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Intro to the Files App on a Chromebook

While the majority of what is done on a Chromebook is in the cloud, the reality is that sometimes we need to download files to our Chromebook's drive. We also need to be able to get those files moved to other locations (like Google Drive) and want to do so easily.

In this article I am going to show you some of the basic features of the Files app on a Chromebook. To get started open up the Files app by pressing the launcher key or clicking the launcher button at the bottom right of the screen, typing "file", and clicking on the Files app icon.
Open it up.
And you will see the Files app.
The Files app

Getting Around

The files app provides some useful features, but not so many that you will be overwhelmed. Lets look around. 

Top Panel

Along the top we can see where we are in our folders structure on the left, and on the right we have buttons that give us some functions. The OPEN button allows us to open the file, but more useful is clicking the little arrow on the right of the button allows us to select a specific app to open the file with.
Choose an app.
The trash  button deletes the selected file. The search  button allows us to search the files starting from the folder we are in and the folders inside the folder we are in.
Searching for .js files.
The list  and grid  buttons allow us to toggle between list and grid view.
List View
Grid View
The sort  button allows you to change the order that the files are sorted.
Sort options.
Finally, the menu  button provides us a couple of extra options, access to help and also shows us how much space is available at the current location.
Extra options and available storage.

Left Panel

The panel on the left side of the window helps us to navigate the various storage locations. We have access to Google Drive, the dowloads folder, attached drives, opened zip files, and Google Drive shortcuts.
The left panel.
You simply click the location that you want to look at and it will show the files and folders at that location.

Google Drive shortcuts can be added by finding a folder in Google Drive right-clicking it and selecting Create Shortcut.
Create shortcut.
ZIP files and attached storage can be removed by clicking the eject  button next to it. This should be done before removing an attached storage device (SD card, thumb drive, etc.) to make sure that files don't become corrupted.

To create a new folder right click on the location you want to create the folder and select New Folder.

Create a folder
You can then type in the name of the folder.
Give it a name.