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Getting started with Chromebooks

What's the difference between Chromebooks and other computers, like Windows or Mac OS?

Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has cloud storage, the best of Google built-in, and multiple layers of security.

Do Chromebooks work offline?

Yes. You can use offline-ready apps to keep using a Chromebook when it’s not connected to the Internet. Below are some examples:

  • Read and write emails with Offline Gmail
  • Write a note or make a list with Google Keep
  • Create and edit documents, slides, or spreadsheets with Google Drive apps (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)
  • View and RSVP to events with Google Calendar
  • View and edit photos saved with the built-in photo editor
  • Enjoy music or movies with the built-in media player

What is the Chrome Web Store?

TSC students using the Google Chrome web browser, whether on a Windows laptop or a Google Chromebook, have access to a variety of web-based applications and extensions. Applications and extensions can be found in the Chrome Web Store. Using their TSC device, students will only have access to applications and extensions that have been reviewed and made available by TSC, which are listed in the "TSC Recommended Apps" section of the Chrome Web Store. In other words, students cannot install any application or extension they want, as not all applications and extensions are related to education or are secure to run on the TSC network. Below are short videos explaining both web applications and extensions, as well as the listing of available applications and extensions for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Below the listing of available applications and extensions, click here to submit a request for an application or extension not currently available. The request form can be utilized by both students and teachers. Once the form is submitted, the requested application or extension will be reviewed to determine if its educationally relevant and suitable for TSC students.

Install and organize apps and extensions

Add apps and extensions

You can add apps and extensions to give your Chromebook more features and functionality. To add an app or extension:

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store
  2. In the left column, click Apps or Extensions. TSC students can only install apps and extensions identified in the "TSC Recommended Apps" area
  3. Browse or search for what you'd like to add.
  4. When you find an app or extension you'd like to add, click Add to Chrome.
  5. If you're adding an extension:
    1. Review the types of data that the extension will be able to access
    2. Click Install

You'll see your apps in your launcher, and your extensions in your browser window as buttons on the toolbar.

How apps and extensions work

Apps and extensions work like regular programs for desktop computers, but they run entirely in the Chrome browser. You don't need to install software or restart your computer.

Manage apps and extensions

Find an app you've previously installed

To search for an app on your Chromebook:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Search key Search.
  2. Type the name of the app you want. The app will show in your search results.

Open an app

  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the Launcher Launcher.
  3. You'll see a list of apps you've used recently. Click the app you'd like to open.
  4. [Optional] To see all your apps, click All Apps.

Organize your apps

Put apps in folders

  • Put apps together in a folder: Drag an app on top of another app.
  • Name a folder: Click the folder.

Move apps around

Click and hold an app, then drag it.

Customize your desktop

At the bottom or side of your screen, you'll see a row of apps, called the shelf, and your account picture. You can change which apps are included and bookmark webpages.

Next to your account picture, you can see notifications, check your Chromebook’s battery life, raise or lower the volume, or change other settings.

Add, move, or remove apps

You can add an app that you use often to your desktop.

Add an app

  1. Click the Launcher Launcher and then All Apps.
  2. Find the app you want to add.
  3. Right-click the app icon.
  4. Click Pin to Shelf.

When you pin an app to your shelf, the app will stay there until you move or remove it.

Change the order of the apps

To change the position of an app:

  1. Click and hold the app you want to move.
  2. Drag it to a new position.
  3. Release to put the app in a new spot.

Remove an app

  1. Right-click the app you want to remove.
  2. Click Unpin.

Pin a webpage to your desktop

If you go to the same webpage often, you might want to pin it to your desktop.

  1. Open the webpage in Chrome.
  2. Click More More and then More tools.
  3. Click Add to shelf and then Add.

Move or hide the row of apps

You can change the position of the row of apps, also called the shelf:

  1. Right-click the shelf.
  2. Point to Shelf position.
  3. Choose where you’d like the shelf to go: on the bottom of the screen (default), or on the left or right side.

To hide the shelf and status area, right-click the shelf and select Autohide shelf. When they're hidden, move the pointer to that side of the screen to see your apps, bookmarks, and account picture.

To stop hiding the shelf, right-click the shelf and uncheck Autohide shelf.

Use your Chromebook keyboard

Your Chromebook keyboard works just like a regular keyboard, with a few differences.

