Get Your Windows PC Working Like a Chromebook | PC Setup

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You might have heard about these things called Chromebooks - yeah, as in Google Chrome. They're Google's punt at the PC OS market, and they are brilliant. They are based on the principle that no data need be stored on your PC: it can all be in the cloud. Because of this, Chrome OS - that's the actual operating system - is very minimal and isn't too much more that the Chrome browser. I love this look and I'm sure you will to -- but how can you get this look on your Windows PC.

There are two very simple steps to this. Firstly, you have to hide the Windows taskbar - it's just clutter. Next, you have to set Chrome as a 'startup program'.

Hiding the Windows Taskbar

The taskbar is the bar at the bottom of the Windows desktop showing the Start button and running programs.

1. Right click on the taskbar and select Properties

2. In the Taskbar tab, tick 'Auto-hide the taskbar'

3. Click OK

Setting Chrome as a Startup Program

1. Find Chrome in your Start Menu

2. Right click on Chrome and select properties

3. Select and copy (Ctrl + C) all the text in the Target box

4. Return to your desktop, right click and select New > Shortcut

5.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the text copied from the Target field of Chrome

6. Click Next

7. Add a name for the shortcut and click Finish

8. Cut (Ctrl + X) the shortcut from your desktop

9. Click the Start button

10.  Right click All Programs and select Open All Users

11. Navigate to Programs > Startup

12. (Optional) Delete the current shortcuts in the Startup folder to speed up Windows when you start it

13. Paste (Ctrl + V) the Chrome shortcut in the Startup folder

Why Do This?

Just think, what do you use your computer for? Most people's main activity is surfing the web (and writing documents) so this set-up makes complete sense. When you start your computer you'll be instantly put on the web. If you're a hardcore Chrome user with all your web apps installed and Google Docs, you will love this.

Try it out and see if you like it.




Yes, this is a screenshot of my entire screen. It's very, very simple, but as you may be able to see, I still use the power of native Windows windows as well as Chrome tabs. For example, I often use two Chrome windows alongside each other; one with a video, one with news feeds.

Do you have a better set-up?

We want to know how you have your PC set up. Do you use a Rainmeter theme or some other super-duper highly customised layout? Maybe you have a more minimal set-up. Feel free to share whatever you are running in the comments below - and don't forget screenshots!