Google's Chromebook is the newest trend in portable devices. According to Google Support, They run on the Chrome OS versus a Windows or Mac environment. Unlike the other two, Chromebooks are much more economical. However, if you prefer Windows, you can use Microsoft Applications. Another great feature of the Chrome Book is access to the Play Store. In addition to some of your face social media apps, you can play some games on a larger screen. It's ok if you don't want to share it for a while with your kids. The digital age is moving at the speed of light, and with it comes the need for more productivity and ways of multitasking. After all, you probably are scheduling activities at the same time reading a recipe on Pinterest. There are many more times when you need to have multiple screens open, and the Chrome Book can easily accommodate you. Although you may think having a smaller screen will never work for you, if you learn the split-screen technique, you'll find your productivity increases, and you will probably decide you like the Chrome Book more than its expensive counterparts. Let's walk through how you can use the feature and some helpful ways to enhance your digital experience.
Two browser windows
So, you're on the internet and probably went down an internet rabbit hole about your favorite subject. Maybe, you want to compare resources to see how they stack up. Whatever you want to do online, you should have an easy way to see multiple pages without having to flip back and forth between tabs. Let's look at how you can easily accomplish this. Let me guess, you already have multiple tabs open and feel lost in a sea of information. It's ok, I've had ten at one time. First, click on the accounts you want to see when the screen splits. If you're still a newbie with your Chrome Book, a right-click is accomplished by touching the pad with two fingers. Now, you'll hold down the alt key and do a single click on the touchpad. You are almost done, just a couple of last things. Look at your keyboard; you should see two alt keys on each side of your keyboard. Now, look for the brackets. They're right by the P key on the right-hand side of your keyboard. Once you're holding down the alt and bracket, you can shift screens to their right sides. If you want the screen on your right side, use the bracket closest to the backslash next to it and the alt key on the left side of the computer. For the left side, use the opposite key. Although this is the best way to do a split-screen if you want to open up two browser windows, there are other techniques you can use if you're going to open a combination of windows. For example, you may have an important meeting that requires zoom or an art project where you need to look at the picture while sketching. Whatever you need a split-screen for, you can easily access them, so you don't have to endure the inconvenience of flipping back and forth between screens.
Other ways to split your screen
There are several other ways you can access split-screen. Each is exceptionally intuitive and simple, so you'll be able to pick the one you prefer. One of the most convenient is clicking and holding the maximize buttons until you see the arrow keys. Once you do, you can move your second screen over to the other side. Voila, you're now ready to take on a project, no matter how difficult you might think it is. Another way you can access split-screen is by using Dualless. Look at the right side of your URL bar. It looks like a split-screen or two rectangles with blue tops. This will show you all the screens you have open. With the Dualless extension, you'll be able to not only choose what screen to open alongside your other but also decide the size. After selecting these features, it will automatically snap to the other side of your tablet screen.
Uses for Split Screen
Many people use Zoom for conference calls, and many choose devices like the Chrome book instead of a traditional computer. So, next time you are in a meeting, you don't have to worry because you can use this feature. It will make your session seamless and prove why the Chrome Book is one of the top productivity devices. If you need to schedule another appointment, you can simply pull up your Google calendar while still carrying on the conversation. Here's another idea. Why not create a Google Slides presentation and effortlessly glide through it on your device. No matter what you need to do in your next meeting, using multiple tabs will make things so much smoother. Many people use a Chrome Book instead of multiple screens on a desktop. However, it can be inconvenient to access a website and write portions of information into a document. If you use the split-screen, you can read through the document, take notes, and the next thing you know, you have your project complete. This type of technique can also be suitable for studying. It can be a drag to open up multiple applications and have to flip back and forth. For example, you're writing a document and need to reference an internet page.
Next time you dismiss a Google Chromebook because you think it can't possibly do everything a computer does, think about some of the helpful tips in this article. Chromebooks are designed for busy people on the go. However, just because they're smaller than a laptop or MacBook doesn't mean they don't pack a big punch and allow you to glide through your day with the abundance of functions and shortcuts like split-screen.
Written by Dana Hanson
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