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11 Useful Tips for Google Chrome Users in 2020

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Google Chrome has undoubtedly become the top browser of the digital era. It dominates with a staggering 75% of the search engine market, and it’s apparent that digital marketing strategies revolve around ranking highly on Google Chrome. It is more than a browser, though. It has become a suite of useful tools and applications to make Google Chrome more like a one-stop-shop for productivity and connectivity. Google has increased in value steadily with its users because it is incredibly user-friendly, fresh, and useful.

And just when you thought you know Google Chrome like the back of your hand, take a look at some more tips you should know about your favorite browser:

1. Open Multiple Pages on Startup

Chrome gives you the option to open several pages as it starts up, rather than opening your browser with just one homepage. It makes your browsing experience more convenient if you have instant access to several websites and the services you want to use.

Opening multiple tabs can sometimes be confusing, hence the importance of organising tabs. You can also pin the tabs you frequently use to save space on your tab bar, and for quick access to the tabs, you need the most or just love to visit. To pin a tab, just right-click on any open tab and select “Pin Tab.” Do this by dragging the tab to your desired position.

 

2. Reopen Recently-Closed Tabs

In case you accidentally close a tab or simply want to access the last tab you accessed, use the shortcut by pressing “Ctrl + Shift + T” on Windows or “Command + Shift + T” on Mac. It can also be accomplished by right-clicking anywhere on a space on Chrome’s title bar, next to the new tab (+) icon. When the menu pops open, click on “Reopen Closed Tab” restore recently closed tabs. You may use this shortcut many times over to reopen closed tabs.

 

3. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Google Chrome has a lot of keyboard shortcuts to boost productivity. Here are some of the most popular:

⦁ Ctrl+1-8: Allows you to navigate or move through corresponding tabs in your tab bar.
⦁ Ctrl + 9: Pressing this takes you to the last tab.
⦁ Ctrl + H: Opens a tab with your browsing history.
⦁ Ctrl + J: Opens the “Downloads” window.
⦁ Ctrl + K: Moves cursor to the Omnibox (address bar).
⦁ Ctrl + T: Open a new tab.
⦁ Ctrl + Shift + T: Press when you want to undo any closed tab.

Other shortcuts are as follows:

Shortcut KeysAction
Alt + HomeOpen homepage
Alt + Left ArrowTakes you one page back
Alt + Right ArrowBrings you one page forward
F 11Display or exit the current website in full-screen mode
EscQuit page loading
Ctrl + (- or +)Zoom in or out of a page
Ctrl + 1-8Moves to the corresponding tab in the tab bar
Ctrl + 9Changes to the last tab
Ctrl + 0Resets the browser zoom to normal view
Ctrl + EnterComplete an address quickly.
Ctrl + Shift + DelOpen the Clear browsing data window to clear private data quickly
Ctrl + Shift + BToggle bookmarks bar between all shown and hidden
Ctrl + ASelect all on a page
Ctrl + DBookmark an open page
Ctrl + FFind a words or phrases on a page
Ctrl + OOpen a file thru the browser
Ctrl + Shift + OOpens Bookmark manager
Ctrl + HOpens “History” browser in a new tab
Ctrl + JDisplays “Download” on a tab
Ctrl + K / Ctrl + EMove text cursor to the Omnibox
Ctrl + LBring cursor to and highlight all in browser address bar
Ctrl + NOpen New browser window
Ctrl + Shift + NOpens an incognito window
Ctrl + PPrint current page/frame
Ctrl + R or F5Refresh the current page or frame.
Ctrl + S“Save As” window
Ctrl + TNew tab
Ctrl + UView source code of a webpage
Ctrl + WCloses active tab
Ctrl + Shift + WCloses active window
Ctrl + Shift + TReopen last tab (pressing numerous times restores other closed tabs consecutively)
Ctrl + TabMoves through active tabs to the right
Ctrl + Shift + TabMoves through active tabs to the left
Ctrl + Left-clickOpens link in new tab and runs it in the background
Ctrl + Shift Left-clickOpens link in new tab
Ctrl + Page DownOpens browser tab to the right
Ctrl + Page UpOpens browser tab to the left
SpacebarGoes down one page at a time
Shift + SpacebarGoes up one page at a time
HomeTop of page
EndBottom of page
Alt + Down ArrowDisplay all previous text in a text box

 

4. Use Omnibox for boosted search

Useful Tips for Google Chrome Users

Google Omnibox displays URL and allows you to search and even perform mathematical calculations and conversion on the tab. For example, convert cups to litres, kilometres to miles, and the like on the search bar and get the results even without pressing “Enter.”

 

5. Display the Home Button

In Chrome, you can easily have a “home” button to refer to easily. Click the “Wrench Icon” at the top-right corner, select ”Preferences,” then tick the check-box for the “show Home button in the toolbar.”

 

6. Open Link in Another Tab

Open a link in a different tab by right-clicking on it and selecting “New Tab” option. You can also click on the middle button of your mouse to open the link in a new Chrome tab. The third option is to press the “Ctrl + left mouse” key to open it in a new tab.

 

7. Sync Chrome with your Google account

If you use different computers and devices, you can sync your settings, passwords, and bookmarks so you can access them every time you you’re your Google account in any device. You can even access Google docs, sheets, slides, and the rest of Google’s web apps regardless of what computer or device you use. Log into your Google Account, go into “Settings” under the Google Chrome menu icon and adjust sync settings.

 

8. Create desktop shortcuts of your favorite websites

Turn sites into desktop apps and make a shortcut by clicking the wrench icon, click “Tools,” and then click on “Create application shortcuts.”

 

9. Turn Favicons into bookmark icons

Favicons are those little icons on tabs that are unique to each website. Create a favicon of bookmarked sites instead of the whole URL text so you can get quicker access without crowding your browser’s page.

Click the wrench icon, select “Tools,” then tick “Always show bookmarks bar.” Delete the text in the name box, so that only the favicon appears on the list every time you add new sites to your bookmarks.

 

10. Turn on Secret Mode when necessary

To make your browsing private, enable incognito mode so your download history will not be saved. Enable secret mode by clicking “Ctrl + Shift + N” or go to Settings, click “new incognito Window.” You can also right-click and choose “open link in incognito window.”

 

11. Bonus: Task Manager

Task manager is quite useful because it shows your CPU’s memory and usage by every tab opened in your Google Chrome browser. You’ll know if any of your open tabs are causing your computer to lag or slow down, and you can locate the problematic site right away.

Right-click the title bar, press “Task Manager” or Press “Shift + Escape” key to open the Task Manager.

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Conclusion

Google Chrome is a superb option for personal productivity and is also a great collaboration tool that can work alongside collaboration software you may be using in your team. It’s always good to have apps and shortcuts that will help us do our browsing and other activities faster. Hopefully, Google Chrome continues to find ways to make us more productive, more connected, and have more meaningful, optimized experiences online. So, explore what else Google Chrome has up its sleeve, and learn the different Google Chrome hacks that could help you save time and do more.

AUTHOR BIO
JOHN OCAMPOS

John Ocampos is an Opera Singer by profession and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since, Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the Founder of SEO-Guru, and the Managing Director of Tech Hacker. John is also the Strategic SEO and Influencer Marketing Manager of Softvire Australia – the leading software eCommerce company in Australia and Softvire New Zealand.

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