mode now!
  70. Here is a very good looking Chromebook User Guide from Samsung.
  71. The keyboard shortcut to rename a file in the Chrome OS Files app is Ctrl + Enter
  72. <Refresh> + <Power> does a cold reboot.
  73. Press Ctrl + Shift + Q , twice (second time for confirmation) to exit
  74. <Shift> + [ ] (F4 or the full screen key) to make a packaged (native) app full screen.
  75. If you are on Developer Mode (not developer channel) you can force an update to Chrome OS by typing the following command in Chrome OS shell update_engine_client -update
  76. If you have a Chromebook Pixel, you can play with the lightbar, control its colors and have fun!
  77. When you open the notifications bar, press the pause button to pause notifications for a day. You can click the Android like clear notifications icon (those three lines!) to clear all notifications at once. Top 85 Tips for Google Chromebook
  78. On the Files app (file manager) use the following keyboard shortcuts to navigate: <ctrl> + 1 switches to Google Drive <ctrl> + 2 switches to Downloads <ctrl> + 3 switches to USB Drive
  79. In the latest dev channel release of Chrome OS, enable the chrome://flags/#file-manager-no-checkboxes  flag removes all check boxes from the Files app.
  80. By clicking the Play button or the video while holding <Ctrl>, the video will play in a looped mode.
  81. Here’s a cool keyboard shortcut to manually control the keyboard backlight of your Chromebook Pixel:- <Alt> + <Bright Down> decreases key brightness – <Alt> + <Bright Up> increases key brightness
  82. Pressing the <Ctrl> + <Shift> + 9 keyboard shortcut toggles the Projection Touch HUD. This is useful when you are doing a presentation on a external display, and wants to show your interactions with the touchscreen.
  83. Open chrome://gesture to tweak gesture settings in Chrome OS
  84. You can create shortcuts (on the left sidebar) in the Files app to certain folders. Right click and choose Create shortcut. You can remove the folder by right clicking and choosing “Remove folder” (Currently behind the flag hrome://flags/#file-manager-enable-folder-shortcuts )
  85. If you want to disable touchscreen on your Chromebook, (read Pixel for now) chrome://flags and set the “Touch Events” flag to “Disabled”.
  86. Here is how to use the new “overview mode” on Chromebook. Overview mode is OSX Like Mission Controls Exposé  for Chrome OS. It now works with ALT + TAB (currently behind a flag)

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