Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Learn What A Chromebook Can Do

Set up Your Chromebooks Printer

Whether you own a Chromebook or not, right here is where you start learning how to use it. Interested in buying a Chromebook but afraid they’re a bit too different from Windows laptops and MacBooks? Or, perhaps you already own a Chromebook, but you’ve yet to explore its capabilities.

  • These are laptops with nothing but a browserand apps, but not with the kind of weight the word “laptop” has come to carry with it.
  • You can work offline on a Chromebook. For example, read your Gmail and compose new messages, view your Google Calendar, and edit documents in Google Drive.
  • What applications can I run on my Chromebook? – Mostly web-based applications, which Google calls “Apps” and extensions, latch directly onto the browser.
  • No locally installed Microsoft Office, Lotus, Photoshop, or anything with an installer. Chromebooks are meant to work on the web.
    Note: However, the online version of Office 365 can be accessed using a Chromebook.
  • Working with attachments, thumb drives, or files is no problem. Chromebooks have lightweight file managers that can read from USB sticks, SD cards from cameras, and plug-in hard drives.
  • What’s the value of a Chromebook over a cheap netbook or even an iPad? Chromebooks have a better keyboard and trackpads than Netbooks and a better keyboard than onscreen iPads. They also have amazing battery life, fast boot-ups, and none of the maintenance and fiddling of a traditional Windows, Mac, or Linux system.

Recent Chromebook News and Tips

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Specifications I recommend include

  • Two in1 – Laptop convertible to Tablet with touchscreen
  • Processors Intel® Core™ i3 or better
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 128 GB or 256GB  Storage (SSD) or more
  • Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 or more
  • The ability to run Android apps.
  • USB type C charging

Nice things to have

  • Backlit keyboard
  • Good trackpad
  • Pen support

Chromebook Help Center

Chromebook Help Video

How To Setup A New Chromebook and Adjust Settings! – By Nessie Ruiz

Get Started With Your New Chromebook – Tour of Basic Settings! – By Nessie Ruiz

Set up Your Chromebooks Printer

You can print from your Chromebook using most printers that connect to Wi-Fi or a wired network. Currently, Chromebooks don’t support Bluetooth printing.
Tip: You can also use a USB cable to connect your printer to your Chromebook. When you use a cable, you’ll see a notification. Follow any onscreen instructions. Your printer won’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi if it is directly connected to your Chromebook.


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