Chrome OS

System Settings

System Settings

Setting Resolution

Step 1

First, login to the Chromebit (if this is signage the username is chromebit)


Step 2

Enter the settings, and click 'Display Settings'.


Step 3

Click the resolution drop down box.


Step 4

Set the resolution to 1920x1080.


Step 5

Click 'Accept' on the bottom right to keep the resolution.






Keyboard shortcuts

Right click context menu

On the touchpad, right click by tapping both fingers at once on the touch pad.

While hovered over the link, tap the touchpad with three fingers.

Snap Windows

Snapping a window can help speed up productivity. See below for the shortcuts.

Snap Left: ALT+[ Snap Right: ALT+] Dock Left: ALT+[+[ Dock Right: ALT+]+]

Automatically append www and com to a URL

Do this to do that

Delete key

That'll end up being a shortcut

Paste text without formatting

Pasting text that doesn't have a format


Reset browser cache

This can work on both CHROMEBOOKS and the CHROME BROWSER

Understanding the purpose of the cache

A "cache" is commonly used in the technology world to temporarily store information to allow faster loading of applications, or in this case, websites. Web browsers store things like images, page data, and any other asset necessary for the website (or application) to run. This can, however, cause issues - if the cache itself is corrupted, or if the page was updated you sometimes may not see the change right away. You can generally fix this by wiping the cache.

Step 1

At the top right of your Chrome webbrowser, you should see three vertical dots (). Clicking on the dots will bring up a drop down menu. Or, you can press CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE

Step 2

Selected "More tools", and then click Clear browsing data. 


Step 3

Select the cache in the list of things to clear and set the drop down box to "the beginning of time". If you want to clear other data, you can, but note you will get logged out of websites and some websites might load slower. 





Force policy update

Sometimes when policies are updated in Google Admin Console they are not immediately reflected on the users account/device. Forcing the policy is fairly simple. 

First, open Chrome. Type chrome://policy in the address bar and press enter.

This should load a basic page with a list of enforced policies. Click "Reload policies". 

In my own experience I find that clicking Reload Policies once does not always update the policy. Try clicking Reload policies two or three times. Also, note, you can view the settings that are set on this page as well.



Enable Extensions

On June 18th, 2019 we made internal changes to the Google policy that resulted in a handful of staff members having all their extensions disabled. This was expected and corrected quickly. If you received notifications that extensions were disabled you can easily re-enable them by (1) re-installing the extensions from the Chrome Web store, or (2) re-enable them in the Chrome extension list.

Re-enable Chrome Extensions

Click the Hamburger icon at the top right of Chrome. 

You can quickly browse to the extension page by typing chrome://extensions in the address bar.

Hover over More Tools -> Extensions

Once you are at the Extensions page look for any slider icon that is grayed out:

Simply clicking the grayed out icon will allow you to re-enable the extension. Once enabled it will turn blue.



System Maintenance

System Maintenance

Powerwashing (formatting) a Chromebook

You'll have to switch to Developer Mode in order to power wash a managed Chromebook.

All of your personal data saved on the device will be deleted. Make sure you've already backed up your stuff. Data stored in the cloud will not be deleted.

Switch to developer mode

With the device fully powered off press ESC+REFRESH+POWER keys at the same time for 5 seconds and release. The machine will power back on.

You should a warning telling you that Chrome OS is missing or damaged.

Enter developer mode

Press CTRL+D and then press Enter. Chrome OS will reboot into Developer Mode and you will get another warning. 

Reset your Chromebook

Press SPACEBAR and then press ENTER. You will see a message saying that OS Verification is turned on. Your Chromebook will automatically reboot.