With a global market share of 66.52%, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. However, the browser is used by millions of users, and almost regularly, only a few of them know what the browser can really do.
Here are some tricks you must learn to master the use of Google Chrome and quickly accomplish tasks.
Google Chrome is the most popular web browser, and almost 90% of the web traffic flows through it. You can block some websites when you are working and don’t want to be disturbed. Blocking websites will eliminate distractions and enhance your productivity.
If you don’t know how to block websites on Chrome, go to Chrome’s Settings > click Users & browsers > go to URL blocking and add individual website addresses.
Prevent Chrome from saving the websites you have visited or the items you have downloaded by privately browsing using the Incognito mode. Also, you can delete the cookies, history, and other information so your browser cannot track your online activities.
Sign in and Create Different Profiles
Before using the Chrome browser, you must sign in to the browser. As you do this, it will sync and save everything like passwords, bookmarks, history, and other settings to your Google account. Besides accessing this information on any device, you can be sure that the settings and bookmarks will remain even if the browser encounters problems.
Moreover, you can create different profiles for personal and work. By doing so, you will keep the settings and bookmarks separate.
Desktop Shortcuts of Regularly Visited Websites
In Google Chrome, you can quickly turn the website into a desktop application to access whenever possible. You can create a shortcut by navigating your most-visited website and clicking the wrench icon. Then, click Create application shortcuts.
On Startup, open several Pages
You are not bound to open your Google Chrome with a single homepage. However, if it helps you, it is possible to open several pages as the browser starts up. This will provide you with immediate access to different services and websites.
Use Omnibox for Quick Calculations
Did you know the Chrome Omnibox has several secret powers? One of the things it can do is perform quick calculations and unit conversions right from the address bar. As a result, you don’t need to enter a Google search. Instead, enter simple math or anything you need to be converted, and the answer will appear before you hit Enter.
Allow Guest Browsing
If people borrow your laptop or computer and you want to prevent them from seeing your Facebook account or the work websites, you can Enable Guest browsing under People in Chrome’s Settings. You can switch to the guest account by clicking on your username and then selecting Switch Person > Browse as Guest.
Reopen Closed Tabs
It might have happened that you were browsing the web and you accidentally closed a tab. You can reopen the closed tab by pressing Control + Shift + T.
Bring up The Task Manager
The Task Manager shows the CPU and memory usage of each tabs opened in your browser. So if you have two or more tabs opened, it may result in sluggish performance. You can locate the problematic website by opening the Task Manager.
Right-click on the title bar and choose Task Manager. You can even press the Shift + escape key to open this tab.
Resize Text Area
Chrome allows users to resize the text area on any site. You will see two slanted lines at the bottom of the screen. You can drag it using your mouse and then resize the text area.
Adjust Autofill Settings
No need to manually enter your password, address, or even credit card information anymore. Chrome offers an autofill feature, so such information is automatically entered. You can enable this by going to Chrome Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Manage Autofill Settings under Passwords and Forms. Here, you can also choose to edit the autofill information.
Since Chrome is a Google product, you can access the Google Translate feature on the browser itself. Choose a passage or phrase and then click Google Translate. You must select the language you want the passage or phrase to be translated to, and that’s it.
Want to manage your bookmarks, so they’re quickly available? Type Command + D or Control + D, and you can add a bookmark without using your mouse cursor. You can also right-click on the bookmarks tab and edit them. Alternatively, you can go to Bookmarks > click Bookmarks Manager and then manage all the saved folders and websites.
The Bottom Line
These Google Chrome tricks will convert you from a newbie to a power user. It will help you to accomplish more in less time.