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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5138-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5138-6

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to new Google Chromebook photos that show you exactly what to do

Help when you run into Chromebook problems or limitations

Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your brand-new Chromebook

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Chromebook or ChromeboxTM working just the way you want. Learn how to:

  • Quickly set up your Chromebook or Chromebox, log in, and get productive
  • Get comfortable with Google’s intuitive new Chrome Desktop interface
  • Reliably connect to Wi-Fi or Ethernet networks
  • Use Google Drive to access files from your Chromebook or any other computer
  • Securely share files with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ followers or friends
  • Play and edit photos, music, and video online
  • Browse and search the Web with the Google Chrome browser
  • Safely share your Chromebook with other users
  • Get started with free or low-cost web-based office productivity software
  • Build shared calendars, schedule meetings, and manage email
  • Find great new apps for business, education, entertainment, gaming, and more
  • Print to your printer across the Internet with Google Cloud Print
  • Configure your Chromebook for maximum security and privacy
  • Optimize your Chromebook’s performance and battery life
  • Work and play faster with Chromebook’s built-in keyboard shortcuts
  • Evaluate the new top-of-the-line Google Chromebook Pixel
  • Troubleshoot and recover from frozen apps and other problems

CATEGORY:  PC Hardware

COVERS:  Google Chromebook

USER LEVEL:  Beginning-Intermediate

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Managing Multiple Users on Your Google Chromebook

