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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to 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 Chromebook



Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through doing exactly what you want with Google Apps. Learn how to:





Browse and search the Web with Google Chrome
Manage your content wherever it's stored: on your Chromebook, an external drive, or in The Cloud
Find great new apps and extensions for business, education, and fun
Strengthen privacy with Incognito Mode and Google's privacy settings
Watch TV, movies, and other video with Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube
Listen to music you've downloaded or streamed from Spotify or Pandora
Print with Google Cloud Print, even if your printer wasn't designed for it
Fix photos in The Cloud with Adobe Photoshop Express
Send, receive, read, and manage email through Google Gmail
Create, import, edit, and format documents with Google Docs
Build and share powerful spreadsheets with Google Sheets
Prepare and deliver live presentations with Google Slides
Optimize Chromebook performance and battery life
Troubleshoot and recover from problems
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 505g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0789755343
  • 9780789755346
  • 492,490

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Chrome OS, Chromebooks, and Cloud Computing 3

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

What Is Google Chrome OS?.................................................................................6

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

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

How Cloud Computing Works....................................................................9

Should You Buy a Chromebook?....................................................................10

Chromebook vs. Tablet...................................................................................11

Chromebook vs. Traditional Notebook............................................13

Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your Chromebook 17

Understanding the Parts of a Chromebook.........................................17

Screen.............................................................................................................................18

Webcam........................................................................................................................18

Microphone...............................................................................................................19

Keyboard......................................................................................................................19

Touchpad.....................................................................................................................20

Headset Jack.............................................................................................................20

Memory Card Slot................................................................................................20

USB Ports.....................................................................................................................20

HDMI Connector...................................................................................................20

Status Indicator......................................................................................................21

Power Connector.................................................................................................21

Using the Keyboard....................................................................................................21

Using the Touchpad...................................................................................................23

Move the Cursor....................................................................................................24

Click the Cursor......................................................................................................24

Right-Click the Cursor......................................................................................25

Drag an Item.............................................................................................................25

Scroll the Screen...................................................................................................25

Adjust Touchpad Sensitivity.......................................................................26

Connecting External Devices............................................................................26

Connect an External Mouse.......................................................................27

Connect an External Keyboard................................................................27

Connect to a Large-Screen TV..................................................................28

Adjusting Brightness and Volume................................................................29

Adjust Screen Brightness..............................................................................29

Adjust and Mute the Volume....................................................................30

Chapter 3: Using Chrome OS and the Chrome Desktop 33

Starting Up and Shutting Down.....................................................................33

Start Up and Log In............................................................................................34

Put Your Chromebook to Sleep...............................................................35

Power Off Your Chromebook....................................................................36

Navigating the Chrome OS Desktop..........................................................37

Shelf and Launcher............................................................................................38

Status Area.................................................................................................................40

Navigating Windows and Tabs.........................................................................42

Open a New Chrome Window.................................................................43

Open New Tabs......................................................................................................43

Navigate Tabs..........................................................................................................44

Manage Window Size.......................................................................................44

Switch Between Open Windows............................................................45

Close the Window................................................................................................45

Chapter 4: Managing Multiple Users 47

Adding Users to Your Chromebook.............................................................47

Add a User..................................................................................................................48

Add a Supervised User....................................................................................49

Control Sites Supervised Users Can Visit........................................51

Editing User Information.......................................................................................52

Change Your Profile Picture........................................................................52

Edit Your Profile......................................................................................................54

Switching Users..............................................................................................................55

Switch User Accounts.......................................................................................55

Log In as a Guest User.....................................................................................56

Chapter 5: Working Wirelessly 59

Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network.......................................................................59

View Network Status.........................................................................................60

Enable Wi-Fi on Your Chromebook......................................................60

Connect to an Open Wi-Fi Network....................................................61

Connect to a Secure Wi-Fi Network.....................................................62

Connecting to an Ethernet Network..........................................................63

Connect via Ethernet........................................................................................64

Managing Network Connections...................................................................65

