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Chrome-book Tips & Tricks

Connecting to internet at home

Top 5 Keyboard Shortcuts for your CB

5. Take a Screenshot on a Chrome-book

To take a screenshot of the entire screen press the Ctrl key and the Switcher key at the same time:

Only need part of the screen? Pressing the following keyboard combo will allow you to select a section of the screen to snap:

screenshot part of screen
4. Open File Manager

Opening the file manager in Chrome OS is easy using a track-pad or mouse (especially if you pin it to the app shelf) but keyboard aficionados aren’t left out: just tap the following pairing.


3. Open Task Manager

Is Chrome suddenly running slow? it could be a rogue extension or webpage sucking up your resources.  Identify the culprit using the task manager.


2.Toggle Caps Lock On/Off

Most Chrome-books don’t come with a dedicated Caps Lock key. Just hit the following key combo to turn it on, and turn it back off when you’re done.

caps toggle

1. Show Keyboard Shortcut Overlay

The ULTIMATE keyboard shortcut is the one that reveals all of the keyboard shortcuts!


Connecting to your smartphone

If you use your smartphone as a hot spot for your Chromebook, check out the homepage for service providers that are adding extra data to plans for students at no charge.

What you need

Chrome OS version 71 and up. (Important! It is best not to skip this step)

Learn how to update your Chromebook's operating system.

Android version 5.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

A Google Account that you’re signed in to, both on your phone and your Chromebook

  • At the bottom right, select the time.
  • Select Settings alt .
  • Under "Connected devices," next to "Android phone," select Set up.
  • Enter your password and follow the steps. Once completed, you’ll get a confirmation on your phone.


Touch Not Click

The secret to the touch-pad on a Chromebook is to touch, not click, to select things.

In fact, if you hear your touch-pad make a clicking sound, you are pressing too hard.

Here are some tips to make selecting things easier.


Left click or select

Press Touch lightly on touch-pad with one fingers.


Right click

Press Touch lightly on touch-pad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click touch with one finger.



Place two fingers on the touch-pad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or move them left and right to scroll horizontally.

Window & page scrolling

In addition, with Chrome, you will notice that almost everything you select will open on a separate tab.

To quickly change between tabs, put three fingers on the touch-pad and swipe left or right.

In addition, a two-finger swipe sideways will go back a page or forward a page in your history.