No need to wait for the official Threads desktop client!
In ChromeOS, you can turn on automatic clicks when you leave your mouse in a certain part of the screen
Similar to the best Windows laptops, there are a lot of great accessibility features in ChromeOS to help make best Chromebooks easier to use for everyone. One of those, in particular, is the auto clicker. This feature lets your mouse cursor automatically click once it has stopped moving on the screen after a preset period of time. You have complete control of this through the ChromeOS settings page. Here's a look at how you can enable it.
ChromeOS is compatible with Linux apps. You can enable and install them in a few simple steps.
Linux is used by many people across the world as an alternative to Windows and even macOS.There are a lot of great laptops that can run Linux, but what if you have a Chromebook or want to buy a great Chromebook to run Linux instead? Well, though it is possible to replace ChromeOS with Linux entirely on a Chromebook, the best way to set up and run Linux on a Chromebook is through ChromeOS itself. Google has integrated a Linux environment that runs in a virtual container on top of ChromeOS.
Here's everything you need to know about how to remove your school account from a Chromebook.
Just like the best laptops, the best Chromebooks aren't only for everyday consumers. If you're a student, there's a chance you've been issued a Chromebook or a great ChromeOS tablet for school. That means you might have had to use a school account on your Chromebook, which is typically tied to your school email address and is managed by your school's IT administration.
ChromeOS doesn't let you edit album art or metadata. Instead, you have to use a third-party website to upload and then download the track again.
The best Chromebooks can be really efficient for web browsing, running great Android apps from the Google Play Store, and even sideloading Android apps. Yet one thing that ChromeOS struggles with compared to Windows 11 and macOS is playing music and MP3 files. While most people tend to stream music these days through services like Spotify or YouTube music, those who still download MP3s might be let down by the way ChromeOS treats these files.
It's not possible to play The Sims 4 locally on a Chromebook, but you can stream the game to play it over the internet.
The best Chromebooks and ChromeOS tablets are now more useful for gaming. Thanks to Google's new partnership with Steam, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and services like Nvidia GeForce now, you can now enjoy games on your Chromebook like never before. Some games you can play locally, like through Steam, but the other services require an internet connection.
If you have to have it on paper, we'll show you how to navigate ChromeOS to make that happen.
Sometimes, you just gotta have it on paper. From sign-up sheets to important contracts, there's always a time to bust out the printer and scanner. But how do you get your document from here to there using your Chromebook? We'll show you how.
Yes, you can game on a Chromebook and we've got some know-how to share with you so you can get started.
So, of all the laptops you could have bought, you've chosen a Chromebook. And you want to play games on it. That's a bold decision considering they're not exactly known for gaming. You have to be prepared to face some challenges.
If you're one of the many multilingual users looking to code switch on ChromeOS, we've got the guide for you.
Whether you've grown up in a multilingual environment or are eagerly pouncing your way through lessons to become a polyglot, there's a good chance you want to be able to communicate with people by text in the languages you know. While we don't teach lessons on using input methods, we can tell you how to switch between input methods if you own a great Chromebook.
If you need a little extra help getting around the web and apps with ChromeOS, we'll help you get it.
For many people, there is no getting around computing as a vital part of 21st-century life. That said, devices such as Chromebooks can be more difficult to navigate by default for those who have a disability, whether they're visually impaired, are hard of hearing, or lack fine motor skills. The good news is that there are accessibility features in ChromeOS that can cut down on that hardship.
Getting used to ChromeOS? We've got some tricks and advice to keep in mind.
Everyone comes into their personal computing situations in different ways. For me, a lifelong Windows user with a powerful primary laptop that needed a lightweight and quick secondary laptop, I gravitated toward a Chromebook. But whether you're a seasoned veteran of this platform or the other and you've brought a Chromebook into your life, you might be looking for ways to tailor the experience to your needs and habits — we've got some tips for that.
If you're on the go with a Chromebook and an Android phone, here's how you can make them work better together!
When it comes to the technology in our lives, we've spread ourselves out quite thin — a lot of us have more than one TV, gaming console, phone, or even computer in our lives. There have been some efforts to incorporate continuity between some experiences, though. One such effort for those with a great Chromebook and an Android phone is Phone Hub.
Does your workplace or school use Microsoft Teams? You can get started with the app on your Chromebook in a few simple steps.
