Oct 4, 2016

How To: Rescue a Stalled Computer, Exit Full Screen in Chrome

Today we talked quickly about how we can help when a computer is stalled:
  1. Have a little patience. Sometimes things don't work as quickly as we'd like. If an update is downloading or installing, the computer may run a little slower. If the user has 15 tabs open in Chrome, things will slow down a bit. If our internet is slow or near capacity, the pages will sometimes take a bit longer to fully render.
  2. Control-Shift-Escape opens the Task Manager (Windows OS). From this menu you can locate the stalled program and close that one specifically. Be careful when choosing apps/programs to exit -- some of them are essential to the functioning of the computer.
  3. Last Resort: Force power off and restart. You've been patient. You attempted to close locked apps, tabs, or windows. You were patient while waiting for any response from the computer. The last resort is to press and hold the power button until the device shuts down. Give it a moment, then restart.

We also talked about how to exit full screen mode in Chrome:
  1. Press the Escape key (top left corner of the keyboard).
  2. Move cursor to top of screen, go to View, choose Exit Fullscreen.
  3. Press the Full Screen Key (Chromebook), located on the top row of the keyboard.
  4. Press F11 (PC), located on the top row on the keyboard.
  5. Alternate-F4 (PC). Note that this will actually close the Chrome window completely.

Is there a solution to either of these problems that we missed? Share your steps, screencast, or link with Mrs. Bond.