Here are part 1 and part 2. This post contains tips like built-in password manager, offline access to apps, browsing as a guest in Chrome and many others. As you already know that Chrome doesn’t look like it has much to offer, but you witness that there are more than enough features and little tricks hidden beneath its skin, right?
Let’s get in without further ado.
- Use omnibox to calculate – That’s right. Omnibox is capable to calculating basic mathematical calculations for you; give it something like 10 x 10 and result should drop down, just a suggestion appears.
- Install offline apps – Chrome may feel dull and boring without internet, but that’s only if you let it, you can install some apps that work offline. Apps like 2048, Gmail Offline, Google Calendar, Happy Friday and other offline apps.
- Open PDF file in Chrome – If you have installed Adobe Acrobat to view/access PDF format files, then you need to reconsider that. Chrome is capable to handling/viewing PDF files. Press Ctrl + O and choose PDF file you want to open. Since Google displays PDF files in its results as well, if you click them, the browser will attempt to access it directly for you.
- Google built-in password manager – In this age, an average Internet user has more than a dozen accounts for social networking sites and others. And considering the number of password leaks and hacking attacks, it’s important that you set a different password for each of your accoouts. That way, if one of your account like Yahoo Mail’s is compromised, other accounts of yours are safe.But how do you manage remembering passwords with numbers, capital alphabets and symbols? Well, Google built-in password manager helps. Whenever you log in somewhere, Chrome suggests you to save it and then the next you will try to log in to the same site form will be auto-filled.
- Open link in a new window – To open any link in a separate, new window, press Shift and click the link. Simple as that.
- Import settings from another browser – Firefox or Safari user? And just made the transition to use Chrome? Well, then, you may import your bookmarks, browsing history, cookies and other data to Chrome browser by click hamburger-icon, selecting Settings and clicking “Import bookmarks and settings” under People section. It should take no more than a few seconds.
- Browsing via guest profile – Lending your laptop to someone on same computer account? Of course, you wouldn’t want their browsing history to linger around in yours, right? How will you separate the two so? Simply put, you let them access Guest profile. Click your name from top-right side, if you’re logged in. Click Switch person, then click Browse as Guest in the resulting window. For the option to appear, it must be enabled from People section of Settings page.
- Add a profile – Just as you may browse as a guest in Chrome, you can also add a person or profile. Difference? Their data will be transported to their Google account if they choose to sign. How to do this? Click your name from top-right, click Switch person and click Add person. A separate window will open. The user may sign in to that window separately.
- Use keyboard to switch between windows – Keyboard shortcuts may enhance your productivity dramatically. So pressing Ctrl + 1 will switch to 1st tab to extreme left, Ctrl + 2 to 2nd tab, and so on. It’s like Ctrl + n, where n = position of tab from left side. Ctrl + 9 takes you to tab open to extreme right.
- Changes in default behaviour – If you see a grey box next to any of Chrome Settings page options, it means an extension has made changes to the default behaviour.
- Paste and go – If you copied a URL or web address, instead of pasting it in omnibox and hitting Enter. You may right-click and select Paste and go which opens the URL directly.
- Paste and search – Similar to aforementioned Paste and go feature, if you copied some text and intend on searching it via omnibox, you can right-click and select Paste and search. This will make the search directly.
- Check plugins – Plugins are just like extensions, except they come by default. They help certain content be displayed. To view them, go to chrome://plugins. Or,
- View browser-related URLs – Google Chrome has a list of local URLs, which are specifically about the browser; has configurable settings or others. Example of such a URL: chrome://extensions. To access all these URLs, go to chrome://chrome-urls/.
- Test experimental features – There are many Chrome experimental features being tested and worked on any given time. To check them, go to chrome://flags. You may enable/disable them. But enabling comes at a risk; since these features are experimental; they may break, crash or cause your browser to malfunction. It is via chrome://flags, you may mute tabs.
- Bookmarking a webpage – You can press Ctrl + D to bookmark a page. Another way is to click star-icon located at extreme right of omnibox.
- Add any search engine – By selecting Add as search engine… after right-clicking any search box on any website, you can add that to your list of search engines. Later… these can be used to directly search within that particular site via omnibox.
- Another way to add search engine – Another way of adding a search engine involves a couple of clicks: Go to Settings, click Manage search engine under Search section. There you can fill a row under Other search engines section with engine’s name, keyword (through you can call it) and URL of the engine with %s in place of query.
- Mute tabs – Did you know that you could mute individual tabs by directly clicking audio-playing icon located on the tab? Although this feature is still under testing, but can be enabled via Chrome experimental features (chrome://flags). You should know that enabling an experimental feature involves risk such as possible breaking of browser; it may even be compromised. So think twice.
- What can download bar do – The bar that appears bottom-side of browser is capable of a few things. Files downloaded land there, you know, right? Clicking, dragging files from this bar and dropping them in some local folder will copy the files. Plus you can upload files by dragging them from this bar and dropping them on pages.
So this was another shot from 100+ Chrome Tips and Tricks. I hope you liked it.