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How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook

How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook?

By | Chromebook, How-To

If you’ve ever been stuck in the midst of a presentation on a Chromebook with a screen that needs to be rotated, and you have no idea how to make it happen, the result can be both frustrating and embarrassing—and it is the same is you are using Windows, Android, and Mac! There is nothing quite like the panic that sets in as you forget easy digital keyboard shortcuts for screen orientation or any other shortcut, which can feel a bit like standing at the ATM outside your bank and forgetting your password as a long and impatient line forms behind you.

Sometimes, it helps users to find silly ways to commit digital keyboard shortcuts to memory. “Never Eat Slimy Worms” has been recited by grade school students for years as they learn and commit to memory the directions of the compass, so why not try to create a clever trick to help you with Chromebook screen rotation?

The actual shortcut is to rotate the screen is quite simple: ctrl + shift + refresh.

But, perhaps the “refresh” key is the hang-up for some, trying to remember which button to press.

So, when your Chromebook screen needs to be rotated think “Control the situation, Shift the Screen, and Go for a Spin” because the refresh key actually looks like a spinning arrow.

Too much? Then aim to simply remember ctrl+shift+ refresh (or write it on your hand before the presentation).
Also, if you need to rotate the Chromebook screen more than 90 degrees, just repeat the ctrl + shift + refresh process to continue to move your screen another 90 degrees.

An alternative method to rotating the screen on your Chromebook is to go into settings, then display settings, and then change the screen back to “Standard.”

Once you have your screen back to the position you wish to view, you may want to look at other ways to display it. And since you’re here for help with your Chromebook’s overall functionality, we will go ahead and walk you through the steps you will take to connect your Chromebook to an external monitor.

A Chromebook can be connected to an external monitor and/or television monitor by using an HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, or a VGA port.

It’s possible you may need an adapter cable in order to hook up your Chromebook to an external monitor; in order to determine this, you should review the instructions that originally came with your Chromebook. While checking those instructions you should find out where the display output and input ports are located on your device; you can use these ports to insert an adaptor and then connect that also to a monitor.

Once you are connected, you will need to take a few additional steps in order to display your Chromebook screen on the monitor.

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on Settings.
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Choose “Mirror Internal Display.” At this point, your Chromebook screen should show up on the external monitor.

You may need to adjust the screen as well and, in order to do that, you will take the following steps:

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on “Settings.”
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Click on “Internal Display,” which will allow you to make the items on your screen larger or smaller using the “Display Size” option and it will also allow you to rotate the screen in the “Orientation” section.
Step 5: You can change screen sharpness by referring to the “Resolution” section.

Finally, one other area of useful information when it comes to screens and monitors for Chromebook users is the steps you would take to correct issues with the touchscreen monitor.

Step 1: Click on your account photo.
Step 2: Click on “Settings.”
Step 3: Look in the “Device” section and next click where it says “Displays.”
Step 4: Choose the monitor you need to calibrate.
Step 5: Click on “Calibrate.”
Step 6: Your Chromebook is then going to prompt you to tap on the corners of your screen and you will then follow the steps onscreen.

iTunes on Chromebook

How to put iTunes on Chromebook?

By | Chromebook, How-To

New Chromebook device users have something to look forward to. Aside from entertaining and relaxing games and helpful applications for everyday productivity, one can now enjoy iTunes on Chromebook. If you’re new to Chromebook you may not know yet that you can actually play music on your new electronic device via iTunes. And probably too, you don’t know how to have the application on your laptop.

If you once owned an Apple device, say, an iPhone, iPad tablet or a Mac computer, surely, you’d want to transfer all or at least, your favorite music files to your Chromebook laptops. But transferring may not be as easy as you’ve always thought especially that Chromebook. After all, there is no available iTunes plugin for Chrome OS. Don’t despair because you can use iTunes for Chromebook. It may no longer be new to you that as long as you have a Google account, you can already access and listen to your iTunes playlist on any device or gadget. What you may not know for now is that this includes your Chromebook.

