Did you know that Chromebooks have an auto expiration date?

When buying a Chromebook it is a good idea to determine the “Auto Expiration Date”, for the model you purchased. The “Auto Expiration Date” is the date when you may stop receiving important updates (for new features and crucial security patches). Typically, Chromebooks have a minimum 5-year window of updates; but, I am now seeing that some of the new Chromebooks, produced in 2020, will have a minimum 8-year window of updates. I am also seeing various models, produced in the past, where Google has extended the window of time for receiving updates.

When a Chromebook reaches its’ “Auto Update Expiration” date you will receive a notification saying “This device will no longer receive the latest software updates. Please consider upgrading”. The Chromebook will continue to function but could become a security risk at that point.

You will often see older Chromebooks at bargain-basement prices, so be wary and check for the “Auto Expiration Date”.

So, how do you go about checking the “Auto Expiration Date” on a Chromebook?

The best answer I can give to that question is this. Visit Google’s “Auto Update Policy” site where you can look up your Chromebook Model to determine the expiration date; OR, If you are using a Chromebook with “Chrome Education Upgrade or Chrome Enterprise Upgrade”, the AUE date is available in the Google Admin console. According to this site, Google publishes a model’s AUE date on this page after its release, giving buyers time to make purchase decisions.

In closing, “Please check the AUE date when making a Chromebook purchasing decision”.


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What You Need To Do In Order to Save and Open Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Offline

The past several days here at “What’s On My PC” I have been focused on various office suites that are available for FREE for folks at home. Each of those suites requires software to be installed. Another, online option, that requires no installation, that I find many people at home overlook is Google Docs (which includes Google Docs, Sheets and Slides). You can do a lot with this office suite and you can even configure this office suite so that you can save and open your files, even when you are offline (not connected to the internet). The only requirement to turn “on” offline use is that you use the Google Chrome browser and install a browser extension (see instructions below).

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Save Considerably On This “Renewed” HP Chromebook At Amazon…

This same Chromebook, I own (see below)… It is top-notch. In this case, this is a “renewed” model (as defined by Amazon) that can save you considerably. That in definition means that you are guaranteed that it will work and look like new. Amazon states “These pre-owned products have been inspected and tested by Amazon-qualified suppliers. Box and accessories may be generic. All Renewed products come with the 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee”.

What happens on many occasions with the Chromebooks is that people many times do not know what they are buying. The Chromebook runs off of the ChromeOS and the Windows Laptop runs off of the Windows OS.

HP 4XU18UAR#ABA 2 in 1 Chromebook – x360 14 da0000 14 da0011dx 14inch Touchscreen 1920 x 1080 Core i3 i3 8130U 8 GB RAM 64 GB Flash Memory Chrome OS Intel UHD (Renewed)


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How to Set Up and Use Linux Apps on Chromebooks (video by Gauging Gadgets)

Here is an excellent video, by Gauging Gadgets, that will get you started in using Linux Apps on your Chromebook. One thing I want to point out is that if you have an older Chromebook, you may not have the ability to run Linux apps. This is pointed out in the video and you will be shown how you can tell if this feature is available on your Chromebook or not. If you do not own a Chromebook and would like to explore what Chromebooks are available, how much, etc… then CLICK HERE to see what is currently listed at Amazon.


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How to use your Chromebook’s Touchpad…

You can use your Chromebook’s touchpad to right-click, switch between tabs, and more. Here’s how it works:

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Move the pointer Move your finger across the touchpad.
Click Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.
Right-click Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.
Scroll Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.
Move between pages To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.
See all open windows Swipe up or down with three fingers.

If you have Australian scrolling turned on, swipe up. If you have traditional scrolling turned on, swipe down.

Close a tab Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.
Open a link in a new tab Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.
Switch between tabs If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.
Drag and drop Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.

Best Deal Right Now On A Powerful Chromebook…

The Chromebook reflected below, I currently own… The deal currently (at the time of this posting) at Amazon is an opportunity to get your hands on a very powerful Chromebook at a $200 plus discount. The Chrome OS does not require a ton of processing power, but with the i3 processor onboard, this Chromebook will handle anything you throw at it. With this HP Chromebook, you can flip it into a tablet, a presentation stand, or lay flat. Screen resolution and view is excellent. Anywhere you check this Chromebook out on the web, you will find the consumer review ratings at the top of the scale and will also see it at around $600.

HP Chromebook x360-14″ FHD Touch – i3-8130U – 8GB – 64GB eMMC


Source: Amazon – HP Chromebook x360-14″ FHD Touch – i3-8130U – 8GB – 64GB eMMC 

Handy Screenshot – An Easy Chrome Browser Extension For Taking Screenshots

I have tried nearly all the Google Chrome browser extensions that have been developed to take screenshots. I recently discovered a new one called “Handy Screenshot“. What I really like about this screenshot utility is the simplicity where you have three screenshot choices: (full screen / visible part / select screen). Also built into the utility is a simple editor where you can crop, draw arrows, insert text, etc…You can even assign hotkeys to launch the utility. “Handy Screenshot”, in my opinion, is all that you need and is a perfect addition to your Chromebook.

You can get “Handy Screenshot”, for FREE, at the Google Chrome Store (see source link below)…

Source: Handy Screenshot – Chrome Web Store

Good Buy On This: 2020 HP Chromebook x360 Laptop Computer

2020 HP Chromebook x360 Laptop Computer

 

  • ▶ Powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U 2.2GHz, up to 3.4GHz, 4M cahce, performance beats i5-7200U; smart dual-core, four-way processing performance for HD-quality computing.
  • ▶ 14″ diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (1920 x 1080) Display.Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • ▶ 8GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM Memory for full-power multitasking; 64GB eMMC flash memory is ideal for mobile devices and applications, providing enhanced storage capabilities, streamlined data management, quick boot-up times and support for high-definition video playback.
  • ▶ 360° flip-and-fold design; Intel Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac (2×2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo; 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (Charging, power delivery, video, data); 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 microSD media card reader
  • ▶ Chrome OS; White

Source: Amazon – 2020 HP Chromebook x360 Laptop Computer

How To Use A PIN To Log In To Your Chromebook

The more I use my Chromebook, the more I am loving it. I have my Chromebook set to use a “PIN” when logging in due to the tight password standard I have set for my Google account. The PIN, for this purpose only, is easier to remember and makes logging in much faster. As a result, I also have the Chromebook configured to require this PIN every time it goes into the sleep mode. Depending on the Chromebook model and OS version of Chrome you may need to enter your Google Account password once every 24 hours. In my case, my Chromebook, after the “PIN” is set will allow you to use that “PIN” every time, whether in “sleep mode” or after a reboot.

Note: If you’re on a Chromebook at work or school, you can’t add a PIN.

To assign a “PIN” to your Chromebook, follow the instructions below:

  • At the bottom right, select the time.
  • Select Settings Settings.
  • In the “People” section, select Screen lock.

  • Enter your password, and then select Confirm.
  • Select PIN or password and then Set up PIN.
  • Enter a PIN of six digits or more, and then select Continue.
  • Re-enter your PIN, and then select Confirm.
  • To unlock your Chromebook, sign in with your Google Account password or enter your PIN.

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