Getting Started With Your Chromebook – A Free Guide

Sure. But can’t you cut it down to “open lid”? :p

That was the response from Philip Sum on Google Plus when I asked my friends if they can review a small ebook I was writing for Chromebook users. Yes, setting up Chromebook is as easy as opening the the lid and logging in.

So, why a guide to get started with Chromebook?

My own experience.

I have been blogging about Chrome OS for sometime now. But I got my own Chromebook only this month. It was using Chromium OS on a netbook and knew how to use a Chromebook. But an actual Chromebook is different from a netbook with Chromium OS.

The keyboard is different. There are keyboard shortcuts and settings that you can change for a better experience. I had to Google a couple of things (and yes, search results had articles I wrote!) like taking screenshot and replacement for the Delete key.

That’s when I had the idea of writing a very small guide to help new Chromebook users get started.

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Contents of This guide:

  • Getting To Know The Keyboard
  • The Search Key and Caps Lock Key
  • No Delete Key
  • No Home or End Keys
  • Dedicated Browser Keys
  • Some Track-pad Tricks
  • Chrome OS Apps Menu
  • Changing Time Zone
  • Changing Wallpaper
  • Taking Screenshots
  • Add More Users
  • Screen Lock and Password Protection
  • Going Offline
  • Managing Files
  • Downloads
  • Google Drive
  • Drag and Drop Between Google Drive and Downloads
  • Deleting Files

And more!

Read the Getting Started with your Chromebook guide here.

Thanks, Reviewers

I got very positive response from my Google Plus circle, offering to review the Chromebook. Their review did help this ebook a lot, but more than that, it helped me feel better, you know, that positive energy that you always look for!

Thank you all!

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Gareth 18/06/2013, 12:58 am

    Hi, just thought I’d mention that on page 8 it says:

    “If you like keyboard shortcuts, use this:

    CTRL + M

    The file manager opens in a new windows and you will see Downloads and Google Drive.”

    On my Chromebook, Ctrl + M just minimises the current window, it doesn’t open the file manager.

    • Dinsan Francis 18/06/2013, 9:35 am


      They keep changing it. Please fer to my chromebook tips page for the updated keyboard shortcut.

  • Bob Manrodt 19/08/2013, 3:27 am

    getting a chromebook soon, looking forward to getting familiar

  • Paul 31/10/2013, 2:28 am

    It would make sense to add a Date to your publications going forward, as this looks a little out dated, but I have no actual Date to go by..
    I love the idea tho .. and hope you please keep it updated and relevant.


  • Joel Brondos 09/11/2013, 6:50 am

    I teach at a very small school and have manage GA4E and our school’s 25 Chromebooks by myself.

    These lists are extremely helpful — and I wondered if you might consider one more: 100 Tips for Chromebook Administrators (or whatever yoiu want to call it).

    There would be things like pre-installing approved apps for students, how to block offensive websites, how to add default tabs/websites on boot-up, how to do a password protect which starts on “inactivity,” and anything like that.

    But even if you decide not to, I certainly find these pages very helpful. Thanks again!

    • Dinsan Francis 26/04/2014, 10:07 am

      I would love to write such a guide, but unfortunately, I do not have access to a control panel. If I ever get one, I will write resources for Chromebook admins.

  • N7EGM 22/03/2015, 8:56 pm

    Thank you

    • Dinsan 23/03/2015, 7:30 pm

      You are welcome