- Google Chrome tips and tricks
Quick and easy, Google Chrome marks all the right fields for a good web browser. Over time, it has grown to host a number of features such as extensions, themes and even serve as the basis of an operating system – Chrome OS. But what about the features that are not advertised? Chrome is packed to the brim with smart features that help you get the most out of your browser. We have put together the 10 best tips and tricks in this article.
Shortcuts are the easiest way to increase your browsing productivity. They are easy to learn and can speed up your browsing even if you just open Chrome to watch cat videos (completely understandable). Here are some shortcuts you should have, but there’s a complete list of Chrome shortcuts on Google’s support page.
|Action||Shortcut (Windows)||Shortcut (Mac)|
|Open a new window||Ctrl + n||⌘ + n|
|Open a new tab and jump to it||Ctrl + t||⌘ + t|
|Open your home page in the current tab||Everything + Home||⌘ + Move + h|
|Open the previous page||Everything + Left arrow||⌘ + [|
|Close the current tab||Ctrl + w||⌘ + w|
|Close the current window||Ctrl + Shift||⌘ + Shift + w|
|Minimize the current window||Alt + Space then n||⌘ + m|
|Go to the top of the page||Home||Shift + Space|
|Quit Google Chrome||Alt + f then x||⌘ + q|
Google Chrome tips & tricks
That funky little box at the top is called the Omnibox and it isn’t just for website addresses; this guy is also a calculator, currency converter, and more. You don’t even need to hit enter to see results, the Omnibox will immediately provide you with a result.
- Simple math problems
- Convert currency
- Convert units
You can of course always use it as a search engine, and more complicated commands can be run by hitting Enter (e.g. setting a timer)
Lots of Chrome features are running by typing “Chrome: // …” into your browser bar. However, you can also bookmark these commands to facilitate later use.
- Open bookmark manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + O.
- Click on the bottom menu with three buttons upper right (.
- click Bookmark.
- Enter the name of the bookmark below Name.
- Enter the command below URL.
- click Saving.
Type “Chrome: // restart” in your omnibox and Chrome will restart immediately. This closes and reopens all Chrome windows and tabs except incognito tabs. It will also close all other profiles you had open
Custom search engine
Use of the omnibox to search is not limited to Google. It’s easy to add any site you want instead. For example, this is a great way to quickly search your emails without first opening Gmail.
- Type chrome: // settings / searchEngines in the omni field.
- click Add below Standard search engines section.
- Enter the name.
- Enter the keyword (this is what you need to enter to search).
- Copy the URL of the site.
- click Saving.
- To search, type your keyword in the address bar and press Loss on your keyboard.
A recent addition to Chrome, tab groups help you manage your mess of tabs.
- Left-click on a tab, then hold Shift-click another tab to select a group (All tabs between these two will also be selected).
- Right-click on one of these tabs.
- click Add tab to new group.
- Name your group to finish adding the tab group.
Once you have created a tab, simply left-click on the group name to close and open the group.
Adding a tab to an existing group:
- Right-click on the tab.
- click Add tab to group.
- Select the group you want to add.
To try out the latest features in Chrome before releasing them, try experimental features. You need to download the beta version of Chrome for this.
- Download Google Chrome Beta.
- Open Google Chrome Beta Click Experiment button.
- Click the drop-down menu under the feature you want to try.
- click Activate.
Chrome task manager
Those who are familiar with Windows’ task manager will be at home here. An easy way to check which webpage is causing problems, Task Manager lets you see how memory and CPU usage are used by Chrome.
Press to open Task Manager Move + Esc.
Save files directly to Google Drive
Instead of downloading files and instantly uploading them to Google Drive, you can skip the middle ground with this smart extension from Google. Once installed, you have the option to save the file to Google Drive instead.
After setup, you will see an additional option when saving a file. Click to use the extension Save to Google Drive when downloading a file.
File Explorer for Windows
Chrome can be used as a basic file finder for Windows machines. Simply type “C: ” in your address bar and press Enter on your keyboard. You will be presented with a basic version of Windows File Explorer.
Block third-party cookies
When you are prompted to enable cookies, they are First-party cookies. They are provided by the site you are visiting and may be allowed or denied when you visit this site for the first time. Third part Cookies are provided by other websites that provide content for the website you are visiting (such as ads or images), and blocking them requires a little more work.
- click on menu with three buttons top right Chrome.
- click Settings.
- click Security and privacy.
- click Cookies and other website data.
- choose Block third-party cookies.
These are our favorite Chrome extensions, and we’ll be adding to this list as we learn more.
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