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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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 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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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.

Continue Reading @ Chrome Unboxed

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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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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