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Chromebook FAQ

Last updated 1/9/24

What are the policies concerning Chromebook borrowing?

Borrowing a Chromebook

If you are enrolled in summer sessions, the library will have a new online request form for these items available on Monday, May 20, 2024 ​​​​


Due date for devices borrowed this Spring will be Friday, May 17, 2024.


Do Chromebooks have accessibility features?

>Check out this page from Google Accessibility Support.

Chromebook Accessibility Video Series - Great collection of "how to use" videos.  

Can you recommend a screen reader / text to speech extension? 

> Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

How to install and use Read Aloud for Chromebook.

Use Live Caption tool for Google Chrome.

Chrome can now caption audio and video

Enable Live Caption in Google Chrome

Learn more about Grackle - tools to produce accessible Docs and Slides.

>STCC provides access to Grackle tools,  How it works.

> How to launch - Click 'Extensions' and select in drop down menu.

Docs Toolbar to launch Grackle tool from Extensions dropdown menu

AppStream Virtual Desktop (Important New Resource!)

AppStream virtual desktop allows students to use Microsoft products like Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Paint from a Chromebook.  You log into a campus desktop computer remotely and are able to use that Windows computer from your off-campus Chromebook.  It's amazing and a free resource for students.

AppStream Documentation

AppStream Login 

AppStream Link: New Web link option in Blackboard.

Software Available on AppStream


Are Chromebooks compatible with my program of study?

> Some programs like Nursing require more advanced devices: STCC Minimum Computer Requirements.  

What can I do with a Chromebook?

>  Access the internet (email, Blackboard, social media)

>  Use Google tools like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more

>  Stream video from the web

What do I need to use a Chromebook?

>  Use your STCC email account and email password. 

>  Log in with your full STCC email address -

> Need password help?  Use the STCC Password Reset Request

Tutorial: Getting Started with Chromebook (3 minute video)

Can I download software to my Chromebook?

>  No. Chromebooks are not designed to download outside software. If you would like to create documents you can use free web-based tools like Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.

> You CAN use free Chrome Apps and Extensions from the Chrome Web Store.   


What if I am having trouble viewing Microsoft Office files like .docx in Blackboard?

>Install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store. It is free and should resolve docx. viewing issues in Blackboard.    More info from Google Support.

How to attach a Google Doc to Blackboard?  

>Helpful Video


Clear your Cache 

How to clear your browser cache in Chrome via Tom's Guide


Copy & Paste

>Copy- CTRL + C   

>Paste-CTRL + V     

>Undo last action- CTRL + Z


Cengage / MindTap

Cengage / MindTap can present problems when used on a Chromebook   Using AppStream virtual desktop (mentioned above) allows students to use MindTap without issue on a Chromebook

With AppStream, you log into a campus desktop computer remotely and are able to use MIndTap as if you were on a full Windows computer - from your off-campus Chromebook.  It's amazing and a free resource for students.

AppStream Documentation

AppStream Login 

AppStream Link: New Web link option in Blackboard.

Hotspot Alternative

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Keyboard Shortcuts

>When using a Chromebook click  CTRL + ALT + ? to bring up the keyboard shortcut cheat sheet.


Microsoft Office Issues

Can I edit MS Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, and PowerPoints on my Chromebook?

> A new feature available for Drive allows you to edit Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides. Read about this feature and install it for free from the Google Web Store.  

How can I save a Google Doc as a Word Document On A Chromebook?


1. First, open the file you want to convert to Word format.

2. Click “File” at the top of the document, then hover over “Download.”

3. You’ll see a list of options appear within this menu. click the “Microsoft Word” option.

-The Google Doc will save as a Microsoft Word Document in the Chromebook’s 'Downloads' folder.

-You can attach this .docx file to an email for sending to a faculty member or to an assignment submission in Blackboard that requires you to submit a Word Doc.


Password Help


> Need password help? Use the STCC Password Reset Request


Right Click

> To get the right click menu, tap once on the touchpad using two fingers

Illustration of right click on a chromebook showing two fingers on the touchpad.

credit: omgchrome


What if Screencast-o-Matic isn't working? 

> If you are unable to install Screencast-o-Matic from the Google Play store on your Chromebook,  try using Screencastify. It is a freeware alternative that allows for screencasting and editing on a Chromebook.

How to use Screencastify.

Record screen activity using new Chromebook tool. (NEW)

The screen capture capabilities of Chrome OS have been significantly improved recently.  Press Ctrl+Shift+Show Windows (the fifth button from the left at the top), or click Screen capture in the Quick Settings pane, and you get a new pop-up panel. This lets you switch between image and video capture, opt to include the microphone in video recordings, capture part or the whole of the screen, or capture activity in one specific window.    (from Gizmodo)

Take a screenshot or record your screen from Google Support

How to capture or video record a Chromebook screen from About Chromebooks

How to Record Chromebook Screen - 2021 - Built in Chromebook Screen Recorder via YouTube


You will need Wifi access to use your Chromebook.

>Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Not Connected .
    Note: If you see your Wi-Fi network name and a signal strength, your Chromebook is already connected to Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi
  4. Your Chromebook will automatically look for available networks and show them to you in a list.
  5. Select a Wi-Fi network .
  6. Type the password.
  7. Select Connect.

Helpful video

Google Support Page

NOTE:  When using your Chromebook on campus, connect to the Guest Wireless Network. Student and Faculty/Staff networks unavailable for Chrome OS devices. 



How do I access and launch Zoom?

>Check out this article from Zoom support - titled Getting Started On Chrome OS.

> Overview of using a Zoom account with your STCC Gmail address. 

How to Record Your Zoom Meeting Using Your Chromebook


Zoom - Important Update for Zoom Users.


The ChromeOS app is being replaced by the Zoom for Chrome PWA (Progressive Web App).  In the latest updates the date of November 5, 2022 is given when old Zoom will be phased out.

What does this mean for STCC Chromebooks connecting to zoom?

The zoom for PWA app cannot be added using a email account (or email account).  To get the new ZOOM FOR CHROME PWA app a student will need to log onto the Chromebook using a personal Gmail account.  If a student does not have a personal Gmail account, they can get one for free by signing up at



Ask a Librarian!

>Call a librarian: (413)755-4549 

Staff available during library hours