Chromebook Tips

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

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