Hear me out, my Chromebook-wielding brethren: I’ve got a nice new trick for you — er, for you. It’s a very useful shortcut that you may add to your Chrome OS computer to fill an odd hole and make your system much easier to use. Wouldn’t you say it’s intriguing? Read more: crosh commands on ChromeOS
Lack of a simple restart command within the Chrome OS program
Despite all of Google’s development with Chrome OS over the years — and there has been plenty! — some astonishingly simple-seeming feats have gone unsolved.
We’re only now, roughly a decade into the platform’s life, obtaining a (still-buried) option to restore all of your apps and windows and avoid having that horrible blank browser window come up every time you restart your forkin’ Chromebook, for example.
And today’s topic falls squarely into the area of “How Can We Possibly Not Do That Yet?!?” features.
The big difference is that Google has yet to successfully address this issue, thus it is up to you to identify or design a creative workaround.
I’m referring to the frustrating lack of a simple restart command within the Chrome OS program.
It came up recently during a talk with a member of my Android Intelligence Platinum community, so I went out to scratch my fuzzy ol’ mammal-noggin and come up with a solution.
I’d honestly never considered the fact that Chromebooks lack a simple on-screen restart function, but the astute Homo sapien who asked the issue was dead on:
If you check at the Chrome OS Quick Settings panel, you’ll notice a single-click option for shutting down your machine – and that’s all there is to it:
The Chrome OS restart shortcut: The custom command option
First, you can take matters into your own hands and cook up your own custom Chrome OS restart shortcut. The secret resides within a little-known Chrome command for initiating a fresh start: All you’ve gotta do is type chrome:restart into the address bar of any browser window, and bam — your Chromebook will restart itself.