Google Chrome is becoming big! We have no doubt in that because the prefix of Chrome is a solid reason for its hike by competing with internet browsers including Internet Explorer and Mozilla. By the launch of Chrome OS, Google was actually extending the usability of Google Chrome from a normal web browser. The browser, available for multiple platforms is of course more than a normal web browser, even if you are using it on Windows or Linux (When it comes to Linux, we call Google Chrome as Chromium). This Chromium Project based Browser can do amazing things even without the help of extensions. In this post, we can have a look on some Google Chrome tips, which will, in turn, support your web browsing experience. For easiness, let us break the whole article into sections and start from base.
Google Chrome: Tab Management
Tabbed browsing is an important feature of Google Chrome, where it is much easier to download when you have to do multiple things at a time. For making the browsing experience even better, Chrome has some features in it, which may be less known to common people.
You can pin your favorite tabs into Chrome Browser for easier access. This option will also help you to arrange tabs neatly, while you are working in multiple tabs at a time. You can pin one tab by Right Click -> Select ‘Pin Tab’. Other than keeping the tab bar clean, pinning can fix the specific tab in Chrome so that the tab will be there at the next time you start Google Chrome.
When you have pinned the tab, it will show only the icon and hence you can save the space. You can unpin the tab by Right Click -> Unpin Tab when you want that Tab in full mode.
Reopen Closed Tab
Suppose that you have closed one tab accidentally in Chrome but want it back. You do not have to check the history for getting the link. Just Right Click on any of tab and select option ‘Reopen Closed Tab’. There is also a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+T to open recently closed tab.
Chrome has a feature to keep Home Button near to the Omnibox (URL Bar). You can do this by going to Customize -> Settings -> Tick option ‘Show Home Button’ under appearance section. This button will help you to get back to your homepage with just a click.
Tab Management: Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Chrome has a wide range of keyboard shortcuts for managing tabbed browsing. Suppose that you are eating food or doing something, which involves your hand, you can use these keyboard shortcuts for managing tabs.
- Ctrl+Tab – Shift to the next Tab
- Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Shift to the previous Tab
- Ctrl+1 – Go to the first tab
- Ctrl+N – Shift to Nth Tab
- Ctrl+T – New Tab
- Ctrl+W – Close Current Tab
Hovering over a tab and pressing the middle button of your Mouse will suddenly close the Tab.
Tab to Window
If your browser window is much tight and you want to move some tabs to another window, Chrome has an in-built feature to do that. You have to click and drag the current tab outwards the tab bar. The dragged tab will open in a new Chrome window.
Open in Specific Tab
If you want to replace a webpage in a tab by a specific link, you can drag the desired link and drop it over the tab.
Open in Incognito
You can open a link in an Incognito tab, by right clicking on the link and selecting the option ‘Open link in Incognito Window’.
Recently Closed Tab
Suppose you have a closed, a group of tabs but wants all them back. You do not have to go to history and click on each link for opening whole. Instead, you can toggle the button ‘Recently Closed’ and see the pages you have closed in the last session. If your PC was crashed before closing Google Chrome manually, you can also retain those tabs using restore option.
Browsing & Navigation
Apart from the options in tab management, Google Chrome has several features to make your browser easier. Let us have a look on some top Google Chrome tips for web browsing. We can start from the start-up of Chrome.
Set Multiple Homepages
Usually Google Chrome opens a new tab page as your homepage unless you have not installed some disturbing toolbars. However, if you want to open multiple links such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail from the startup, you can set the option by Customize -> Settings -> Open a specific page or set of pages and select your favorite pages to open.
URL box of Google Chrome is known as Omnibox, which gives you predictions and auto-completing text when searching using Google. This Omnibox is much larger than an address bar because of its dynamic behavior. You can use this Omnibox as a calculator and a converter. For example, you can type 58*65 in Omnibox and results will be the mathematical answers. If you have given a conversion like 3 Miles in Kilometer, it will show the converted quantity.
Google Chrome’s Omnibox can be used for not only searching the whole web but also searching inside specific websites. You can either specify the website by adding “site:URL” to the search query or use in-built feature of Chrome. This feature is available only if you visit the website frequently and used to not to clear history. When you type such websites’ URL (e.g. findasoft.com) in the right section of Omnibox, you can see a message “Press TAB to search findasoft.com”. You can press TAB Key and search inside findasoft.com. Hitting Enter key will lead you to the usual search result page of the website and the Omnibox will show URLs if your query matches any of previously visited pages of website.
Incognito Mode of Google Chrome is much useful and it is versatile as well. When you are using Incognito Mode, your cache will not be used, your history will not be recorded and no cookies will be stored during the Incognito session though the files you have downloaded will be in your PC. You can enable this mode by pressing the short key Ctrl+Shift+N.
When you are browsing a website and want to make a Google Search on that. You can select the text, right click and select ‘Search Google For ‘Selected Text’ option. The search results will be appearing in a new tab.
Deactivate and Hide Extensions
You might have installed many extensions in your Google Chrome. Imagine that you do not need a specific extension for the current period. You can deactivate that extension by, going to Customize -> Tools -> Extensions and deactivating the desired extension. This feature would be useful if some extensions are getting into Chrome by installation of some spam applications.
There is also an option to hide icon of an extension. For example, if you are using Google Dictionary Extension for getting meaning of words, the icon is not that much useful in most situation. You can hide the icon by Right clicking on Extension icon and selecting ‘Hide Button’.
Websites into Web Application
If you are a person, who opens Facebook before all websites, this feature can be useful for you. Using this you can access Facebook without starting Chrome. It is quite time saving as well. You can convert any website to web application by going to Customize -> Tools -> Create Application Shortcuts. Using this, you can make a small web application shortcut in your desktop, taskbar or start menu.
You can get a full screen web browsing experience by hitting F11 Button. There is also an option to zoom WebPages. It is available in Customize menu. You can also use Ctrl+Scroll Bar to adjust the zoom level of WebPages.
Chrome Task Manager
As a high-end web browser, various processes will be happening inside Google Chrome. You can have a look on running processes, amount of memory they use etc. You can get a glimpse at task manager by Customize -> Tools -> Task Manager or hitting Shift+Esc.
It is an excellent feature of Chrome you can use if you have a Google Account. You can connect your browser with your Google Account and synchronize all data with Google Servers. Synced data includes Bookmarks, auto fill, auto-complete data etc. Even if you need a re-installation of chrome in PC, you will not miss your browser data. You can use this sync feature by going to Customize -> Sign into Chrome.
Chrome has capabilities to synchronize in cross-device mode as well. If you have Google Chrome installed in your Tablet PC or Smartphone, you can get these bookmarks and other data in those devices as well. You will also get a feature to pause browsing session in one device and continue it in another one.
An option to clear History is available in Google Chrome. Using the short key Ctrl+Shift+Del, you can completely wipe data stored in Chrome including Cache, Auto fill, Download history etc.
A Bit Nerdy
What we have listed above are general tips. If you are a power user of Google Chrome, there are thousands of productive Google Chrome Extensions waiting for you as well some in-built features. You can get access to all nerdy stuff in Google Chrome by going to ‘chrome://chrome-urls/’. There is an option called Stats for Nerds in Chrome Task Manager if you want a deep glimpse at processes.
We have listed some major Google Chrome tips above, which are expected to be very useful for you. Do you have any other tips for Google Chrome browser? Share those through comments.