10 Chromebook Tricks and Tips

Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Has your school gone 1 to 1 with Chromebooks? Are you frantically trying to learn the basics of the Chromebook? We all had these feelings when our schools got our first Chromebooks. Sometimes the best way to adjust to a new device to just play around with it. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially with a district device. Below, I have list some of my favorite Chromebook shortcuts, hacks, and tricks to make your life with the Chromebook just a little bit easier.

Check out some of some great Chromebook tricks that you can use to make your Chromebook experience more efficient!


  1. Right click! Use two fingers on the track pad and click/tap or hold “alt” and click.
  2. Customize your Shelf. Be sure to pin your favorite programs to the shelf so you can access things fast. Go to the Circle in the lower left corner of the screen and find your apps, right click and select pin to shelf.
  3. Screenshot. You can take a screen shot and a screen selection with a simple keyboard shortcut.

Screen Shot: Ctrl plus multiscreen button        Select your capture: Ctrl plus Shift plus multiscreen button 

  1. Change your keyboard button assignments. In the settings menu, find device settings and click on Keyboard Settings. You can now change some of the button assignments on your keyboard.
  2. Show all the keyboard shortcuts. Hold Ctrl, Alt, and the question mark. This will show you all of the valuable shortcuts that the Chromebook has to offer. Some are very useful!
  3. Where is the delete button! Well, if you just hold Alt and press backspace and this will give you same effect as pressing delete.
  4. Use the circle in the bottom left corner to do simple math and ask Google anything!
  5. Be sure to utilize Chrome Extensions as the app store for your Google Chrome browser. Chrome extensions are available in the Chrome Web Store.
  6. Say Ok Google with a new tab open to access Google’s powerful voice search function. Be sure that the function is turned on in the Search section of the Settings menu.
  7. You can use it without an internet connection! Yes, just make sure you have enabled this feature in the settings bar. It is as easy as that. Then you can work without the internet. All the changes you made will sync as soon as you reestablish the connection! Go to Google Drive and click on the gear icon and click Settings. Then check the box labelled “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer” next to the Offline header.

I hope that they tips and tricks can help you master your Chromebook, or atleast make you feel a little more comfortable!