It’s arguably the most important piece of software on your computer: your web browser. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to search, read your email, check sports scores or chat with your friends. Today, you have several options in browsers, including Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer. But with maximized screen real estate, increased speed, and plenty of safety features, Google’s Chrome is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices among savvy internet users.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your Chrome experience:
1. Reopen Recently Closed Tabs
There are few things as frustrating as accidentally closing a tab that you still need open. Luckily Chrome has a way to reopen a tab you’ve closed by mistake. Simply right click on the empty area in the title bar and then select “Reopen Closed Tab.” Alternately, you can open it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + T.
2. Detach a Tab
When you have multiple tabs opened, it’s easy to detach a single tab. Just click on the tab and drag it anywhere outside the browser window. This will detach the tab and open it in a separate browser window.
3. Create a Shortcut of Your Current Tab
To create a shortcut that lets you easily access the website you’re currently viewing, click on the wrench icon in the top right corner. From there, click on Tools, and then Create Application Shortcuts. A box will pop up. Asking you where you’d like to create the shortcut. From here, you can choose to add it to your start menu, your desktop, or pin it to your task bar.
4. Utilizing Omnibox
In Google Chrome, the URL address bar is known as the Omnibox. One of the benefits of using Chrome is that the Omnibox doubles as a Google search bar. Just type the keyword or phrase that you want to search right into the address bar and press enter, and it will give you a Google search with your results.
Additionally, you can use the Omnibox to perform conversions and calculations. Just type in your problem – for example 6 + 489, 260 km in miles, 6 lbs in kg, or 8 * 40 – and the answer comes up immediately.
5. Using Browser Shortcuts
There are several useful shortcuts that can make your Google Chrome experience even smoother. Among them:
Alt + F: Opens the chrome settings menu (also known as the wrench menu)
Ctrl + H: Goes to the history window
Alt + Home: Goes to the home page
Ctrl + U: View the source code of the current page
Ctrl + L: Highlights the URL in the Omnibox
Ctrl + N: Opens a new Chrome browser window
Ctrl + W: Closes the current Tab
Space bar: Scroll down the current web page
6. Surf in Incognito Mode
For private browsing, you can switch to Incognito mode, where Chrome doesn’t record your browsing history. Any cookies that are stored during incognito mode are deleted as soon as you close the browser. You can launch incognito mode by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N.