12 Tips to Make You a Chromebook Pro

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Chromebooks are a relatively inexpensive alternative to traditional laptops. While they don’t offer the full functionality of a Windows PC or a MacBook, they are great for those who spend most of their screen time online and need some basic productivity programs.

There are a lot of nifty features inside. Chrome OS recently got an update that includes the addition of Google Now to the Launcher, meaning that weather, calendar, and other info is quickly accessible, just like on an Android device. You can also search your Chromebook with your voice, just like on the Chrome browser.

In general, Chromebooks are pretty intuitive to use right from the start, but there are lots of tips and tricks that are not so apparent and could be a huge help. For one thing, you might have a moment of surprise when you go to express your extreme emotions in caps lock and can’t find the button. Find out what we mean, as well as nine other things you should know, in the slideshow.

If you’re reading this because you don’t yet have a Chromebook but are thinking about getting one, then check out PCMag’s roundup of the best Chromebooks. We tested these tips out on a Dell Chromebook 11.

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