Friday, 15 November 2013

Moving from Windows or OS X to a Chromebook


Are you a Chromebook user? Well, if you are then you must know that Chromebooks rely entirely on cloud and web applications. You need to perform every action in the Chrome Web browser. Also, there are other offline tasks like writing emails, viewing documents as well as playing some games. Thus, it is good to experience the Chrome OS. 



Below are the tips that will help you to switch from Windows or OS X to Chromebook:

Signing in

It is very easy to setup your Chromebook within seconds. If you already have Google account then connect to a Wi-Fi network and sign in.


Exploring the settings 

By clicking Alt on the desktop, two options get revealed: toggling the shelf of apps to hide or remain persistent, and to change the wallpaper. You can find time, battery life, and your avatar available on the lower right-hand side of the shelf. If you click on this section, you can get more detailed information regarding Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth connectivity, and many more. On clicking Settings option, a new Chrome tab appears. With this, you can change your default search engine and customize your Chromebook with new wallpaper. In this menu, you can also change settings related to touch pad, keyboard, and display.


The biggest change that you can see will be the Chromebooks’s keyboard. You can make mistakes while hitting keys especially for copy and paste. You can find only Ctrl and Alt key in Chromebook. Caps Lock is also replaced by Search key through which you can search content on your Chromebook, Internet and Google Chrome Web Store. The Caps Lock feature in Chromebook can be enabled by clicking the Alt and Search keys.


There are other keys also that are missing including Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, and Delete. But, you can access them using other methods. For Home function, you can replace it by clicking Ctrl, Alt, and the up arrow. While the End button is replaced by Ctrl, Alt, and the down arrow. When you press Alt key with up arrow, it will replicate Page Up function. And, on pressing Alt with down arrow replaces the Page down function. For deleting your previous word, press Ctrl and Backspace.


You will also find the top row changed. Function keys have replaced by various browser and system commands. The first three functions depict going back to your previous page, moving forward, and reloading the page. The two keys with squares on them are for full-screen mode and switch to next window. Apart from this, the last five keys functions to control basic system commands like reducing brightness, volume mute, etc.



Don’t worry; Chromebook supports large number of keyboard shortcuts through which you can easily access various commands. Capture a screenshot using Ctrl with next window key (F5). And, to select the small portion of the captured screenshot use Ctrl, F5, and Shift. These screenshots get saved in the Download folder which can be accessed in the Chrome OS file manager. Furthermore, by pressing Ctrl and O keys also you can open that captured screenshots.
For locking your Chromebook, hold Ctrl, Shift, and L keys. And, swapping the L key for the Q will log off completely. In order to open apps quickly, select the Alt key with numbers 1 through 9. 
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