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New Chrome OS update adds virtual desktops, improved printer management

In accordance with its six-week update cycle, Google has released a new version of Chrome OS to compatible Chromebooks, bringing the system to version 78. The new update brings with it a pretty significant new feature called Virtual Desks, which is very similar to the virtual desktops feature in Windows 10. It helps you separate different kinds of apps into separate environments, so things are a little more organized.

To access your Virtual Desks, you'll need to open Overview once you've installed the latest update, and they'll be at the top of the screen. There are also some keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to use Virtual Desks, such as Search + Shift + = to create a new Desk, or Search + ] to switch between Desks.

The remaining changes aren't as flashy, but printers should now be easier to use, as compatible printers will automatically be added to the printer list without the need for any additional setup. It's also now possible to send phone numbers from the web to your phone to call them.

Finally, Google has made it easier to send feedback about the OS, with a new button in the power menu. The update is rolling out to users over the next few days, so you may not see it right away.

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