Microsoft Teams is one of the more popular collaboration apps in use in many schools and workplaces across the world. So, if you have a new Chromebook or a great ChromeOS tablet, then you're probably wondering if Teams is compatible with ChromeOS. The good news is that Microsoft Teams works fine on your Chromebook, either as an Android app, or a web application. It might not be the desktop application that you get on a Windows laptop, but it's quite similar. You still get all the same features you need.
What's hyper-threading? Which Chromebooks can take advantage of it? We've got answers.
ChromeOS is simple to use yet extremely versatile if you know how to get around, and that's exactly why we think some of the best laptops on the market run the platform. And if you've paid for one of the more powerful Chromebooks available, you might be missing out on a neat feature that's on most PCs: hyper-threading. We'll explain here what that is, whether you'll benefit from it, and how to turn it on.
Live life on the edge and get the newest ChromeOS features by switching the channels your device is enrolled in.
If you own a great new Chromebook or even a ChromeOS tablet, you might want to consider switching the channel that your device is enrolled in. Switching the ChromeOS channel gets you access to new features, including some Google is testing. Of course, not all channels are the same, which is why we're here to explain things to you. There are actually three main ones you can switch between easily, similar to the Windows Insider program and Windows 11 on a new laptop, along with one you can use for development or testing.
ChromeOS doesn't allow you to leave shortcuts to files on your desktop, but you can access files faster by pinning files to your Chromebook's shelf.
One of the many ways a Chromebook differs from a Windows laptop is that you can't pin or create shortcuts to files on the desktop. Instead, if you want to access an important file quickly on ChromeOS, you'll have to pin that file to what's known as the quick files area in the system tray — or, as we call it, the shelf.
Handing off a Chromebook to a child? You can add parental controls to manage access to apps, websites, and so much more
One of the benefits of the best Chromebooks and ChromeOS tablets is how budget-friendly and simple they are to use. This means that it's great to hand off to a child for use for schooling and even casual things like going to YouTube. Of course, you might not want your child to go to certain websites or download unnecessary apps, which is why you'll need parental controls. ChromeOS has these controls that are managed through the secondary Family Link app to your phone or through the web.
Similar to Android phones, Chromebooks have a live captions accessibility feature that lets you get real-time readouts of videos and audio.
If you're hard of hearing or just need captions on your great Chromebook or ChromeOS tablet, Google has you covered. ChromeOS has a feature known as live captions, similar to the feature on the best Android phones. With it, your Chromebook will automatically generate captions for any audio that's currently playing in Google Chrome. Like many other accessibility settings, the feature is right within reach in your ChromeOS settings app, and here's a quick look at how to find it.
Tap dragging on a Chromebook lets you double-tap an item on your screen to start dragging it. Here's how to enable the feature.
The best ChromeOS tablets, along with the best Chromebooks with a touchscreen have a nifty accessibility feature. Similar to what you'll find on the best laptops, ChromeOS has a feature known as tap dragging, where you can double-tap on your screen using your finger to start dragging windows and other objects around, instead of having to hold it once and then drag it with another finger. The feature isn't on by default, so here's a look at how you can enable tap dragging on your Chromebook.
Need to switch up your Chromebook's font so the text is bigger or smaller? You just need to visit a few settings menus to get this done.
Owning one of the best Chromebooks or ChromeOS tablets doesn't mean you have to stick with how your ChromeOS device came out of the box. So, if you want to change the text size on your Chromebook, it's quite an easy feat. There are actually two ways to do it. You can change the text size so the webpages you see in the Chrome web browser get bigger and smaller, independent of the operating system. Or, you also can change the display scaling to make everything bigger or smaller, including webpages and system apps and areas. We have a look at both of these for you right here today.
Own a Chromebook, an Android phone, and a pair of compatible headphones? You can fast pair your favorite headphones to your Chromebook in an instant.
Owning a Chromebook and an Android phone and being invested in Google's ecosystem of devices has its benefits. One of those is a new "fast pair" functionality that has recently been adopted across Android and ChromeOS. You can connect your favorite headphones or a great pair of earbuds to your excellent Chromebook without going through multiple Bluetooth pairing menus. You'll need an Android phone for this, but it works by linking the device to your Google Account and is quite easy to get started with.