I’ve already written about the upcoming Chrome OS Sharing Hub, which is an experimental feature. When I tested it, I was able to tap the share icon and web link to my installed progressive web apps. I noticed another experimental indicator that tells me that the Chrome OS Sharing Hub is shaping up to be a unified feature with multiple sharing features. In addition to support for Nearby Share and PWA, the new flag adds a nice copy to the Chromebook clipboard function.
I am using it on the Chrome OS 97 development channel, so it may not appear in the beta channel yet; it’s currently version 96. And the Stable Channel has only been in version 94 for a few weeks, so it’s not there yet either. Keep in mind that Chrome OS skips version 95 to sync with the Chrome browser four-week release cycle.
To activate this new Chromebook copy to clipboard feature in the Chrome OS sharing hub, you obviously need to activate the sharing hub first. Here’s how to do it.
Then go to
chrome://flags#enable-sharesheet-copy-to-clipboard and choose “On” from the drop-down menu.
You will be prompted to restart your browser, which only takes a few seconds. On restart, you can tap the share icon on the right side of the Omnibox and you will see the additional function. Click on it and the webpage link will be copied to your Chromebook’s clipboard.
Obviously, that’s not the only way to copy a web link to a Chromebook’s clipboard.
You can certainly highlight the link and use the
CTRL + C hardware keyboard shortcut to do this. Or you can right click on any web page and choose the context menu option to save any link from a web page.
This is still an experimental feature, so it may change before implementation, probably in Chrome OS 97. In the meantime, I appreciate the ability to quickly tap two icons to use the Chrome OS sharing hub. to capture or share page links