Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Learn What A Chromebook Can Do

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.



  • Basically, these are laptops with nothing but a browser, but not with the kind of weight the word "laptop" has come to carry with it. 
  • You can work offline on a Chromebook. Read your Gmail and compose new messages, view your Google Calendar, edit documents in Google Drive…
  • What applications can I run on my Chromebook? – Mostly web-based applications, which Google just calls "Apps," but also Extensions, which latch directly onto the browser and allow for interaction and notifications. 
  • No Outlook, nor Microsoft Office, Lotus, Skype, Photoshop, or anything with an installer. Chromebooks are meant to work on the web.
  • 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 plugged-in storage devices, such as phones. The solid-state hard drives aren't big, maybe 16 to 32 Gb, but they're designed to be just big enough to hold a file, then upload it to a service like Picasa Web Albums, Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail, or other places – which the file system provides quick links to.
  • What's the value of a Chromebook over a cheap netbook, or even an iPad? Chromebooks have a better keyboard and track pads than Netbooks, and obviously a much better keyboard than onscreen iPads keyboard. They also have tremendous battery life, fast boot-ups, and none of the maintenance and fiddling of a traditional Windows, Mac, or Linux system.

Chrome OS 57: Enable PIN Unlock On Your Chromebook by Chrome Unboxed – PIN Unlock is avaiable on all Chromebooks.

Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice by Laptop Mag – A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows 10 or Mac OS X, Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud.

Living with Chromebook: Can you use it to actually get work done? by CNET

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