Chrome OS

  • How to Disable ChromeOS Window Animation

    Chrome OS has been around for quite a few years now, and it is constantly getting tweaked in ways that we may or may not like. As Chromebooks are rising in sales, Google wants to make sure that it is not leaving any stone unturned in the operating system’s functionality…

  • Priortize Preferred Wifi Networks on Chrome

    When you turn on your Chromebook, it automatically connects to a single wireless network, among several active Wi-Fi networks that you’ve previously connected to, based on a priority order.  But one question still lingers: How can one change the order of preferred Wi-Fi networks on a Chromebook. By default, your…

  • How to Get the Latest Updates to Chrome OS Before They are Released

    With Chrome OS, Google is looking to dethrone Windows and MacOS from the PC market. Chrome OS is very new to the market, whereas Microsoft and Apple have been developing their operating systems for a few years now. Google is not very far behind though, and is rapidly rolling out…

  • How to Get Emoji Keyboard on a Chromebook

    Emojis are now a vital part of internet language, and there is still no easy way to make emojis on computers. While most phone keyboards have now started integrating emojis, physical keyboards on laptops and desktops are yet to figure out quick ways to input emoji. Moving forward in this…

  • How To Zip And Unzip Files on Chrome OS

    As Chromebooks become mainstream computing devices, they need to be compatible with popular file formats and compression software. Files received over email or downloaded from the internet can often come in the .zip or .rar format. This means that the required files have been ‘zipped’ and need to be ‘extracted’.…

  • How To Mute A Specific Tab on Chrome OS

    The internet these days is filled with video advertisements. If you have multiple tabs open, it can be difficult to know which tab is making all the noise. Google is working on a neat trick through which we can know which tab is playing audio, and then mute that specific…

  • Chromebook Tips and Tricks to Help You Multitask Better

    The shelf on the bottom of your Chromebook’s display is not just to launch Chrome or the Files app. Google has packed some neat tricks in the shelf, which can be utilized to make multitasking easier on Chromebooks. Here are the multiple ways in which you can use the shelf…

  • How to make Academic Research easier on Chrome OS

    Chromebooks have always been most popular among students who need cheap, portable laptops with good battery life. However, when it comes to research and annotation tools, Chrome OS is far behind all other mainstream operating systems. Most research applications (like Mendeley or Zotero) are available for Windows/Mac OS/Linux, but not…

  • How to Use Chromebook Function Keys

    Chromebook owners are very well aware that their keyboards are far from usual. From the inclusion of a search bar and exclusion of a whole lot of keys (including the whole row of Function keys and the Caps Lock key), keyboards on Chromebooks take some getting used to. While Google…

  • 10 Awesome Chrome OS Keyboard shortcuts that you need to know about

    Chromebook keyboards are heavily customized for the Chrome browser experience. Google also didn’t miss out on heavily loading Chrome OS with keyboard shortcuts for a whole range of functions. Once you get used to these shortcuts, work will get done a lot faster and you will wonder how you ever…

  • How to Split/Annotate and Merge PDFs on Chrome OS

    Chromebooks are cheap and portable, and hence are targeted towards students who need to regularly work with different file formats. This can be quite a hassle considering that Chrome OS does not have downloadable software available for managing PDFs, unlike Windows or Mac OS. Hence, we must rely on Chrome…

  • How to: Sync and Transfer Files from ChromeBook and your Mobile

    A lot of the work that we do revolves mainly around two gadgets, a smartphone and a laptop. Hence, it is very important that there be an easy way of transferring files between the Chromebook and smartphone. Here is a detailed guide for transferring files between Chromebooks and Android/iOS smartphones.…

  • How to Factory Reset or Powerwash a Chromebook

    A factory reset, or Powerwash in Chromebook lingo, means that your computer will wipe all the local storage and user accounts. Your computer will return to the state it was in when you first opened it. There are a number of reasons to Powerwash your Chromebook. A Powerwash is often…

  • How to Customize your Desktop Background on a Chromebook

    With people spending large parts of their day in front of their laptops, desktop backgrounds serve the important purpose of creating a productive atmosphere. Having a refreshing picture to greet you every time you turn on your laptop can really set you off in the right direction. Today, we are…

  • How to Take Screenshots on Chrome OS/Chromebook

    Unlike Windows computers, Chromebooks do not have a dedicated Print Screen key. The process of taking screenshots, however, is sophisticated and simple. In Chrome OS, you have the option of selecting a part of the screen for the screenshot. Chrome OS also automatically saves the screenshot as a png image…

  • How to set-up and use multi-touch gestures on the Chromebook Touchpad

    Chromebooks have a reputation for quality touchpads. Google ensures that each Chromebook has a good enough touchpad because Chrome OS is heavily loaded with touchpad functionality. Let us take a look at the things you can do with your Chromebook touchpad. Setup your touchpad Chrome OS provides the option of…

  • How to Fully Utilize the Potential of the Chrome OS Search Box

    With the Chromebook lineup, Google is tightly integrating its apps and services into the hardware and software. In that spirit, all Chromebooks come with an additional search button, that when pressed opens up an app launcher with a Google search box. The search box in the app launcher is often…

  • How to Sync Your Chromebook Downloads Folder with Google Drive

    If you own a Chromebook, you probably have all your documents and media on the cloud. With Chrome OS, Google wanted us to get used to living off the cloud. The Downloads folder in the Files app is the only way to access local storage on Chrome OS. It is…

  • How to add Dropbox or OneDrive to the Files App on Chrome OS

    If you own a Chromebook, you’ll know that Google Drive is tightly integrated with the File manager on Chrome OS. All the files stored on Google Drive are available for easy access on the Files app, which makes it easy to transfer files to and from the cloud. What if…