Install iTunes to Chromebook through Chrome OS

1. On your Chromebook, install the Google Play Music by opening the browser, Google Chrome.

2. Have the Google Play Music activated on your Chromebook laptop by launching it in a new tab? Follow the steps to completely activate the app.

3. Copy all the songs from your iTunes to Google Play. The simplest way for this is through the use of the app, Google Play Music.

4. Access your iTunes music on your Chromebook – By this time, your music from iTunes is already uploaded and saved to your new account on Google Play Music. Your Chromebook may have already been all set up, as well, for easy access. Therefore, you’re ready to listen to your music.

5. Go back to your Chromebook laptop, then, navigate the web interface, Google Play Music using your browser. Click the button, ‘Music library’ and choose the songs found in the Google Play Music.

Owning a Chromebook is no longer complicated especially, now you know that you can install iTunes to Chromebook. Everything you need to do is detailed as you go through the process. What we gave are just the basic steps to lead you through the what-to-dos.

Chromebook PDF Editor

The Best PDF Tools for Chromebook in 2018

By | Chromebook

In this digital age, we refer to PDFs so often that plenty of people know the acronym without even understanding what it really means. It’s actually an acronym for portable document format. We take them for granted but at one time, as with all things in the rapidly moving age of technology, they were a revolutionary advancement. If you can recall a time when you received documents from others via email, opened them to find a page of absolute gibberish, then went back and forth in frustration until someone ultimately faxed the document (remember those relics?). If that was you once upon a time, then you understand why PDF files changed digital communication for the better. PDF technology allows us to display documents in a readable format regardless of the type of software that originally produced them. They are now the universal standard for sharing documents, and PDFs also allow us to share large documents in a compressed file size that is easy to exchange between multiple parties. Whether you are negotiating a real estate contract, filling out a waiver for your child’s summer camp, or sharing research with colleagues in the medical field, you are undoubtedly using PDFs on a weekly if not daily basis.

For Chromebook users, however, PDFs can sometimes present a challenge as there are Android apps. There have been some compatibility issues in terms of viewing and editing PDF documents on Chromebooks, but the good news is there are plenty of options available to improve the Chromebook-PDF experience. A number of easy-to-use tools available make it possible to view and edit PDFs on a Chromebook and all Chromebook users should ensure they have the right tools at their disposal. We will take a look at some of these tools to point you in the right direction and help you make the most of your Chromebook experience.

In order to view PDF documents on a Chromebook you may need to use browser-based PDF format software so let’s get started with some of your options.

PDFEscape

PDFescape is accessible to Chromebook users through the web browser and this easy-to-use app allows users to open PDFs and also edit them. You can add text to the document, whiteout unwanted content, and also add images. PDFescape also allows users to digitally sign documents and auto-fill forms. An added plus of PDFEscape is that it takes up little memory!

KAMI

The Kami Chrome extension (which was formerly known as Notable PDF) is a great option for Chromebook, enabling users to annotate PDFs as soon as you open them (rather than having to save them elsewhere first). Kami will sync your changes to Google Drive immediately as long as you are online while using the extension. The Kami tools (found in a vertical bar on the left-hand side of the screen) make it easy for Chromebook users to switch between the pen and the highlighter. A free version with ads allows you to add text, highlight text, and underline and strikethrough. The paid version has additional features, such as splitting/merging and OCR.

SQUID

Squid is an Android app that can be used for PDF viewing and editing on Chromebook. Users can auto-fill forms, mark up PDFs, and insert signatures with Squid. The quick copy/select/paste functions and the ability to move content between pages and notes make Squid a fantastic tool for academic or corporate settings.

SEJDA PDF Editor

SEJDA PDF Editor is a no-frills web-based app, which is primarily geared toward fast PDF signatures and also has some limited editing capabilities. This is the perfect option for those who primarily need to sign a PDF format, perhaps in a corporate setting or even for a stay-at-home parent who constantly needs to sign school permission forms.

