Chrome OS 101: Best Tips for Beginners

Being launched 8 years ago, the operating system created by Google was dedicated predominantly for online usage. So predominantly that many people still believe that devices running Chrome OS can’t save anything to the hard drives.

The first Chromebooks from 2011 had very few apps which could have been running offline, but since then many things had changed.

Finding files

In order to find the files stored in your Chromebook, like photos, movies, apps or music, you first need to go to the Launcher button in the bottom left corner of the screen. An app window will emerge and you’ll need to click the Files app. If you can’t see it, just click on the “up” arrow above the search bar to see all the apps from your device, and then click on the Files app.

Next, you will find all of your files organized into Recent, Images, Videos and Audio folders. Google’s OS automatically makes this organization for you.

Saving files

Saving a file on a Chromebook is very similar to saving it on Windows and MacOS. There are two ways easy as pie:

– Press Ctrl + S, or

– Right-click on the file you want to save and select “Save as…”

When the Files app will emerge, select which folder you want to save your file in from the listing on the left, click on the Save button and you’re all done.

Even though the Files app comes preloaded with the Downloads folder, you can create your own folders any time by simply choosing the New Folder button on the bottom left corner.

One negative aspect of Chromebooks may be that they come with small amounts of storage, around 64GB, but who needs too much memory on a non-gaming laptop these days when you have the cloud technology?

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