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20 Killer Google Chrome Tips And Tricks You Can’t Miss For Sure

20 Killer Google Chrome Tips And Tricks You Can’t Miss For Sure

Internet is a form of information of life today. In this era everyone grows up with the internet at their fingertips. It is needed for everything ranging from schoolwork and research assignments to entertainment and socializing. After all, no one wants to stumble on something they shouldn’t read or watch it online.

When we talk about choosing a web browser, mostly people will examine the speed of the browser and how user-friendly it is as their top ways to determine the best one. Keeping that in mind, Google Chrome browser has been a favorite web browser for many savvy internet users. While Chrome is easy to use, there are some simple Google Chrome tips and tricks that can make your web experience much more satisfying and reliable. Here’s a look at some tips and to make Chrome faster, more effective, and extremely flexible:

 

1. Open Multiple Pages on Start up

    Rather than opening your browser with just one homepage, Chrome gives you an option to open several pages as it starts up, providing an instant access to several websites and services you prefer to start your day with.

     

    2.  Pin Tab

      In Chrome. there is an option to pin a tab that can minimize the tab to display only the icon. When you have a number of tabs opened, this feature is very useful, as it will display the icons, leaving more space for multitasking. This option also avoids tabs lost on the side of the screen when you have numerous tabs open at one time.

      3. Display Home Button

        Chrome claims a simple design that a lot of people love, but some users want to see a “home” button to click.

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        To add a home button in Chrome you just have to click on the ‘Wrench Icon’ at the top-right corner, select ” Preferences,” and under the tab you will find a check-box for “show Home button in the toolbar.”

        4. Create desktop shortcuts of your favorite websites

          In Chrome, you can turn the site into a desktop app to quickly access your favorite website. To make a shortcut, navigate to your favorite website, click the wrench icon select “Tools” and then click on “Create application shortcuts.”

          5. Utilizing Omnibox

            In Chrome, the URL address bar is also called as Omnibox, which can be used for simple mathematical queries. Just type the calculations or conversions directly in the Omnibox and press enter to see the results yourself.

            6.  Reopen Recently Closed tab

              While surfing the  internet, you can open any tab that has been closed by mistake. You just have to pressing Ctrl + Shift + T. You can also reopen it by a right click on the title-bar -> and select “Reopen closed tab” as shown above.

              7. Secret Mode

                  For private browsing, you can enable secret (incognito) mode, where Chrome will not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable secret mode by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N, or go to Settings click “new incognito Window”, or you can select “open link in incognito window” by a right mouse click.

                  8. Task Manager

                    Task manager shows the memory and CPU usage by each and every tab opened in your Google Chrome browser. If three are many Tabs open in the browser, and causing slow speed, you can open task manager to locate a problematic site.

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                    You need to right click on the title bar and select “Task Manager”, or you can even Press Shift + escape key to open it.

                    9. Change search engine in the omnibar

                      You can change the search engine by changing the address bar to “Search yahoo.com:” any other search engine you prefer. You just have to type “Yahoo” in the address bar and type the keyword, after this your keyword will be searched in the yahoo.com.

                      10. Change link or tab location

                        If you want to change the tab location or want to open a link at a specific tab location, you can hold the link or the tab, drag the link or the tab to a specific tab location. A small arrow will appear while dragging and dropping the link.

                        11. Carry your chrome settings

                          If you are using different computers at home or at work, you carry your Chrome settings with you by using chrome Sign in. You can keep and use your bookmarks, themes, extensions settings, by using any computer. You have to select “Sign in to Chrome” from the settings menu to carry all the settings.

                          12. Drag and drop downloaded file

                            One of the coolest Chrome tips; drag and drop your downloaded file from your chrome browser. You need to drag the file from the Chrome download window and drop it to your any other file browser.

                            13.  See history, bookmarks & downloads

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                              Chrome can display your browser data and settings through specific Chrome URLs, which is a useful to see the info in your browser. Here you can look for a specific website, erase all your history, or delete only selected browsing sites from your history.

                              Press Ctrl-H, or go to Customize -> History, to open the history tab.

                              14. Resize Text Area

                                Google Chrome also allows you to resize the text area on any website. You’ll see two slanted lines at the bottom right corner of the “text area” drag it by using your mouse to resize the text area on the screen.

                                You use this option in the comment box (text area) located at the bottom of the post page.

                                 

                                15. Use auto-fill

                                  We always feel irritated typing our address again and again, but you might love Chrome’s AutoFill options that can recollect the information and save you from the repeat effort.

                                  Go to settings -> Options -> Personal Stuff then choose “AutoFill options.” By selecting “Add address,” you can enter your details.

                                  17. Navigate between tabs quickly

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                                    You can also navigate between opened tabs very quickly by using some shortcut keys.

                                    Use Ctrl+Tab to navigate Tabs one by one, Press Ctrl-1 to go to 1st Tab, Press Ctrl-2 to go to 2nd Tab, and so on. You can also switch to the last Tab by pressing Ctrl-9.

                                    18. Google cloud print

                                      Go to Settings and look for Under the Hood Options then click on sign into “Google Cloud Print”. By doing so, you will be able to setup your printer account to use Google cloud print. You can print your document from wherever you are and you can even print to it from your mobile phone, PC at home or work, or any system that is connected to the internet.

                                      19. Make favicons your bookmarks

                                        In Chrome, there is another way to get quick access to your favorite websites by creating favicon of the website instead of whole URL text.

                                        To get this, first click the wrench icon, selecting “Tools” and then ticking “Always show bookmarks bar.” Once done with this, whenever you are going to add new sites to your bookmarks, always make sure to delete the text in the name box, for a favicon-only list.

                                        20. Set pages to load automatically

                                          Google Chrome can open your favorite tabs automatically. To organize this, go to Settings, search under the “On startup” section, and click “Open a specific page or set of pages.”Click the “Set pages” link,

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                                          Tayyab Babar

                                          Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                          What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                          Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                          • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                          • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                          • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                          1. Todoist

                                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                            Download: Todoist

                                            2. 1Password

                                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                              Download: 1Password

                                              3. Bear

                                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                Download: Bear

                                                4. Hazel

                                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                                  5. Alfred

                                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                    Download: Alfred

                                                    6. TextExpander

                                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                      Download: TextExpander

                                                      7. Backblaze

                                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                        Download: Backblaze

                                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                          9. Snagit

                                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                            10. Bartender

                                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                              Download: Bartender

                                                              11. Otter

                                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                              Download: Otter

                                                              12. Flux

                                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                Download: Flux

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                                                                13. PDFpen

                                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                                  15. Franz

                                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                    Download: Franz

                                                                    16. MindNode

                                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                      Download: MindNode

                                                                      17. Focus

                                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                        Download: Focus

                                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                                            Focus To Do

                                                                              Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                              There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                              Download: Focus To Do

                                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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