Knowledge Base

Adding Printers to Chromebooks

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Printers can be added to Chromebooks but printer support is limited. Use the links below to see Google’s supported printer list and for instructions on adding a printer to a Chromebook.

Chromebook not turning on

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If your Chromebook is not turning on, try the following:

  • Plug the Chromebook into power and check to see if the power light turns on. If the light does not turn on perform a hard reset by pressing the refresh button + power button.

Clear Browsing Data

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Clearing browsing data can help when websites are not loading correctly.

Press ctrl+ shift+ backspace to open the Clear browsing data window.

Extract/Open Compressed Files

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If you download any files that end in an extension that is either .zip, .gzip, .rar, they need to be uncompressed before you can use the files inside.

I have included a program called NanaZip on your computer that can do this function. The built in Windows “Extract All” tool does not always work.

Steps to Extract Compressed Files/Folders

  1. Right-Click on the compressed file/folder.
  2. Look for NanaZip in the right-click menu.
  3. Select “Extract to <File/Folder Name>

After the folder has been extracted you will see a duplicate folder with the same name near your original folder, however now it is uncompressed and can be accessed as you would a normal folder.

(You can see below that the folder icon is different. The compressed folder has a zipper on it and the extracted/uncompressed folder looks like a normal folder.)

Fix Chromebook inverted colors

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If your Chromebook screen looks similar to the image below, then inverted colors is turned on.

To turn off inverted colors press ctrl + search + h

Make a page on the Chromebook Bigger or Smaller

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You can make the page that you look at bigger or smaller but keep other parts of your screen the same size.

Make the page bigger: Press Ctrl and +.
Make the page smaller: Press Ctrl and .
Reset zoom: Press Ctrl + 0.

Make everything on your screen bigger or smaller

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You can make everything on your screen bigger or smaller, including your row of apps and tabs, by changing your screen resolution.

Make your screen bigger, decrease resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and +.
Make your screen smaller, increase resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and .
Reset resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift + 0.

Perform a Chromebook hard reset

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If your Chromebook is not working correctly and you have already tried restarting the Chromebook you can perform a hard reset.

To perform a hard reset, press the refresh button + power button.

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