Automatically Connect to a Network................................................65

Forget a Network.................................................................................................66

View Network Details.......................................................................................67

Chapter 6: Configuring and Personalizing Chrome OS 71

Personalizing the Desktop...................................................................................71

Change the Desktop Background........................................................72

Configuring the Chrome Browser.................................................................74

Configure Startup Behavior........................................................................74

Display the Home Button.............................................................................76

Display the Bookmarks Bar.........................................................................76

Change Search Providers..............................................................................77

Enable Voice Search...........................................................................................78

Select a New Theme..........................................................................................79

Reset to the Default Theme........................................................................80

Configuring Other Settings.................................................................................81

Configure the Touchpad................................................................................81

Change Search, Ctrl, and Alt Key Behavior...................................82

Wake from Sleep...................................................................................................83

Sync Your Account..............................................................................................83

Disable Guest Browsing.................................................................................84

Hide Usernames....................................................................................................85

Restrict Sign-In.......................................................................................................86

Change Your Time Zone.................................................................................87

Configure Privacy Options...........................................................................87

Connect a Bluetooth Device......................................................................87

Enable Autofill.........................................................................................................89

Save Passwords......................................................................................................90

Display Web Content........................................................................................91

Customize Languages and Input Methods..................................92

Translate Pages......................................................................................................93

Manage Downloads...........................................................................................93

Disable Google Drive........................................................................................94

Manage Cloud Print...........................................................................................94

Enable Accessibility Features....................................................................94

Reset to Default Settings..............................................................................96

Chapter 7: Managing Files and Using External Storage 99

Using the Files App.....................................................................................................99

Open Files and Folders................................................................................ 103

Rename Files and Folders......................................................................... 103

Copy a File.............................................................................................................. 104

Move a File............................................................................................................. 104

Delete Files............................................................................................................. 105

Create a New Folder...................................................................................... 105

Save Files from the Web............................................................................. 106

Using External Storage Devices.................................................................. 107

Connect a USB Memory Device.......................................................... 107

Insert a Memory Card.................................................................................. 108

Connect an External Hard Drive......................................................... 109

Chapter 8: Using Google Drive to Store and Share Files 113

Getting Started with Google Drive.......................................................... 114

Configure Google Drive............................................................................. 114

Storing Files on Google Drive....................................................................... 116

View Your Google Drive Files................................................................. 116

Copy a File to Google Drive.................................................................... 116

Open a File from Google Drive............................................................ 117

Delete Files from Google Drive........................................................... 117

Create a New Google Drive Folder................................................... 118

Sharing with Google Drive.............................................................................. 118

Share a File or Folder with Selected Users................................ 119

Share a Link to a File or Folder............................................................. 120

Chapter 9: Browsing and Searching the Web 123

Browsing the Web.................................................................................................... 124

Go to a Web Page............................................................................................. 125

Click Links................................................................................................................ 125

Reload a Page...................................................................................................... 126

Move Forward and Back Through Pages.................................... 126

Zoom In to a Page........................................................................................... 126

Viewing and Managing Browser History............................................127

View Your Recent History..........................................................................127

View Your Full History..................................................................................127

Delete Browsing History............................................................................128

Searching the Web..................................................................................................130

Enter a Query.......................................................................................................130

Understand Search Results.....................................................................131

Use Google's Advanced Search...........................................................132

Change Search Providers..........................................................................134

Managing Your Home Page............................................................................135

Choose a New Home Page......................................................................135

Display the Home Button.........................................................................136

Bookmarking Favorite Pages.........................................................................136

Bookmark a Web Page................................................................................136

Display the Bookmarks Bar.....................................................................137

Go to a Bookmarked Page.......................................................................138

Manage Bookmarks.......................................................................................139

Browsing in Incognito Mode.........................................................................140

Open an Incognito Window...................................................................141

Chapter 10: Using Chrome Apps and Extensions 143

Understanding Chrome Apps.......................................................................143

Getting to Know the Chrome Web Store............................................145

