When Google introduced Chromebooks for the first time in 2011, it seemed like a ridiculous idea. A laptop running only a browser? Who wants that? However, over time, web apps have become more powerful and powerful, while Google has consistently improved the Chrome OS experience. Then Google went one step further and added the ability to run Android apps and Linux desktop apps.
All this means that the Chromebooks of 2019 and 2020 are not comparable to this original experience. Today, Chrome OS feels like a modern operating system that offers a world-class web browser, the flexibility of mobile apps, and a desktop experience in a box. It can meet the needs of almost all users except those who require video or advanced image editing.
If you've set up your Chromebook right, this is the exception. Let's do that.
Getting to know ChromeOS
Chrome OS has some basic similarities Other desktop systems, like Windows, Linux, and OS X, have a desktop section called the Desktop You can customize with your own wallpaper. Unlike other desktop systems, you can not save files here. It's just a visual area. You can arrange open windows.
When you open an app, it opens in a new window if it's an Android app, desktop app, or web app that you set up to start in a separate window. Open a tab in the main browser : The size or layout of open windows can be halved, as with other systems, although some Linux desktop apps may not respond to the tab. See Commands.
You'll probably notice immediately that your keyboard has a search icon that should hold the Caps Lock key. Use this search key to search your devices, apps, and the web in one place. That way, you can also see all apps on your system.
First, tap the button. At the bottom of the screen, you'll see a Google Assistant window with some of your recent apps. Click the up arrow above the search box for an overview of all available applications.
Most applications appear here as on an Android phone, but Linux applications are grouped together.
A system-critical Chromebook app is Files. This is the Chrome OS File Manager, which allows you to access files stored on your system, view the contents of a ZIP folder, or access items in Google Drive.
The last interesting point in our system tour is the lower right corner of the taskbar-like shelf, which is called a taskbar. (Later more on the shelf.) First, you'll see a small counter that shows you how many notifications you have. Click on it, and you can view and delete your notifications.
The easiest way to add web apps, is to open the desired site in the browser, right-click on the tab of the webpage (it looks like three vertical dots) and select More tools> Create shortcut … If you confirm If you want to add the web app, select the Open As Window check box, and then click Create .  To rearrange apps on the shelf, click on them and drag it to the desired position.
3. Unlock Smartphone  To open a Chromebook, you'll need to sign in with your Google Account password. This is pretty easy, but if you have an Android phone, this process can be even easier. Your phone can automatically unlock your computer without a password via Bluetooth.
To set this up, click on the clock in the bottom right corner of your desktop and select Settings . Then, in the left bar, select Connected Devices, and in the main window, click Setup in the Android Phone section.
Your phone will be displayed by brand or nickname in a new window. If you've recently changed your phone, it may take a few days for your Chromebook to recognize the new phone. When everything is set, click Accept and continue, enter your password and click Done. Finally, in the Settings window, make sure the slider next to your phone is turned on. If not, activate the slider and enter your password for confirmation.
If your phone is near your Chromebook, it should automatically unlock.
. 4 Google Sync
Chrome's key features include the ability to synchronize recently opened tabs, browsing history, bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and more on multiple devices. This sync works on all devices that run Chrome, including computers, smartphones, and tablets, if you're signed in to your Google Account.
Syncing with Chromebooks is on by default, but you can control which items are synced and which are not. Go to Settings and then select in the left bar. Persons > Sync .
The next screen displays all synchronized items. Disable  6] Synchronize everything and then disable everything you do not want to share with other devices.
Next Page: Helpful controls, customizing the system, and more.