Hiding The Chromebook Shelf

Chrome calls it the shelf, Mac calls it the Dock and Windows calls it the Task Bar. The shelf is where we place shortcuts to apps and we display information. This information includes the time, battery level and keyboard layout information. The shelf is automatically placed on the bottom of the screen and is always visible. In this lesson we will learn how to change the position of the shelf and automatically hide the shelf when applications are running. Hiding the shelf can give us a little more screen real estate.

The simplest way to change the shelf position is to close or minimize all applications and right click on the desktop to get a contextual menu. There are several ways to right click. If you have an external two button mouse, just click on the right button. If don’t have an external mouse and are using the trackpad, hold the alt key and click on the desktop. If you don’t mind some finger acrobatics, make a peace sign, place these two fingers on the track pad and click with your thumb.

A small contextual menu will open. The first option is to autohide the shelf. This will automatically hide the shelf when an application is open. The shelf will unhide when we move our mouse to the edge of where we have our shelf located. This brings us to the second option. The shelf position lets us choose where we want the shelf to be available. The shelf is automatically available on the bottom of the screen but we can place the shelf either on the left or on the right of the screen.

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