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UCCS-Owned Chromebooks

This information pertains to UCCS-owned Chromebooks that were distributed by the KFL Circulation Desk in March of 2020.  As these machines are managed by UCCS OIT, some of the applications and settings described in this article may not apply to all Chromebooks.

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Chrome OS, similar to a Windows or Mac laptop.  Chrome OS is a web-based operating system, meaning that a Chromebook will only run applications that are accessible in a web browser.  These Chromebooks are managed by UCCS OIT, meaning that UCCS controls what applications are installed and can keep the Chromebook up-to-date even while checked-out.

The Chromebook will come with a power adapter.  While the Chromebook may last up to 8 hours on a single charge, it is recommended that the Chromebook remain plugged in while using.

Using a Chromebook

To start the Chromebook, simply open the laptop.  Within 15 seconds the Chromebook will boot up and be ready for use.  If the Chromebook does not start up, make sure it is connected to power and press the power button in the top right corner of the keyboard.

Once complete, the following screen should appear.

In the bottom left corner of the screen is the application Launcher.

In the bottom right corner is the system tray.

A webpage may also open upon startup.  This page is a login page for the UCCS portal.

Launcher

Clicking on the launcher icon in the bottom right corner or pressing the key on the keyboard will open the launcher.  The launcher will allow for the search of webpages and applications. 

Clicking the in the launcher will reveal all installed applications.

System Tray

Clicking on the system tray in the bottom right corner of the screen will open the system tray.

The system tray will provide access to setting son the Chromebook such as: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VPN, volume, and screen brightness.

Clicking the gear icon in the system tray will open up advanced system settings.  These settings will allow for configuration of the Wi-Fi and VPN among others.

For more information on using the VPN with a Chromebook, please visit: VPN Setup - Chromebook.

Available Applications

UCCS Chromebooks are configure primarily for web usage.  As a result, only applications that are accessible through a web browser will be accessible. 

Some commonly-used UCCS applications include:

  • Canvas
  • myUCCS Portal
  • Office 365 Email
  • UCCS webpage
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Office 365 Online

Additionally, any other websites or web-apps are accessible on a Chromebook (YouTube, Google Docs, Dropbox)

Sign-out and Shutdown

The Chromebook will automatically sign out and shut down when the lid is closed, just as it will start up when the lid is open.  Clicking the Exit Session button will also sign out of the Chromebook.

Upon sign-out, all websites and applications will be signed-out.  Any VPN settings will be lost.  Wi-Fi connection settings will not be affected.

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