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2014. All Rights Reserved.Acer Chromebox User’sManual Original Issue: 07/2014Product RegistrationWhen using your product for the first time, it is recommended that you immediatelyregister it. This will give you access to some useful benefits, such as: Faster service from our trained representatives. Membership in the Acer community: receive promotions and participate incustomer surveys. The latest news from Acer.Hurry and register, as other advantages await you!How to registerTo register your Acer product, please visit www.acer.com. Select your country, clickRegister a product and follow the simple instructions.After we receive your product registration, you will be sent a confirmation email withimportant data that you should keep in a safe place.Obtaining Acer accessoriesWe are happy to inform you that Acer's warranty extension program and notebookaccessories are available online. Come and visit our online shop and find what youneed at store.acer.com.The Acer store is being progressively rolled out, and, unfortunately may not beavailable in some regions. Please check back regularly to see when it will beavailable in your country.Model number:Serial number:Date of purchase:Place of purchase:

Getting startedEnglishTable of contents5Turn on your Chromebox . 5Select your language settings . 5Connect to a network . 5Sign in to your Google Account. 5Your Acer Chromebox tour7Front view. 7Rear view . 8Environment . 9The Chrome OS Desktop10Desktop overview . 10Apps12Managing apps. 12Google Drive . 12Gmail . 14Google Docs . 14YouTube . 14Playing video or audio files. 15Other Supported File Types . 15Chrome Web Store . 15Chrome OS tips and tricks . 16Settings22Changing the language settings. 22Changing the clock settings . 23Customizing appearance. 23Setting up a printer . 24Updating Chrome OS . 24Using the VESA mount25Help27Online and offline help . 27

EnglishTable of contents

5Turn on your ChromeboxOn the Chromebox, the power button is located at the upper-right corner ofthe keyboard. A "connect" screen will appear when the Chromebox firstboots up.Select your language settingsUse the "Select your language" drop-down list to choose your defaultlanguage setting. If there is more than one way to type in your language,you may be prompted to select a keyboard input method as well.Connect to a networkSelect a wireless network from the "Select a network" list to connect to theInternet. If network access is protected, you will need an access passwordto connect to it.Accept the Terms of ServiceOnce connected to a network, accept the Terms of Service. YourChromebox will then download any available system updates, so youautomatically get the latest Chrome OS features.Sign in to your Google AccountIf you already have a Google Account, enter your username and passwordin the sign-in box that appears and click on the Sign in button.Important: Sign in with your primary Google Account. This accountwill be set as the owner and is the only account that will be able tochange certain Chrome settings.EnglishGetting started

English6Getting startedCreate a new Google AccountYou can create a new Google Account if you don’t already have one. ClickCreate a Google Account on the right to set up a new account. A GoogleAccount gives you access to useful web services developed by Google,such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar.Browse as a guestYou can also use the Chromebox without a Google Account by clickingBrowse as a Guest on the left.Set your account pictureThis picture will represent your account on the main sign-in screen andstatus area. If you like, you can use the Chromebox’s built-in webcam totake a photo. If you don’t want to take a photo at this time, you can choosean icon instead. You can always update your picture after you’ve signed in.Also, your Chromebox is integrated with your Google account profile. Aftersigning in with your Google account you have the option of choosing yourGoogle account profile picture.

7Now that you are done setting it up, let us show you around your new AcerChromebox.Front view1234#IconItemDescription1Power keyTurns the computer on and off.2SD cardreaderAccepts Secure Digital (SD ) cards.Note: The card reader uses one card ata time.EnglishYour Acer Chromebox tour

English8Your Acer Chromebox tour#IconItem3USB port4USB portDescriptionConnect to USB devices.If a port is black it is USB 2.0 compatible,if it is blue it is also USB 3.0 compatible.Rear view#1IconItemDescriptionKensington lockslotConnects to a Kensington-compatiblecomputer security lock.Note: Wrap the computer security lockcable around an immovable object suchas a table or handle of a locked drawer.Insert the lock into the notch and turn thekey to secure the lock. Some keylessmodels are also available.

9IconItemDescription2Headset/speakerjackConnects to audio devices(e.g., speakers, headphones), or aheadset with microphone.3DisplayPortSupports high-definition digital videoconnections.4HDMI portSupports high-definition digital videoconnections.5USB portConnects to USB devices.If a port is black it is USB 2.0 compatible, ifit is blue it is also USB 3.0 compatible.6Ethernet (RJ-45)portConnects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network.7DC-in jackConnects to an AC adapter.Environment Temperature: Operating: 5 C to 35 C Non-operating: -20 C to 65 CHumidity (non-condensing): Operating: 20% to 80%Non-operating: 20% to 80%English#

English10The Chrome OS DesktopThe Chrome OS DesktopDesktop overviewLauncherWindow controlsStatus areaand settingsWindow controlsIconDescriptionIconDescriptionClose a tabOpen a new tabMinimize, maximize, or dockthe window on the left orrightClose the windowBack to the previous pageGo to the next pageReload the pageSearchBookmarkChrome controls

