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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!

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          Last Updated on December 30, 2018

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

          No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

          If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

          But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

          Let’s dive straight into the list…

          1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

            If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

            Download Rescue Time

            2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

              If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

              Download Remember the Milk

              3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                Download Focus Booster

                4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                  This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                  Download Toggl

                  5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                    There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                    Download Dropbox

                    6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                      Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                      Download Evernote

                      7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                        Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                        Download Mind42

                        8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                          This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                          Download SnycBackFree

                          9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                            Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                            Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                            10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                              This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                              Download 1Password

                              11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                Download Pocket

                                12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                  This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                  Download [email protected]ll

                                  13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                    This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                    Download Launchy

                                    14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                      This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                      Download Forest

                                      15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                        This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                        Download Trello

                                        16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                          Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                          Download Wunderlist

                                          17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                            This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                            Download Time Tree

                                            18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                              Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                              Download Todoist

                                              The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                              Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                              More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                              • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                              • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                              • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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