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.

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  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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An Unofficial TuneIn Player for Chromium-Based Browsers (Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, Edge, etc…)

This small in size TuneIn browser extension works great (recently updated). TuneIn is an online  audio streaming service delivering live news, radio, sports, music, and podcasts. This extension works with Google Chrome and any other Chromium-based browser (i.e. Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, etc…). Also, a great addition to the Chromebook.

Unofficial extension to open Tunein.com in a player sized window.

– Dynamically resizes to a popdown when playing.
– Uses existing browser settings
– light & fast

Source: TuneIn Player – Chrome Web Store

A Web App Launcher For Google Chrome and Your Chromebook

When you create a “web app” in Google Chrome on a Chromebook (ChromeOS), where you go the browser settings (three vertical dots at top right corner of the Chrome browser window) > More tool > Create shortcut and set the app to open as a Window, the web app is saved to the ChromeOS app menu or to the “Shelf” at the bottom of the screen. This is all fine and dandy; BUT, if you want easier (and quicker) access to launch those apps, install the Chrome browser extension called “Apps Launcher“.

Source: Apps Launcher for Chrome – Chrome Web Store


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Bookmarks Sidebar – Access All Your Google Chrome Bookmarks From A Hidden Sidebar

Bookmarks Sidebar is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to access and manage your bookmarks by clicking on the left side of your screen. The sidebar can also be set to auto appear when you move the mouse pointer to the left side of the screen; AND, if you don’t want it on the left side of the screen you can change it to the right side. There are other configurable settings, as well.

After messing around with this extension for a while now; especially, on my Chromebook, I have found this extension to be one that I cannot live without. This is something that should already be built into Chrome. I love the idea that I am now making full (easily accessible) use of my bookmarks and have found that I am now organizing my bookmarks more.

If you use Google Chrome, I highly recommend this extension. Highly rated in the Google Chrome Store

Source: Bookmark Sidebar – Chrome Web Store


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smartUp Gestures – Boost Google Chrome Browsing Productivity With Mouse Gestures

If you never used “mouse gestures”, you don’t know what you are missing. “smartUp Gestures” is a browser extension that brings mouse gestures to the Google Chrome Browser. Of all of the gesture apps I have tried, I am going to stick my neck out here and say this is the best one. With mouse gestures, you hold down the right mouse button and drag in assigned directions to perform assigned commands. For example, to go back a page, I simply hold down the right mouse button and drag to the left. There are many other commands and options that you can use. In my case, here at “What’s On My PC“, I use probably  5 or 6 of the built-in gesture commands and have disabled the rest. Just too many for me to remember.

Source: Google Chrome Store – smartUp Gestures


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Solid Explorer File Manager – A Chromebook Alternative File Manager

If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android Apps you may want to give Solid Explorer File Manager a try. The file manager baked into the ChromeOS has improved, but lacks features. Solid Explorer File Manager is one of those apps that I actually purchased because it worked like it was actually made for my Chromebook, in not only appearance, but in performance. On the Chromebook this file manager runs in “dual pane” view. I especially like that I can access the other computers in my home (for file transfers) and it has more robust cloud access options (can access Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex).

Below you will find a description of the features. Solid Explorer gives you a 14 day trial period to give it a spin. I highly recommend it for Chromebooks (with Android support), smartphones and tablets.

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Features:

– Material Design!
– Two independent panels serving as file browsers
– Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes
– Drag and Drop inside and between panels
– FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients
– Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted
– Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives
– Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex
– Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer
– Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play
– Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds
– Detailed file information with storage usage statistics
– Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables
– Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser

Source: Solid Explorer File Manager – Apps on Google Play

Chromebooks could be getting this useful Macbook feature soon | Chrome Unboxed

Chrome OS clearly borrows from many established Android elements as well, so as the OS continues to grow and add new features, I’m a fan of Google adding things that have already shown themselves as useful to users regardless of the operating system. That is what we’re seeing being tested today, thanks to a keen eye by 9to5 Google finding reference to a feature coming to Chrome OS that has existed on Macbooks for quite some time: hot corners.

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