In February, Google Chrome had a 37% worldwide usage share of Web browsers, according to StatCounter, making it the world’s most popular browser.
And with good reason: Chrome, which has been available for less than five years, allows people to have familiar browser settings across multiple computers and devices and steals a lot of the best functionality from its competitors, while offering many unique enhancements. Extensions, which are like apps for your browser, can add even more cool features.
If you don’t currently use Chrome,which is free, you may end adopting sooner rather than later.When you do, here are some ways to use it better.
Eliminate Tab Overload With A Single Click
Even the most OCD Chrome user can get carried away and find themselves with a dozen – or dozens – of tabs open on their browser. That may not be a problem, until you have to shut down and movie machines, or find all those open tabs are slowing performance or they’ve gotten so small you have completely forgotten what exactly you were working with.
OneTab is a Google Chrome extension that installs in seconds and then gives you the ability to press a button and convert all those open tabs into a single tab with a list of links. Save it for later or just cut down on your Chrome clutter so you can…open even more tabs.
Other cool OneTab features:
- Reopen all of your tabs with a single click.
- Quickly share your tabs by publishing them as a Web page.
- Import and export tabs (which is very handy if you don’t use Chrome’s synching feature when moving from one computer to another).
Talk To Chrome
It’s in demo mode for the moment, but there’s a Google Chrome feature that let’s you dictate a message which can then be copied and pasted into an email or document.
What makes this voice recognition program so cool is that A) it actually works and works well and B) it’s free. Dragon Speech Recognition and similar products are in trouble in very short order.
Go Undercover With Incognito Tabs
Whether your motives are nefarious (i.e. downloading porn) or just (i.e.shopping for a gift for someone you share a computer with), there are times when you don’t want your browsing and download history recorded. Simply press CTRL-Shift-N to open an incognito window in Chrome, which lets you to browse privately.
Search In A Second In Omnibox
While this feature is becoming standard in most browsers, it’s worth mentioning for people who still may be going to wwww.google.com to search. Next time, just type your search query right in the address bar and watch what happens. Those saved seconds will add up to minutes of extra productivity over the course of a year.
Pin Tabs To Save Title Bar Real Estate
If you open multiple tabs or have several tabs set to open automatically every time you start Chrome, you know that the tab bar can get crowded very quickly. Get around this by pinning tabs, which makes them appear smaller in the tab bar. Simply right-click on the tab and select “Pin Tab” from the drop-down menu.
Reopen A Tab You Closed Accidentally
Did you inadvertently close that useful ColdBomb article before you forwarded it to a friend? No worries: simply press CTRL-Shift-T to reopen closed tabs. This works much like the undo feature in most programs, meaning each time you press it, another recently closed tab will reopen.
Also a nifty trick if you startle a Chrome newbie who doesn’t know about Incognito mode and you want to see what it was they closed so quickly on the browser as soon as they noticed you walking into the room.
More Useful Chrome Shortcuts
Use these to use Chome more efficiently:
- Alt+F – Open the wrench menu (i.e chrome settings menu)
- Ctrl+J – Go to downloads window
- Ctrl+H – Go to history window
- Ctrl+Tab – Navigate Tabs
- Alt+Home – Go to home page
- Ctrl+U – View source code of the current page
- Ctrl+K – To search quickly in the address bar
- Ctrl+L – Highlights the URL in the address bar (use this to copy/paste the URL quickly)
- Ctrl+N – Open a new Chrome browser window
- Ctrl+Shift+N – Open a new incognito window (for private browsing)
- Ctrl+Shift+B – Toggle bookmark display
- Ctrl+W – Close the current Tab
- Alt+Left Arrow – Go to the previous page from your history
- Alt+Right Arrow – Go to the next page from your history
- Space bar – Scroll down the current web page