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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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          Published on September 20, 2018

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

          Minimizing Tabs

          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

          Incognito Mode

          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

          Save Webpages as PDF Files

          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

          Open Recently-closed Tabs

          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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          Solve Mathematical Problems

          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

          Play Media Files

          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

          Stay Focus(e)d

          Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

          Grammarly for Editing

          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

          Loom

          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

          Chrome Calendar Extension

          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

          Final Thoughts

          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

          Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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