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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • July 14, 2015

Chrome Tips Every Teacher Should Know: Part 2

We’ve heard that you like Chromebook tips. Well we’ve got more where that came from. Chromebook tips part 2. Let’s dive in.

The Shortcuts We Didn’t Share Last Time

Ctrl + Alt + ?: Overlay all keyboard shortcuts (meaning: show me the shortcuts for everything!)

Control + Monitor: Projects screen on connected monitor

Alt + 1 - 8: Launch apps from your shelf (numbers match position of app)

Ctrl + 1 - 8: Move to tab (numbers match position of tab)

Ctrl + S: Save webpages for offline reading

Shift + Esc: Open task manager

Ctrl + Shift and +: Increase scale (everything on your screen gets bigger)

Ctrl + Shift and –: Decrease scale (everything on your screen gets smaller)

Ctrl + Shift and ): Return to default screen settings

Ctrl + W: Close tab

Ctrl + Shift + Q: Log out

Bonus round: Viewing images from the File Manager? Press “E” to edit the picture via the inbuilt image editor. 

Unit Conversion

That Chrome OS as a calculator tip we gave you last time? Well it doubles as a unit converter. In the same way that you can type an equation in the omnibar and get a quick answer, you can type in a conversion query. 

To ensure this works, you’ll need to clearly identify the units you’re converting and put the unit you’re solving for last. For example: “14 ounces to pounds.”

Lock it Down

You can lock down your Chromebook screen before stepping away from your desk. Just press Ctrl+Shift+L.

Access Your iTunes on Your Chromebook

Got a cool audio clip for you class? While you can’t technically open iTunes on your Chromebook, you can beat the system by uploading your tunes to Google Play and then accessing it from your Chromebook (tricky).

To do this, fire up the Google Play music manager on your iTunes-centric device and opt to migrate all your audio files.

Alternatively, you can grab an app like doubleTwist that will detect your iTunes library, sync the files with Google Play, and make them accessible on your Chromebook.

More options for transferring your tunes here.

Voice Controls

Fun fact: Google has built-in voice search controls. You just start by saying “Ok, Google,” followed by your query.

But let’s back up. Go to your settings. Navigate to the “search” section and opt to “enable Ok Google.” Now you’ve got your voice controls activated.


And beyond vocalizing search terms, you can use this setting to launch apps installed on your Chromebook.

By saying, “Ok, Google – Chalkup” will launch the Chalkup app, so long as you already have it installed. 

Set it and Forget it

If you’re managing devices in your classroom, there might come a time when you need to restore one of your machines to the factory state. Perhaps it’s the end of the term or you’re prepping for a new student.

To do this, head to your login screen. Press <Ctrl> + <Alt> + r. Then select the “Reset” button.


Note: local files will be gone after you take the plunge. Be sure you truly want to reset.

Dock Windows

This feature is for the multi-taskers out there. Those who don’t want to be limited by viewing one screen at a time.

You can actually snap a window to the left or right side of your display. To do this, click and hold the title bar or tab. Next, drag it to the left or right edge of the screen and watch it snap in place.

Or Go Full Screen Instead

Okay, so maybe multiple panes is just the opposite of what you need. To go full screen with a program - which we call “Immersive Mode” in Chromebook speak - hit the Immersive mode button (or F4) to enter full screen mode.

Tabs will be shown as horizontal bars along the top of your screen. And your shelf will be represented by similar bars, allowing you to switch between apps. Here’s what it looks like: 


What happens when your class needs/wants to print out their latest and greatest project? That’s when you learn about Google Print. Assuming you have a network-attached printer available, you’ll want to again head to your settings, and then “show advanced settings.”


Next up, “sign into Google Print.” Your Google account will then be attached to the Google Print service, and you’ll be prompted to add a printer from the network. Then you’re ready to roll.

For a more in-depth step-by-step on printer setup/options, check out this piece by Laptop.

Get an Overview

If you like the Expose feature on macs, you’ll probably dig this. Hitting the F5 key (the ‘[    ]]]‘ icon) will all open applications you have running and display them on your screen together. Welcome to Overview mode. This view allows for easy switching between programs.

Click on the app you want to switch to and you’ll exit Overview mode, with your chosen app in focus. Note: to exit Overview mode, you can also tap the F5 key again.


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