a Chromebook is a laptop that uses a solid state drive (SSD) and runs Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google.
Chrome OS is browser-based, cloud-powered, and boots up in seconds, which allows you to connect to the internet almost instantly. Updates are managed automatically so Chromebooks actually become faster and more secure over time.
it's in the Cloud
Chromebook runs Cloud-based apps: Gmail for email, YouTube for watching interesting videos, Drive for cloud storage, Files to see things like your photos and videos, and you can listen to streaming music using Spotify, for example, and a Bluetooth speaker.
Chromebook uses your Google Account so have your login credentials ready: email@example.com, and your password.
Chrome OS is made to run web services by Google. It is based on the Linux kernel and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. Think wifi. Chrome OS primarily supports web applications.
btw, you can make Google Chrome the default web browser on all your devices.
Chrome OS includes a shell environment known as Chrome shell, or crosh. Open crosh anywhere in Chrome OS by Ctrl + Alt + T and it opens in a new browser tab. Stop any command in crosh by Ctrl + C.
'ssh' is a built-in command to connect to SSH servers. 'top' command from Linux, to display all the low-level processes that might be using resources. 'sound' to record audio from your microphone, and then play it back later.
sound record 10to record 10 seconds of audio
crosh howtogeek ssh, help, top, ping, sound.
both hands on the keyboard
Ctrl + Alt + / (or Ctrl + Alt + ?) for keyboard cmd 5 Chromebook tips Google
F1 F10 top row function keys assigned to certain tasks. toggle the size of the active window to full screen
|Search and app launcher|
|Alt + Tab||toggle between windows|
|F5 switch key to show all your open windows|
|Move between apps||swipe with 2 fingers on the touchpad, either left or right|
|More||Create a shortcut|
|Right-click||press or tap on the touchpad with 2 fingers (or press Alt, then click with 1 finger)|
|Scroll||place 2 fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically|
|Ctrl + t||open a new tab|
|Ctrl + w||close the current tab you're on|
|Ctrl + l||jump to address bar (location)|
|Space||scroll down the page|
|Alt + ▲||page up|
|Alt + ▼||page down|
|Ctrl + r||reload your current page|
|Ctrl + d||save current page as a bookmark|
|Ctrl + Shift + b||show or hide the bookmarks bar|
apps: apps are on the bottom left - Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Files, Hangouts
status: status is on the bottom right - Time, Wifi, Battery, and your Profile picture.
Apps and how to customize your desktop Google
- Translate language: select play, then pause the video
- select Settings
- Subtitles/CC select the ▼
- Translate captions (maybe click on selection above to expose this option)
- Auto-translate select the ▼ and finally scroll down to select a language e.g. Japanese
Google is a technology company and a search engine. Google makes the operating system Chrome OS, also the free online email service Gmail.
Files is your folders and photos and docs.
open, save, delete files Google
|Ctrl + e||Add a new folder|
Drive is your online storage.
Hangouts lets you video call, phone, or message.
make sure to add Hangouts to the apps list on the Chromebook desktop for convenience.
Learn more about how to get started with Get started with Hangouts.
Google Play Music is your online music.
- select ☰ Menu top left
- select Browse stations
- select Genres: e.g. Jazz, and then select a subgenre: e.g. Mellow Jazz
- select the orange circle Play button
music track information and music controls are at the bottom of the screen. Select the orange circle Play/Pause, or Next track.
your internet provider installs a router and provides the wireless network name and password. Record your login info and keep it safe and separate from your Chromebook.
if you go to a new location then you must make a new connection to the router at the new location. When you return home, you must make a connection to your home network. Your Chromebook will search for it automatically, and remember your settings, all you have to do is make the switch.
Settings, Internet connection, Wifi
from the desktop you will be using the status area to get to Settings, Internet connection, Wifi.
- click the status area: lower right of the screen with Time, Wifi, Battery, Profile picture
- a window will appear
- choose Settings
- under Internet connection choose Wifi network
- type the network password
- click Connect
you can direct connect the Chromebook to any TV or monitor to mirror the screen to the larger screen. First, close the Chromebook, and then use an HDMI cable to connect the Chromebook output to the TV input. Then open the Chromebook, and press and hold the Ctrl key while you hit the full screen key:
or try 1. click the Notification area in lower right corner. 2. click the Mirroring to xxxx TV 3. in the Manage Displays popup window choose Option: Start mirroring
Learn more about how to Connect your Chromebook to a TV
|Shift + ▶||select characters to the right|
|Alt + Backspace||forward delete the Chromebook does not have a Delete key|
|Ctrl + c||copy text|
|Ctrl + v||paste text|
|Ctrl + a||select all|
|Ctrl + x||cut|
|Ctrl + s||save|