Getting To Know Your Chromebook
So you have a Chromebook and you want to know how to use it quickly and easily. Doing the most basic things on the Chromebook will be different and new, but it’s easy to learn. Once you do, the fun begins! Here are some valuable Tips and Tricks for using your Chromebook. Feel free to take segments of this document or the whole thing.
If you're using a Chromebook, use the touchpad to move the pointer and select items on the screen. Here are some gestures and actions supported by the touchpad:
Move the pointer: Simply move your finger across the touchpad.
Click: Just press down on the lower half of the touchpad. Since tap-to-click is enabled by default, you can quickly tap the touchpad to click.
Right-click: Click the touchpad with two fingers.
Scroll: Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, left and right to scroll horizontally.
If you have simple scrolling enabled, move two fingers up to scroll down. (It works in the same way as a smartphone.
Press Alt and the up arrow
Press Alt and the down arrow
Press Ctrl+Alt, and the up arrow
Press Ctrl+Alt, and the down arrow
Toggle the bookmark bar
Search your current webpage
Open a new tab
Open a new window
Open the link you clicked in a new background tab
Press Alt and click a link
Switch to your next tab
Switch to your next window
Sign out of your Google Account
Close your current tab
Chromebook Shortcuts (Long List)
To see a map of all shortcuts directly on your screen, press Ctrl+Alt+?
Release and then hold down each key.
wrench, settings, appearances, set WP or RC Desktop, choose set WP
show list of apps (pin apps to launcher)
tic tac toe icon (RC app list * choose pin)
open a new tab
Chrome icon (lower left)
Find settings;shut down/lock
Look on lower right & mouse over icon
TABS AND WINDOWS
Resize window to max
upper right of window-little square icon or DC area between tabs & button
Resize window to min.
click sq icon and drag or drag to R or L to dock
See more display options
RC launcher/status area to see more when browser is max.
4th icon from left
Switch to next window
5th icon from left
To see all shortcuts
Page up and down
Alt + arrows
Ctl + Alt + up or down arrow
Open new tab/window
Ctrl+T/Ctrl + N
Reopen the last closed tab
Ctrl + Shift + T
See browser history
Click and hold browser toolbar arrow
Save a page working on
Scroll down the page
Print current page
Ctrl + P
Zoom in and out
Ctrl + or -
Bookmark a page
Click STAR icon or Ctrl + D or drag a link from a viewed pg to create BM for link
If not under address bar, open new tab Ctrl Shift B OR click wrench & sel. BM OR click wrench icon on browser toolbar >BM>BM manager
Create Bookmark folder for organization
RC BM bar sel Add folder
Edit/Delete a BM
RC BM & sel Edit/Delete
Move a BM
drag to new location
Don’t want BM on bar
RC BM >BM manager >store in “Other BM “ folder
Ctrl K or E type search term after ? in address bar & press Enter
Take a screenshot (Screenshot directions are in the end in Tips & Tricks section.)
Ctrl + switch window icon +
(6th key from left)
Take a partial screenshot
Ctrl + Shift + 5th icon
Open File Manager
Display hidden files in File Manager
Open Downloads page
Open Task Manager
Shift + Esc
Configure monitor display
Ctrl + 4th icon
Open wrench menu
Alt E or F
Ctrl Alt & up or down arrow
Paste content from clipboard as plain text
Ctrl Shift V
Delete a word
Ctrl Backspace or Backspace Alt
Undo last action
Toggle cap lock key
shift search (above shift key)
Open shortcut page
Ctrl Alt /
press down on lower half or quickly tap
click Touchpad with 2 fingers
2 fingers on pad & move up, down, right, left
Drag & drop
Click with 1 finger
Status area, settings, pointer speed
To manually allow
wrench, settings, show adv. settings, privacy, content settings button, popups, manage exceptions
Helpful Tips and Tricks:
Tip 1: Take a Screenshot (by pressing just 2 keys):
- Press "Ctrl" + "Page Flipper Key"together and the screenshot is taken and saved in a separate folder from where you can retrieve the screenshot.
- Where does the screenshot go?
The screenshot taken in the Chromebook are stored at a particular folder in the file manager, and the interface is quite different from that of Windows. You need to go to the File Manager directly by pressing "Ctrl + M", and in that, you will see the "File Shelf" where the different saved items can be seen in various folders. Go to the "Screenshots" section and there you will see the captured screenshots sorted by the date and time taken. From the File Manager you can directly send the image to Picasa (Picassa icon on right bottom of File Manager Page) to edit or crop. Press “enter” when done. It will save automatically. You can then go to your document and “insert” the image by uploading it from the File Manager on your Chromebook.
- Taking screenshots is an easy trick in your Chromebook or you can also use the different browser apps etc. to take the screenshots but the simplest one is the keyboard shortcuts.
- The Page Flipper key helps in more than one function, just like the Print Screen key does in the Windows computer keyboards
Resources and Interesting Links:
1:1 School’s Perspective on Chromebooks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTrFGRKkI7k
Tips To Using Your Touchpad:
Advanced pointer and mouse settings: http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2583287
TCS_IT Last update: 12/2012cz