11IconDescriptionIconDescriptionGoogle ChromeGmailGoogle SearchYouTubeGoogle DriveApps listStatus area and settingsIconDescriptionIconDescriptionChrome OS helpShut downLock screenSettingsBattery statusVolume controlBluetooth statusWireless networkconnectionNote: Specifications vary. Some icons may not be applicable to yourChromebox.EnglishLauncher

English12AppsAppsManaging appsInstalling apps in Chrome OSSee "Installing new apps from the Chrome Web Store" on page 15.Removing apps from Chrome OS1. Click the apps list button ().2. Right-click on the app you want to remove.3. Select Remove from Chrome.Customizing apps pinned to the launcher1. Click the apps list button ().2. Right-click on the app you want to add to the launcher.3. Select Pin to Launcher.To reorder the apps in the launcher, just drag them around.Google DriveAll files saved to your Google Drive are saved online and are accessible toother devices, such as your smartphone or tablet. Files saved to theDownloads folder are saved to your local drive and are only accessible toyour Chromebox.Note: You must be connected to the Internet to do the followingGoogle Drive operations.Sync files from Downloads to Google Drive1. In the apps list, click on the Files icon.

13English2. If this your first time accessing your Google Drive, click on the GoogleDrive icon to enable access.3. Once your Google Drive is enabled, select the files that you want toupload.4. Drag-and-drop the files on to Google Drive.

14AppsEnglishEnable offline access to Google Drive filesYou can access files stored on your Google Drive while offline, but first youmust enable offline access:1. In the Apps panel, click on the Files icon, then click on Google Drive.2. Select the file (s) you want to access offline.3. Right-click to bring up the context sensitive menu and click onAvailable offline. A check mark will appear to indicate the file isavailable offline.GmailComposing an email1. From the launcher, click on the Gmail icon.2. Click COMPOSE.3. Enter the recipient’s email address, the subject, and the message.4. When you are finished composing your message, click Send.Google DocsCreating a new document1. From the launcher, click on the Google Drive icon ( ).2. Click on CREATE and select the type of document you want to create.YouTubeYouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share andview videos. You can access it by clicking the YouTube icon on thelauncher.

15Your Chromebox has a built-in media player to play audio and video files.To play a file, double-click on an audio or video file in your Files app.Media typeSupported formatsAudio / Video.3gp,.avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv,.ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wavOther Supported File TypesYour Chromebox supports a number of other file formats.File typeSupported formatsMicrosoftOffice files.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx – (all read-only)Images.bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .webpCompressed.zip, .rar, .tar, .tar.gz (.tgz), .tar.bz2 (.tbz2)Other.txt, .pdfChrome Web StoreInstalling new apps from the Chrome Web Store1. Click the apps list button () and then click on Chrome Web Store.2. You can then browse through the app categories in the left column orsearch for a specific type of app using the search box.3. When you find an app that you would like to add, hover your mouseover it and then click on ADD TO CHROME.4. A verification window will pop up, click on Add to download and installthe app, or click on Cancel.5. To open your new app, click the apps list button (the app.) and then click onEnglishPlaying video or audio files

English16Chrome OS tips and tricksYour Chromebox is a new type of computer that works somewhatdifferently than what you may be used to, so you might like to know howeasy and useful things are when using it. Here are some tips and tricks.How to create documents1. Press the Search key on your keyboard.Press2. Click on Google Docs.ClickThat’s it. You’ve just created a new document in less than one second. Withyour new document, you can add text, insert images, change the font,make it bold, underline it, italicize it – you get the gist. You can also clickGoogle Sheets to create spreadsheets and Google Slides to createpresentations.Clickor

171. Click the Share button in the upper right corner of your document.Click2. Add people by typing in their email address.3. After you click Done, they’ll receive an email letting them know adocument has been shared with them.ClickTo find your document later, press the Share key and click on the GoogleDrive icon – this opens Google Drive, which shows you a list of your filesand folders. You can search for files by name at the top of the screen.How to start a video chat1. Press the Search key and click on the Hangouts call icon.PressClick 2. Type in the name or email address of a person.EnglishHow to share documents with other users

English183. Click the Submit button to start your Hangout.ClickFor all you Skype users out there, Google Hangouts are free video chatsfor up to ten people.How to listen to musicGoogle Play Music1. Press the Search key and click Google Play Music.PressClick 2. To discover or buy songs, use the search box at the top.3. To play a song, just double-click on it.4. All of the music you upload or buy will be saved under My Music.For other streaming apps like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and more(availability varies by country):1. Press the Search key and click on Store to go to the Chrome WebStore, then do a search for Pandora or other music apps.PressClick 2. When you find what you want, click the Add to Chrome button.

