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Chromebook Quick Start: Getting Started

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that uses Chrome OS as its operating system. This type of laptop is used to perform a variety of tasks using the Google Chrome browser, with most applications and data residing in the cloud rather than on the machine itself.

What is Google Chrome OS?

Chromebook or Laptop?

When to use a Chromebook?

You can use a Chromebook under the following circumstances:

  • If your primary use includes any tasks that can be performed using a browser.
  • If the software you need has a browser version or Google app equivalent.  Microsoft Office includes online versions of popular applications that can be used with a web browser such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneDrive.

When to use a Laptop?

You will need a laptop if any of the following applies to your work:

  • Software that requires the installation of:
    • Respondus (LockDown Browser)
    • Microsoft Office (Desktop version used for advanced features)
    • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • AutoCAD
    • Browser Plugins
  • You have limited or no internet access.

Setting up a Chromebook

Before you start:

You will need a Google account before you can use a Chromebook, if you do not have a Google account, click on the link below to create one:

Step 1: Setting up Wi-Fi

  • The first time you turn on the Chromebook, you should be prompted to select a WiFi network and then log in.
  • If you are not prompted, click on the area in the bottom right and click on the Wi-Fi icon to select a network to connect to and log in.

Step 2: Logging in

  • You will be asked to log in with your Google account.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Once you are logged in, everything will be set up automatically and the Chromebook will be ready to use.

Interactive Tutorial:

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Respondus LockDown Browser

While there is a Chrome extension for Respondus Lockdown Browser available, it requires an enterprise license and thus is not available for personal download and use. For more information, check out the link below: