For an easy switch

Thinking of switching? Already have one? Either way, get to know Chromebooks and learn how you can do everything you need and love to do. 

If you get work done with Microsoft Office

Chromebooks come with free apps like Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, which let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations in real time with other people, and don't have to sweat losing any of your work since your files are automatically backed up online. You can also open and edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Excel files.

Docs

Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. It even works when you're offline!

Sheets

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with other people. It also works in offline mode!

Slides

Google Slides is an online presentations app that allows you to show off your work in a visual way.

You can also find productivity apps at the Chrome Web Store, or use Office Online, a free online version of Microsoft Office, which is compatible with your Chromebook.

If you watch movies & listen to music on iTunes

App availability may vary from country to country

Music

You can listen to music using Accuradio or Indiloop, much like you would on any other computer, simply by adding the app from the Chrome Web store or visiting their websites.

Movies

You can stream movies online using apps like YouTube, Pluto TV, and sites like Plex, just like you would on another computer. Just add the app to your Chromebook from the Chrome Web Store or visit their respective websites.

If you chat with friends and family on Skype

Skype is not currently supported on Chromebooks, but Google Hangouts works on your Chromebook straight out of the box and can be used across devices making it easy to make phone calls, instant message and video chat.

Hangouts

Chromebooks come with Google Hangouts built-in, so you can:

  • Video chat with up to 9 people at once.
  • Make phone calls (Free if you call within the US or Canada)

More chatting

You can also use your Chromebook to instant message with friends on Skype, Yahoo, AIM, and more. Examples include imo, IM+, and eBuddy. You can add these apps for free from the Chrome Web Store.

If you store photos on a computer using iPhoto

Storage

With 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years, you can privately upload any photos that you have on your old computer to the cloud and access them from any device, including your Chromebook. All Chromebooks also come with at least 16GB of internal storage so you can store any must-have photos right on your device.

A home for all your photos

With Google Photos, you’ll get free, unlimited, high quality storage for your photos and videos. And with all your photos backed up, you can easily find the moments that matter organized in places and things. Or find what you’re looking for with a simple search.

A simple operating system made for the web

Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system (like Windows or Mac OS) that has cloud storage, the best of Google built in, and multiple layers of security.

Desktop

As with other devices, choose your own wallpaper and then use the desktop to help visually organise all your screens.

App launcher

Find all apps that come with your Chromebook or that you added from the Chrome Web Store. Or search the web directly from the launcher.

Chrome

Like Chrome on any other computer, phone or tablet, the browser is how you browse and access the web.

Rethinking computer specs

Usually, when you evaluate computers, you’re inclined to focus on a few hardware components that indicate how fast a computer is or how much memory it can hold. But now that most of what you do is online, it’s time to rethink hardware specs

RAM

Since you won’t have client apps to manage, you don’t need that much RAM – everything that you’re doing is being taken care of by super fast and super secure supercomputers.

Hard Drive

With most of your computing happening in the cloud, you have a supercomputer working on all those tabs you have open, so you can just focus on DOING. Chromebooks come with smaller hard drives because you have more storage in the cloud.

Cloud Storage

You have some storage on your device for those times you need to access a file without access to the Internet, but for everything else you can access and store it in the cloud. And your Chromebook comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years.

Previous

Go to the previous page in your browser history (F1)

Next

Go to the next page in your browser history (F2)

Refresh

Reload your current page (F3)

Immersive mode

Enter Immersive mode, which hides the tabs and launcher (F4)

All

Show all open windows (F5)

Dim screen

Decrease screen brightness (F6)

Brighten screen

Increase screen brightness (F7)

Search

Dedicated search button for immediate searching

Shortcut Keys

These keys appear at the top of Chromebook keyboards. If you're using a Windows keyboard with your Chromebook, the F keys at the top of the keyboard will work similarly to the keys below. Find out more about shortcut keys.

Chromebook keyboards have a few extra features to help you browse the web effortlessly and efficiently. You'll notice that your keyboard contains a dedicated search key and a new row of web shortcut keys. You can also use a standard USB Windows keyboard with your Chromebook and use the same keyboard shortcuts.

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