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Chromebooks @ SU Libraries: Saving Files

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Saving PDFs

PDFs will load by default in the browser window, so you will be able to read them without having to download them. However, if you would like to download them to save them for later, you can do that as well.

To save a PDF, open the Google Chrome menu in the upper left corner of the screen (it looks like three horizontal lines). Choose "Save page as..." to save the PDF. Where you save the file depends on a few things:

  • IF YOU USE GOOGLE DRIVE - If you have a Google account and signed in when you started up the Chromebook, you will see "Google Drive" as an option on the left side of the save window. Choose that to save the PDF to your Google Drive account.
  • IF YOU HAVE A USB FLASH DRIVE - If you brought your flash drive to class, you can plug it into the Chromebook and it will appear as an option on the left side of the save window. Choose that and save the file as you normally would on a PC.
  • OTHERWISE - If you don't have a flash drive or a Google account, save the PDF to the "Downloads" folder. After the file is saved, you can go to your SU email, create a new email to yourself, and attach the file to send it to yourself. You can also use this method to upload the file to an alternative cloud storage service (Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.)

Saving Microsoft Office Files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Microsoft Office files will open in a program called Quickoffice on the Chromebook. This will allow you to view and edit the file as you would on a regular PC. If you need to save the file, open the "File" menu near the upper right corner of the screen and choose "Save as...". From there, choose one of the options below.

  • IF YOU USE GOOGLE DRIVE - If you have a Google account and signed in when you started up the Chromebook, you will see "Google Drive" as an option on the left side of the save window. Choose that to save the document to your Google Drive account.
  • IF YOU HAVE A USB FLASH DRIVE - If you brought your flash drive to class, you can plug it into the Chromebook and it will appear as an option on the left side of the save window. Choose that and save the file as you normally would on a PC.
  • OTHERWISE - If you don't have a flash drive or a Google account, save the document to the "Downloads" folder. After the file is saved, you can go to your SU email, create a new email to yourself, and attach the file to send it to yourself. You can also use this method to upload the file to an alternative cloud storage service (Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.)

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