10 Things you can do with your chrome browser:
Are you a Google Chrome user? Well, I am, and it’s just so full of feature that will enhance your browsing experience, that I think everyone should be using it. Well maybe it’s not for everyone, but for those of you that do use it; I would like to share some of my most favorite things you can do with Chrome.
Just read an article from PCmag.com written by Evan Dashvsky, where he stated that “the data from W3Schools shows that 71 percent of people are using Chrome”. Now I would have to say that is a pretty high percentage of people using this browser, though that is only based on the people that visit W3Shools. But it does give you an idea that you are defiantly not alone in using it.
With so many services on the internet that are moving to the Cloud (read my article on Cloud Computing to find out more) you will want a browser that will focus on getting you the most out of Cloud Computing. And with Google being one of the biggest Cloud companies, it’s no wonder they would put everything they could into their browser to make your experience on the internet something to remember.
Before I get started:
A couple of things to mention before I get to the list is that I will be using the term “Omnibox” This is in reference to the search box in Chrome. And anytime I refer to pressing the ctrl key if you have a Mac you will use the Command Key. One more thing, when I use the term settings I will be referring to the hamburger patty in the upper far right corner.
Spruce up your Browser Window:
Instead of having just a white background in your browser window why not add some color to it. Chrome has many background themes that are free or if you want you can pay for one (I can’t imagine why you would 🙂 ). To find a theme click on settings, go to Appearance and click on Get Themes. You will be taken to Google stores theme page, from there find one you like, click and then Add to Chrome. Now your browser window will look pleasing to the eye.
Search words or phrases:
On any web page, you can highlight a word or phrase and drag it to the Omnibox to search it in Google. Or better yet just right click on the highlighted word or phrase and select Search Google for “… “. Chrome will open a new window showing search results.
Closed a tab and want it back:
We have all done this a time or two, get in a hurry and close out a tab that we really weren’t ready to close. No problem, all you have to do is press ctrl (Command on Mac) +shift+T and chrome will pull up your latest tab that you closed out. Do it, again and again, to go back as far as you want.
Opening to a specific Page:
If you’re someone that likes to open up your browser to a certain page or pages when you start your browsing, well you can do this by going to settings, On startup, select Open a specific page or pages, and click on Set Pages. From there enter as many pages as you want to, and the next time you start Chrome it will open those pages or page.
Open a file or folder:
Let’s say you’re in Chrome doing some browsing, and you come across something that reminds you that you wanted to check out a file or folder. Well instead of having to open a different app to display the file you can drag and drop it to your Omnibox, from there it will open and display the file for you.
Drag a link to your Desktop:
Here is a different way of making a link on your desktop to go directly to that favorite page you like to visit. You can highlight the URL in your Omnibox and then drag it to your desktop, this way all you have to do is to double-click on it and it will open up Chrome to that page. Thou this could start making a cluttered desktop (if you’re like me and like a clean desktop), so to clean it up, all you have to do is right-click on it and select delete to clear it off your desktop, now your back to a clean desktop.
Need to do a math problem while browsing, simple, open up a new tab and enter your math problem into your Omnibox, no more having to hunt down the calculator; your answer will be there along with a calculator so you can do more math problems.
Want to keep your browsing history from being tracked or recorded while searching for that gift for someone’s birthday. Or maybe you don’t want the government spying on your activities. We have all been there, right? Well, you can do this, and there are a couple of ways to do it. Ctrl+shift+N will set you up, or in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window click on your name and then select incognito. Now any browsing you do will not be recorded or tracked, unless there watching over your shoulder. 🙂
Would you like those download files to go to a specific folder, instead of the default setting, which is usually the Download folder? Well, you can by going to settings, Show more settings, scroll down to Downloads, from there you can enter a new folder or select Ask where to save each file before downloading. This is a new one for me, and I like it because I download a lot of photos and they have all gone to my Download folder, now I can select the folder I want them to be saved to, and not have the hassle with moving the photos to the desired location.
Zooming in and out:
I didn’t know this one either but have found it quite helpful since. Ever come across those post on your social media site that you can’t quite make out and would like it enlarged, well all you have to do is hold down the ctrl key and roll your scroll wheel up or down, which will zoom in or out. Nifty, now to go back to the default setting look for a magnifying glass icon in the right corner of your Omnibox, click on it and select restore to default. Quick and easy.
So What can you do with Chrome:
There you have 10 new things to try out the next time you’re browsing with Google Chrome; all of these are already part of Chrome and does not include any of the hundreds of extension that you can add.
Now if you find you have questions on any of them, or would like to add to the list you can leave them in the comment section below. I look forward to hearing from you, so don’t be shy.