19YouTube1. Press the Search key, click YouTube and you’re ready to roll.PressClick Google Play Movies1. Press the Search key and click Google Play Movies.PressClick To find more entertainment apps like Netflix, Flixster, and more (availabilityvaries by country):1. Press the Search key and click Store.PressClick 2. Select Entertainment on the left side.3. Choose TV & Movies.EnglishHow to watch videos, TV, or movies

English20How to open Microsoft Word and Excel documents1. Press the Search key and click Files.PressClick 2. Double-click on any Microsoft Office file stored in Google Drive or onan external hard drive or USB flash drive connected to your Chromebox.You can convert Microsoft Word and Excel files into Google DriveDocuments and Spreadsheets and edit them. You can also export GoogleDrive documents and spreadsheets as Microsoft Office files.How to use your Chromebox when there’s no internetGmail:1. Press the Search key and click on Store to go to the Chrome WebStore, then search for Gmail Offline in the upper left corner search box,and add it.PressClick 2. The next time you find yourself offline, press the Search keyPress

21ClickGoogle Docs, Sheets, and Slides:1. When you open Google Drive while connected to the internet, it willautomatically enable Offline Drive.2. Once the process completes, the next time you want to create adocument offline, simply press the Search key and click on Google Docs,Google Sheets, or Google Slides.Find other useful offline apps at the Chrome Web Store by pressing theSearch key and clicking on Store. When the Chrome Web Store opens,click on Collections in the left column and then Offline Apps.The Get Started app and Help on your Chromebox have a lot of additionalvery useful information. They are well worth a look.English3. Click Gmail Offline to open it, and use Gmail like you normally would.It’ll update and send your emails the next time you log on to the internet.

English22SettingsSettingsUse the settings menu to adjust the various options for your Chromebox.To access the settings menu:1. Click on the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on Settings.3. To show the advanced settings, scroll to the bottom and click on Showadvanced settings.Changing the language settings1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on Settings.3. Click on Show advanced settings.4. Scroll down and click on Customize languages and input.5. Click on Add to add additional languages.

237. Click on OK when finished.Changing the clock settingsYou can change the time format and time zone on your Chromebox. If thedate or time is incorrect on your Chromebox, try adjusting the time zone.To change the time zone:1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on Settings.3. Click on Show advanced settings.4. Scroll down and click on the drop down box next to Time zone.Customizing appearanceCustomizing the wallpaper1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on Settings.3. Click on Set wallpaper.4. Select a preloaded wallpaper or click Browse to select your ownimage. You can also choose I’m feeling lucky to have the wallpaperchange randomly.5. Once selected, click OK.Customizing the theme1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on Settings.3. Click on Get themes.4. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Web Store, where you can find extraresources for the Chrome browser.5. Once you find a theme that you’d like to try out, click Choose theme.English6. To enable a language for keyboard input, select the checkbox next tothe language after adding it.

English24SettingsSetting up a printerYou can use the Google Cloud Print service to send print requests to yourprinter. Not all printers are supported.To learn more about Google Cloud Print and how to set up your printer,connect to the Internet to access the more extensive online help from"Online and offline help" on page 27 and then search for Google CloudPrint.Updating Chrome OSAutomatic updateEach time you turn on your Chromebox, it automatically checks forupdates. When an update is available, this update icon (the status area. To apply the update:) will appear in1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click Restart to update.3. Your Chromebox will shutdown and automatically restart, with theupdate applied.Manual updateTo manually check for an update or check what version of Chrome OS youare using:1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner, where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on Settings.3. In the new tab that opens, click on Help in the left column.4. If any updates are available, they will be displayed on the page.Warning! Do not modify your Chromebox’s hardware yourself.Doing so will cause the update function to no longer work.Please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized servicecenter. Visit www.acer.com to find an authorized service site.

25Your Chromebox can be fitted with an optional VESA-compatible mountthat allows you to mount it behind a compatible monitor or TV.Note: If your display’s VESA mounting holes are currently used for astand, you will not be able to attach your Chromebox to the rear of thedisplay.1. Attach the mounting plate to the back of your display using the screwsas illustrated.(For selected models)EnglishUsing the VESA mount

English26Using the VESA mount2. Attach the mounting plate to your Chromebox using the screws asillustrated.3. Position the Chromebox onto the display and secure with a screw asillustrated. The Chromebox and mount must be vertical.Warning! Place your display on a flat, stable surface to prevent itfrom falling and damaging your new Chromebox and/or display.If your display stand has adjustable tilt, do not tilt it to such adegree that the it can fall over when your Chromebox is attached.

27Online and offline helpAdditional help is available both online and offline. Help covers basictroubleshooting as well as more detailed information about Chrome OSand using your Chomebook.To access the help pages:1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner where your accountpicture appears.2. Click on the question mark ? .Note: If you are connected to the Internet, the more extensive onlinehelp will automatically open. Otherwise, the offline help will open.EnglishHelp

Create a new Google Account. You can create a new Google Account if you don’t already have one. Click . Create a Google Account. on the right to set up a new account. A Google Account gives you access to useful web services developed by Google, such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar. Browse as a guest

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