Chromebooks Will Now Tell You if Your USB-C Cable Is No Good for Your Needs The latest Chrome OS update also adds support for Chrome's best notetaking app and better control over screen magnification.

Not all USB-C cables are the same. The charging cable that came with your phone might look like the one that came with your docking station, but it likely doesn’t support all the same functions. And you typically can’t tell just by looking at the cable.

With the latest version of Chrome OS (milestone 102), Chromebooks will now show a pop-up notification when the cable you attach doesn’t support an external display or can’t deliver the full performance needed. This feature will be supported on Chromebooks with 11th- or 12th-gen Intel Core processors with USB4 or Thunderbolt USB-C ports to start with more to come, Google said in its blog post announcing the update.

Google’s Cursive notetaking app comes to all pen-enabled Chromebooks.


Also coming with the latest Chrome OS updates is support for Google Cursive, its web app designed for writing on Chromebooks. I tested it out when the app launched exclusively on the HP Chromebook x2 11, and it has some handy shortcuts to make note-taking (and correcting mistakes) much easier. For example, you can erase something just by scribbling over it. 

Cursive will be preinstalled on all eligible Chromebooks going forward. But you can download it and try it out with earlier USI pen-enabled Chromebooks now, too. 

Chrome OS docked magnifier accessibility feature can be turned on in the Manage Accessibility Features section of the Settings panel. The split screen view can be adjusted by dragging the horizontal divider up and down.

The docked magnifier split-screen view is now adjustable. 

Screenshot by Josh Goldman/CNET

Lastly, the docked magnifier on a Chromebook is now customizable. This feature, which can be switched on in your Chromebook’s accessibility features, gives you a horizontal split-screen view of your display. The top portion is a magnification of what you hover over on the bottom portion. The horizontal bar that separates the two views can be dragged up and down letting you resize the amount of the screen being magnified.   

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