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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:18 PM

How difficult is it to go from a PC to Chromebook?

Can I copy my word docs, and other files from my PC? Is it worth it?

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Reply How difficult is it to go from a PC to Chromebook? (Original post)
AJT Dec 2019 OP
bluedye33139 Dec 2019 #1
AJT Dec 2019 #5
bluedye33139 Dec 2019 #7
RainCaster Dec 2019 #2
Bleacher Creature Dec 2019 #4
RainCaster Dec 2019 #9
AJT Dec 2019 #8
stopdiggin Dec 2019 #3
AJT Dec 2019 #6
hunter Dec 2019 #10
LeftInTX Jan 2020 #12
LeftofObama Dec 2019 #11
LeftInTX Jan 2020 #13

Response to AJT (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:20 PM

1. You can upload your Word docs to Google docs

I use a Chromebook for work. It took me awhile to figure out how to open up files, and a couple other strange things.

If you try to connect a Chromebook to a public network, you have to learn some workarounds because of the high security of the Chromebooks. They tend not to want to connect to a public network.

I have no major complaints about it.

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Response to bluedye33139 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:42 PM

5. Thank you. I worked in IT for years I dislike computers

because I got so sick of them. I'm glad this won't be too much of a hassle.
Can I get to my Outlook email on it?

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Response to AJT (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:43 PM

7. Through a browser absolutely

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:24 PM

2. I have a friend who used PCs for years, till I suggested a ChromeBook

He adapted in a heartbeat, and he's an old boomer like me. The machine does all he needs for a personal machine, email, internet, minor games like Tetris or solitaire. Much cheaper, needed no extra software.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:40 PM

4. What do you do for storage?

I'm in roughly the same boat, but also have pictures and music on my PC. Do you just upload the files to the cloud, or do you have extra memory storage on your Chromebook?

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 07:56 PM

9. Cloud, for him

My photo and music library is big enough that I have my own 80TB NAS. My wife and I are an exception. Cloud is enough for most people.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:45 PM

8. I am a boomer too. It's good to know that the change won't make me want

to yell at kids to get off my lawn.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:32 PM

3. this takes no learning curve at all

files, pictures, pdfs .. all that stuff transfers without a hiccup. And all of it opens (in it's new location) with easily available software (probably already pre-loaded). Predict that you're just not going to have any issues.

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:42 PM

6. Great. Thanks.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 12:43 AM

10. A PC is likely to have more storage space than a Chromebook.

All the digital detritus I've been collecting since the late 'seventies doesn't fit on my inexpensive Chromebook. That's what my Linux desktop machine is for.

But it's easy enough to put files I'm currently using, and a very large collection of family photographs, etc., on a usb memory stick which works on both machines.

I was skeptical about Chromebooks until they started using them in the high schools around here. Teachers who hated computers loved them. IT administrators became human again.

My Chromebook is the computer I use most frequently, and it's also the machine I travel with unless some horrid circumstance requires I carry my Windows laptop with me. I don't touch Windows unless someone is paying me.

The battery life of most Chromebooks is amazing if you are used to Windows laptops that get three or four hours at best.

Chromebooks won't run sophisticated image editing software like Photoshop, won't play PC video games, etc... but for web browsing, email, watching Netflix or YouTube, writing, they're great. Newer Chromebooks run Android apps as well.

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Response to hunter (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 01:58 PM

12. I agree

I love my Chromebook.

It's cheap, extremely lightweight, battery life is amazing!

My other PC is a Windows desktop. I've got a bad back, so lugging a heavy Windows laptop wasn't an option for me.

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 09:34 AM

11. Not hard at all.

At first I didn't even know there was a difference between a PC and a Chromebook. That's how little I know about computers. When I got it home and connected it to my wifi then logged on to my Google account it automatically synced up my computer with my phone. This thing is amazing!

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Response to AJT (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:04 PM

13. If you are into fancy editing of word docs, it can be a bit of a hassle

I have both a desktop PC and a Chromebook

If you have Word docs without alot of graphics, columns etc Google Docs should work.

I have desktop publishing software on my PC because I create push cards etc. (I can't use desktop publishing on my Chromebook) My Chromebook is also fussy about printers.

For mobile computing, it's a winner. Much better than a Windows laptop.

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