10 Tips To Customize Your New Chromebook

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 visiting chrome://settings/system ! Look at this screenshot, and you will see how easy it!

Tap to Click

Tap to Click

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 ?

Users on Chrome OS

Users on Chrome OS

Well, here is how you control this. Visit 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 Chromebooks 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. Visit 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 ? visit 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 a glimpse of the future.

6. Enable Side Tabs  This Feature has been removed

Side Tabs

Side Tabs

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  geeky enough to live on the bleeding edge, visit chrome://settings/about and click on “more info” to change the channel. Please do this only if you are a bit tech savvy !!

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 and Chromebook users”

To see a map of all shortcuts directly on your screen, press 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 ?

Visit 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 !!

Hope you found something useful from this blog post. Please subscribe for more cool tips and a free upcoming E-Book for Chrome users !!

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Sorin 12/06/2011, 1:32 am

    First one, enable tap to click, is a real time saver. In time you get tired of pressing hard on the touch pad to click it. Also I think it’s very useful to learn and try to use as many keyboard shortcuts as possible. Once you master them, it’s so much easy to handle the chromebook.

    • Dinu 12/06/2011, 10:17 am

      yep 🙂 wait for tonnes of them !!

  • maldar 12/06/2011, 2:44 pm

    Nice tips, you could use them well Dinu, those 10 😉

    • Dinu 12/06/2011, 7:56 pm

      waiting for Chromebooks to be released here !

  • Mrtablets 10/07/2011, 11:43 pm

    What happens if you don’t have an internet connection? This is a laptop, so I’d expect it to be used ‘on the move’.

    I remember Larry Elison predicting that ‘thin clients’ would kill of desktop machines maybe a decade ago. That never happened, does this have a better chance?

  • James 01/11/2011, 11:06 pm

    I’ve just got a Chromebook, and I want to know if there is any way to disable alt+click=right click. I use alt+select (on my other computer) for a lookup tool, and I want to do the same thing on here.

  • Mila 29/01/2012, 11:19 am

    Thank SO much you for the “tap to click tip”

  • Ged1s 09/12/2012, 10:23 am

    Hey, how to disable password request upon sign in? when you relog on chromebook it just asks for your password again. I want to disable that.

    • Dinu 11/12/2012, 10:38 pm

      when you re-log Chromebook?

  • Nandhini 15/08/2013, 10:39 am

    I cann’t coonect my acer chrome book to wi-fi………..y:)

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