PDF Studio

Considered the best alternative to Acrobat for Chromebook, PDF Studio boasts all of the features needed for PDF viewing and editing those accustomed to Acrobat would expect. You can insert digital signatures and fill and save forms, utilize advanced search options, and even open password protected documents. Paid versions of PDF Studio also allow to/from conversions, more annotation tools, and interactive form designer, and more.

PDF Viewer

This app from the Google Play store allows Chromebook users to view, search, and annotate PDFs. A simple double tap of the screen will allow you to zoom in directly to the text you want to view, and you can use your finger or your stylus to mark up the text. Plus, it is easy to quickly undo changes to make the editing process efficient. A paid Pro version of PDF viewer offers even more features and functionality for Chromebook users.

Xodo PDF Viewer and Editor

Xodo allows Chromebook users to view and edit PDFs with Google Drive support. You can write directly on the PDF, highlight text, and markup, merge and edit documents. It is compatible with Adobe Acrobat and allows Chromebook users to annotate PDFs with others in real time.

PDF Split!

As the name implies, this is the best tool for Chromebook users if you simply need to split PDF files. It allows you to choose a range of pages and extract them and save as separate files and this can be downloaded in the Chrome Store.

Soda PDF Online

This browser-based PDF software allows Chromebook users to edit PDFs while online. You can create a free account that will enable you to open and view any PDF file online and users are also able to access files saved in cloud storage folders. An added bonus of Soda PDF online is its security features: users can add passwords to documents and restrict printing as well.

Chromecast 2018

Chromecast 2018 Showcased at the Google Hardware Event

By | Chromebook

Here’s good news to all Internet savvy, particularly the Google frequenters. Google just showcased the latest Chromecast device during its recently-held hardware event. The annual tech affair, which featured an array of new gadgets including the latest mobile phone models, announced the latest software updates of Chromecast. If you don’t have a Smart TV, this is a great alternative that performs just as efficient and excellent as the WiFi signal.

What is Chromecast and What does it do?

As mentioned, Chromecast can offer you the benefits of watching on a Smart TV or Wi-Fi enabled TV even if your appliance is actually doesn’t have the said feature. With this latest software update, you TV can function just even smarter than any other similar appliance you see in the market. What makes the 2018 Chromecast is that it can add Bluetooth, and it has an enhanced 5 GHz Wifi — indeed, better than ever!

If you’ve only been hearing about Chromecast but you actually don’t know how to use it and how it works, well, it is a device that you can simply plug into the HDMI port of a TV. This is powered by the USB cable included in the package. Through the use of your computer or smartphone (as your remote control), you can use this technology to watch, access or stream video contents from your favorite sites like YouTube and Netflix, among others. The better news is that movies and videos are not the only things you can do with Chromecast. You can also make this function to access nearly any content type from your Chrome browser from a laptop or PC.

Chromecast for Chromebook

Is your computer a Chromebook? Then, you can stream videos and more from this electronic device, too. All you need to do is to download the Google Cast extension. Four (4) easy steps are all it takes to cast on your Chromebook. Simply follow these:

1. To cast from a Chrome browser, simply go to the page you intend to cast and open it.
2. On your toolbar, select the icon, ‘Cast.’
3. Select and click the Chromecast device.
4. After choosing the Chromecast device, the video you want to watch automatically plays on TV.

See? You need not own a Smart TV to watch your favorite videos, movies, and series from your frequently visited sites, on your TV. All you need is a Chromecast device that’s even enhanced this year. What can be better than knowing that you can now use this technology from your Chromebook?

