Chromebook User Guide
Welcome to Chrome Story’s Chromebook / Chrome OS user guide.
We have written various How-to guides over the years to help you operate your Chromebook. This page lists the best of such guides.
Here are a few resources that will help you get started. Let’s get started by taking screenshots, changing the wallpaper, and taking some photos.
Table of Contents
Chrome OS has a keyboard shortcut to take screenshots. Learn how to take screenshots and how to annotate them here.
Time to customize your Chromebook and give it a personal touch. Begin by changing your wallpaper.
Want to take a selfie and share it with your friends? Here is how to pictures using your Chromebook.
Oh, that keyboard looks different
Your Chromebook’s keyboard has a different layout compared to a PC or a Mac. Let’s get to know these keys.
- How to use Delete and Caps Lock Keys on your Chromebook
- How to Turn off Caps Lock on Chromebook
- The Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Chromebook
- How to Get Windows Like Function Keys on Your Chromebook
More Resources for Beginners
- Chromebook Wallpaper and Desktop
- Lock your Chromebook
- Change Screen Resolution on Your Chromebook
- How To Change Launcher / Taskbar Position in Chrome OS
- Getting To Know Your Chromebook’s Desktop
- Google Chromebook Settings Explained
- How to Update Your Chromebook
- How to Manage Files on Your Chromebook
- How to record your Chromebook screen
Join Meetings and Video Calls
You can install the Android app or Web App on your Chromebook to use WhatsApp
Zoom has a Chrome app that you can use on your Chromebook.
Use the Microsoft Teams web app or Android app to schedule and join meetings.
Let’s change the wallpaper, screensaver, and more. Add some color and give your Chromebook a touch of your personality. This is where the Chromebook user guide gets interesting.
Enable Night Light
Turn off the blue light on your screen. Chrome OS can automatically enable this from sunset to sunrise.
Change Cursor Size
Don’t like the current size of your mouse cursor? Here is how to change the cursor size.
You can show photos from your Google Photos albums when your device is idle. Here is how.
Managing Your Chromebook
Now that you know the basics about Chromebooks, here are a few things that you might want to learn.
How to Get Things Done
Want to get things done on your Chromebook?
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You will need a Google account to use Chrome OS. You can later create local accounts called Supervised Users for specific use cases. However, a Google account is required to set up and manage Chrome OS.
- You can add up to 17 users.
- For those quick browsing sessions and also to hand over your computer to guests without any worry, use the Guest Mode to sign in.
How To Add a New Bluetooth Device
To add a new Bluetooth device:
- Click on the bottom right corner of the screen where your profile picture and time are.
- Choose Add device.
- Select the device you wish to add from the list of available Bluetooth devices and click Connect.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete pairing.
To connect to a device that is already added, click the device from the Add Bluetooth device popup menu and click Connect.
Powerwash Without Logging In
What if you get your hands on a Chromebook with a user account already logged in? If the user has blocked signing in of new users from the login screen, you cannot format Chrome OS to change the owner or to get yourself in. In such a scenario, you need a way to reset without logging in.
At the login screen, press ALT + CTRL + SHIFT +R and tap the Restart button. You will get the prompt to Powerwash the device. After the powerwash, log in using the new account.
Experiencing problems with your device? Here is a section with troubleshooting help for Chrome OS.
- How and Where to Get Help
- Debugging Internet Connection Issues
- Find Out About Bluetooth Activities
Advanced Tips for Power Users
This is a collection of things you can try if you are a power user and wants to tweak your device and play with it.
- Switching to Chrome OS Canary channel/build
- Reduce the Developer Mode Warning Time
- Run Traceroute
Chrome Story recently started a YouTube channel to share Chrome OS tutorial videos. Here is a collection of our how-to videos:
Do you have suggestions? Is there anything that you think I should write and add here? Drop a comment.
PS: Google also has a good collection of how-to resources here.
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