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10 Shortcuts and Tips for Efficiency!

“Most of us love timesavers because they give us more time to waste.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Save yourself some time with these quick shortcuts and tricks for your Chromebook and while using Google.


Chromebook Specific Shortcuts

What is it?


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Open Last Closed Tab


This shortcut lets you open the last browser tab you closed. It’s great for when you’ve accidentally closed a tab or want to go through the last series of tabs you closed.

You can perform this function until the first tab you closed since running Chrome.

NOTE: This feature does not work in Incognito Mode, so take care when closing tabs in that mode.

Shortcut to Chromebook Shortcuts


Can’t remember a specific shortcut? Want to teach your students all of the shortcuts they can use? Just use this one to pull up a complete list available to use on your Chromebook

Launch Apps from Shelf


Alt+1-8 Launch applications located on Chrome OS’s shelf, or taskbar.  Ex: Alt+1 will launch the first application shortcut from left




Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + Show Windows.

Take a partial screenshot: Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows, then click and drag.

Caps Lock


(magnifying glass)

Activate and keep caps lock on (to turn off: Alt+Search again, or touch Shift key)

Open Downloads Page


Quickly access your downloaded files

Google Tricks/Shortcuts Shortcuts

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Move Cursor to Search Bar


Without moving your mouse and trackpad, click Ctrl+L to quickly move the cursor to the search bar and start typing

Navigate to Next Open Tab


Allows you to navigate to the next open browser tab

(you can also do Ctrl+1-9 to go to specific tabs 1-9 ordered from left to right.  Ex: Ctrl+3 would take you to the 3rd tab from the left you have open)

Save Webpage as PDF


Save the page (Webpage, Google Doc, etc) as a PDF.  This shortcut will also allow a dropdown for other options save to Google Drive, print, etc)

Dice Roll or 

Coin Flip

Google Search

Type” die/dice roll” or “flip a coin” into your search bar. It will trigger a quick heads/tails summation or give you a die/dice (multiple side options available)

(You can also search: Spinner, Color Picker, Metronome, Calculator, Meditate)

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May the 4th be with you, 2021


“A next-level student experience Nearpod VR is!” - Yoda 

(Disclaimer: this was not actually endorsed by the real Yoda from the stars wars saga.)


Nearpod VR

A long, long time ago in a district filled with innovation, there was one tool that quickly rose to power. 

Nearpod became a one-stop shop for student learning and teacher efficacy. Students are now able to explore the world around them without leaving the classroom. Nearpod VR gives teachers the ability to create virtual field trips at no cost to them. 


HOW to use:

  1. Log in to nearpod.com with your WSD.net account.
  2. Find a ready-to-use vr field trip lesson
    1. Click on nearpod library
    2. Search “VR” or something more specific with VR and browse the hundreds of lessons all ready to go.
    3. You can narrow your search by selecting options in the sidebar.


  1.  Create your own VR Field Trip
    1. Select Create -> lesson
    2. Click -> Add content & activities
    3. Select VR Field Trip
    4. Search for your destination and select an image you want to use
    5. You can add other nearpod activities and slides to create your own virtual tour for your students!
  2. Viewing Methods
    1. This works best if you have VR viewers and devices with the nearpod app. 
    2. Mobile devices with the Nearpod app work great as students can move the device to look around.
    3. Nearpod VR can also be used on the screen of Chromebooks and navigated with a mouse cursor.



Ready to use lessons



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Here's a great tool with information about basic Chromebook usage and troubleshooting: the Chromebook Simulator. Click anywhere on the image below to get started!

Screenshot showing the linked Chromebook simulator site, click to proceed

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Our very own trainer extraordinaire, Ryan James, guides you through assigning Chromebooks using Chromebase.

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