• 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.


    Pointer/Mousepad

    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.

    Essential Keyboard Shortcuts (Short List):

    Page up

    Press Alt and the up arrow

    Page down

    Press Alt and the down arrow

    Home

    Press Ctrl+Alt, and the up arrow

    End

    Press Ctrl+Alt, and the down arrow

    Toggle the bookmark bar

    Ctrl+Shift+B

    Search your current webpage

    Ctrl+F

    Open a new tab

    Ctrl+T

    Open a new window

    Ctrl+N

    Open the link you clicked in a new background tab

    Press Alt and click a link

    Switch to your next tab

    Ctrl+Tab

    Switch to your next window

    Alt+Tab

    Sign out of your Google Account

    Ctrl+Shift+Q

    Close your current tab

    Ctrl+W

     

    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.

    Change Wallpaper

    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.

    Full screen

    4th icon from left

    Switch to next window

    5th icon from left

    To see all shortcuts

    Ctrl+Alt+?

    Page up and down

    Alt + arrows

    Home/End

    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

    PAGE SHORTCUTS

     

    Save a  page working on

    Ctrl S

    Scroll down the page

    Space bar

    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

    View Bookmarks

    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

    Search

    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

    BROWSER

     

    Open File Manager

    Ctrl M

    Display hidden files in File Manager

    Ctrl +

    Open Downloads page

    Ctrl J

    Open Task Manager

    Shift + Esc

    Help

    Ctrl ?

    Configure monitor display

    Ctrl + 4th icon

    Open wrench menu

    Alt E or F

    TEXT EDITING

     

    Select All

    Ctrl A

    Home/End

    Ctrl Alt & up or down arrow

    Copy

    Ctrl C

    Paste

    Ctrl V

    Paste content from clipboard as plain text

    Ctrl Shift V

    Cut        

    Ctrl X

    Delete a word

    Ctrl Backspace or Backspace Alt

    Undo last action

    Ctrl Z

    Toggle cap lock key

    shift search (above shift key)

    Open shortcut page

    Ctrl Alt /

    TOUCHPAD

     

    To click

    press down on lower half or quickly tap

    Right click

    click Touchpad with 2 fingers

    Scroll

    2 fingers on pad & move up, down, right, left

    Drag & drop

    Click with 1 finger

    Adjust touchpad/pointer

    Status area, settings, pointer speed

    POPUPS

     

    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:

    Intro:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSbZQNJwPuI 

    About the Launcher: http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2586116&topic=2589149&ctx=topic 

    1:1 School’s Perspective on Chromebooks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTrFGRKkI7k 

     http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/education/devices/casestudies.html#casestudy-kippla 

    Tips To Using Your Touchpad:
    http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1047367&topic=29010&ctx=topic

    Advanced pointer and mouse settings: http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2583287 

    Shortcut Keys:  http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1047364

     

    TCS_IT  Last update: 12/2012cz