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Using Chrome OS and the Chrome Desktop

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Learn how to navigate the Chrome desktop and windows and use touchscreen gestures.

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In this chapter, you learn how to turn your Chromebook on and off, how to navigate the desktop, and how to enter and emerge from sleep mode.

  • arrow.jpg Starting Up and Shutting Down

  • arrow.jpg Navigating the Chrome OS Desktop

  • arrow.jpg Navigating Chrome Windows

  • arrow.jpg Using Touchscreen Gestures

Using a Chromebook is similar to using a traditional notebook computer, but faster. Because less operating system overhead is involved, as well as fewer internal components, a Chromebook boots up much quicker than a Windows or Mac machine; it wakes up from sleep mode almost immediately.

What you find after you start up your Chromebook, however, may not be totally familiar to you, especially if you’re used to using a Windows or Mac notebook. To use your Chromebook, you need to get used to the Chrome OS interface.

Starting Up and Shutting Down

The most basic computer operations are turning the computer on and turning it off. Your Chromebook should start up in less than 10 seconds, and power down almost immediately.

Start Up and Log In

Your Chromebook can be run either on battery power or from a connection to an external AC power source. Once it powers up, you have to log in to the computer with your username and password.

  1. To power up your Chromebook, simply open the case and lift the LCD display panel. Or...

  2. If the display panel is already open, press the Power button. (This may be either on the keyboard or on the side of the unit.)

  3. When the login screen appears, click to select your user account (if you have more than one account on this machine). Otherwise, just accept your default account and move to step 4.

  4. Enter your password.

  5. Press Enter or click the right arrow.

    Google Chrome launches and displays the desktop.

Put Your Chromebook to Sleep

Although you can completely power off your Chromebook, you may prefer to enter sleep mode instead. This is good for when you’re not actively using the Chromebook for a period of time but expect to resume use soon; it conserves your Chromebook’s battery life.

The advantage of sleep mode over powering down your Chromebook is that when you’re ready to resume use, your Chromebook resumes operation immediately. If you instead opt to power down and then restart your Chromebook, you’ll have to sit through the (admittedly short) startup process and then reenter your password.

  1. To enter sleep mode, close the lid of your Chromebook.

  2. To wake up from sleep mode, open the lid of your Chromebook.

Power Off Your Chromebook

Shutting off your Chromebook is a simple matter of pressing the Power button. Unlike other operating systems, Chrome OS does not require a menu operation to power off.

  1. Press and hold the Power button for 2 seconds to display the shutdown panel.

  2. Click Power Off.

    Your Chromebook now completely powers off. You can restart your Chromebook by following the startup procedure previously described.

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