As some students head back to their classrooms and others do so virtually, we wanted to share a few tips on using the Chromebooks that many school districts provide for their students’ use.
Using your Android phone to unlock your Chromebook
- On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, click the clock.
- Select Settings.
- Under “Connected devices,” select your phone.
- Select Smart Lock.
- Select “Unlock device” and sign in to your Google Account. You may have to enter your password.
- Your device will unlock and you’ll be signed in when your Android phone is nearby and unlocked.
Keyboard shortcuts can be a huge time saver. Some of the most commonly used shortcuts are:
- Close Tab: Ctrl+W
- Open a recently closed tab: Ctrl+Shift+ “T”
- Copy Text: Ctrl + “C”
- Paste Text: Ctrl + “V”
Multitasking with Side-By-Side Windows
Chrome OS allows you to “snap” windows to the sides of your display, essentially splitting your screen in two. For instance, you can have a browser open on the left and Google Docs open on the right, filling the entire screen — no stacked or floating windows.
- Select your first window and press Alt + [ to snap it to the left. Type it again later to “un-snap.”
- Select your second window and press Alt + ] to snap it to the right. Type it again later to “un-snap.”
You can also simply click and drag a window to the left or right edge of your screen. Release the mouse when it fills the target half, then repeat with your other window.
Take a screenshot
Taking a screenshot is another easy keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + F5