Unique keys on your Chromebook keyboard

    SearchSearch your apps and the web
    To turn Caps Lock on or off, press Alt + Search.
    Previous pageGo to the previous page in your browser history (F1)
    Next pageGo to the next page in your browser history (F2)
    RefreshReload your current page (F3)
    Full screenHide the tabs and launcher in full-screen Immersive mode (F4)
    switch windowShow all windows in Overview mode (F5)
    Decrease brightnessDim the screen (F6)
    Increase brightnessMake the screen brighter (F7)
    MuteMute (F8)
    Decrease volumeLower the volume (F9)
    Increase volumeRaise the volume (F10)

    Note: If you're using a Windows keyboard with your Chromebook:

    • The F keys work like the keys above, sometimes with a few differences
    • The Windows key between Ctrl and Alt works as the Search key

    Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

    You can use keyboard shortcuts to complete some tasks more quickly.

    Tip: To find shortcuts on this page, press Ctrl + f and enter what you're looking for.

    Popular shortcuts

    • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + switch window (or Ctrl + F5)
    • Take a partial screenshot: Press Ctrl + Shift + switch window (or Ctrl + Shift + F5), then click and drag
    • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Alt + Search
    • Lock your screen: Press Search + L
    • Sign out of your Google Account: Press Ctrl + Shift + q (twice)
    • See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + ?

    All other shortcuts

    Note: If you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard, use the Windows key or Command key in place of the Search key.

    Tabs and windows

    Open a new windowCtrl + n
    Open a new window in incognito modeCtrl + Shift + n
    Open a new tabCtrl + t
    Open a file in the browserCtrl + o
    Close the current tabCtrl + w
    Close the current windowCtrl + Shift + w
    Reopen the last tab or window you closedCtrl + Shift + t
    Go to tabs 1-8 in the windowCtrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8
    Go to the last tab in the windowCtrl + 9
    Go to the next tab in the windowCtrl + Tab
    Go to the previous tab in the windowCtrl + Shift + Tab
    Switch quickly between windowsPress & hold Alt, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
    Open the window you used least recentlyPress & hold Alt + Shift, tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open, then release.
    Go to previous page in your browsing historyAlt + left arrow
    Go to the next page in your browsing historyAlt + right arrow
    Open the link in a new tab in the backgroundPress Ctrl and click a link
    Open the link in a new tab and switch to the new tabPress Ctrl + Shift and click a link
    Open the link in a new windowPress Shift and click a link
    Open the link in the tabDrag the link to the tab's address bar
    Open the link in a new tabDrag the link to a blank area on the tab strip
    Open the webpage in a new tabType a web address (URL) in the address bar, then press Alt + Enter
    Return the tab to its original positionWhile dragging the tab, press Esc
    Dock a window on the leftAlt + [
    Dock a window on the rightAlt + ]

    Page & web browser

    Page upAlt or Search and up arrow
    Page downAlt or Search and down arrow
    Scroll down the web pageSpace bar
    Go to top of pageCtrl + Alt and up arrow
    Go to bottom of pageCtrl + Alt and down arrow
    Print your current pageCtrl + p
    Save your current pageCtrl + s
    Reload your current pageCtrl + r
    Reload your current page without using cached contentCtrl + Shift + r
    Zoom in on the pageCtrl and +
    Zoom out on the pageCtrl and -
    Reset zoom levelCtrl + 0
    Stop the loading of your current pageEsc
    Right-click a linkPress Alt and click a link
    Open the link in a new tab in the backgroundPress Ctrl and click a link
    Save the link as a bookmarkDrag link to bookmarks bar
    Save your current webpage as a bookmarkCtrl + d
    Save all open pages in your current window as bookmarks in a new folderCtrl + Shift + d
    Search the current pageCtrl + f
    Go to the next match for your searchCtrl + g or Enter
    Go to the previous match for your searchCtrl + Shift + g or Shift + Enter
    Perform a Google searchCtrl + k or Ctrl + e
    Add www. and .com to your input in the address bar, then open the pageCtrl + Enter
    View page sourceCtrl + u
    Show or hide the Developer Tools panelCtrl + Shift + i
    Show or hide the DOM InspectorCtrl + Shift + j
    Show or hide the bookmarks barCtrl + Shift + b
    Open the History pageCtrl + h
    Open the Downloads pageCtrl + j

    System & display settings

    Open the Files appAlt + Shift + m
    Preview a file in the Files appSelect the file, then press Space
    Display hidden files in the Files appCtrl + .
    Open the status area (where your account picture appears)Shift + Alt + s
    Click icons 1-8 on your shelfAlt + 1 through Alt + 8
    Click the last icon on your shelfAlt + 9
    Use F keys (F1 to F12)Search + 1 through Search + =
    See your notificationsAlt + Shift + n
    Change screen resolutionCtrl + Shift and + or -
    Reset screen resolution to defaultCtrl + Shift + 0
    Rotate screen 90 degreesCtrl + Shift + Refresh
    Switch to the next userCtrl + Alt + .
    Switch to the previous userCtrl + Alt + ,