Installing and Launching Apps....................................................................146

Download and Install Apps....................................................................146

Launch Chrome Apps..................................................................................148

Managing Installed Apps..................................................................................148

Determine How Apps Are Launched.............................................149

Uninstall Apps.....................................................................................................150

Installing and Using Chrome Extensions............................................150

Download and Install Extensions......................................................151

Use Extensions....................................................................................................152

Manage Chrome Extensions..................................................................154

Chapter 11: Viewing and Editing Photos 157

Viewing and Editing Photos in Chrome OS......................................157

View Photos Locally.......................................................................................158

Edit Photos with the Image Editor...................................................160

View Photos Stored Online.....................................................................162

Editing Photos with Adobe Photoshop Express Editor.........163

Edit a Photo...........................................................................................................164

Crop a Picture......................................................................................................166

Rotate a Picture.................................................................................................166

Remove Red Eye...............................................................................................167

Apply Auto Correct.........................................................................................168

Adjust Exposure................................................................................................168

Adjust Color Saturation..............................................................................169

Apply Advanced Adjustments.............................................................170

Apply Special Effects.....................................................................................171

Chapter 12: Viewing Movies, TV Shows, and Other Streaming Video 175

Watching Streaming Video on Your Chromebook.....................175

View Movies and TV Shows on Netflix..........................................176

View TV Shows on Hulu.............................................................................178

Purchasing and Renting Videos from Google Play....................181

Purchase or Rent a Video..........................................................................182

Watch a Google Play Video.....................................................................183

Viewing Locally Stored Videos.....................................................................184

Watching Videos on YouTube........................................................................185

Chapter 13: Listening to Music 189

Listening to Streaming Music Services.................................................189

Listen to Pandora.............................................................................................190

Listen to Spotify................................................................................................192

Listening to Music Stored Locally or Online....................................194

Listen to a Single Track...............................................................................195

Listen to a Playlist............................................................................................196

Listening to Your Own Music with Google Play............................196

Upload Your Music to Google Play...................................................197

Play Music with Google Play..................................................................199

Create and Play Playlists............................................................................200

Chapter 14: Emailing with Gmail 203

Getting to Know Gmail.......................................................................................204

Access Gmail.........................................................................................................204

Navigate Gmail...................................................................................................204

Reading and Replying to Messages........................................................205

Read Messages...................................................................................................206

View Conversations........................................................................................207

View Pictures and Other Attachments.........................................208

Reply to Messages...........................................................................................208

Forward Messages..........................................................................................209

Sending New Messages.....................................................................................209

Compose a New Message........................................................................210

Attach a File to a Message.......................................................................211

Add a Signature to Your Messages..................................................212

Managing Your Messages.................................................................................213

Assign Labels to a Message....................................................................213

Filter Messages by Label............................................................................214

Star and Mark Important Messages................................................215

Search for Messages......................................................................................216

Delete Messages...............................................................................................216

Chapter 15: Word Processing with Google Docs 219

Getting to Know Google Docs.....................................................................220

Navigate the Google Docs Dashboard.........................................220

Navigate the Google Docs Editor......................................................221

Working with Documents................................................................................222

Open an Existing Document.................................................................222

Create a New Document...........................................................................222

Import a Word Document........................................................................223

Export a Document to Word..................................................................224

Editing Documents.................................................................................................225

Enter Text.................................................................................................................225

Copy and Paste Text.......................................................................................226

Move Text................................................................................................................227

Check Your Spelling.......................................................................................227

Formatting Documents......................................................................................228

Format Text............................................................................................................228

Format a Paragraph.......................................................................................229

Apply Styles...........................................................................................................230

Printing and Sharing Documents..............................................................230

Print a Document.............................................................................................230

Share a Document with Others..........................................................231

Chapter 16: Spreadsheets with Google Sheets 235

Getting to Know Google Sheets.................................................................235

Navigate the Google Sheets Dashboard....................................236

Navigate Google Sheets............................................................................237

