How to Sign Into Google Chrome
(Note: You do not need to follow these instructions if using a Chromebook. Users are automatically signed into Chrome when signed into a Chromebook.)
First, open the Chrome web browser.
1. Click on the person on the top right of the screen.
2. Click "Sign into Chrome".
3. Enter your PISD email address and network password. The student email address is their firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com). Example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it! Note that you can add more than one Google account if you have them. For example, you can click "Manage People" to add your personal Gmail account to easily toggle between your Gmail account and PISD Chrome account.
Why Use Chrome?
- The Chrome browser is a Google product, so the Google Drive components naturally work better in Chrome.
- When you log in to the Chrome browser, Chrome syncs across all your devices. You always have your preferred settings, saved features, and browsing history - wherever you log in.
- Chrome allows you to switch between two or more Google accounts on the same workstation, keeping your personal life and your work life separate. OR keep family members' accounts separate.
- Available extensions and apps greatly increase the browser's functionality.
Logging in to Chrome VS. Logging in to Drive
Chrome sign-in can sometimes be confusing, because you can think you're logging in to the browser when you're really logging in to either Google Drive or Google Docs. If you're logged in to Chrome, you are logged in to Drive, but not vice versa.
There are a couple of ways to be sure you're signing in to the browser:
When you launch the Chrome browser, the homepage is often set to chrome://chrome-signin. Enter the email address and password associated with your account.
Open Chrome, click the Chrome menu > Settings, and click Sign in to Chrome. Enter the email address and password associated with your account.
Open Chrome, click the silhouette to the left of the minimize icon (top right corner of the screen) and select Sign in to Chrome there.
When prompted, click Link data to sync all your apps & extensions. (You will do that the first time you log in to Chrome on a device.)
Note: when you're on an unfamiliar workstation, it's always a good idea to go back to Settings at the end of your session to click Disconnect your Google Account..., then Clear data and disconnect.
If you're using a Chromebook, you sign in to everything when you sign in to the Chromebook.
The Chrome Menu
Access the Chrome menu options by clicking the three dots at the top right of your Chrome window, (sometimes referred to as the "shish kebab"). If there is any kind of alert about Chrome, this symbol will be an orange circle with an exclamation mark.
Incognito WindowThe incognito window allows another user to log in to their Google account in a new window, without your having to log out of your Google account, or out of your computer. It also allows for "private browsing," meaning that history in Incognito Mode won't be saved. To access, click the Chrome menu, then New incognito window. (Not available on student accounts.)
The Incognito window is also helpful if you want to see how/if a Google doc/website is visible to people outside PISD.
History and BookmarksView your history from any device where you've logged in to Chrome! Very helpful for students who are researching at school and then can't remember how they got to a particular site when at home.
Click the Chrome menu > History.When you click Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar you will see the small Apps launcher button at the far left of the bar, just below the back arrow button. The Bookmark manager is helpful for organizing your bookmarks.
ThemesClick the Chrome menu > Settings and scroll to Appearance
Click Get themes and browse your options. Try out a few!
Enable "OK Google"
On a Chromebook, you can enable "OK Google" by checking the box under Search in Settings. Useful for young students or those with print disabilities or mobility impairments. This allows students to initiate a voice search in google.com, the apps launcher, and when opening a new tab.
Add a User
Do you ever wish you could log in to your personal Gmail account while at school, without having to log out of your school account? Or do you share a computer at home with family members and want to keep your browsing separate from your children's? Google makes it possible for you to have separate instances of Chrome available/open on a workstation at the same time.
Click the Chrome menu > Settings and scroll to People. Click Add person...
Select an icon for the new account and name it. When you click the Add button, a new window with a Chrome login will appear. Sign in with the credentials of the account you're adding.
Search Drive from Address Bar
How to Clear the Cache
How to Clear the Cache on a Chromebook:
- Click on the three vertical dots on the top right of the browser toolbar to open the Chrome menu
- Click on More tools
- Clear Browsing Data
- Check the boxes next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files"
- Click on Clear browsing data. The Chromebook cache and cookies and now deleted.