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How Do I Download Programs To My Chrome Book?

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Hardware & Peripherals, Using The Internet

Hilda  writes:

I have recently bought a Chromebook and I just can’t figure out how to do the downloads. I am not that computered with these things. I have no idea how to download games or programs and photos.  Hopefully you can figure out what I”m talking about. Sincerely, Hilda.

Hilda, A Chromebook is more of an Internet appliance than a laptop. It is designed to run web-based applications. You don’t buy and install programs as you would on a traditional laptop computer. It’s a Linux based system, so you can’t run Windows applications or programs. Google Chrome will be your web browser. You can find apps for your Chromebook in the Google Chrome App Store at

There you will apps for games, social media and productivity. You’ll need to use a web-based e-mail service such as Gmail for e-mail and Google Docs for the functions performed by programs like Microsoft Office.

As far as downloading, your Chromebook isn’t designed for that. The concept is that you’ll store your files on Google Drive in the cloud. It’s a different experience from a traditional laptop, since a Chromebook is meant to stay constantly connected to the Internet. Some users love the Chromebook experience, while others miss that traditional laptop.  So check out the App Store to get started and let me know what you think.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “How Do I Download Programs To My Chrome Book?”

  1. Hilda Guzman says:

    Thanks for the information. I only wish I never bought it. I do miss all the downloads that I have had before. I really didn’t know what I was buying that foe sure. The chromebook is not for everybody.

  2. Hilda Guzman says:

    Thanks for your help for the chromebook. Wish I never bought now, “oh well”.

  3. Gary Tyler says:

    Many of us old people don’t like change, but change will keep us young. As long as we can still learn we can still be usefull and alive. In a world monopalized by microsoft, chromebook is a breath of fresh air. We need more hints for the Linux users! Please don’t shut us out. Thanks for the tips on chromebook. Freedom is important, even with software. The info we have on Linux is very limited. Help us stay young. Thank you Worldstart tech Tips.

  4. dianespiers says:

    Have recently bought a new laptop with windows 8 which my husband hates he mostly uses a laptop for checking emails and ebay would a chromebook be better for him

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