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Table of Contents

P  Understanding Chrome, Chromebooks, and Cloud Computing 3

    What Is a Chromebook? ...........4

    What Is a Chromebox? ...........5

    What Is Google Chrome OS? ............5

    What Is Cloud Computing? ...............7

        How Traditional Desktop Computing Works.........8

        How Cloud Computing Works.........8

    Should You Buy a Chromebook? .......9

        Chromebook Versus Tablet .........10

        Chromebook Versus Traditional Notebook ...........11

        What’s Not to Like? ...... 13

    What Chromebook Should You Buy? ............15

1  Unboxing and Setting Up Your New Chromebook 21

    Unboxing Your Chromebook ........... 21

    Turning on Your Chromebook—For the Very First Time....22

        Setting Up a Chromebook ............23

    Creating a New Google Account ........28

        Creating a Google Account ...........28

2  Getting to Know Your Chromebook 33

    Getting to Know Your Chromebook ............33

        Screen ................34

        Illumination Sensor ...........34

        Webcam ........35

        Microphone .........35

        Keyboard ...............35

        Touchpad .............36

        Memory Card Slot .........36

        Headset Jack .............36

        USB Ports .................37

        HDMI Connector ..............38

        Status Indicator ...............38

        Power Connector...............38

    Using the Keyboard ...............38

    Using the Touchpad ..............41

        Moving the Cursor ..............41

        Clicking the Cursor ............42

        Right-Clicking the Cursor .............42

        Dragging an Item .............42

        Scrolling the Screen .................42

        Adjusting Touchpad Sensitivity .............43

    Connecting External Devices ...................44

        Connecting an External Mouse .......44

        Connecting an External Keyboard..........45

        Connecting to a Large-Screen TV ...........45

    Adjusting Brightness and Volume ..... 46

        Adjusting Screen Brightness .............46

        Adjusting and Muting the Volume..........47

3  Using Chrome OS and the Chrome Desktop 49

    Starting Up and Shutting Down ............49

        Starting Up and Logging In ...................50

        Putting Your Chromebook to Sleep ..........51

        Powering Off Your Chromebook ...........52

    Navigating the Chrome OS Desktop .........53

        Launcher ...............54

        Status Area ..................55

    Navigating Windows and Tabs ..............57

        Opening a New Chrome Window ..............59

        Opening New Tabs ..............59

        Navigating Tabs ....................60

        Managing Window Size ................60

        Switching Between Windows ..............61

        Closing the Window ..............61

4  Managing Multiple Users 63

    Adding Users to Your Chromebook ...............63

        Add a User ................64

    Editing User Information ....................65

        Change Your Profile Picture ............65

        Edit Your Profile ...............67

    Switching Users .....................68

        Switch User Accounts ....................68

        Log in as a Guest User ..............69

5  Working Wirelessly 71

    Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network ...............71

        Viewing Network Status .................72

        Enabling Wi-Fi on Your Chromebook ..............72

        Connecting to an Open Wi-Fi Network .............73

        Connecting to a Secure Wi-Fi Network .............74

    Connecting to an Ethernet Network ............75

        Connecting via Ethernet...............76

        Connecting via Ethernet (Samsung Chromebook) .........76

    Managing Network Connections .............77

        Automatically Connecting to a Network .......77

        Forgetting a Network ...............79

        Viewing Network Details .............80

6  Configuring and Personalizing Chrome OS 83

    Personalizing the Desktop .................83

        Change the Desktop Background.............84

    Configuring the Chrome Browser ............85

        Configure Startup Behavior ...............86

        Display the Home Button ...........87

        Display the Bookmarks Bar ...........88

        Change Search Providers ...............89

        Enable Google Instant ....................90

        Select a New Theme ..................90

        Reset to the Default Theme .................91

    Configuring Other Settings .....................92

        Configure the Touchpad ..............92

        Change Search, Ctrl, and Alt Key Behavior .........93

        Wake from Sleep ..............................93

        Sync Your Account ..................94

        Disable Guest Browsing ..........95

        Hide Usernames ............96

        Restrict Sign-In ...................97

        Change Your Time Zone ................97

        Connect a Bluetooth Device ...........98

        Enable Autofill ........................99

        Save Passwords .............. 100

        Display Web Content .......... 101

        Customize Languages and Input Methods ........ 102

        Translate Pages.................. 103

        Manage Downloads ............... 103

        Disable Google Drive .................. 104

        Enable Accessibility Features ............... 105

7  Managing Files and Using External Storage 107

    Using Chrome’s File Manager ................ 107

        Opening Files and Folders ........... 111

        Renaming Files and Folders......... 111

        Copying a File .............. 112

        Moving a File ............ 112

        Deleting Files ............. 113

        Creating a New Folder ............... 113

        Saving Files from the Web ................. 114

    Using External Storage Devices ................ 115

        Connecting a USB Memory Device............. 115

        Inserting a Memory Card .............. 116

        Connecting an External Hard Drive .......... 117

8  Using Google Drive to Store and Share Files 119

    Getting Started with Google Drive ......... 119

        Configure Google Drive .............. 120

    Storing Files on Google Drive ................ 121

        View Your Google Drive Files ........ 121

        Copy a File to Google Drive ...... 121

        Open a File from Google Drive ............... 122

        Delete Files from Google Drive ............... 122

        Create a New Google Drive Folder .............. 123

    Sharing Google Drive Files......................... 123

        Share a File with Selected Users ............ 124

        Share a File via Social Media or Gmail.............. 125

9  Viewing and Listening to Photos, Videos, and Music 127

    Viewing Digital Photos on Your Chromebook ............. 127