Working with Spreadsheets............................................................................237

Open an Existing Spreadsheet.............................................................238

Create a New Spreadsheet......................................................................238

Import an Excel File........................................................................................239

Export a Spreadsheet to Excel..............................................................240

Entering and Editing Data................................................................................241

Enter Data...............................................................................................................241

Edit Cell Data........................................................................................................241

Select Rows and Columns........................................................................242

Work with Sheets and Tabs.....................................................................242

Formatting Cells and Data...............................................................................243

Format Cell Data...............................................................................................243

Format Numbers...............................................................................................244

Format Cell Color..............................................................................................245

Format Cell Borders........................................................................................245

Working with Formulas and Functions................................................246

Entering a Formula.........................................................................................246

Using Functions.................................................................................................248

Creating Charts..........................................................................................................250

Create a Basic Chart.......................................................................................250

Select a Different Chart Type.................................................................252

Customize a Chart...........................................................................................252

Printing and Sharing Spreadsheets.........................................................253

Print a Spreadsheet........................................................................................253

Share a Spreadsheet with Others......................................................255

Chapter 17: Presentations with Google Slides 257

Getting to Know Google Slides...................................................................257

Navigate the Google Slides Dashboard.......................................257

Navigate Google Slides..............................................................................258

Working with Presentations...........................................................................259

Open an Existing Presentation............................................................259

Create a New Presentation......................................................................260

Import a PowerPoint File...........................................................................261

Export a Presentation to PowerPoint.............................................262

Managing the Slides in Your Presentation........................................263

Add a New Slide................................................................................................264

Delete a Slide.......................................................................................................264

Rearrange Slides...............................................................................................265

Working with Text and Graphics................................................................266

Add and Format Text....................................................................................266

Add Images...........................................................................................................267

Changing the Look and Feel of a Presentation.............................268

Choose a New Theme..................................................................................268

Add Custom Background Colors and Graphics....................269

Using Transitions and Animations............................................................269

Add Transitions Between Slides..........................................................270

Animate Elements on a Slide................................................................270

Giving Live Presentations.................................................................................272

Present Your Presentation........................................................................272

Printing and Sharing Presentations.........................................................273

Print Presentation Notes............................................................................274

Share a Presentation with Others.....................................................275

Chapter 18: Printing with Google Cloud Print 277

Understanding Google Cloud Print.........................................................278

Connecting a Printer to Google Cloud Print....................................279

Connect a Cloud Print-Ready Computer....................................279

Connect an Existing Printer....................................................................279

Disconnect a Printer from Cloud Print..........................................280

Printing to Google Cloud Print....................................................................281

Print from Your Chromebook................................................................281

Sharing a Printer........................................................................................................282

Share a Printer.....................................................................................................282

Disable Sharing..................................................................................................283

Chapter 19: Optimizing and Troubleshooting Your Chromebook 285

Using Chrome Safely and Securely..........................................................285

Chrome OS and Malware..........................................................................286

Protect Against Phishing...........................................................................286

Don't Save Passwords..................................................................................287

Don't Use Autofill.............................................................................................288

Configure Privacy Settings......................................................................288

Configure Content Settings....................................................................291

Clear Browsing Data......................................................................................296

Restrict Sign-In...................................................................................................297

Optimizing Your Chromebook's Performance...............................298

Optimize Battery Life....................................................................................298

Speed Up Performance..............................................................................299

Troubleshooting Chromebook Problems...........................................300

Deal with a Frozen App or Web Page............................................301

Reset Your Chromebook............................................................................302

Appendix A: Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcut 306

9780789755346, TOC, 6/25/2015
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About Michael R. Miller

Michael Miller is a prolific and popular writer of more than 150 nonfiction books, known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. He writes about a variety of topics, including technology, business, and music. His best-selling books for Que include Easy Computer Basics, Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner's Guide, My Facebook for Seniors, and Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource. Worldwide, his books have sold more than 1 million copies.



Find out more at the author's website: www.millerwriter.com



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