Chrome tips

Opening Links in Chrome

  • If your mouse has a middle button, use the center click on any link to open the page in a new tab. This will work for all the links including drop-down menus.
  • Use Ctrl + Left click to open a link in a new tab and Shift + Left click to open a link in a new window.
  • Drag and drop any URL link on a page to the address bar to open it in the same page. You can also drag and drop a menu link to the address bar.
  • Alt + Left click will download the link in default download folder.

Using Browser Tabs

Using tabs appropriately can improve your productivity on Chrome.

  • Drag and drop a tab outside a browser window to open it in a new window.
  • If your mouse has middle button, use the center click on the tab to close it.
  • Use Shift key to select more than one tab to move left or right together. You can also click Ctrl + W to close all the tabs in once.
  • Ctrl + T open a new tab in the same window. When many tabs are opened in a window use Ctrl +1 to move to the first tab and Ctrl + 9 to move to the last tab. Ctrl + 2 to Ctrl + 8 will move to the corresponding tabs in the browser.
  • Click on a tab to view more options like pinning or duplicating a tab.
  • Pinning a tab will move it to the left corner with only the favicon is displayed. This will be useful especially when you opened many tabs sliding across single window.
  • You can close all other tabs or all tabs right to the tab you are viewing.

Add Home Button

  • By default Chrome does not show home button in the browser.
  • Enter the URL “chrome://settings/” in address bar and go to “Appearance” section. Learn more Chrome URL commands.
  • Select the check box “Show Home Button” and instantly the home button will be displayed in the browser next to the address bar.
  • You can set any URL for a home page by clicking on the “Change” link or else by default a new tab page will be set as your home page. For keyboard shortcut, use Alt + Home to access home page of the browser.

Enable Floating Keyboard

You can enable the floating keyboard if you are using your Chromebook in a tablet or tent mode. It will help you type using the touch-screen display. So to enable it, open Settings and click on “Advanced” from the left-pane menu. Here, scroll down and open “Accessibility”. Now, just enable the toggle for the “on-screen” keyboard. Now, a keyboard icon will show up on your shelf. Click on it and voila, the keyboard is on your screen.

Share your Chromebook

As we have mentioned before the Chromebook is, in some sense, a very private computer. It’s directly linked to your Google account so anyone gaining access to your Chromebook means they can view your photos, check your emails, read your notes among many other things. In a way, it’s not easy to share your Chromebook as it’s with Windows-based computers. So, what if someone asks to use your Chromebook for a while, say your sister or someone from your family? Well, you can create a separate account or better, take advantage of the “Guest Mode”. It lets you access most of the Chrome OS features without adding any account. Open the Quick Settings menu from the bottom-right corner and sign out of your current profile. Now, click on “Guest Mode” at the bottom and you will be in a temporary profile.

Reset Your Chromebook

If you are having any problem with your Chrome OS, you can easily factory-reset (called Powerwash on Chrome OS) your machine, similar to Android devices. The great part about Chrome OS is that all your files are synced to Google Drive so you don’t have to worry about data loss. Just open the Settings and click on “Advanced” from the left-pane menu and then move to “Reset Settings”. Here, click on the “Reset” button and the computer will restart to complete the process. After that, sign in with your Google account and everything will fall into its place just like before.

Other Chrome OS Tips

If you were reading something on your Android and suddenly moved to a Chromebook then you can continue reading it on your computer easily. Just press the “Search” button once and you will find the link in the first entry. Click on it and there you have it. Other than that, if you want to quickly call a phone number from a webpage, you can right-click on it and send it to your Android device. Your smartphone will prompt you with a one-tap call notification.

  • Chrome OS Tips and Tricks for Advanced Users

Add your Android Device

Google has brought support for Android devices on Chromebook which can help you get many things done seamlessly. In case, there is no WiFi available, Google allows the Chromebook to tether your Android device automatically for always-on data connectivity. Apart from that, you can also seamlessly sign into your Chromebook by unlocking your Android device. Basically, both the devices are always in communication so that you get the best of the Google experience. So if you want to add your Android device, open Settings and click on “Connected Devices” in the left pane. Here, set up your Android device and you are good to go.

Change Update Channel

If you are someone who wants to taste the new and exciting features of Chrome OS then you will have to jump the ship from Stable to another channel. There are four update channels: Stable, Developer, Beta, and Canary. I would advise you to stick with Developer or Beta channel as these are relatively bug-free than Canary and also allow you to enjoy the upcoming features. So to change the update channel, open Settings -> Click on “About Chrome OS” in the left pane -> Change Channel. Here, choose the update channel of your choice then go back and check for updates. After downloading the update and installation, just restart your Chromebook and you will be in.

Create Standalone Apps from Websites

If you want some websites to behave like an app with a separate window and launcher menu then you can create such standalone apps on a Chromebook. However, keep in mind, it’s only possible on those websites which adhere to PWA (Progressive Web App) standard. For example, you can easily create apps from websites of Spotify, Twitter and our own portal, To do so, open the website of your choice and click on the 3-dot menu on the top-right corner. Here, open  More Tools -> Create Shortcut -> Check the box for “Open as Window” and click on the “Create” button. Now, you will find the website as a separate app available in your launcher and you can even pin it to your shelf.