ColorPick Eyedropper – Chromium Based Browser Extension

I use Google Drawings quite a bit for amateur graphic design and have found it quite capable; however, one aspect I find missing in Google Drawings is a color picker eyedropper. As a result, what I did was install a Chromium based browser extension (that will work on Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, etc..) that gets the job done, called ColorPick Eyedropper.

ColorPick Eyedropper is described as a zoomed eyedropper & color chooser tool that allows you to select color values from web pages and more. If you do any type of graphic design on the computer you already know what this type of tool does. One thing to point out is that the tool is FREE; but, after saving 50 color choices, it may prompt you to contribute. You can get around that by clearing the history. Overall, excellent job by the developer on this tool and has met my needs when working in Google Drawings.

Source: Google Chrome Store – ColorPick Eyedropper

A Good Guide on “How to get the newest version of LibreOffice on Chrome OS”

If you have been following along here at “What’s On My PC“, you probably noticed that the Linux install option on the Google Chromebook has piqued my interest. So far, I have learned some Linux terminal commands, have installed the Linux version of the Vivaldi web browser (now my default browser) on my Chromebook; AND, now I want to pass onto you on “How to get the newest version of Libre Office on Chrome OS” (instruction provided by Chrome Unboxed). If you want to install the Linux version of LibreOffice on your Chromebook I strongly suggest you follow the instructions as provided by the web site “Chrome Unboxed”. I initially installed LibreOffice from the Linux terminal window. Well, it will install; BUT, do not do that in this case. The version that is pulled down and installed through the terminal is not stable and when I was finished, it was in black and white (icons and everything). I had to uninstall that version and that is when I found (through further research) the instructions at Chrome Unboxed (that was posted on March 1, 2020). After following those instructions, I now have a fully functional office suite on my Chromebook that runs like a charm and is very stable. Thank you Chrome Unboxed for these instructions…

How to get the newest version of Libre Office on Chrome OS

Source: How to get the newest version of Libre Office on Chrome OS

Chromebook Linux (Debian) Commands You May Need To Know

I recently activated the Linux (Debian) OS feature on my Chromebook so that I could install the Linux version of Vivaldi (the Chromium based web browser). I am also thinking of installing the Linux version of LibreOffice, as well. I have been doing computers for many years and the Linux platform I am aware of, but never took the plunge. As a result of not taking that plunge, I had to learn a few commands to run from the Linux terminal window, on my Chromebook, in order to install and update the Linux software on my Chromebook. If there is anything else I need to know, feel free to comment or if there is something here I have posted that is incorrect, definitely let me know.

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Let TechJunkie Teach You “How To Factory Reset Your Chromebook [April 2020]”

The most important part I captured from an article at “TechJunkie“, that I want Chromebook owners to know, is that it is not hard to to do a factory reset on a Chromebook. As a matter of fact [quote]; “The good news is that it’s rather easy to backup and factory reset a Chromebook. And, because everything is tied to your Google account, as soon as you’re logged back into your account, you’ll have access to every single app, extension, file, and folder attached to your Google profile”. What this in essence means you will get everything back as it was. I encourage you to follow the source link below to learn more on how to perform a reset and may be worth your while to bookmark the instructions.

Google Dictionary Browser Extension for Chromium Based Browsers (Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vilvaldi, etc…)

If you are like me, I am often looking up the meaning of words or to check a word for the correct spelling. If you are like me, then check out the (recently updated) “Google Dictionary” browser extension for Chromium based browsers (such as Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, etc…).

Once the extension is installed you will be able to double mouse click on a word and the definition of that word will pop up or you can click on the extension’s toolbar icon to look up a word (for the definition and spelling).

