Convert Chrome browser tab(s) into popup groupings with Popout Plus…

Popout Plus is one of those hidden gems in the Google Chrome store that is not given enough credit for what this extension allows you to do. That may be due to the fact that most folks don’t understand its’ purpose. With this extension, you can create popout browser windows for whatever web site you have loaded into the browser. For example, I can load Facebook into my browser, click on the Popout Plus icon on the toolbar and Facebook will pop out into a nice clean window (similar to a window that you see in MS-Windows). Once it is in that windowed interface, you can resize it, etc… If you go into the options of Popout Plus, you have options to save your windowed sessions so that the next time you load, say, “Facebook”, it will remember the window size, etc… You can also assign keyboard shortcut keys where anytime you open up your browser and desire to pop out a specific web site, you can quickly create the popout (or load a previous one) with the shortcut keys on your keyboard. As I mentioned, this is a gem of a browser extension that I hope the developer takes heart and keeps up to date.

A Chrome-based browser extension that will announce the time periodically, set custom recurring reminders, and display the time and date…

I had been looking for a talking clock for my Chromebook and this is as close as it gets with the Chrome-based browser extension called, Talking Clock… This extension is a very nice extension in that it allows you to set announced reminders and set periodic times where the time will be announced. For example, I have the extension set to announce the time every 15 minutes. Also, if you click on the extension icon you get a quick read on the date and time. Another setting is available where you can display the current time as an overlay on the toolbar icon, as well. Nice browser extension that serves a good purpose; especially, for those who spend a great deal of time at their computer.

The BEST file manager for your Chromebook in 2021…

If your Chromebook supports the installation of Android apps, then I encourage you take a look at (download and install) the Android app “Cx File Explorer”. The built-in file explorer (or file manager) in the Chrome OS has a lot to be desired; especially, when connecting to drives you have in the cloud (such as Google Drive, One Drive, Box and Dropbox) or when trying to connect to your network shares on your home network. I featured “Cx File Explorer” in another blog post (click here) and one of the things I wanted to experiment was to see how it performed on a Chromebook. Well, long story short… It is awesome. There is one thing you will need to do if you have an SD card installed in your Chromebook. In order for Cx File Explorer to see the SD card, go into the setting and toggle on, “Show system storage”. Once you do that, you can access the files on your SD card through the system files. In my case, once I toggled “on” the “Show system storage” setting, rebooted the Chromebook, the SD card showed up in Cx File Explorer’s home screen.

Cx File Explorer

What I found with Cx File Explorer is that it works just as well as on my Chromebook as my Android smartphone. Definitely is a nicer file manager than what is built into the Chrome OS to the point that moving files around, etc… is much more easier and makes more sense.

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Source: Google Play Store – Cx File Explorer


A clipboard manager for your Chromebook…

Chromebooks will eventually have a clipboard manager built-in to save multiple clipboard entries; however, that has yet to materialize. If your Chromebook supports the installation of Android apps, there are a sufficient number of clipboard managers on the Google Play Store that you could try (and many I have tried). A solution that I found that is simplistic and gets the job done is a Google Chrome app called, you got it, “Clipboard Manager” which was specifically developed for Chrome OS. You can download and install it from the source link below. What I like about this app is that I can pin it to the “shelf” at the bottom of the screen and depending on what order you have it positioned on the shelf, you can launch it by using the “Alt” key. For example, I have “Clipboard Manager” at the 8th icon position on the shelf; therefore, I can launch it by hitting “Alt + 8” on my keyboard. Another selling point with me on this app is that my Chromebook supports Linux and this app will work when using Linux apps, as well (however, I did find that my combo Alt +8 keyboard trick did not work when running a Linux app). If you need a clipboard manager (for your Chromebook), “Clipboard Manager” is a good choice…

Source: Google Chrome Web Store – Clipboard Manager

Chrome OS has a reputation for being virus-proof. Google likes to boast about how secure its operating system is compared to others. Are Chromebooks really immune to viruses, though?

For folks at home owning a Chromebook is probably one of the best investments you can make that will allow you to experience nearly everything the internet has to offer. Here at “Tech News for You”, I highly recommend Chromebook purchases, especially folks in the elder generation, due to the low maintenance and the ironclad security. If you follow the link below, you will learn “why” Chromebook security is the best out there in protecting you from viruses and malware.

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Learn “Why Aren’t Viruses a Problem on Chrome OS?” @ How-To Geek

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