13 Google Chrome Tips and Tricks for Beginners
Chrome browser is used by nearly 60% of the internet users due to its easy to use features and high security level. There are as many as hidden features and tips to enhance the user experience of Chrome. Here are some useful tips for Windows users using Chrome browser.
1. 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.
2. 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.
- Left 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.
3. Opening Links in Chrome
- 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.
4. Creating Shortcuts for a Web Page
Chrome allows you to easily create a shortcut for a web page.
- Select the URL in the address bar and drop into your desktop.
- Go to "Settings > Tools > Create application shortcuts..." and choose where you want to create a shortcut.
5. Zooming In, Zoom Out and View Shortcuts
- Ctrl + + to zoom out the current browser window.
- Ctrl + - to zoom in the current browser window.
- Ctrl + 0 to set the page to default zoom level.
- Press space bar to move page down when viewing a web page.
- Press Shift + Space bar to move page up.
- F11 to view the page in full screen mode.
6. Using Bookmarks
- Click Ctrl + D to Bookmark the current page.
- Use Ctrl + Shift + B to show or hide Bookmark bar in a page.
- Use Ctrl + Shift + D to save all the open tabs in a new Bookmark folder.
7. Controlling Video Play
You can control whether video and Flash contents in a page should be started automatically or play only on click.
- Go to the URL “chrome://settings/content” in your Chrome browser.
- Navigate to the “Plugin” section.
Choose any option Run automatically, Click to play or Block all to decide how the videos and Flash contents should behave when a page is opened in Chrome. Learn more about controlling video plugins here.
8. Browsing History and Restoring Closed Tabs
Chrome backups all your browsing history which can be seen by using Ctrl + H. If you accidentally closed a tab and wanted to see it again use Ctrl + Shift + T to open it in a new tab. Holding Ctrl + Shift and then pressing T every time will open the last 10 closed tabs from your browsing history in a reverse order (latest opened tab will open first).
Use Ctrl + Shift + Del to delete all your browsing history.
9. Search Engine Settings
Chrome does not offer separate search box as normally offered by Firefox and Internet Explorer. Type keywords in the address bar and press enter to open the search results using your default search engines in the same window. After typing the keywords use Alt + Enter to open the search results in a new window. Chrome address bar is referred as Omnibox which can be used to open an URL as well as for searching keywords directly. Learn more about Chrome Omnibox search here.
Highlight any text in a webpage, drag and drop it in the address bar to get a search results for that keyword.
10. Download Settings
All downloaded files by default will be stored in a download folder of My Documents section in Windows. You can change the default download folder in Chrome settings or choose an option to ask where to save the file every time before download starts.
11. View Page Source and CSS
Right click on any webpage and select “view page source” option to see the source code of that webpage. Inspect element option is used to check each elements in a page and viewing the page source CSS code. Learn more about viewing source CSS here.
12. Task Manager
Right click on the Chrome title bar or on the minimized window on the task bar and choose task manager. This will show the CPU and memory usage of each tab opened in the browser. You can analyze which tab is consuming more memory and close it whenever the browser responds slowly.
13. Chrome Notifications
Some browser apps and extensions may show you notifications in the system tray when you logged in through your Google account. You can enable or disable Chrome notifications any time. Enter the URL "chrome://settings/content" in your browser and navigate to “Notifications” section. Select an appropriate option to allow or disallow Chrome notifications.
We hope the above explained tips can help you to improve your productivity. We do have large collection of Chrome and other browser related articles. Check out all of them and use the browser wisely.