1. Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Chrome has a rake of shortcuts, and I’m coming across new ones nearly every day I use it still. There’s so many that are just so handy and you begin to use them automatically without thinking about it, here’s a list of my favorite below.
- Ctrl+N Opens a new window.
- Ctrl+T Opens a new tab.
- Ctrl+Shift+N Opens a new window in incognito mode
- Ctrl + Click Link Opens link in a new tab
- Ctrl+Shift+T Reopens the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.
- Ctrl+B Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
- Ctrl+H Opens the History page.
- Ctrl+J Opens the Downloads page.
- Ctrl+P Prints your current page.
- Ctrl+S Saves your current page.
- F5 or Ctrl+R Reloads your current page.
- Esc Stops the loading of your current page.
- Ctrl+F Opens the find bar.
- F11 Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full-screen.
- Ctrl+C Copies highlighted content to the clipboard.
- Ctrl+V Pastes content from the clipboard.
- Ctrl+Shift+V Paste content from the clipboard without formatting.
- Ctrl+X (Cut)Deletes the highlighted content and copies it to the clipboard.
2. Recently Visited Pages
3. Make Comment Boxes Bigger
How often have you been on sites where the comment box or more information section of a form is tiny. Well if you look at the bottom right hand corner of that box you will find you can drag and enlarge it.
4. Tab Tricks
One of the things I love the most about Google Chrome is how brilliant the tabs work. You can easily just move around your tabs and reorganise them by clicking,holding and dragging to rearrange them. You can even drag them out of the window to open in a seperate window. You can then drag them back in again just as easily.
Another thing about Google Chrome is it treats each tab as an individual process which means if one hands or freezes you can end it without crashing your whole browser. ( even if you do crash, chrome’s brilliant at restoring itself)
You can open up the task killer which allows you to see your open tabs and what’s not responding and end them by hitting Shift + ESC. It also lets you see which ones are using the most CPU etc…
5. Calculate In The Address Bar
The address bar seems to be able to do just about anything, not only can you perform every kind of search from it, but you can also use it for some basic calculations.
Just simply type in simple calculations or unit conversions and it works it out for you before you’re even finished typing it, it’s pretty cool
6. Great Developer Tools
Firefox users have a great plugin called firebug, but Chrome has it’s own built in tool. If you simply right click on a page or an element on it, and select inspect page element you will be able to see all the different css and html styling elements as well as tons more. It’s one of those things that you just play around with, you can even change some of the elements there and change the appearance of the site, it’s especially great for web designing.
7. Quickly Use Downloads
When you download files they go into the little menu bar at the bottom of chrome, you can easily copy it to your desktop or any other folder by simply dragging it from there to where you want. Alternatively just double click it to open it.
8. Try Out All Different Extensions
For years, Firefox was the hands down winner of plugins and browser extensions, but now Google Chrome has recently introduced browser extensions of it’s own, and every serious web browser must try out a few of them. There are a couple that allow you to integrate seamlessly with your Android Device, Social networks and various other online accounts. What’s more they install in seconds and generally don’t require a browser restart to activate them. There’s also a rake of themes available for quick installation as well to add a personal touch to your web browsing experience.
9. Open Two Tabs In The One
Now this is a cool little trick that I’ve only recently stumbled across, and i think you will agree it’s dead handy.
Simple add this link to your bookmarks Chrome Dual View
Now when you click on that link, a little window will pop up asking you to enter the URL of the first site you’d like to have displayed, and then it will ask you for the second one. Once you enter them both you will have both web pages open up side by side in the one tab. Pretty cool if you ask me
So that does it then for my series on the Ultimate Browser Tips and Tricks For Internet Explorer, Firefox and now Google Chrome. Regardless of what browser you use, I hope you find these helpful and learnt something new from them!
As usual you can add your own tricks and tips in the comments below