One of the best features of the Google Pixelbook is the built-in and dedicated keyboard key for Google Assistant. As I put in my review of the Pixelbook, the Google Assistant integration works great and it has proven to be a far more handy feature than I expected it to be when I first got the Chromebook.
By default, the Assistant keyboard button opens up with the default interaction as the keyboard. In other words, typing your request to Assistant. Google does this because it has also designed the Pixelbook to respond to “Hey, Google” (assuming you have enabled it). But sometimes, having the keyboard key configured to accept voice commands can be handy. Think of it as being similar to when you tap and hold the Home button down on your Android phone.
In this How To, I’ll show you how you can configure the Assistant keyboard key to open up and listen for your voice commands instead of typed inputs.