Google Chrome Tricks
Give your online experience a boost with these neglected Google Chrome features, settings, and shortcuts.
A browser is now more than just a web navigator. It’s a second desktop with access to ongoing programs, sites, and services. And improving that atmosphere can help you work more efficiently, Google Chrome Tricks.
Chrome, in particular, is packed with hidden features and power-user options. Learn these tricks and watch your productivity skyrocket.
(Note that most of these suggestions are for Chrome for Windows and Mac desktop computers and may not apply to Chrome for mobile devices.)
LEARN SOME HANDY HIDDEN SHORTCUTS
- Want to open a URL in a new tab in the background? Ctrl- or Cmd-click it. In the meanwhile, press Shift to open a link in a new tab instead. (This works in most places in Chrome, including the History page and the dropdown history list under the Back button.)
- You undoubtedly know you can scroll down a page by pressing the space bar, but Chrome will also scroll up a page by pressing Shift and the space bar simultaneously.
- To reopen a tab you closed mistakenly, press Ctrl- or Cmd-T. Chrome will reopen your last account as if nothing occurred. (You may do this many times if you want to recover more than one tab.)
- To save a session with multiple tabs, use Ctrl-Shift-D. It will keep all open tabs in a folder for future reference. To restore, right-click the bookmarks folder and choose “Open all” or “Open all in new window.”
- Highlight a word or phrase on a website, right-click, and choose “Search Google” from the menu. To do the same thing with Chrome, highlight a word or phrase and drag it into the address bar—or the area directly to the right of your final tab—to open the search in a new tab. (Also, dragging can be used to open links. Google Chrome Tricks )
- With a single click, save a link: Click the link, hold down the mouse button, and drag it into Chrome’s bookmarks bar. Place it wherever you like, and it’ll be there when you need it again.
- Do you want to be able to search your email from the address bar in Chrome? Create a new custom search engine called Gmail, with the name Gmail, whatever term you like (either “gmail.com” or a shortened command), and “https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#search/%s” as the URL.
- Create a custom search engine using the URL “https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/search?q=%s” and search Google Drive from the address bar.
- Prefer not to leave a web trail? Turn on the toggle next to “Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic” under “Privacy and security” in Chrome’s settings.
- For more secrecy, utilize Chrome’s hidden feature to establish several user-profiles and enable guest access. That lets someone else uses Chrome on your computer without accessing your info (and without bunking up your history with whatever sites they visit. To begin, locate the “Manage others” section in Chrome’s settings.
- A valuable but often-overlooked feature of Chrome’s History page (accessed by pressing Ctrl- or Cmd-H or entering chrome:/history into your address bar) is an always-synced list of tabs open in Chrome on other devices. You may go there to locate what you were looking at on your phone, tablet, or computer.
- Chrome’s upper-left Back button accomplishes more than you think. Click it and
keep the mouse cursor down to obtain a pop-up history of recent tab pages seen.
- Chrome can remove all formatting, including links, fonts, colours, and other elements, when pasting copied text. After copying text, use Ctrl- or Cmd-Shift-V to paste it.
- Do you need to look at a broken website or go back in time to see how a page appeared before? Replace website.com with any URL you choose in Chrome’s address bar.
- Constant pop-ups asking whether you want to get notifications from websites?
To disable site notifications altogether, visit Chrome’s settings, choose “Advanced,” then “Content settings.” Next, find and click the “Notifications” line, then turn off the top toggle.
- Chrome extensions are great, but they can clog up your browser’s upper-right corner.
To hide extension icons, right-click them and pick “Hide in Chrome menu” from the menu that appears. To expand the address bar and conceal several extension icons at once, hover your cursor over the far right side of the address bar until a double-sided arrow appears.
To access a hidden extension icon, open the Chrome menu (the three-dot icon to the right of the extensions). All the icons are present.
- While we’re on the subject of extensions, did you know you can build custom keyboard keys to open them? Some extensions even let you make custom shortcuts. Create your own by going to Google Chrome Tricks://extensions/shortcuts on your browser.