This is one of those extensions, if you do a lot of writing, that is a must-have…

Screenshots

Source: Google Dictionary (by Google) – Chrome Web Store

Check out “Cling” – Your Notes, Links, To Dos and Files in one App…

This is something you may really like that I happened across while browsing the web for new blog content. What I came across is a web based app called ‘Cling‘ that allows you to add and collect “to dos”, “notes”, bookmark files” and “photos”…. Appears that ‘Cling’ is not available on any of the mobile platforms yet, but the site indicated it is coming soon. The first thing I did was import my browser bookmarks to ‘Cling’ to give me an opportunity to play around with it. On my phone, using my web browser, ‘Cling’ worked flawlessly and appeared quite nice; however, I will be looking forward to the Android app of ‘Cling’ when it comes out. Currently there is a Google Chrome extension that you can use to collect what you find to ‘Cling’ on your desktop computer or Chromebook.

Cling is the best bookmarking tool. Manage your links online along with your notes, to-dos, photos and files.

In brief, you start with a board where you can add content such as  “to dos”, “notes”, bookmark files” and “photos”. In the FREE version of ‘Cling’ you are entitled to 10 boards, 1 GB of storage, 1000 notes, links, files and to-dos… in addition to the search, bookmark-import & sharing features… The FREE version is ad-free…

Source: Cling – Your Notes, Links, Todos and Files in one App.

Best App To Remote Into A Windows PC From A Chromebook

Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.

Splashtop Downloads Diagram

  1. If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
  2. On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the  Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
  3. Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a  bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.

I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.


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An Article by “Help Desk Geek” to Teach You “How To Chromecast to Cast Your Entire Desktop To Your TV”

If you have a “Google Chromecast Device“, did you know you can wirelessly project your computer screen to your TV? Follow the source link below to learn how easy this is to do…

Casting is a method of projecting or sending content wirelessly to a different screen such as your television or second monitor. Once you set up your Google Chromecast device, you can play any content from your mobile device or desktop on your TV or remote monitor, with the device becoming a remote control.

It saves you the painful hassles of hooking up your PC to your TV using an HDMI cable, which largely depends on the length of the cable. Plus, it allows you to mirror your entire screen or any browser tab on Google Chrome wirelessly with a few clicks so you can view static files like photos, display a presentation or view a website on a larger scale.

A Chrome Based Browser Extension to “Auto Refresh” A Web Page

A Chromium base browser extension that I have installed is “Super Auto Refresh Plus“… What this extension does is, it allows you to set a timer on a web page and after the timer runs out, the page will reload or refresh. I use this extension to auto refresh a web page that shows my news feeds so that I can stay on top of the news. This is especially helpful with a multi-monitor setup where I have the news feed on a second monitor.

Super Auto Refresh Plus is the most user friendly auto refresh and auto reload website extension on the chrome web store market. Super Auto Refresh Plus helps you auto refresh and auto reload any pages and website with selected time interval in just one single click.
No setup required. Just try it out and you will know!

Key features:

  • Shows real-time countdown timer on extension icon
  • Can bypass local cache (Ctrl+F5) and perform hard reload when refresh or reload the page and website
  • Right-click context menu to quickly start to auto refresh and reload current page and website
  • Remember your auto refresh and auto reload settings and will automatically start to refresh when Chrome first start up

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An Easy, Free and Full-Featured Screenshot App for Google Chrome

If you use Google Chrome or any of the other Chromium based browsers (such as Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, etc..) a good browser extension to use to capture screenshots is “Screenshot Master: Full Page“. Once installed, simply click on the toolbar icon, and by default you can select a specific area of the screen or can select to only capture the visible area of the screen or you can select the whole page where the app will scroll (and capture) the contents of a page until it reaches the end of the page. Once the screenshot capture has been completed, the app will automatically go to the built-in editor where you can write text, crop, draw arrows, and draw boxes or lines. Once you are satisfied with the result, you can the save the screenshot to the PNG, JPG, or WEBP formats. What I particularly like about this screenshot app is its’ simplicity.

Source: Google Chrome Store – Screenshot Master – Full Page Capture


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