Chrome OS file manager to become more desktop-like


It used to be that Chrome OS, and subsequently Chromebooks, were no more than glorified web browsers guised as an operating system. Chromebooks didn’t work all too great without an internet connection. But that appears to be a thing of the past. With a new flag for the Chrome OS file manager, Google is giving users more power to manipulate storage.

As Chrome OS grows in age, its becoming more and more a desktop OS. From adding Android Apps, to adding Linux support, Google is constantly making the lightweight OS more robust.

No more than a mere shell to manage your downloaded files, the file manager was much to be desired by many, at least for only a little bit longer. In Chrome OS v 72, a new flag will give users more power when it comes to accessing and manipulating their Chrome OS storage.

With the new “enable-myfiles-volume” flag, Chrome OS users will now be able to use their internal storage in a read/write capacity. The Chrome OS file manager will be able to create folders and store files where they want. As the flag reads:

Enables use of MyFiles as read/write volume. This should be only used for testing or for trying to restore the previous Downloads content.

enable-myfiles-volume flag in Chrome OS v72

Given that it’s a feature in beta, it could disappear. As it’s enabled by default however, it looks like Google is toying with making it permanent. Of course, only time will tell if it’s a permanent feature or not.

Do you use Chrome OS? Is it your daily driver? Does the ability to create folders and add files excite you? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+Twitter, or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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