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My Google Chromebook

By Michael R. Miller

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages, 3rd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 August 2015
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

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

About the Author

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 Follow the author on Twitter: @molehillgroup

EAN: 9780789755346
ISBN: 0789755343
Publisher: Que Corporation,U.S.
Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.9 x 1.5 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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