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How To Delete Files On A Chromebook

Have you recently purchased a Chromebook, but you’re not totally sure on how to navigate it just yet? Well, you have come to the right place – because here we will go into all things opening, saving and also deleting files on your Chromebook.

Do not worry, this is a lot more of a straightforward process than you can imagine, and it will take you no time to pick up just how to do this and just how to build your confidence with navigating your very own Chromebook.

Read on for more information on just how to delete files on a Chromebook, and more.

How To Delete Files On A Chromebook

What files can you open on your Chromebook?

So, in terms of the types of files that you can open on your Chromebook – there is quite the variety. Your Chromebook will allow you to open documents, Pdfs, images and other kinds of media – for instance videos.

A key aspect to bear in mind is that the Chromebook has a hard drive with fairly limited space, so your Chromebook might sometimes delete downloaded files just so that it can free up some space on your device, but you can store your downloads with the help of Google drive – as long as you have a Gmail account then you will be absolutely fine.

How do you open a file on your Chromebook?

When it comes to opening a file on your Chromebook, this is pretty easy to do. The first thing that you need to do is simply select the launcher – this is the icon in the bottom left corner of your Chromebook screen.

Then click on the up arrow to bring up a whole load of icons. Click on the icon that is titled ‘Files’ and you are halfway there!

On the left of the screen, you are able to choose where your file gets saved on your Chromebook. There are also some savvy ways to access different files. For instance, you can click on ‘Recent’ to access a file that you have just used.

Alternatively, for a list of files by their type you can select ‘Image’, ‘Video’ or ‘Audio’. Or, for Android apps files you should select ‘Play files’. This might not display all of the apps, so you can click on the three dots on the right of your screen and select ‘More’, and then you can find the section entitled ‘Show all Play folders’.

Once you have found your file, make sure that you double click it in order to open it. Additionally, if you are opening a file on an external storage device, then you should make sure that you remove this device safely when you are done by clicking ‘Eject’.

How can you rename a file on your Chromebook?

You can rename files, folders or external devices via your Chromebook – and this can be done pretty easily. Again, you do this all via the launcher in the bottom left hand side of your screen, and then click the up arrow.

Open your files, as we explained earlier. Then, make sure that you select the name of the file or the name of the folder. To rename your file or folder press Ctrl and Enter, then type in the new name for your file or folder and press Enter to ensure that it stays.

How do you save a file on your Chromebook?

In order to save a page, or to save an image, or to save a document that you are viewing – you can simply press the keys Ctrl followed by S. At the bottom, you can enter a name for your file and as an optional extra, you can change the file type to the left of the file name.

In the left column, you can choose where you would like to save your file – for instance you can save the file in your very own Google Drive. The key last step is to press ‘Save’.

How do you change where a file is saved on your Chromebook?

Again, this is something that is fairly straightforward – once you have got the hang of it. By default, all of your files will be saved to your Downloads folder.

This is a temporary folder that you can find on your Chromebook’s hard drive. You can actually change where downloads are saved by default, or you can select a specific folder for each download.

To do this, on your Chromebook open Chrome itself. Then at the top right select the three dots, or the ‘More’ section, and then open ‘Settings’.

At the bottom of this, you should be able to select ‘Advanced’, and then under ‘Downloads’ you can change your download settings.

In order to change the default folder, you can select ‘Change’ and then choose where exactly you are wanting to save your files. Alternatively, to select a specific folder for each download, you need to turn on ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading’.

How do you zip a file on your Chromebook?

You might not want to delete a folder, you might want to just zip a file instead. In order to bundle files or folders together into a single file, then you can just zip them. To do this, you need to again go through the launcher, up arrow and ‘Files’ process.

Then you can double click the zipped file, so on the left you will see the zip file. To open an individual file, you will need to double click it. Or, to remove the zip file from the list of folders on the left, then click ‘Eject’.

How do you delete a file on your Chromebook?

This is the question that you have been inevitably waiting for an answer to, and in all honesty this is really simple. To delete a file, again go through the whole launcher, up arrow and click on ‘Files’ kind of process.

Then, you need to select the file or folder that you want to delete. Then you simply select ‘Delete’ or the trash can icon. Additionally, you can delete files in the Downloads folder, but it is important to remember that if you delete a file from your downloads section that this is permanent.

Overall, we would say that we have given you the full run down on everything that you need to know about your files on your Chromebook.

This is most definitely a learning experience, and once you are more confident and more familiar with using your Chromebook then none of these steps will seem to be all that daunting. We know that your Chromebook will serve you and all of your files very well indeed.

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