Useful settings

The lower right corner of the Chromebook desktop displays the time, internet status and battery life. If the bell has a number beside it, usually 1, select it to read a message from your operating system. Move the pointer over the time to see the day and date. Navigate to any part of that status area and enter or tap the touchpad to see more detail.

The open status area includes Bluetooth status, volume, settings, and date. Notice also the Help and shutdown icons. The latter, a circle with a vertical bar at the 12 o’clock position, is just like the power key on the top right corner of the keyboard.

Reset time zone

Select the daisy or gear icon to see all the ways you can fiddle with system settings. I leave most of them alone. However a few not initially visible are worth further inspection. At the bottom of the list of settings, in blue text, is a link identified as “Show advanced settings.” If you select that link and scroll down, you will find a way to change the time zone. Another advanced setting allows you to open one or a group of applications every time you sign in.

Multiple windows

Every open window or page is represented by a notebook tab at the top of the screen. To the right of the last open tab is a trapezoid representing a potential tab. Click that half tab to open, for example, the Google browser in a new window. (You may have noticed that, if you initiate an application from the search area, the app opens in a new window rather than replacing the previous app.)

Here’s how I set up my frequently used apps–Email, Search and Docs–to open when I sign in:

  1. First, I opened Email. Then I clicked the half-tab to open Google Search. Finally I opened the word processor, Google Docs.
  2. With all three windows open, I selected Settings… but where? Select the three vertical dots near the top right corner of the screen, just below the close box (x). Settings and Help appear near the bottom of the drop down menu.
  3. Scrolling almost to the end of the advanced settings, I clicked the radio button choice “Open specific set of pages” and clicked “Set pages.”
  4. Selecting the square gray rectangle on the left set the three apps I use most often to open whenever I sign in.

You may prefer to open a specific window for news, sports or entertainment by copying the URL into the white rectangle, or chose the option “Continue where you left off.” Feel free to ignore the whole process. Use ctrl+tab to move from one window to another.

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