The top Chrome OS tips of 2021

Calling all Chromebook owners: Your holiday reading list awaits you.

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More than any other platform, Chrome OS is in a constant state of evolution — and if you blink for a minute, you're bound to miss some promising new possibility or progression.

For those of us who rely on Chromebooks for work, that's fantastic. It means there's always something new to learn, uncover, and consider and always some intriguing new way to get stuff accomplished.

So behold: the most useful Chrome-OS-related tips and tidbits from these Googley-scented quarters in 2021. Catch up while you can and make sure you're making the most of your work and/or personal technology in the year ahead.

Master the Chrome OS basics

Chromebook cheat sheet: How to get started

Got a new Chromebook? Or maybe just still learning your way around your old one? This guide will help you navigate the ever-expanding world of Chromebook apps and figure out how to get around Chrome OS like a pro.

11 smart steps for managing files on a Chromebook

Prepare for some surprises. These are the efficiency-enhancing Chrome OS file tricks you've been missing.


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The smart worker's guide to using a Chromebook offline

Chrome OS may be cloud-centric at its core, but you can get plenty accomplished offline on a Chromebook — if you set things up thoughtfully in advance.

Teach yourself some advanced Chrome OS tricks

50 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

The mother lode! Supercharge your Chrome OS experience with these time-saving tricks and techniques.

3 smart shortcuts for a curiously hidden Chrome OS command

Some file-specific shortcuts that'll change your Chrome OS workflow for the better.

Treat yourself to some early Chromebook presents

Give your Chrome OS interface an instant upgrade

Your Chromebook's got a new and improved way of getting stuff accomplished, and it'll take you all of 20 seconds to turn it on.

The best new Chrome OS feature you aren’t yet using

This hidden Chromebook gem is well worth your while to uncover.

Expand your Chromebook app horizons

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials

Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.

The best progressive web apps for productivity

These standout PWAs are perfect for the Chrome OS environment, and they'll help you get more done without any of the usual baggage.

A clever way to bring widgets into Chrome OS

Ever wish your Chromebook desktop could work more like your Android phone's home screen? This crafty hack is just the Festivus present you've been craving.

Try some next-level browser efficiency-boosters

The Chrome shortcut sidebar you didn't know you needed

Attention all Chrome-dwellers: This thoughtful new add-on will bring some useful new powers into your Chromebook browsing setup.

This Chrome collaboration tool deserves your attention

If you ever share your screen with anyone, this smart Chrome add-on is just what the geeky doctor ordered.

A smart new screenshot sharing system for Chrome

This Google-inspired tool will let you capture, share, and even collaborate on screenshots without ever leaving your browser.

And a bonus productivity perk...

This smart new service brings Google Docs, Trello, and Notion together — in your inbox

No matter what email service you're using, this ingenious new tool will save you tons of time and make your favorite productivity apps even more useful.

And with that, we've reached the end of our 2021 Chrome OS coverage. What a ride it's been, eh? Don't unbuckle yet, though: If there's one surefire prediction for 2022, it's that we'll have plenty more to discuss here in the ever-overlapping areas of Chrome OS and Android.

Enjoy the brief bout of quiet — 'cause it won't stay that way for long.

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