How to Save and Retrieve Files on Chrome OS 101

We’ll explain how to save and retrieve files on Chrome OS in this blog using some relatively easy steps down below.

Nowadays, you must’ve heard of the Chromebook, the one that is both affordable and productive. Yes, Chromebooks are getting increasingly popular these days since they are less expensive than other laptops, lighter, modern in appearance, and, most importantly, perform the job.

Remember that while most Chromebooks can keep a reasonable quantity of files, they have limited storage space. Although there are still some low-cost laptops with 32GB and some premium systems with 512GB, most offer ranges from 64GB to 256GB. You won’t have the same storage capacity as a standard Mac or Windows system, but that shouldn’t be a problem because most Chromebook users store their information in the cloud rather than on their local devices.

Also read: 5 Best Chromebooks for Kids in 2022


How to Save and Retrieve Files on Chrome OS?

To save files on Chromebook, the OS gives us two storage options.

Either you can store the files on the cloud or store them locally on your computer or an external drive. Your Chromebook can save documents, PDFs, Images, and various other media in these two storage options.

Saving a file on a Chromebook is similar to saving a file on a Mac or Windows device, as you have two ways for saving a file:


Save your File

To save your files locally, use the downloads folder on your Chromebook hard drive or an external storage device, like a USB drive.

Note: Keep in mind that the downloads folder is meant for temporary storage.

To save a file from the web, the option first is to press ‘Ctrl + S’.

Alternatively, as a second option, you can right-click on an image or file and select Save as option from the context menu

This gives you the option to save the file to the Downloads folder or in your Google drive.

In either case, the Files application will appear.

Choose a folder from the list on the left to save your file, and then click the Save button in the bottom-right corner.

From the left pane of the file explorer, select the folder in which you want to save the file. Click on the Save button on the bottom-right-hand side to

If you wish to alter the file’s name, use the field to the left of the Save button to do so.

Now you can use the files app to access and manage your files.


Retrieve your File

Accessing your online and offline files is very easy on Chrome OS. To discover saved files, follow the steps below:

In the lower-left corner of the screen, hit the launcher button from the taskbar.

At the bottom of the screen, an application window will appear. If you’ve recently used the Files app, it will appear below the search field with other frequently used apps. Simply click on it.

Source: the verge

Alternatively, drag your mouse over the “Up” arrow above the search field to see all of your Chromebook’s apps, and then click the Files app.

The Files app also automatically organizes your files into groups like Recent, Audio, Images, and Videos to make finding specific types of files more straightforward.

Tip: The Chrome OS can work without an internet connection despite it being designed to work online. The built-in apps, such as Gmail and Google Docs allow you to work offline for however long it takes until your next sync up with the web browser window refresh.

Last but not least, we can say that using Chrome OS is all about simplicity, Smooth User Experience, and ease to use.

Smaller tasks like copy-paste, editing, and others are better handled by this operating system. The system does not make a task complicated, the recovery of files and folders can be done in the simplest way possible for the user.

There you have it: a complete guide on saving and retrieving files on Chrome OS. If you have any queries, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.


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