There is a soft power button on the right side of the Chromebook, forward of a soft volume button.
How do I charge my Chromebook?
The charging port is on the left side of the Chromebook, toward the back.
How long does the battery last?
You can expect your battery to last for around 7 hours with continuous use.
How do I connect to a wifi network?
Your device will connect to the PGISDStudent network at your school automatically.
How do I log in? How do my students log in?
Staff and students login with their Gmail account.
Do I need to log out every day?
It is not necessary to log out every day. However, periodically signing out will allow for updates to be pushed to the operating system.
Do I need to turn the power off after I log out?
No. Simply plug the Chromebook in to charge it.
Ports and Buttons
What are the little ports around the edges of the Chromebook?
There are two USB ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a charging port on the left side of the Chromebook, and a headphone port on the left side of the Chromebook. These features may vary depending upon your particular Chromebook.
Can I use a flash drive on my Chromebook?
Yes, you can access saved files from a flash drive that has been inserted into the USB port. You can also save files from your Chromebook to a flash drive.
When would I use the HDMI port?
The HDMI port allows your Chromebook to be connected to your projector. Ask your CTA or principal about acquiring one - it’s called an HDMI to VGA connector.
Mirror Chromebook with Projector
Go to Settings (click your profile picture in the lower right corner of the window, then the gear). In the search field on the screen that pops up, type the word mirror and turn onmirror.
Care and Maintenance (Updates)
How do updates happen?
Updates happen automatically, from time to time. That’s why it’s important to log completely off periodically.
How do I scroll?
Use two fingers simultaneously and lightly drag them forward or back on the touchpad.
Can I change the direction of the scrolling?
Yes! Go to Settings (click your profile picture in the lower right corner of the window, then the gear). In the search field on the screen that pops up, type touchpad. Click ontouchpadand select the type of scrolling: Traditional (swipe up to movepagedown) or Australian (swipe up to movepageup).
How do I right click?
Press and hold on the touchscreen on the area you want to right-click OR lightly tap two fingers simultaneously on the touchpad.
How do I click and drag?
Click and hold down the touchpad with one finger. Use a different finger on the touchpad to move the object on the screen.
The display on my monitor looks weird. What’s up?
If your Chromebook is displaying in odd colors, it’s likely that an accessibility feature called “High Contrast mode” has been enabled. This is a setting that is very helpful for some vision-impaired users. To turn it off, click your profile picture at the bottom left of the screen, then the gear to launch the Settings menu. Type accessibility in the search field, then Manage accessibility features. Turn off any unnecessary features.
What are apps and extensions? What’s the difference?
Apps are essentially shortcuts to websites. Extensions are the small icons to the right of the Omnibox (URL field) and extend the functionality of the browser.
What is the app launcher?
The app launcher is the little white circle at the bottom left of your screen. You can also access the app launcher by clicking the magnifying glass (search) key. Or swipe your screen from the bottom up to reveal the apps.
When and why would I use the app launcher?
Use the app launcher to quickly locate new apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store, or to locate apps you have previously installed.