The other day, my cousin brother who is from medical profession, and with very little knowledge about computers was asking me questions about computers. I was helping him install some software that he brought in a USB stick. “These are old programs” I said. “It may work with Windows XP, but not on Windows 8 on this PC”. “Okay, install it on a computer with XP and then copy to this machine for me please” he said.
The next day when he wanted to use computer (which is mostly browse web), I gave him my CR48 and showed him the “Guest” link on the login screen. I did not tell him that it is Chrome OS or it is different from other computers. He is using it without any complaints, at all!
Chrome OS is here for simplicity. Chromebooks work for anyone with experience using a browser. But there are a few things that you might need some help with. Managing users is one of them. This article helps you understand how to add, remove and manage users on a Chromebook.
“Owner” On a Chromebook
The first user who logs in to a Chromebook becomes the “owner” of that Chromebook. It is similar to the administrative account on windows computers. If you are the owner of a Chromebook, you get to do things that we are going to discuss here. Other users that you add will not have these functions available to them.
Adding New Users
Go to settings and search for users. You will reach the page to manage users on a Chromebook (something like chrome://settings/accounts#users)
At the bottom of the “Users” popup panel, you have an option to add users by adding their email addresses. Click “done” after entering an email address.
Restricting New Users from the Login Screen
There are two ways of adding new users on a Chromebook. If you allow, people can add their accounts to your Chromebook from the login screen and start using it. The second way of adding new users is from the settings page.
The “users” popup panel gives you the option to stop people from adding their account from the login screen. Check “Restrict sign-in to the following users” to do this.
Enable or Disable Guest User Access
From the “users” popup panel, you can control “Guest” login as well. Use the “Enable guest browsing” check box for this.
Show or Hide User Names on The Login Screen
I read somewhere that the first step in hacking an account is knowing the user name. Hiding it on your login screen is a good practice, if you take your Chromebook outside your house too often.
Removing Users From Your Chromebook
Yes, the same “Users” popup panel is where you go to remove a user. Simple!
Locally Managed Users
Locally Managed Users is a new concept being implemented in Chrome OS.
Local users on Chrome OS is pretty much the same as user accounts you create on your Windows PC or Mac. You enter a user name and set a password for the new user, and they login. It is currently behind a flag and can be enabled from chrome://flags. Here is an article to know more about locally managed users and learn how to add them.