What are some lesser known Google Chrome tips and hacks?

What are some lesser known Google Chrome tips and hacks? by Shri Ram

Answer by Shri Ram:

1) Interesting & Useful New Tabs.

Upon opening a new tab, instead of the boring, regular new tab, how about getting a tab with to do list, quote of the day, favorite links and beautiful background image?

Try Momentum theme for your Chrome. If you spend much of your day with your nose in a browser, Momentum might just be the launch-pad you need.

2) Not satisfied? Need different beautiful landscape images every time you open a new tab? Try ixigo inspire

Personal recommendation: Must try

3) Use Chrome as an Alarm

First, download the Omnibox Timer extension. Omnibox Timer

Once you've got it installed, all you need to do is type ‘tm’ in the omnibox to activate it, followed by your alarm message – “20m Time for Meeting,” “10m Call Her”, etc..

4) Open one (or many) mistakenly closed tabs

Have you ever mistakenly closed a tab? We all have.

But chrome is a forgiving browser and its possible to get everything back. Press Control-Shift-T and chrome will reopen recently closed tab. Keep hitting it and get previously closed pages as well.

5) Browse Through Tabs Using Key Commands

How to browse through multiple tabs easily?

Hold down the Control key and a number 1 through 9. Each number associated with a different tab starting with 1 and incrementally through 9 tabs as you move to the right. ie., Ctrl + 1 for opening first tab, Ctrl + 3 for opening third tab, etc.

6) Chrome Is a Simple Multimedia Browser

Have you ever been organizing your computer and come across some multimedia file and you have no idea what file it is ? Drag it directly into your chrome window and open it. (Complete off-topic: How many of you like DC?)

7) Drag Multiple Tabs at Once

You may be aware with the single tab drag and drop option. But you may not know it can be done with more than one tab at a time. Hold down the Ctrl button and click on all the tabs you wish to move and you can move them as one.

8) Make favicons your bookmarks

Create Favicon of the website instead of whole URL text.

Click the wrench icon => Bookmarks => Show bookmarks Bar

Whenever you add new sites to your bookmarks, make sure to delete the text in the name box.

9) Drag Links Directly to Your Desktop

There are numerous ways to store and organize links you want to click on later.

But this one is cool. Create a link icon directly on your desktop- Make it look like a software or a file and click it to open the website.

Highlight the URL from the omnibox and drag and drop it on the desktop.

10) Task Manager

Just like your PC, chrome has its own task manager. So you can monitor various processes and check how much resources it is diverting to each.

To access the manager in Windows, click the wrench icon in the top-right corner > More tools > Task manager.

Once you open the task manger, you will see all the plugins, extensions, and tabs that are currently in progress. But you'll also see how much of your browser's resources each process is using. If one of those processes seems like it's causing a problem (like slowing down or stalling your browser), you can highlight it with a click of the "End process" button at the bottom of the window. Dishkiyaoon

11) Translate Anything

Chrome already has built-in Google Translate for entire webpages.

But if you just want information on a select phrase or passage, you can get it with just two clicks.

Install Google Translate extension. Highlight the text you want to translate into, click the little Google translate icon in the top right side of chrome. Done.

Chrome is Mr. Cheapest-Translator-Ever.

12) Easy Key Command to Delete Browsing History

Got into a ‘Situation’? Need to delete your entire browsing history real fast? I know that feel. Chrome got you covered.

Ctrl + Shift+ Delete = Clear browsing history window will open in a second. You’re welcome.

13) Use Chrome as a Calculator

Need to use calculator multiple times a day? Well, don’t need to. You can use Chrome as a calculator.

Not only this…… Want to know how many hours 203 minutes add up to? Type “203 minutes =” into the omnibox, and again, don't press enter. The answer (3.38333 hours) will show up in the drop-down.

14) Need to share your device with siblings?

Don’t worry if he/she can see your browsing info.

Create ‘guest browser’ account so your sibling can’t see your browsing data. You’re saved.

15) Secret Pages in Chrome (Strictly for Geeks)

If you get bored of surfing the traditional Web , there are a few dozen hidden Chrome pages that you can check out on your browser.

Type the chrome URL (usually begins with http://chrome://)

Most of these pages are hidden for a reason. You don’t need to use if you are not a nerd. You can find an official clickable list by typing http://chrome://chrome-urls into the omnibox. If you want to know their purpose, check the below page.

List of Chrome URLs and their purpose – gHacks Tech News

16) List of last used pages

Hold down the back button to see and revisit pages beyond the one you last used.

17) To Get the TL;DR Version of Long Pages

There's an extension for that. It distill lengthy articles down to their main points. Talk about a time saver.


18) Record everything you do on Chrome

With the Screencastify extension, you can record all the screen activity—including audio—that occurs inside a tab.

This is great for situations where you need to teach others a task at work. You can easily narrate presentations.

Screencastify (Screen Video Recorder)

19) Reduce data usage per Web page

Wi-Fi Connection is slow while travelling? Data saver extension automatically compresses each page you visit before downloading them.

Data Saver

20) Pressing space bar will scroll down one page. Pressing Shift + Space bar will scroll up in the same manner.

21) Middle – Clicking

Middle-Click a tab’s title box to close it.

It will cause a link to open in a new tab in the background, so you can continue working in your current tab without interruption.

22) For all writers out there (especially Sujona Chatterjee )

For a distraction-free browsing experience (especially, when you write something), click F11. It'll shift Chrome into full-screen mode, hiding all the regular browser elements and everything else on your screen.

23) Avoid writing www and .com

Type the main part of the site's name — quora, for instance — then hit Ctrl and Enter. Chrome will fill in the rest.

24) Get names and e-mail addresses of any company’s employees

Find employee email addresses for any company by using Clearbit Connect. Clearbit Connect – Supercharge Gmail™

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What are some lesser known Google Chrome tips and hacks?

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