Alter the Keyboard on a Chromebook

With the growing popularity of Google’s Chrome OS, and the ensuing Chromebook releases from HP, Samsung, Acer and others, there is also a need for customers to understand exactly what they are getting in the new operating system. BlogsDNA has been recently trying to help out users with this transition.

Today, we wanted to take a look at the keyboard, which is surprisingly different from that of the traditional Windows or Apple computer. The touchpad, for instance, requires a two-finger click to get a right-click context menu, and two fingers moving up and down also scrolls the screen.

The actual keys can also be remapped, though not to the extent of its Microsoft-based competitors. However, if you noticed certain thing missing (like a Caps Lock key) then take heart, as there is a way to change that.

To get started, head down to the system tray, which Chrome OS does have, just like Windows, and click it to expand the menu — it doesn’t matter which item you tap on, as it all does the same.

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Now, choose Settings and, once it’s open, type “keyboard” into the search box. You can scroll down to the Device section if you wish to do it that way. You’ll immediately jump to the keyboard settings button, which you can click to open an options box.

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Here you will find the options which are operated by a dropdown box. Three are available — Search, Ctrl and Alt. The behavior of each can be changed, For instance, you can set the the Search button to a Caps Lock, handy given that Chrome already has search built into the URL bar.

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Conclusion

Chrome OS is a simple operating system, but it’s not familiar to many users. That makes the simplest thing become difficult for the average user, though a geek can usually figure it out. After all, its not too hard. If you are planning to grab one of these discount devices then you’ll want easy solutions for using it, and this is just one of those.

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