Want to get started with Chrome OS as an advanced computer user?
Chrome OS is easy to learn. If you’ve been using Windows or macOS for a while, you’ll quickly get the hang of it!
Of course, the design, and layout of the user interface are a bit different, but you should quickly pick up the basic functionality.
Certainly, it’s impossible to provide you with enough knowledge to explain many use cases from everyday handling in a single article.
However, I can give you a little overview of how you can start.
There is a lot of content for advanced computer users on my blog. 😉
Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.
Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional
If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂
Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.
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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!
Want to test Chrome OS first?
Here’s where you’ll find my series “Test Chrome OS First.”
The easiest way is to borrow a device from a friend or family and test it at your leisure.
If that’s not possible for you, there are ways to try Chrome OS free, but you’ll need some background knowledge about computers to do that. Have a look at my series. As an advanced computer user, you may be able to perform this variant. Otherwise, I think renting a device to try Chrome OS cheap is the option that appeals to you the most.
Do you want to buy a device with Chrome OS?
Here I described where you could buy Chromebooks, Chromebook Tablets, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases: Link.
So, which device is suitable for you?
I’m focusing on the software side of things on this blog, so I’m not offering you any specific buying suggestions. Under the menu item “Guides,” you will find information about Chrome OS’s possible app and application types. There, I roughly indicate how much money you should spend at least and what you have to look out for. I would recommend using Web– and Android apps and Chrome extensions to get started with Chrome OS as an advanced computer user. Linux apps are a bit complicate, but since you already have experience with computers, maybe something for you.
On the “Chrome unboxed” YouTube channel, you can find a video called “Affordable Chromebook Shopping? Avoid These Common Pitfalls!” It’s a good guideline video. You can find further videos on buying tips on the channel. I will introduce the other device categories later.
With your experience, I’m sure you can judge for yourself and don’t believe that a €250 device can perform miracles.
Turning your Chrome OS device on for the first time
Finally, it’s time: you’ve unpacked your new Chromebook and want to turn it on.
But now what: it won’t turn on. That’s built-in protection that keeps you from accidentally turning it on, on the way home from the electronics store to your home. Just connect it to a power outlet with the included power adapter, and it should work.
If the user interface appears in a different language, you can easily change it.
Connecting your Chrome OS device to the Internet
That should be no problem for you as an advanced computer user, and it’s hardly different from the setup options of Windows or macOS.
Using the name of your wireless network (SSID) and the key will work with your new Chrome OS device. That’s step 3 in Google’s “Getting Started guide.”
If this doesn’t work, try to remember how to set up your Internet access. With many Internet service providers, the technicians who set up your Internet connection will give you quick-start instructions on connecting to the Internet, for example, via W-LAN or Wi-Fi [Wikipedia], your local wireless network. Have you ever changed this data? Compare the settings with those on your other devices: computer or smartphone.
If all doesn’t help, try to have the technician come again or ask someone you know. Wi-Fi is a standard technology, and it doesn’t matter if you use a device with Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS. Every modern operating system supports this access!
The first login to Chrome OS
If you want to use your device, you must first log in to it with a Google-Account to get full access. Using a guest account without logging in will deny you most of the options Chrome OS offers. That’s somewhat different from Windows and macOS.
Firstly, to log in, you need a Google account, which consists of an email address such and a password. If you want to get started with Chrome OS as an advanced computer user, this should not surprise you or even pose a problem. Chrome OS will prompt you to create such an account if you don’t have one. That’s step 4 in Google’s “Getting Started guide.”
Follow the instructions in Chrome OS’s setup assistant, think about a speaking email address and a password that is difficult to guess but easy to remember.
Getting started with Chrome OS
Once you’ve successfully logged in to Chrome OS, you can check out the built-in Discover feature. There, Google already describes a lot of things you can do. If you don’t have a Chromebook yet, you can also look at parts of similar content on the Internet. “Getting started” and “Discover What You Can Do With Chromebook.”
From now on, it’s up to you what you want to do with Chrome OS. There are many possibilities 🙂
The Chrome browser opens automatically after launch, and you can start browsing right away.
If you already have an Android smartphone, you can open the Play Store and install many of your favorite apps. Surely, this often makes sense with a larger screen, for example, with Netflix. Moreover, that also allows you to download a movie and watch it on the go without an Internet connection.
If you dare to use Linux applications like LibreOffice, you can activate the Linux mode, install a graphical app store and numerous applications via that. That greatly expands the capabilities of Chrome OS. Follow the links in this paragraph. There you will find corresponding guides from me.
Discover new features, applications, and apps on your own.
If you want to get started with Chrome OS as an advanced computer user, you should be able to get to grips with it quickly and install and set up all the applications you need.
I can support you with my content. 🙂
If you have any questions, leave a comment. The community and I are happy to help!
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