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Essential ChromeBook: The Illustrated Guide to using ChromeBook

Essential ChromeBook: The Illustrated Guide to using ChromeBook

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Essential ChromeBook: The Illustrated Guide to using ChromeBook

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Dec 11, 2018


The twenty-first century offers more technology than we have ever seen before, but with new updates, and apps coming out all the time, it’s hard to keep up.

Essential ChromeBook is here to help. Along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and photographs, this guide offers specifics in...

Setting up and personalising your ChromeBook

Setting up Google Accounts

Transferring your files

Setting up printers & Cloud Print

Pairing BlueTooth devices

ChromeBook navigation with touchpad gestures

Keyboard shortcuts

Desktop, app launcher, and the app shelf

Using email, Google Chrome web browser, and Google Hangouts

Downloading apps and Chrome Extensions

Playing music, downloading movies and TV programmes, and reading ebooks

Setting up projectors and TVs for presentations or watching TV or movies

Using HDMI & ChromeCast

Google Photos, creating albums, and enhancing photos

Using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more…

Unlike other books and manuals that assume a computing background not possessed by beginners, Essential ChromeBook tackles the fundamentals of Google’s ChromeBook, so that everyone from students, to senior citizens, to home users pressed for time can understand.

So, if you’re looking for a visual guide, simplified tutorial, dummies guide, or reference, Essential ChromeBook will help you maximize the potential of Google’s ChromeBooks to increase your productivity, and help you take advantage of the digital revolution.

Dec 11, 2018

Despre autor

Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman, and Perfect Little World, as well as the story collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.

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Kevin Wilson

Essential ChromeBook

Copyright © 2018 Elluminet Press

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Publisher: Elluminet Press

Director: Kevin Wilson

Lead Editor: Steven Ashmore

Technical Reviewer: Mike Taylor, Robert Ashcroft

Copy Editors: Joanne Taylor, James Marsh

Proof Reader: Mike Taylor

Indexer: James Marsh

Cover Designer: Kevin Wilson

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About the Author

Kevin Wilson has made a career out of technology and showing others how to use it. After earning a master’s degree in computer science, software engineering, and multimedia systems, Kevin worked as a tutor and college instructor, helping students master such subjects as multimedia, computer literacy and information technology. He currently serves as Elluminet Press Publishing’s senior writer and director, he periodically teaches computing at college in South Africa and serves as an IT trainer in England.

Kevin’s motto is clear: If you can’t explain something simply, you haven’t understood it well enough. To that end, he has created the Computer Essentials series, in which he breaks down complex technological subjects into smaller, easy-to-follow steps that students and ordinary computer users can put into practice.

Table of Contents

What is a ChromeBook? 12

Setting up your ChromeBook 16

Creating a Google Account 16

Initial Setup 17

Personalise your ChromeBook 22

Desktop Wallpaper 22

Using your Own Photos 23

Transferring your Files to ChromeBook 27

Using Google Drive 27

Using an External Drive 28

Setting up Printers 30

Cloud Enabled Wireless Printers 30

Traditional Printers 32

Adding Bluetooth Devices 34

Getting around ChromeBook 36

Power Up & Power Down 36

The Login Screen 37

The Touch Pad 38

One Finger Tap 38

Two Finger Tap 39

One Finger Click and Drag 39

Two Finger Scroll 40

Two Finger Swipe 40

Three Finger Swipe 41

The Keyboard 41

Onscreen Keyboard Help 42

ChromeBook Task Manager 44

Adding Users 45

Add User with a Google Account 45

Desktop and the App Shelf 46

System Tray & Notifications 47

App Launcher 48

Pin Apps to your App Shelf 49

Using Apps 50

Chrome Web Store 50

Browsing the Store 51

Searching the Store 53

Downloading New Apps 54

Managing Apps 55

Removing Apps 56

Removing Chrome Extensions 56

Web, Email & Communication 58

Google Chrome 58

Browser Tabs 59

Browse Incognito 60

Browsing History 61

Bookmarking a Site 62

Bookmark Folders 63

Site Shortcuts 64

Downloads 66

Printing a Webpage 67

Google Mail 68

Reading Mail 69

Writing a New Message 69

Reply to a Message 71

Adding Attachments 72

Inserting Images 73

Sending Money 75

Adding Other Email Accounts 77

Contacts 79

View Contact Details 80

Edit Details 81

Add New Contact 82

Add Contact from Message 83

Calendar 84

Calendar View 85

Add Event 86

Google Hangouts 89

Messaging New Contacts 89

Calling Someone New 91

Calling Someone in Conversation Window 93

Sending Images 95

Sending Emoticons 97

Entertainment 98

Google Play Store 98

Play Music 99

Downloading Music 100

Streaming Music 103

Searching for Music 109

Casting Music 111

Play Books 112

Downloading eBooks 113

Play Movies & TV 115

Browsing the Store 116

Searching for Movies 117

Watching Movies 120

Searching for TV Shows 122

Projectors & TVs 123

HDMI 123

ChromeCast 124

Google Photos 126

Viewing Photos 127

Adjusting Photos 128

Crop & Rotate Photos 131

Creating Albums 133

Collages 135

Sharing Photos 136

Sharing Albums 138

Google Docs 140

Getting Around Google Docs 140

Using Paragraph Styles 142

Headings 142

Bold, Italic, Underlined 143

Changing Fonts 143

Font Colour 144

Justify Text 144

Bullets Lists 145

Numbered Lists 147

Cut, Copy & Paste 148

Adding Images 149

From your Chromebook 149

From the web 150

From your Photos 151

From your Camera 152

Formatting Images 153

Cropping Images 154

Adding Tables 155

Inserting Rows & Columns 155

Saving Documents 156

Opening Saved Documents 157

Printing Documents 158

Sharing Documents 159

Google Sheets 160

What is a Spreadsheet 160

Getting Around Google Sheets 163

Simple Text Formatting 165

Bold, Italic, Strike & Underlined 165

Changing Fonts 166

Font Size 166

Cut, Copy & Paste 167

Inserting Rows & Columns 168

Cell Alignment 169

Cell Borders 170

Using Formulas 171

Using Functions 172

Count 172

Auto Sum 173

Types of Data 174

Adding a Chart 176

Google Slides 178

Getting Around Google Slides 178

Designing a Slide 181

Add an Image 182

From Photos 182

From the Web 183

From your Google Drive 183

Resize an Image 184

Crop an Image 185

Add a Video 186

Slide Layer Arrangement 188

Add a New Slide 189

Change Slide Layout 190

Slide Masters 192

Slide Transitions 194

Slide Animations 195

Effects 195

Insert a Table 197

Add a Chart 198

Printing Presentations 199

Giving your Presentation 200

Present with ChromeCast 202

What is a ChromeBook?

ChromeBooks are designed by Google around the Google Chrome web browser and are designed to work almost completely online.

ChromeBooks come with their own operating system called Chrome OS and has a very simple to use interface.

It’s worth noting what a ChromeBook can do and what it can’t do. ChromeBooks are great for online collaboration - creating and

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