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How to open a Linux terminal on Chromebook

Give yourself even more freedom to do anything you want on your device

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Chromebooks are popular because they are fast, easy to use, and affordable. You'll likely spend most of your time online using web-based apps, but there are some cases where you can use your Chromebook offline. For example, you can edit Google Docs files without an active internet connection and manage your downloaded files offline. You can also turn your budget Chromebook into a fully featured Linux computer where you can run a unique command line environment. In this guide, we cover how to get a Linux terminal up and running on your Chromebook.

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How to change your Chromebook password

Change your Chromebook login ingo with ease

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While Google is transitioning from passwords to passkeys, you can't forget your login details just yet. Passwords are still popular and provide solid security for most people— especially if you use a password manager to create and store them — but they're also easy to forget and vulnerable to data breaches. Even the best Chromebooks, often with biometric login features, can have password issues. Fortunately, it's easy to update your password on devices that run Google's ChromeOS web-based operating system

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How to set up your new Chromebook

Get your new device up and running in no time

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Chromebooks are great devices for most people due to their low cost and ease of use. The best Chromebooks have premium features, such as built-in fingerprint sensors or 4k displays. Before you can use these features, you must sign in and get your device going. Fortunately, you can complete the process in minutes.

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What is a Chromebook?

To truly understand what a Chromebook is, it helps to take a closer look at everything a Chromebook can (and can’t) do

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There are four main computer operating systems: Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux. Many of these have been around since the invention of the computer, but ChromeOS is a relative newcomer. ChromeOS is the operating system that powers all Chromebooks, including the best Chromebooks. Since Chromebooks are newer than Windows or macOS devices, many people are unsure what they do. This article looks at what a Chromebook is, what it can do, and its limitations.

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How to switch from Windows to ChromeOS

It's easier than you might think but requires some adapting

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Windows is an operating system widely used for entertainment, work, school, and gaming. It has a worldwide appeal for offering a user experience tailored to your needs using premade or custom-built computers. At the same time, Windows is synonymous with viruses, malware, and other infections that plague its users daily. And constant Windows updates in the background often go ignored by many, causing more issues in the future. Some of the best Chromebooks on the market can be very appealing, and it's easy to see why some might want to switch to ChromeOS.

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27 useful Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

Become a Chromebook power user with these handy keyboard shortcuts

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Chromebooks are some of the most cost-effective and exciting computers on the market. They have great hardware and useful software for users at all price points and are simpler and more user-friendly than Windows or Mac computers. Chromebooks come in all shapes and sizes, but for those who want a little more out of Chromebooks, Google introduced the Chromebook Plus program in October 2023, which has several minimum standards Chromebooks must follow.

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What files can ChromeOS run?

Your Chromebook is capable of almost anything

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The ChromeOS operating system was made popular by Chromebooks, which are web-based laptops that are fast, affordable, and easy to use. However, since ChromeOS is mainly built with the web in mind, you might run into limitations compared to a regular Windows or Mac laptop. For example, you can't install Windows (.exe) files on ChromeOS, so you might have to find new programs when purchasing a budget-friendly Chromebook. In the guide below, we cover the common files you can run on ChromeOS.

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How to right-click on a Chromebook

There's no dedicated button, but you can still right-click on a Chromebook

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Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular as they've evolved from a glorified browser into a full-fledged computer. And Premium Chromebooks offer plenty of advanced hardware like beautiful screens and fingerprint scanners that bring the user experience to a new level. No matter which Chromebook they have, most new Chromebook users will notice that there isn't a right-click button built into their device. Even though it's not obvious, there is still a way to right-click on a Chromebook.

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How to Fast Pair on Chromebooks

Pair your devices quickly with Fast Pair

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We all have Bluetooth accessories, such as a great pair of headphones, that improve our experience with our devices. However, pairing them is not always a walk in the park since the devices don't always communicate correctly or stay connected. Modern Chromebooks have a feature called Fast Pair, which makes connecting and staying connected to compatible devices easier. This guide discusses what Fast Pair is and how to use it on your Chromebook.

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Chromebook: How to check for ChromeOS updates

The easiest way to keep your Chromebook up-to-date

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Staying on top of software updates keeps your Chromebook running efficiently and securely. Typically, you don't have to manually install updates on a Chromebook. Google ships ChromeOS updates and security patches frequently, and they typically download and install in the background. If you've noticed your laptop is running more slowly than normal, its worth a quick check to make sure your computer is up to date. If a missing update or ChromeOS Powerwash fails to help, it may be time to to upgrade to a a high-end Chromebook.

