Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Chrome on your desktop

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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

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.

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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

Omnibox

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)

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Bookmark commands

Lots of Chrome features are running by typing “Chrome: // …” into your browser bar. However, you can also bookmark these commands to facilitate later use.

  1. Open bookmark manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + O.
  2. Click on the bottom menu with three buttons upper right (.
  3. click Bookmark.
  4. Enter the name of the bookmark below Name.
  5. Enter the command below URL.
  6. click Saving.


Restart Chrome

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


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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.

  1. Type chrome: // settings / searchEngines in the omni field.
  2. click Add below Standard search engines section.
  3. Enter the name.
  4. Enter the keyword (this is what you need to enter to search).
  5. Copy the URL of the site.
  6. click Saving.
  7. To search, type your keyword in the address bar and press Loss on your keyboard.

Tab groups

A recent addition to Chrome, tab groups help you manage your mess of tabs.

  1. Left-click on a tab, then hold Shift-click another tab to select a group (All tabs between these two will also be selected).
  2. Right-click on one of these tabs.
  3. click Add tab to new group.
  4. Name your group to finish adding the tab group.


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Once you have created a tab, simply left-click on the group name to close and open the group.


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Adding a tab to an existing group:

  1. Right-click on the tab.
  2. click Add tab to group.
  3. Select the group you want to add.

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Experimental functions

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.

  1. Download Google Chrome Beta.
  2. Open Google Chrome Beta Click Experiment button.
  3. Click the drop-down menu under the feature you want to try.
  4. 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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

  1. click on menu with three buttons top right Chrome.
  2. click Settings.
  3. click Security and privacy.
  4. click Cookies and other website data.
  5. 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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