        View Photos from an External Storage Device ........ 128

        Edit a Photo ....................... 129

        Store and Share Photos Online with Picasa Web Albums..... 130

    Listening to Music on Your Chromebook ........... 131

        Listen to a Single Track........... 131

        Listen to a Playlist .................. 132

        Uploading Your Music to Google Play .......... 133

        Playing Music with Google Play .............. 135

    Watching Videos on Your Chromebook ....... 136

        View a Video ............... 137

        Watch TV Shows on Hulu ............... 138

        Watch YouTube Videos ........... 139

10  Browsing and Searching the Web 141

    Browsing the Web ............... 141

        Go to a Web Page ............. 142

        Click Links ......... 143

        Reload a Page .............. 143

        Move Forward and Back Through Pages ........... 144

        Zoom into a Page ............... 144

    Viewing and Managing Browser History ........ 145

        View Your Recent History ........... 145

        View Your Full History .............. 145

        Delete Browsing History ............ 146

    Searching the Web ................... 148

        Enter a Query ............... 148

        Use Google Instant ................. 149

        Use Google’s Advanced Search ....... 149

        Understand Search Results ............. 151

        Change Search Providers.............. 153

    Managing Your Home Page ............... 154

        Choose a New Home Page ........ 154

        Display the Home Button ........... 155

    Bookmarking Favorite Pages ............. 155

        Bookmark a Web Page.................. 156

        Display the Bookmarks Bar ............. 156

        Go to a Bookmarked Page .......... 157

        Manage Bookmarks ................ 157

    Browsing in Incognito Mode ............... 158

        Open an Incognito Window ..................... 159

11  Using Chrome Apps and Extensions 161

    Understanding Chrome Apps ................. 161

    Getting to Know the Chrome Web Store ............ 163

    Installing and Launching Apps ....... 164

        Download and Install Apps ........ 164

        Launch Chrome Apps.................. 166

        Managing Installed Apps ..... 166

        Configure App Options ............ 167

        Uninstall Apps ..................... 167

        Determine How Apps Are Launched .......... 168

    Examining Chrome Apps—by Category ........... 169

        Business Tools ...................... 169

        Education ................ 170

        Entertainment Apps .................. 171

        Games ................. 172

        Lifestyle Apps ................... 174

        News & Weather Apps ............. 175

        Productivity Apps ................... 176

        Social & Communication Apps ............ 177

        Utilities ................ 178

    Installing and Using Chrome Extensions ........... 179

        Download and Install Extensions ......... 179

        Use Extensions .............. 180

        Manage Chrome Extensions ................... 182

12  Working in the Cloud 185

    Office Suites in the Cloud ..... 185

        Google Drive ........................ 186

    Microsoft Office Web Apps......... 188

        Microsoft Office 365 .............. 189

        Zoho Docs................. 190

    Word Processing in the Cloud ........... 191

        Google Docs .................... 191

        Microsoft Word Web App .............. 192

        Zoho Writer ............... 192

    Spreadsheets in the Cloud ................... 193

        Google Sheets ...................... 193

        Microsoft Excel Web App ................... 194

        Zoho Sheet ............... 194

    Presentations in the Cloud ......... 195

        Google Slides ................. 195

        Microsoft PowerPoint Web App ........ 196

        Zoho Show .................... 197

    Photo Editing in the Cloud ............. 197

        Adobe Photoshop Express Editor ............ 198

        Other Online Photo Editors ............ 199

    Finances and Banking in the Cloud .............. 199

    Calendars in the Cloud ............. 200

        Google Calendar ............. 200

        Other Online Calendars ............. 201

    Email in the Cloud ................ 202

        Gmail .............. 202

        Outlook.com ............ 203

        Yahoo! Mail .................... 203

13  Printing with Google Cloud Print 205

    Understanding Google Cloud Print ............ 206

    Connecting a Printer to Google Cloud Print ........ 208

        Connect a Cloud Print-Ready Printer ............... 208

        Connect a Non-Cloud Print-Ready Printer ....... 208

        Disconnect a Printer from Cloud Print ........ 209

    Printing to Google Cloud Print .............. 209

        Print from Your Chromebook .................. 210

    Sharing a Printer ................ 210

        Share a Printer ................ 211

        Disable Sharing ............... 211

14  Using Google Chrome Safely and Securely 215

        Cloud Computing and Data Security ....... 215

        Chrome OS and Malware .............. 217

        Protecting Against Phishing .................... 217

    Practicing Safe Computing ..................... 219

        Protecting Your Personal Data ................ 219

        Avoiding Cyberstalkers ..................... 221

        Protecting Your Children Online ................. 222

    Configuring Chrome’s Privacy and Security Settings ............. 224

        Don’t Save Passwords.................. 224

    Don’t Use Autofill ....................... 225

            Configure Privacy Settings ............... 225

        Configure Content Settings ................ 228

        Clear Browsing Data ............... 230

        Restrict Sign-In .................. 231

15  Optimizing Your Chromebook’s Performance 233

    Optimizing Battery Life ............. 233

        Use the Right Adapter ............. 233

        Keep It Cool ..................... 234

        Keep a Little Charge .................. 234

        Dim the Screen ................ 234

        Disable Wireless .................... 234

    Speeding Up Performance ............. 235

        Don’t Multitask ................ 235

        Disable or Remove Extensions ............... 235

        Enable DNS Prefetching ..................... 236

        Disable Feedback to Google ............. 237

16  Troubleshooting and Recovering from Problems 239

    Dealing with a Frozen App or Web Page ............. 239

    Resetting Your Chromebook ............. 241

    Recovering from Severe Problems ............ 242

    Updating Chrome OS .............. 243

A  Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts 245

B  Google Chromebook Pixel 251

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