With this post, the series marks completion of 100 tips related to Chrome browser. If you’ve gone through whole series and tried to follow each tip, well, congrats, you’re now a Chrome power user. A power user is different from an average user in that he knows more than a bunch of tips and tricks regarding the software. If I come across more tips and tricks, I will have to rename the series to indicate series contains beyond 100 tips.
Without further ado…
- Close multiple tabs at once – Got multiple tabs to close? Instead of clicking each tab’s X button, you can make things faster & smooth by selecting multiple tabs by press Ctrl or Shift and selecting tabs and press Ctrl + F4.
- Use Chrome OS desktop on Windows 8/8.1 – You must have set Chrome as your default browser for this tip to work. And needless to say, you must be on Windows 8/8.1. Now click hamburger-icon and click Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode. The reason this mode is also called Chrome OS mode is because this interface is pretty similar to the Chromebook OS, which comes pre-installed on Chromebook devices.
- Move the cursor to omnibox – To quickly move your cursor to omnibox without touching mouse, just press Ctrl + K.
- Make chrome autofill forms – Sure, there are extensions to better handle this functionality like Form Filler and Autofill. But the default that comes with Chrome is not nothing less of useful either. For starters, what this autofill does is that it saves certain form field details, then you can make the browser fill whole form in just one click. To enable this autofill feature, go to Settings page, click Show advanced settings… and check Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click. and you can also manage (edit, delete and add new) autofill details by click Manage Autofill settings.
- Resize textarea fields – Find that textarea too small? If you’re a Chrome user, you can resize it and make it the size you want. Just drag your cursor to bottom left corner, two headed arrow should appear then click and drag and drop it. It will be resized. Just so you know web developers may disable this settings on their forms by little coding, so it’s not for all websites.
- See what Chrome has cached – Chrome stores resources (CSS, JS and IMG files, right?) as per instructions from websites, right? You can see what your browser has cached by typing this URL in new tab and hitting Enter : chrome://cache
- Open a page at a specific tab location – Pressing Ctrl key and clicking a link opens link in new tab to the right of current tab, right? But what if you don’t want it to open exactly to its right side and you want it to open somewhere else. Sure you can open the tab, use drag & drop functionality, but what if you want to drag the tab before its even launched? Guess what you can do that. Here’s how: Click the link, hold it, drag it across tabs and drop it wherever you want. It will be open at that specific location.
- Search text across page – This feature is one of the basic ones, so most browser share this like Firefox & Opera. To search for text across a page, just press Ctrl + F and a search box will appear, type your query there and done!
- Open image in a new tab – This one is a fairly new one. I love it! If you want to view an image in its full size, but the image has been scaled to display smaller by HTML tags, you can just open the image in its full form by right-clicking the image and selecting Open image in new tab.
- Save a webpage – Want to save a webpage for offline reading? Downloading/saving a webpage will download all of its resources as well, so it won’t require internet access. Here’s how: Just press Ctrl + S and save the webpage.
- Open hamburger-icon – To quickly open hamburger-icon menu, just press Alt + F. Once there, you can press shortcut keys and access certain options on the dropdown list too.
- View page source – To view the structure & HTML/CSS coding going on behind the scenes of a webpage, you view its page source. Here’s how: Press Ctrl + U or right-click page and select View page source.
- Open Developer Tools – Chrome Developer Tools is a a bucket of useful tools especially designed to help developers and designers examine the ins and outs of web development. It possesses a great deal of features. To access it right-click page, select Inspect element or press F12 key.
- Use Chrome to audit page performance – This one is for web developers and page speed junkies. You can make Chrome do a page speed audit of your website/page and it will inspect areas where improvements can be made to improve page speed. Here’s how: Open Developer Tools (DevTools) as per method described in last point. There yet? Now click Audits tab from DevTools. Now click Run button.
- Check network activity over a page – Open Developer Tools again. Now… click Network tab & reload the page to get a list of network-related activities happening over that page/site.
- Move forward – To move forward a tab history, press Ctrl + right-arrow.
- Move backward – To move backward a tab history, press Ctrl + left-arrow.
- Suspend inactive tabs – For this, you need to install a Chrome extension called The Great Suspender. Read how it makes Chrome 95% faster here. In a nutshell, this extension suspends or “unloads” a page that has not been interacted with for a while (you decide what “while” equates though).
- Read pages in “reading mode” – (Evernote) Clearly is a Chrome extension that once installed gives you a reading mode option in Chrome. This feature eliminates all distracting widgets, objects and ads from the page and gives you a smooth & minimal reading experience. Read more about it here.
- Manage extensions one-click way – With One-Click Extension Manager extension, you can manage extensions without having to open Extensions page. Just click this extension’s icon and enable/disable or bulk-disable extensions.
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I hope you like the series!