Got a new Chromebook for yourself ? Congratulations and welcome to the future. Now, let’s do some tweaking to make it a more exciting experience.
1. Enable Tap to click
In an unboxing video, I heard someone saying that tap to click is not working on the touchpad, you have to click it each time. Well, you can enable tap to click by visitingÂ chrome://settings/system ! Look at this screenshot and you will see how easy it it !
2. Who Can Login To Your Chromebook ?
Chromebook login screen has an option to let new users login. So, any new users can login to the Chromebook use it like their own. But you may not like this, do you ?
Well, here is how you control this. VisitÂ chrome://settings/accounts and select “Restrict Sign-in to the following users. Now, only people in that list below can login to your Chromebook. You can add users from the same screen.
3. Disable Guest Login – May be ?
One of the highlighted feature of Chrome OS and Chrombooks is the ability to let others login as guests and have no trace of their browsing history on your device. However, if you want to disable it, that’s possible. VisitÂ chrome://settings/accounts
4. Require Password To Wake From Sleep – An Extra Layer of Security
Instant Resume is a cool thing. You are ready to go within a second when you open the lid. But, imagine this. You have your chromebook logged in, and lid closed. Someone else come sin and opens it up, and there you go, they get access to everything on your Chromebook.
Want to have a password prompt when opening the lid to resume ? visitÂ chrome://settings/personal and select “Require password to wake from sleep”
5. Visit about:flags To Enable Something Cool
about:flags is the page where Chrome OS team puts experimental stuff. You will find some cool things here which are still being tested or worked on, but you can try this if you want to have aÂ glimpseÂ of the future.
Enable Side Tabs Â This Feature has been removed
This is closely related to the last tip. From about:flags, the most interesting thing you can enable will be side tabs. Look for it, enable and restart Chromebook. Right click on any tab and you will see all your tabs on the left hand side.
7.Change Channel To Beta or Dev Version ?
Just like Google Chrome on your PC and Mac, you have Beta and Dev channels on Chrome OS too. If you are Â geeky enough to live on the bleeding edge, visitÂ chrome://settings/about and click on “more info” to change channel. Please do this only if you are a bit techÂ savvyÂ !!
8. Activate Verizon 3G – Free 100 MB p/m for 2 Years ! ( US only )
If you are a Chromebook user in US, you have the option to activate Verizon 3G on Chromebook. You get free 100MB for two years. Click here to know how to do that.
9. Ctrl + M – Gives You File Manager
Learn some keyboard shortcuts to be a smart user. First one, Ctrl + M brings up file manager for you. Wait for more on my free E-Book which is about to be completed, “100 Tips for Chrome, Chrome OS Â and Chromebook users”
To see a map of all shortcuts directly on your screen, pressÂ Ctrl+Alt+? whenever you’re signed in on your Chromebook.
10. Use a Downloaded Pictures as Your Avatar
When you set up Chromebook, you select one picture from the available list or click one with the web cam. What if you want to change it something you downloaded or transferred from your SD card ?
VisitÂ chrome://settings/personal and click on “Change Picture” now, click on the second icon ( the folder icon next to the camera ) and you get the option to select a picture from your local drive !!
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