Weekly post #40 – Google Tasks and splitting your screen and using multiple desktops on your Chromebook

Making more use of Google Tasks

Google Tasks is Google’s basic (yet very capable) to-do list manager. The easiest way to find it is to go to your Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets or Slides. You should see the icon on the right hand side of the screen. If you can’t see Tasks app, click the arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen to expand the panel.

makeuseof.com recently published a post titled ‘5 Tips to Use Google Tasks Effectively‘ which is well worth a read if you are interested in making more use of Google Tasks.

Educators should consider showing students how to use Google Tasks to organise the things that they need to do.

To-do list managers work best when they are easy to access – when you want to add something or check what needs to be done.

Google Tasks can be found in the side panel from Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides.

There is a smartphone app available for Android phones and iPhones.

TasksBoard produces a desktop app for Google Tasks.

If you like a more ‘kanban board’ approach check out the Kanbanly Google Chrome extension.

Splitting your screen and using multiple desktops on your Chromebook

You can split the screen on your Chromebook.

You can drag and drop windows. Just grab the window using the menu bar and drag it to the left or right edge of your screen.

You can us the maximize button. Just click and hold the button, located in the top-right corner. You’ll see two arrows on the left and right of the button. Move over one of them while still holding down the mouse button and the window will be shifted there.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to split the screen and move windows. The Alt + [ and Alt + ] shortcuts will move a window to the right or left sides of the screen.

Read more here → makeuseof.com – How to Use Split Screen Mode on Chromebook [12 September 2021]

You can add desks to organize multiple windows and multi-task on your Chromebook.

To create a desk →

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the Show windows key .
  2. At the top right, select New desk.
  3. Optional: To rename a desk, select the desk’s name and enter in your preferred name.

To go to a different desk →

  1. On your Chromebook keyboard, press the Show windows key .
  2. At the top, select a desk.

Tip: To switch to a different desk on your touchpad, swipe 4 fingers left or right.

Read more here → support.google.com – Set up & manage multiple desktops with desks


A bit of geeky fun for the break → the starting sequence from this week’s ‘Unleashed’ Apple event – a bit of computing history and creative flair.