I was a traditional windows user who finally shifted to chromebook, in search for some relief from some of its negative usage experiences like slowness in all respects, poor battery running hours and cost. Although in recent times a wide range of prices of windows pcs are seen but none of them felt satisfactory to me due to its overall protracted working time and less hours of battery provided energy. So I was almost determined not to let the another windows pc to enter my house again and was exploring the option for buying a mac.
I have seen mac and was quite overwhelmed with its sleek look and long battery life. We have almost 6 pcs at home all running on windows with no gross satisfaction. If all these money could have been saved probably we could have bought 2 mac laptops. So this time I was quite cautious about grabbing my next laptop. However, mac’s price always makes me feel to sob.
So thought of giving a try to chromebook. After reading its features and seeing its cheap price I thought to bet my pc buying luck for chromebooks too. Obviously I checked various features of google like docs, sheets etc and also had the long battery life back in my head. So finally I invested about 180 dollars and tried my pc luck with chromebooks.
After about almost a year of its use, I feel rest of the pcs that are sold is doing scam. If google can provide in such low price a superfast pc with excellent battery life, why others can’t do so. Chromebooks don’t need antivirus, google takes care of everything. What more a customer can want for. Its light weight and super fast nature with long battery hours have made it an ideal pc for me. Hope chromebooks will inspire the pc world for a revolution low price, long battery life and superfast pcs.
PS: The above is of writing is based on the author’s own user experience, and not a promotional content.
The much loved VLC media player is already available on every significant desktop operating system, and even a few obscure ones, with one major exception: Chrome OS. But that’s about to change.
The nonprofit VideoLAN organization on Friday announced that the free, open source, cross-platform VLC multimedia player is finally available on Google’s Chrome OS. Like the desktop version of VLC, the new Chrome OS iteration can play most video files, as well as network streams and DVD ISOs. It’s also a full audio player capable of playing even “weird audio formats” like FLAC.
“VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers,” VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote in a blog post. “All the source code is available for free.”
Source: Google Chromebook Pixel (2015): VLC Media Player Finally Available on Chrome OS
Like various other keys which are generally present on traditional keyboards, Chromebooks lacks the ‘Home’ and ‘End’ key. However, there is no reason to despair for that, there is an alternative solution provided in the Chromebooks, only thing is you should be aware of it to use.
To enable the ‘Home’ and ‘End’ key function do the following-
-first choose a sentence or word and place the cursor at the beginning of it.
-secondly, press the ‘search’ key (the key with a search symbol on it), and while pressing it next press the right side (or forward) direction indicating arrow key. This will take the cursor to the end of the sentence directly. So this is how you can do the ‘End’ key function on the Chromebook.
-in the same manner if you repeat the maneuver by pressing the left side ( or backward) direction indicating key it will take the cursor back to the beginning of the sentence or word. This is a function that is similar to the function of ‘home’key in traditional key boards.
When a regular windows user switches to a Chromebook one problem he might find is, with right clicking function of its touch pad because no such feature is present there (as in my Chromebook too). So here is the solution for it.
Actually, right clicking in touch pad of Chromebook can be done in 2 ways.
First, is to tap gently with two fingers slightly apart, and the function that you expect from the right click will become evident. The biggest demerit of this process is sometimes the touch pad might not appreciate the pressure and you might require repeated similar strokes, and that probably holds true for other windows based laptops too.
The second way is a more stable path in my view. In this, one has to simply click (press to click) on the touch-pad with 2 fingers instead of tapping. It seems, clicks are better perceived than gentle taps and the right click function is easily obtained by clicking by pressing with 2 fingers. Unlike, regular mouses or touch pads you don´t need to think of left or right click feature, simply the no. of fingers you use will dictate your instruction to the Chromebook. When using a single finger,its like the left click and and 2 fingers will count for right click.
We all probably know that pressing ctrl+tab can move us through the tabs that are already opened on a chrome browser, and probably in most other browsers too.
However, many of us probably are not aware of the feature that is available in chrome browser to switch to exactly the 3rd or 5th or 7th tab directly using the keyboard.
Simply, by pressing ctrl+1, ctrl+2, ctrl+3 and so on you can directly go to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and their following tabs respectively. Just by pressing ctrl+4 you can directly go to the 4th tab of your chrome browser.
But there is a limitation of this system, there is no way to go to tenth tab and onward, since there is no key with the numeric 10, 11, 12 etc. Nevertheless, when you have more than 9 tabs opened the ctrl+9 function will take you to the last opened tab, may the the 11th or 19th or something like that, depending on the what is the number of the last tab that is open. In such cases, ctrl+8 is the last key that follows the numeric order of the keys 1 to 8 and then it directly shows the last opened tab by pressing ctrl+9.
I found this feature to be present in the chrome browser of my Chromebook although not yet tested in other kinds of operating systems or browser. Probably, the feature will be present in other any chrome browsers.
Unfortunately Chromebook’s don’t have a ‘delete’ key. So how can you delete a forward letter as you do in windows PC?
The ‘backspace’ key will remove letters to the backward direction only.
However, to delete the forward letters all you may have to do is to press and hold the ‘alt’ key located to the left of the space bar and and then press the ‘backspace’ key. That’s how I am doing the delete job in my chrome PC. Give it a try, you will be habituated after few deletes.
If you are trying to scroll through a webpage you might find it difficult to scroll up or down, fast, using the keyboard, unlike the traditional windows PC keyboards. This is because Chromebook keyboards don’t have any key named ‘page up ‘ or ‘page down’. However, by using the upward and downward direction showing keys you can scroll up and scroll down a page as in regular PCs.
So here is the solution. Although there is no fast scrolling button in the Chromebook keyboard, the similar type of feature can be enabled by pressing and holding the search key and then pressing the upward or downward direction key depending on your intended direction of scroll.