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ChromebooksWhat is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs the Chrome web browser. 

With traditional computers you run applications from a desktop. With a Chromebook, your computer is a web browser and that's where you run your apps. The applications are stored on the Internet "in the cloud" and not on the Chromebook itself.

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What's different about using a Chromebook?

  • You do all your work in a browser: Send mail, schedule meetings, work on documents, edit graphics, and more all in a Chrome web browser. The browser is the primary interface through which you access the various software services that work with your data.
  • There is no desktop: All you do is open and close browser windows — just as when browsing the web on other computers.
  • Automatic updates and built-in security: Unlike a traditional PC, the Chromebook stays fast and up-to-date on its own. Each time it's turned on, it updates itself with the latest apps, features, system updates, and anti-virus software. Each webpage and application you visit runs in a restricted environment. So visiting one page that's been infected with something malicious can't affect anything else on the computer.
  • Fast boot, long battery life: A Chromebook needs little processing power or local storage since all the heavy lifting happens in the cloud. As a result it boots super fast—in eight seconds—and the battery can last up to eight hours.
  • You're almost always online: You can do a few things on a Chromebook without an Internet connection. But since you typically work on the web, you'll need to be online to get most of your work done.


Initial Setup

Initial Setup Web

  • Connect to power. Ensure that all plugs are securely and completely inserted into receptacles.
  • Open the Chromebook lid. It will start automatically, but if it doesn't, press the power button.
  • Select the language and keyboard and set up the internet connection. This step cannot be skipped.
  • Accept the terms and conditions.
  • Sign in with your Google Account, create a new account, or choose to "Browse as a Guest".


Features, controls and connectors

Chromebook Features

Resetting the Chromebook

Although Staff will perform this same process once the Chromebook is returned, for your peace of mind you may wish to perform a reset on the machine. This will remove all user data for all accounts stored locally. You should save your information on a USB stick or to the internet before performing these steps:

  • Click the clock in the lower right corner.
  • Click Settings and then expand Advanced settings.
  • Select Powerwash then follow the prompts.