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Can you play Roblox on a Chromebook?

It's possible, but you'll have to do a little work

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Roblox is an incredibly popular game, especially with a younger audience, that's been around since 2006. It's showing no signs of slowing down, with more than 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store alone and countless others across all the compatible platforms. It's a great place for children to express their creativity, and it gives them an outlet to create their own games within the game. Roblox can be enjoyed on an Android or Apple phone, Windows or Mac computer, some consoles, and even on the Amazon Fire OS. But can you play Roblox on a Chromebook? Let's take a look at how to get the smash hit running on ChromeOS.

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How to change ChromeOS channels: easily switch between Stable, Beta, and Dev

Try out the newest Chromebook features early

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Chromebooks are capable and easy-to-use devices that run Linux-based ChromeOS on the software front. The best Chromebooks offer premium builds and receive operating system (OS) updates for many years. Chromebook updates are mainly released in Stable, Beta, and Developer channels. You can switch between these channels to access the newest features while they're being finalized. However, each channel offers a different mix of new features and stability. This guide details the ChromeOS channels available to you and how you can try them out.

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How to enable an SD card for storage on a Chromebook

Put your downloads on an SD card instead of your Chromebook's precious internal storage

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Whether you're rocking a top-of-the-line Chromebook or our favorite budget ChromeOS devices, at some point, you may want to expand your storage. Downloading content from apps like Netflix or Plex takes up a lot of space, so you'll want to install an SD or MicroSD card to avoid filling up your laptop's internal storage.

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Can Chromebooks get viruses?

Here's what you need to know about viruses, malware, and your Chromebook.

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ChromeOS is one of the most secure operating systems. Still, it can't guarantee protection against viruses. While the chance of a virus infecting your Chromebook is slim to none, understanding your Chromebook's security features and why you don't need antivirus software will give you peace of mind when setting up your new device.

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How to use split screen on your Chromebook

Make multitasking work for you

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When you use the same device for work, school, and play, it's hard to fit everything on the screen at once. You may be able to switch between windows with some keyboard shortcuts on one of our favorite Chromebooks, but it can get confusing. To make this easier for Chromebook users, Google includes some great multitasking features in ChromeOS. Split screen is one such feature to place two windows side by side to review relevant data. This guide details how to use the split screen mode on your Chromebook through various methods.

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Can Chromebooks run Windows?

Want to get Windows running on your Chromebook? Here's what you need to know.

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Chromebooks have been extremely popular in the world of casual computing for a long time, and they've now blossomed into powerful computers with relatively high-end specs that can accommodate the needs of professionals and more intensive users. Many of the best Chromebooks now have a build quality that rivals and, in some cases, surpasses that of Windows laptops, with strong Intel performance hardware and high-res displays to suit a wider audience.

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ChromeOS: The AP guide to Google's desktop operating system

ChromeOS is common on Chromebooks, but is it right for you? Let's take a look at everything that makes ChromeOS unique

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While Microsoft produces computers designed for Windows and Apple MacBooks are built for macOS, Google's ChromeOS powers Chromebook laptops and Chromeboxes If you're thinking about making the switch to Google's bespoke OS, we're here to make a formal introduction.

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Most people have several devices that they log in to in a number of ways. You may have a password on your laptop, a fingerprint on your phone, and a pin or pattern on your tablet. These differing login methods can be frustrating and tedious to remember. However, if you have an Android phone and one of our favorite Chromebooks, Google included a feature to unlock your Chromebook with your phone. This feature is called Smart Lock, and this guide details how to set up, use, and troubleshoot it.

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How to find deleted files on your Chromebook

They're not gone forever if you know where to look

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Chromebooks are the perfect device for many people due to their simple user interface and relatively low cost. If you're willing to spend a little more money, you'll find many of the top Chromebooks include premium features like fingerprint scanners, and 4K screens. ChromeOS, Google's custom operating system that's based on the Chrome browser, is more capable than many people think.

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How to set up and use a Chromebook with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse

Turn your Chromebook into a desktop powerhouse

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The best Chromebooks are simple yet capable computers that offer incredible versatility out of the box. However, attaching a peripheral device like a monitor, keyboard, or mouse may be tricky. Chromebooks don't have the same capability as Windows or Mac computers but don't let this dissuade you from connecting to one.

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