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Chrome OS version channels
The way Google develops Chrome is through three channels: Stable, Beta, and Developer. Stable is the standard version of Chrome, Beta is the channel where experimental features are incorporated before making the Stable channel, and the Developer channel is where alpha features are tested.
I use the Beta channel as I find it a fairly stable implementation that gives me an advance look at new features. I rarely have problems using the Beta version of Chrome.
To access one of the advanced versions of Chrome, access the Settings through the system panel on the lower right of the desktop. Select Help on the settings page and look for the Change Channel button. Once you choose a channel other than the one you are currently using, that version will download and install.
Once the installation completes you restart the system to run the new channel.
Getting the Caps Lock key back
Google put the Search button in place of the Caps Lock key. Some like that change but others like me need the Caps Lock key.
That's easy to fix in the keyboard settings in Chrome. It gives you the option to change what happens when you hit the Search, Ctrl, and Alt keys.
Since the Search key is where the Caps Lock is normally located, it makes sense to change that one to Caps Lock.
You can change these keys any time you like so feel free to try something new.
Touchpad gestures: Accessing previous/next web pages in the browser
Chromebooks have good trackpads and they have multi-touch gestures that make it easy to do certain functions. This includes the 2-finger swipe in the browser to cycle back through previously visited web pages.
Simply swipe left or right with two fingers to go to the previous or next web page on the active tab. It works smoothly and keeps your hand on the trackpad. I use this method more often than hitting the left or right arrow keys next to the Esc key on the top row of the keyboard.