    Text editing

    Turn Caps Lock on or offAlt + Search
    Select everything on the pageCtrl + a
    Select the content in the address barCtrl + L or Alt + d
    Select the next word or letterCtrl + Shift and right arrow
    Select text to the end of the lineShift + Search and right arrow
    Select text to the beginning of the lineShift + Search and left arrow
    Select previous word or letterCtrl + Shift and left arrow
    Move to the end of the next wordCtrl and right arrow
    Move to the start of the previous wordCtrl and left arrow
    Go to end of documentCtrl + Search and right arrow
    Go to beginning of documentCtrl + Search and left arrow
    Copy selected content to the clipboardCtrl + c
    Paste content from the clipboardCtrl + v
    Paste content from the clipboard as plain textCtrl + Shift + v
    CutCtrl + x
    Delete the previous wordCtrl + Backspace
    Delete the next letter (forward delete)Alt + Backspace
    Undo your last actionCtrl + z
    Redo your last actionCtrl + Shift + z
    Switch between the keyboard languages you've set. Learn how to choose your keyboard language.Ctrl + Shift + Space
    Switch to the previous keyboard language you were using. Learn how to choose your keyboard language.Ctrl + Space
    Dim keyboard (for backlit keyboards only)Alt + Decrease brightness
    Make keyboard brighter (for backlit keyboards only)Alt + Increase brightness


    Learn how to make your Chromebook accessible.

    Turn ChromeVox (spoken feedback) on or offCtrl + Alt + z
    Turn on high contrast modeShift + Search + h
    Highlight the launcher button on your shelfShift + Alt + L
    Highlight the next item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Tab or right arrow
    Highlight the previous item on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Shift + Tab or left arrow
    Open the highlighted button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Space or Enter
    Remove the highlight from a button on your shelfShift + Alt + L, then Esc
    Switch focus between:
    • Status area (where your account picture appears)
    • Launcher
    • Address bar
    • Bookmarks bar (if visible)
    • The webpage that's open
    • Downloads bar (if visible)
    Ctrl + Previous page or Ctrl + Next page
    Highlight the bookmarks bar (if shown)Alt + Shift + b
    Highlight the row with the address barShift + Alt + t
    Open right-click menu for highlighted itemShift + Search + Increase volume
    Use shortcuts on a braille keyboardSee braille keyboard shortcuts

    Use your Chromebook touchpad

    You can use your Chromebook's touchpad to right-click, switch between tabs, and more. Here's how it works:

    Move the pointerMove your finger across the touchpad.
    ClickPress or tap the lower half of the touchpad.
    Right-clickPress or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.
    ScrollPlace two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.
    Move between pagesTo go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.
    See all open windows

    Swipe up or down with three fingers.

    If you have Australian scrolling turned on, swipe up. If you have traditional scrolling turned on, swipe down.

    Close a tabPoint to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.
    Open a link in a new tabPoint to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.
    Switch between tabsIf you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.
    Drag and dropUsing one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.

    Change background and wallpaper

    Choose background wallpaper

    You can personalize your Chromebook with a custom wallpaper for your desktop.

    Use wallpaper from Chromebook

    1. Right-click your desktop and select Set wallpaper.
    2. Click one of the images to set your wallpaper. You can also get a randomly selected image by checking the box next to Surprise me.

    Use a custom wallpaper

    1. If you haven't yet, download an image (.png or .jpg) from the web that you’d like as your wallpaper.
    2. Click the Launcher Launcher and then All Apps.
    3. Select Files Files app.
    4. In the left column, click Downloads.
    5. Right-click the image you want as your wallpaper, then click Set wallpaper.

    Use the same wallpaper across multiple Chromebooks

    1. Click your account photo.
    2. Click Settings Settings.
    3. In the "People" section, click Sync.
    4. Choose what you'd like to sync. To use all the same settings (including wallpaper) on every Chromebook you sign in to, turn on Sync everything.

    Updating your Chromebook

    Your Chromebook automatically checks for and downloads software updates by itself. This happens when your Chromebook is:

    • Turned on
    • Connected to Wi-Fi
    • Not connected to a mobile hotspot or mobile data

    Finish an update

    When your Chromebook downloads a software update, you’ll see an arrow near your account photo: Update

    To finish the update, click Update Update and then Restart to Update. Your Chromebook will restart.

    Check for updates yourself

    1. Click your account photo.
    2. Click Settings Settings.
    3. Click Menu Menu and then About Chrome OS.
    4. Under "Google Chrome OS," click Check for Updates.
    5. If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically.

    Tip: To see which version of the Chrome operating system your Chromebook is using, look under "Google Chrome OS."