Chromebooks are different from the typical laptops. Users have liked it for the simplicity it holds. However, there are certain tricks that will make your Chromebook better than what it is. Let’s not delay and get started with the tricks to have a better experience of your Chromebook.
Hold the control of the logins!
If other users get a hold of your Chromebook, they can make use of their Google accounts to use your Chromebook. Of course, other users will not be able to access any of your files, but they can try their hands on your Chromebook. Perhaps you may not like others using your Chromebook. In that case, you need to restrict them from using it, by tweaking Chrome’s settings screen. You can only make changes, if you’re the owner. Forget about it, if you’re not.
Chromebook has a bad habit of waking up from sleep, without even prompting for a password. This might seem to be fast at times, but to have a secure system, it is better to make changes under ‘Users’ in the settings screen.
Access Windows, Mac, Linux desktops remotely:
Obviously, you are not privileged to run Windows programs on the platform of Chromebook, but it can be made possible remotely, with the help of the VNC clients found in Chrome’s web store. This will let you access PCs of any platform from your Chromebook.
How do I do this?
Install Chrome Remote Desktop app from here. Then, you need to activate the option of ‘Enable Remote Connections’. This will let you get connected to your PC from Chromebook, by making use of the Remote Desktop app.
It is not particularly meant for Chromebook users. Users can make use of Google Chrome to connect to any PCs—Windows, Mac & Linux—from any other PCs, remotely.
Print using Google Cloud Print:
Unfortunately, Chromebook users are not blessed to print their files by plugging a printer directly to their Chromebooks. The only way to print your files is to make use of the Google Cloud Print and printers that support this feature.
Set up Google Cloud Print:
You can use a Google Cloud printer, which is not only expensive but rare. Alternative is to connect your Chromebook to a computer remotely and set up the Google Cloud Printer connector. Get your files printed using the traditional printer connected to the computer.
All you need to do is—click ‘Print’ option in Chrome’s menu. Under ‘Destination’, select ‘Change’ button and use the option of Google Cloud Print to set it up. If you are worried about PDF files, then let us tell you that Chrome OS is capable of printing PDF files too.
Use Powerwash to perform factory resetting:
Powerwash in Chromebook is just like the reset option in Windows 8. Using this feature in your Chromebook will make it as fresh as it was at the time of purchase. It will wipe the system of all your personal data. This feature is useful, if you anybody else is going to use your Chromebook for a while. It is just like re-installing OS in your Windows system.
To use this feature, you need to go to the ‘Settings’ screen. Click on ‘Show advanced settings’ link and scroll down to find the ‘Powerwash’ option. Upon clicking this option, your system will reset to its factory settings.
Access local files:
Many users have a notion that the Chromebooks are meant for browsing the huge web, but it is not the only thing that Chromebook can do. Your Chromebook wraps in a ‘Files’ app that has almost all kinds of file viewers. It can read PDF files for you, plays movies or music files and it aids in working with the Office documents. Any kind of content can be downloaded and accessed, by making use of Files app.
Re-install Chrome OS from USB drive:
Chromebooks made it easy for the users to re-install the operating systems, in case the existing OS damages for certain reasons. Although it is a rare occurrence, but you never know. It is wiser to know the process, to avoid any last minute chaos.
To do this, you need to have a recovery drive. Download and run Chrome recovery tool for Windows, Mac or Linux. The data can be copied to a USB drive or the SD card. You can then use it to reinstall the OS.
Use Developer mode to run other OS, simultaneously:
Chromebook users can enable the developer mode. In this mode, you can make changes to the Chrome OS, as you want it to be. This mode allows you to run Ubuntu and other Linux flavors. It allows you to switch between the operating systems by making use of the hot keys.
These tricks will make the experience of Chromebook even better.