oogle chromebook tips

G-Mail Help

posted Aug 15, 2017, 7:45 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 7:45 AM ]


Preview Pane
Do you miss the preview pane in Outlook?  Check out Settings > Labs in G-Mail to enable more features including the Preview Pane.
While you are there, try out the other labs available like Canned Responses, Google Calendar Gadget and others.

Keyboard shortcuts for Google Drive

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:01 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 7:02 AM ]

Create new items

DocumentShift + t
PresentationShift + p
SpreadsheetShift + s
DrawingShift + d
FolderShift + f
FormShift + o

Ctrl + Alt + ? & Find & organize apps

posted Oct 13, 2016, 7:04 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 7:02 AM ]

Pop-up menu

You can see all of them for yourself at any time almost instantly. Press Ctrl + Alt + ? on your keyboard to see a pop-up map with all of the keyboard shortcuts available. You can open this tool at any time, on any screen in Chrome OS.

Here are tips for finding apps quickly and organizing them.

Looking for caps lock? Check out these keyboard shortcuts!

posted Sep 13, 2016, 5:47 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 5:48 AM ]

  • Looking for caps lock? Press ALT + SEARCH: Chromebooks do not have a dedicated caps lock button. You get a Search key instead.
  • You can configure the Search key to do other things. Go to the settings page and search for Keyboard Settings. On Keyboard Settings page, Search drop down menu is what you are looking for. You can set it to work as Alt, Ctrl , Caps Lock or disable it.
  • For Home key, press  CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow. For End key, press CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow.  For Delete key, press ALT + Backspace. You can use the same keyboard shortcut for deleting files from the file manager and Google Drive.
  • To lock your Chromebook screen, press SEARCH + L.

Google Update

posted Sep 12, 2016, 5:47 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 5:48 AM ]

Update your Chromebook operating system

Your Chromebook automatically checks for updates, but you can also check for and install updates manually.

Take a picture with your Chromebook

posted Sep 7, 2016, 6:08 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 6:12 AM ]

Open the camera app & take a picture


To take a picture with your Chromebook, use the built-in camera.

What is the Chrome Web Store?

You can find apps, extensions, and browser themes for the 
Google Chrome browser in the Chrome Web Store. With these additions, you can do more with Chrome.

Change or hide your account picture

posted Aug 29, 2016, 7:08 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 8:49 PM ]

Arrange tabs

You can easily move your tabs at the top of the browser window or into a new window.

Change or hide your account picture

Use Gmail Offline

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:28 AM by Tom Baker   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 8:30 AM ]


With Gmail Offline, users can access their mail and compose new messages when they don't have an Internet connection, or when their connection is unreliable or slow. When users reconnect, Gmail automatically sends any outbound messages. 


If you step away from your Chromebook, we recommend locking your screen for extra security.

Using the touchpad and shelf

posted Aug 15, 2016, 8:43 PM by Tom Baker   [ updated Aug 15, 2016, 8:52 PM ]

Your shelf is the task bar on your screen where you can see open windows, pin your main apps, and change your Chromebook settings.

Use the Chromebook shelf and status area

You can use your Chromebook's touchpad to move the pointer, right-click items on the screen, and more.

Use your Chromebook touchpad


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