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If you own a Chromebook, you probably spend most of your time on cloud services. But every now and then, when you do need to access local folders or files, Chrome OS lets you pin files right on the bottom taskbar or “Shelf.”

At the time of writing, the “Holding Space” feature is only available as an optional and experimental Google Chrome flag.

Warning: Google hides upcoming updates behind flags because they’re still in the testing phase and not ready for a public rollout. While most of these are generally safe to try, there’s a chance that some of them can negatively impact your browser’s performance. So activate at your own risk.

In our usage, though, we didn’t face any snags on Chromebook with “Holding Space.”

To enable “Holding Space” on your Chromebook, you need to switch on its corresponding flag first.

RELATED: How to Enable Google Chrome Flags to Test Beta Features

Open Chrome and paste chrome://flags/#enable-holding-space into the address bar at the top of the browser.

Enable holding space Chromebook address

Click the “Disabled” dropdown and select “Enabled.”

Enable Holding Space on Chromebook

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Hit the “Restart” button at the bottom of your screen to apply the flag.

Reboot device to save Chromebook flag

Once the Chrome web browser reboots, you will find a new, stack-like button in the bottom-right corner of your Chromebook’s screen.

Open Holding Space on Chromebook

By default, “Holding Space” allows you to quickly access your most recent screenshots and downloaded files.

Holding Space on Chromebook

To pin a file or a folder of your choice, open the “Files” app on your Chromebook and visit your file’s location. This will also work for the Play Store and Linux partitions on your Chromebook.

Right-click the file or folder and select “Pin to Shelf” from the dropdown menu.

Click Pin to Shelf on Chromebook

Click the Holding Space icon on your computer’s shelf again to view your newly pinned items available at the top.

Pin file or folder to Chromebook Shelf

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To unpin anything from Holding Space, all you need to do is hover your mouse or trackpad cursor over the file or folder and click the pin icon.

Unpin files and folders from Chromebook Shelf


There’s a bunch of ways you can get more out of your Chromebook’s taskbar. You can turn websites into apps and add them to the Shelf, for instance.

RELATED: How to Add a Website to Your Chromebook Shelf

Shubham Agarwal Shubham Agarwal
Shubham is a freelance technology journalist from Ahmedabad, India. He has been covering technology for over four years for publications such as Digital Trends, HuffPost, Lifehacker, and more. When he's not writing about whatever's trending in the world of technology, you will find him either exploring a new city with his camera, binge-reading non-fiction books, and novels or playing the latest game on his PlayStation.
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