Google is always thinking of ways to make the Chromebook even easier to work with. Chromebooks run Chrome OS — and what was once nothing more than a web browser operating system has become something far greater. With the latest iterations of Chrome OS, you’d be hard pressed to call it anything but a full-fledged operating system.
Take, for instance, a feature that was added to Chrome OS back in 2022. The feature is called Quick Files, which took the place of the short-lived Tote. Quick Files resides in your system tray and allows you to pin files to that location, so you don’t have to open the File Manager and search for the file you want to access. It’s a much more efficient method of working with often-used files. It’s also a great place to temporarily pin a file, so you can remember to deal with it sooner rather than later.
Quick Files makes working with Chrome OS even more efficient than it already is, so chances are pretty good you’ll want to take advantage of this feature.
And, like nearly everything within Chrome OS, Quick Files are very easy to work with. Let me show you.
How to use Quick Files
What you’ll need: The only things you’ll need for this feature are a Chromebook with an updated version of Chrome OS, a valid Google account, and files to add. That’s it. Time to get to work.
Log in to your Chromebook and open the My Files app. Navigate to a file you want to add to Quick Files from local storage or even Google Drive. Once you’ve located the file you want to pin to Quick Files, two-finger tap it (or right-click it, if you’re using a mouse), and select Pin to Quick Files.
You can add as many files to Quick Files as you need. You can also add files from both local storage and Google Drive. Once you’ve finished, you can close the My Files app.
Once you’ve pinned files, you should notice round thumbnails of some of the images appear on your Shelf. If you tap that section, a new popup will appear, listing both your pinned files and any recent screenshots you’ve taken.
To open any file that’s listed, all you have to do is tap it and the associated application will open the file, so you can work with it.
If you two-finger tap (or right-click) one of the Quick Files entries, you’ll notice an Unpin entry in the popup menu. Click that entry to remove the file from Quick Files. Do note that unpinning the file does not delete it from your Chromebook and only removes it from the Quick Files feature.