Chromebook desktop: add apps and change wallpaper

je Chromebook customizing the desktop is actually easy, but you just need to know how it works. When you take a Chromebook out of the box, it is fully set up according to the factory settings. Since you probably plan to work or study on this, it’s nice to give your work environment a personal touch.

Customize Chromebook Desktop

The Chrome OS — the operating system that every Chromebook and Chromebox runs on — isn’t the system with the most customization options. But a number of things are possible. If you have no idea where to start, we will help you with the following steps.

Fortunately, you can adjust a number of things on a Chromebook. This way you determine which icons (shortcuts) you see on your Chromebook desktop (also called desktop) and you can change the background in no time. You can read exactly how that works in this article.

Chromebook desktop
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change chromebook wallpaper

To change the background on your Chromebook, follow these steps.

  1. Right click on the desktop. It doesn’t matter where exactly you click, as long as it’s an empty piece.
  2. A menu will now appear. If you have an English version of Chrome OS then look for the Set wallpaper option. And otherwise you choose the Dutch function for changing the background.
  3. A window will now appear. Within that window you will see all kinds of categories on the left that you can choose from. You will also see a button for your own images at the top, more to the right. That is the place where you can choose your own images from a local storage.
  4. Choose an image. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, only you have to like it.

Don’t want to have to choose? No problem. When you choose one of the Google categories, the first option (top left) is the Daily Refresh. The system automatically refreshes the background every day. Your Chromebook wallpaper will then have a different image every day.

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You can also change the background in the Chrome browser, just like on a PC. Open a new tab and press the pencil at the bottom right. That’s the button that changes the background. You can choose from different (own) images and themes.

Chrome OS
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Chromebook apps on desktop

Just like on Android, iOS and Windows, it is also possible on Chrome OS to indicate that you want certain apps want on your desktop. Those are shortcuts to the apps so you can access them quickly and not have to constantly open the app drawer when you need one.

  1. To do this, open the app drawer. That is the round circle that you will find at the bottom left.
  2. Then click on the arrow that points up to see the complete overview.
  3. Now right-click on an app you want to add to your desktop. In English, that option is called Pin to shelf; in the Netherlands it is Locking on shelf.

If you want to add a website to shortcut, you can do that too. Open a site you often visit in Chrome and click on the menu at the top right (the three dots). Select the Quick Tools option and then choose the Create Quick Link option.

Now a pop-up will appear asking if you want to open the site in question as a separate window. Only do that when you want to visit the website without all kinds of browser elements around it. Check the option if you want and then click the blue button.

If you have a number of icons on your Chromebook desktop, you can change the order if you want. You pick up an icon and put it in a different place by releasing the button. Do you want to get rid of an icon? Then right click on it and select Unpin.

Change Chromebook shelf position

Finally, you have the option to change the position of the Chromebook shelf (that’s what the bar at the bottom is officially called). To do this, right-click on the shelf and select the Shelf position option. Choose where you want to place the shelf: bottom, left or right.

When you’ve finally made your Chromebook personal, it’s time to download ten apps you can’t miss.

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