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12 Tips for Navigating Chrome Like a Boss

12 Tips for Navigating Chrome Like a Boss

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers nowadays, by far. However, just like any other browser, if you know all of the tips and tricks, the experience can be improved in a multitude of ways. There are some improvements that can literally make you a lot more productive, while at the same time improve the browsing experience as a whole.

Check out these 12 tips and tricks to help you take charge of Chrome.

1. Tab Pinning

If you have too many tabs open, you will find that these occupy a lot of real estate. You can pin a tab and make it occupy less browser space by right clicking on it and choosing the option to Pin Tab. You can do this for as many tabs as you want, there is no restriction.

2. Use Chrome commands

If you want to access hidden features found deep within the browser, then just type chrome://chrome-urls in the address bar and you will see a list of all these tools. This is a great way to find out great stuff already available within your browser.

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3. The Omnibox’s Hidden Treasures

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    Shourya Ray, CEO of SkyChildCare, offered this tip: “If you click the star in the far right of the omnibox, it will prompt a bookmark list. You can add a site, like SkyChildCare, to your list of favorites from there. Also, at the far left of your omnibox, there is a little icon that looks like a dog-eared piece of paper, or a lock for a secured site. Clicking on that will pull up a window with information about that particular site and permissions, which you can then mess with.”

    4. Add events in Google Calendar

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      You can add events into your Google Calendar from the omnibox by first clicking the navicon in the upper right hand corner and choosing Settings. You will then scroll down to Search and click on Manage search engines. At the bottom of the box that pops up, there will be 3 empty boxes for you to add information. In the first box, enter “Add Calendar Event.” In the second box, enter “cal”. Finally, enter http://www.google.com/calendar/event?ctext=+%s+&action=TEMPLATE&pprop=HowCreated%3AQUICKADD into the last box. Click done and then you can add calendar events directly from the omnibox. To add an event, type cal and press Tab, and enter your event. You can even type the event right into the omnibox, like “Pick up Bobby from camp, 12 p.m.”

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      5. Use the task manager

      Chrome is known to be a resource hog, but it can be hard to determine which tab consumes the most resources. If you want to find out such a thing, go to the Menu, click on More Tools and then choose the Task Manager. You can end any process on the spot in order to save precious memory.

      6. Move more tabs at once

      Just hold down CTRL and click on the tabs you want to move. Then when you want to move them you will just need to drag a single tab and they will all go to the desired destination.

      7. Omnibox unit converter

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        You can also perform unit conversions in the omnibox, without switching to Google search. Just start typing a unit in the omnibox, like “500 meters =” and Chrome will suggest a conversion rate, like miles. If you want a different unit than the one suggested, just start typing the unit in the omnibox.

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        8. Omnibox calculator

        The browser is so powerful that it can solve math problems very fast. Just insert the math problem in the omnibox and you will receive the result in a matter of seconds. This trick works only if the default search engine is Google.

        9. Chrome is an image browser

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          Yes, just drag and drop your images in Chrome and you will be able to browse through them without any problem using the arrow keys.

          10. Browse through tabs

          If you want to browse through tabs, you will need to press Ctrl+Tab. You can repeat this process as many times as you want until you reach the desired tab. There are no restrictions in this regard.

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          11. Open tabs closed by mistake

          Let’s say you accidentally closed LifeHack before you were finished reading. You can bring them back with a simple action. You just need to press Control-Shift-T as many times as you want in order to access the desired tabs once again.

          12. Drag to search

          Instead of copying and pasting a word or phrase you want to search, you can just highlight it and drag it into the omnibox. If your wrist muscles are just too tired from all of the dragging and dropping, you can also highlight a word or phrase and then right click and Chrome will prompt a pop-up option to search.

          All in all, if you follow these Chrome usage tips you will be able to master this browser and the results will definitely be well worth it. Just implement them, and you will see how amazing your Google Chrome usage sessions can actually be!

          Featured photo credit: VFS Digital Design via flickr.com

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          8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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          Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

          1. Zoho Notebook
            If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
          2. Evernote
            The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
          3. Net Notes
            If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
          4. i-Lighter
            You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
          5. Clipmarks
            For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
          6. UberNote
            If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
          7. iLeonardo
            iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
          8. Zotero
            Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

          I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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          In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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