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

By | Apps, Chromebook, How-To

Chromebook users, like most of us in the digital age, can become too “app happy” at times! Like when you get the latest Android device, it is tempting, especially with a new device, to go a bit overboard downloading new apps, some of which are never used and quickly forgotten. You probably downloaded the latest web app to ensure a secure browser, but have also ended up with numerous apps, extensions, and unwanted programs that do nothing more than use up valuable memory on your Chrome device. Therefore, getting rid of every free web app you don’t want will help you restore your Chromebook. Of course, there are some especially useful apps we may open on a daily basis. Budding composers may rely on music apps to work on their craft and a graphic designer might use image-editing apps often. However, there are plenty of apps that ultimately prove to be space-wasters on our Chromebooks, and if you have reached the point where you realize it’s time to clean house, so to speak, you have come to the right place! We will take a look at the easy steps you can take to delete unwanted apps from your Chromebook.

Chromebook differs from Windows, Linus, and Mac, where you can delete installed apps by right-clicking on the app icon and choosing to remove or uninstall. Because Chromebook users may have previously worked in these systems, there could be an initial sense of frustration that the app removal is not as simple as one right click! However, it can still be done with relative ease, allowing you to clean up your Chromebook and free up some of your system memory. There is no need to leave all the unused apps there to waste memory when they could be replaced with something you may actually use and use often!

In order to delete these unwanted apps from a Chromebook you have two different options: users may uninstall them using the Google Play Store or they can be uninstalled by using the launcher. Read on to follow the easy steps for either method.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Google Play Store

1. Start by selecting the Google Play Store icon on the shelf.
2. Next, you should click on the menu icon, which is located next to the search bar on the Chromebook.
3. Then you will select “My Apps and Games.”
4. Select each of the apps you wish to delete from your Chromebook, then choose “uninstall,” and finally select “OK.”
And there you have it! Now you have freed up space on your Chromebook for more useful apps.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Launcher

For an even quicker way to remove unwanted apps from your Chromebook, you can use the launcher to uninstall them in two easy steps.
1. Open the launcher on your Chromebook.
2. First, select “All Apps,” then go to each app you want to remove, right click on each one, and finally select “Uninstall.”
Hey, presto! You have cleaned up your Chromebook and rid your memory space of unused apps.

Now that you have completed the “house cleaning” on your Chromebook you may want to consider adding new apps that will be useful to you based on your occupation, interests, and hobbies. The world of apps can be overwhelming to navigate so we will give you a good head start by suggesting some of the best and most popular Chromebook apps.

Best Apps for Chromebook

Office Online

If you are accustomed to working in Microsoft Office, the free Office Online app will allow you to create and edit Office documents on a Chromebook. This allows users to avoid some of the hiccups when working on Office documents in Google Docs, eliminating the possibility of compatibility issues when working with other Office users.

Paperfile

For Chromebook users in academic settings, Paperfile is a fantastic app for managing and keeping track of references and sources. The service helps users with the generation of properly formatted citations and keeps track of a wide variety of sources users can annotate or tag. This is an indispensable tool for those in academic research and the app comes with a free 30-day trial (and after that costs $2.99 per month).

StayFocusd

If you’re a Chromebook user who hardly made it through this brief article without stopping several times to check social media, instant messages, and game scores, StayFocusd may be the app for you! This app allows you to set limits on the time you can spend on certain sites and when the allotted time has been used, the sites are blocked. It can be a great tool when deadlines are looming and the temptation to waste time is a constant challenge for procrastinators.

Overdrive

A dream app for book lovers, Overdrive is linked to more than 30,000 libraries. The app allows you to digitally check out and return books. Additionally, you can use the app on Chromebook but also sync to other devices, so you can easily switch between reading on your Chromebook and your phone or other devices.

LastPass

Let’s face it, how much time do we spend trying to remember passwords, failing to do so, and then being forced to change them, starting the entire process over again? LastPass is a fantastic app that serves as your personal password manager. The app helps users generate passwords and then saves them into an encrypted locker, which you can access with one master password. So now you only have one password to remember rather than 27!

Netflix

Netflix users can add the app to their Chromebook for a much better viewing experience than streaming video on a smaller phone screen. In the Google Play Store, Netflix, and other Android entertainment apps are now available to turn Chromebooks into portable entertainment devices. (Just be sure to block Netflix with StayFocusd when a deadline is looming!)