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During recent years, many businesses have seen an increase in mobile and flexible working, so are keen to equip their workforce with portable kit. Laptop devices, such as Chromebooks, offer greater freedom and versatility than their desktop equivalents.

Laptops are a great way for businesses to enable their employees to work wherever they may be to remain productive. Working on the move, away from the office or at a different desk is a lot more convenient. Plus, you can easily check emails or finalise documents while travelling on a long train journey, to make efficient use of your time.

Why choose a Chromebook?

The current laptop market offers an array of choice with a wide variety of sizes, features and prices, which can make the choice quite daunting if you’re looking to purchase new equipment or refresh your existing kit.

At CTS we offer a range of Chromebooks to provide a high-performing and secure place to work that is ideal for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Key features include:

  • Sleek and portable design, built to withstand drops and scrapes.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Efficient use of storage space with data files held in the cloud.
  • Access to both Chrome web and Android apps.
  • Affordable option with prices to suit a range of budgets.
  • Ability to customise keyboard for ease of use.

In addition, the Chromebook features a suite of productivity apps such as Docs and Sheets for work, Hangouts for conferences, LastPass for forms, Session Buddy for tabs and Evernote for notes.

Handy hints and tips for new users

If you’re switching to the Chromebook from a different type of device, as with any new equipment, there are some subtle differences. Here we discuss a few hints and tips to help you easily navigate your new Chromebook device.

  1. The new Command key

Often the Command key is used for keyboard shortcuts and the equivalent in Chrome OS is the Ctrl key. Chromebooks provide an excellent option to customise your keys to aid productivity, by simply remapping the Alt/Ctrl keys to bring the Ctrl key closer to your thumb for quick access:

  • Click the time in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • Click the gear/settings icon.
  • Scroll down to “Keyboard” and switch the mapping: set Alt to Ctrl, and Ctrl to Alt.
  1. How to change the scrolling direction

To simply change the direction your keyboard scrolls on your Chromebook:

  • Click the time in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Click the gear/settings icon.
  • Scroll down to “Mouse and touchpad.”
  • Select “Australian” scrolling to change the direction.
  1. The new Caps Lock key

A lot of users quickly spot that Chromebooks don’t have a Caps Lock key, however there are two simple options:

  • Hold the Shift key as expected or
  • Press Alt + Launcher to turn Caps Lock on.

The Launcher is a multi-function key as it can help you search the internet, find other apps or track down files, and even do calculations, aiding overall efficiency of work.

  1. Local file storage

As Chromebooks are designed for the cloud, data is saved within the Files app rather than the traditional desktop method. For quick access, use the Launcher to access the app and search for the relevant information.

All downloads are automatically saved in the “Downloads” folder with the option to customise documents are saved within your settings:

  • Click the time in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Click the gear/settings icon.
  • Click on “Advanced” at the bottom.
  • Scroll down to “Downloads.”
  • Select your preferences.

You can also add subfolders just like any other device by right-clicking on “Downloads” and selecting “New folder” from the drop-down menu.

  1. Easy visibility of open browser windows

For efficient working, Chromebooks have inbuilt features to help users simply navigate a variety of open tabs. To quickly switch between a number of tabs:

    • Swipe with three fingers to the right or left.

  • Organise and close windows accordingly.

  1. How to download apps

As mentioned previously, the Chrome operating system is designed for cloud productivity, therefore a number of popular productivity apps are web-based, such as Gmail and Google Docs.

In addition to web apps,the newer Chromebook models support the Android Play Store, providing the ability to download a variety of applications related to your work, for example, Salesforce for CRM or QuickBooks for accounting.

CTS offer a range of Chrome and Chrome Device training, tailored to suit your business. Speak to our team of experts on 0161 871 0330 to ensure you maximise your business productivity with the latest Chrome technology and Chromebook devices.

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