Chrome tips

Use Google Chrome As Media Player

You can use Chrome to view several of the most common video, audio, and photo formats to save you the trouble of having to install or launch a separate media player application. Chrome keeps on-screen interface elements down to a minimum, so you might prefer to open up a podcast or a movie in a browser tab, for example. Just drag and drop the file into an open tab.

Google Chrome Start-up Preferences

By default, when launching a new window in Chrome, the browser displays the New Tab page, which is a blank tab with links to your most visited websites. It is possible to customise this. Click the Settings icon and select Settings. Under the On start-up section, choose the ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’ radio button and click the Set pages link next to it. Then, either click ‘Use current pages’ or type an address to set an alternative home page.

Rearrange Your Chrome Tabs

If you have several tabs open in Chrome, you can rearrange them easily by simply clicking on a tab and dragging it along the row to the position you want. If you want to open one of the tabs as a separate window, click on it and drag it to the desktop. Release the mouse button and a new window will open. Right-click on any tab to see the tab options menu. Here you can reload tabs, close all tabs to the right of the selected one and even reopen closed tabs (Chrome remembers the last ten closed tabs).

Adjust Webpage Text Size

Having trouble reading small text on a webpage in Chrome? No problem! Chrome lets you easily zoom both in and out, increasing or decreasing the size of both text and images. You can do this a couple of ways. The first is to click the Settings menu button and use the Zoom controls you fi nd there. An easier way to do it is to hold Ctrl and use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out; as you do this, a small window will pop out of the address bar to show you the level of zoom.

Spring Cleaning Chrome

To delete cookies, click on the Menu button and go to Settings. Scroll down to the Privacy section, and click Content Settings. Now you can click Remove All or Remove Individual Cookies. To clear more data such as the Google Chrome browsing history and cache, click the Tools icon and select Clear Browsing Data. To clear the most visited websites that appear on your Google Chrome Start page, you must clear your browsing history using the method already described. Clearing your Google Chrome browser history will also stop matches from previously browsed sites appearing as suggestions in your address bar.

Chrome Task Manager

The Task Manager is a useful tool to see how much memory your currently open tabs and browser plug-ins are using. To open the task manager, right-click the top of the browser window and select Task Manager from the menu. Highlight one and click End Process to stop it running. You can also press Shift + Esc as a quicker way to bring up the Google Chrome Task Manager.

Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

There are several useful keyboard shortcuts for Chrome. Remember that the browser window must be currently selected for these to work.

  • Ctrl+Shift+N – New Incognito Window
  • Alt+Home – Load your Home Page
  • Ctrl+T – Open a new tab
  • Ctrl+Shift+T – Open most recently closed tab
  • Ctrl+Tab – Scroll through open tabs
  • Ctrl+J – Opens your downloads screen

Browse in Incognito Mode

There are several ways to open a new incognito window for Chrome. If you have a Chrome shortcut pinned to the task bar, you can right-click it and select New Incognito Window. You can also click the Settings menu button at the top right of the browser window and select the same. The quickest way to do it however, is to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + N. Content displayed in an incognito window will not show up in your browser history, nor will cookies be saved.

Enable guest browsing

Someone wants to borrow your laptop—but you’re not keen on him or her messing around with your Facebook account or seeing the URLs that come up as suggestions in the Omnibox. The answer to your problem is the guest mode, which you can activate via the Enable Guest browsing tick box under People in Settings. To switch to the guest account, click on your username (top right), then choose Switch Person and Browse as Guest. We hope these Google Chrome tips and tricks will help you to improve your productivity. We will  be adding new points and features to this article as we come across new features offered by Google . Make Sure to bookmark this page for future use. Press CTRL + D to bookmark this page in Windows. Press Command + D to bookmark this page in Mac.

Double-click for word definitions

Browser extensions can add all kinds of functionality to Chrome of course, but one of the best we’ve ever come across (and one we use every day) is the Google Dictionary utility. Once installed, you can double-click on a word inside Chrome to get a definition in a pop-up window, together with a link that leads to more information if you need it. It’s invaluable for those times when you want to know what a word means without interrupting your workflow. Download Dictionary Extension Here and Install It.