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My Google Chromebook, 4th Edition

Book Description

instructions with callouts to Google Chromebook photos that show you exactly what to do


when you run into Chromebook problems or limitations


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


Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through doing exactly what you want with your Chromebook.


Learn how to

  • Set up and configure your new Chromebook

  • Personalize your Chromebook's desktop and other settings

  • Use your Chromebook with the touchpad, keyboard, or touchscreen

  • Browse and search the Web with the Google Chrome browser

  • Manage your files wherever they're stored: on your Chromebook, on an external drive, or in the cloud

  • Find great new Chrome and Android apps in the Google Play Store

  • Strengthen privacy with Incognito Mode and Google's privacy settings

  • Watch streaming TV shows and movies with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video

  • Listen to streaming music with Pandora, Spotify, and Google Play Music

  • View and fix photos with Google Photos

  • Print from anywhere with Google Cloud Print

  • Send, receive, read, and manage email through Google Gmail

  • Get productive with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  • Use your Google Chromebook for education

  • Optimize Chromebook performance and battery life

  • Troubleshoot and recover from problems

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Credits
  8. About the Author
  9. Dedication
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. We Want to Hear from You!
  12. Reader Services
  13. 1. Understanding Chrome OS, Chromebooks, and Cloud Computing
    1. What Is a Chromebook?
    2. What Is Google Chrome OS?
    3. What Is Cloud Computing?
    4. Should You Buy a Chromebook?
  14. 2. Unboxing and Setting Up Your New Chromebook
    1. Unboxing Your Chromebook
    2. Turning On Your Chromebook—For the Very First Time
  15. 3. Getting to Know Your Chromebook
    1. Understanding the Parts of a Chromebook
    2. Using the Keyboard
    3. Using the Touchpad
    4. Connecting External Devices
    5. Adjusting Brightness and Volume
  16. 4. Using Chrome OS and the Chrome Desktop
    1. Starting Up and Shutting Down
    2. Navigating the Chrome OS Desktop
    3. Navigating Chrome Windows
    4. Using Touchscreen Gestures
  17. 5. Managing Multiple Users
    1. Adding and Switching Users
    2. Editing User Information
  18. 6. Connecting to Home Networks and the Internet
    1. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
    2. Managing Network Connections
  19. 7. Using the Chrome Browser
    1. Browsing the Web
    2. Viewing and Managing Browser History
    3. Managing Your Home Page
    4. Bookmarking Favorite Pages
  20. 8. Configuring and Personalizing Chrome OS
    1. Personalizing the Desktop
    2. Configuring Other Settings
  21. 9. Managing Files and Using External Storage
    1. Using the Files App
    2. Using External Storage Devices
  22. 10. Using Google Drive to Store and Share Files
    1. Storing Files on Google Drive
    2. Sharing with Google Drive
  23. 11. Using Chrome and Android Apps
    1. Understanding Chromebook Apps
    2. Getting to Know the Google Play Store
    3. Installing and Launching Apps
    4. Managing Installed Apps
  24. 12. Printing with Google Cloud Print
    1. Understanding Google Cloud Print
    2. Connecting a Printer to Google Cloud Print
    3. Printing to Google Cloud Print
  25. 13. Texting and Video Calling
    1. Sending and Receiving Texts with Messages for Web
    2. Video Calling with Google Duo
  26. 14. Emailing with Gmail
    1. Reading and Replying to Messages
    2. Sending New Messages
    3. Managing Your Messages
  27. 15. Watching Streaming Video
    1. Watching Netflix and Other Streaming Video Services
    2. Watching Local TV Stations and Cable Networks
    3. Watching Videos on YouTube
  28. 16. Listening to Streaming Music
    1. How Streaming Music Services Work
    2. Listening to Pandora
    3. Listening to Spotify
    4. Listening to Google Play Music
  29. 17. Viewing and Editing Photos
    1. Viewing and Editing Photos in Chrome OS
    2. Viewing and Editing Photos with Google Photos
  30. 18. Getting Productive with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
    1. Getting to Know the Google Docs Suite
    2. Using Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  31. 19. Using Chromebooks in Education
    1. Why Schools Like Chromebooks
    2. Using Google’s Tools for Education
    3. Popular Educational Apps
  32. 20. Optimizing and Troubleshooting Your Chromebook
    1. Using Chrome Safely and Securely
    2. Optimizing Your Chromebook’s Performance
    3. Troubleshooting Chromebook Problems
  33. A. Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts
  34. B. Chrome Settings
    1. Privacy and Security Settings
    2. Website Content Settings
  35. C. Searching with the Chrome Browser
    1. Entering a Query
    2. Understanding Search Results
    3. Changing Search Providers
  36. Index