Using Chrome

Apps

Click the Launcher button (white circle) in the bottom left of the screen

Click the Display More button (white up-arrow)

All apps are listed

Optionally press Search on the keyboard and type the name of the app you are after


NOTE: You cannot install your own apps.

Launcher

Display More

Devices

For help using the Chrome keyboard, plus other external devices (headphones, webcam, etc), refer here.

Accessibility

Refer here for help using Accessibility options on Chrome devices.

Setting up a Google or Microsoft account

We recommend setting up a Google or Microsoft account.

Sign Up Pages - The following sign up pages below will guide you through creating an account:

Google Sign Up

Microsoft Sign Up


If you need assistance with the sign-up process, follow the steps in these guides:

How to create a Google account

How to create a Microsoft account

Creating and editing documents

There is a basic text editor installed on all Chrome devices.

For more advanced document creation and editing, there are two online productivity suites of software available: G Suite (Google) and Office Online (Microsoft).


G Suite - Anyone with a Gmail account can access these applications, which include Google Docs, Google Sheets, and many more. Most document types, including Office files (Word, Excel, etc.) can be viewed and edited with Google apps.


Office Online - This is Microsoft's online equivalent to their well-known Office suite of applications. To use Office Online, you just need to set up a Microsoft account, and you don't even need a Microsoft email address to register.

How to set up a Microsoft account (with any email address)

Security

All of our Chrome devices are wiped on reboot. This ensures that they forget all login details and remove all locally-saved files on reboot.

Our Chrome devices use public session mode, which disables all Chrome Sync features. As a result, your passwords, bookmarks and other confidential data will not be synced to the Chrome device at any time.


Keyboard

For a list of all Keyboard shortcuts press ctrl + alt + ?

See our Accessories page for further info


Saving files

We recommend that you save files to cloud storage, for ease of managing and accessing your files from anywhere. If you have a Google or Microsoft account, you automatically get free cloud storage provided with them (Google Drive and One Drive respectively).

USB drives can be used to save files offline.

There is also a local Downloads folder on the Chrome device, for temporarily managing files during a session. Please be aware that all files in the computer's Downloads folder are cleared on reboot.


Ports

Each Chromebook comes with two USB-2.0 ports, two USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader.

CDs and DVDs

CD and DVD playback is not supported in Chrome.

Chrome devices have no optical disc drives, so if you have files (eg photos) saved to disc, you will need to use an external disc drive to read them.

Phone USB charging/file storage

You can charge all mobile devices from your Chrome station. This includes Android phones, iPhones, and tablets.

iPhones and iPads will load your camera files

Android devices did not load files during our testing


Chrome Help

For more information on Chrome the help menu can be accessed with ctrl + shift + ?