Google Chrome Features, Tips and Tricks
I’m a Microsoft fanatic and my favorite web browser is STILL Internet Explorer (and always will be). Because I love Microsoft and the brand “Internet Explorer”. But when Google Search began to hang on Internet Explorer I was forced to switch to Google Chrome. I hate Mozilla Firefox. But now, I’m quite comfortable with Google Chrome. And, I don’t think that I will switch back to Internet Explorer anytime soon unless they launch something innovative.
Top Google Chrome Features
1. Google Chrome Sync
What I really like about Google Chrome is it’s ability to Sync. With Google Chrome Synch, you can sign in to Google Chrome with your Google account and save all your preferences, themes, bookmarks, auto fill data, auto fill profiles, extensions, apps, omnibox data, search engines and passwords to your Google account. And once you login to Google Chrome on any other computer Google will import all those data from your Google account. So you will have the same user experience everywhere. Learn more about Google Chrome Sync.
2. Add Multiple Users
With Google Chrome’s “Users” you can add more users to your Google Chrome. So that you don’t have to create a new user account on Windows for those people. Learn how to add multiple users on Chrome.
Google Chrome is simple to use and you’ll love its interface. And yeah it’s fast too.
Google Chrome is secure and it protects your PC from malicious websites as you browse the web. Learn more about Google Chrome and Browser Security.
The Omnibox or the Chrome address bar acts as a Search box. Simply enter the keyword and press enter. The search results appears almost instantly. Try all the ways you can Search using Google Chrome. (Read Google Chrome Omnibox Tips and Tricks)
6. Incognito Mode
Incognito mode is something very useful. I do a lot of Google Searches in Incognito mode as Google always show personalized results in my main window since I’m always logged in. Incognito Mode or the private browsing is not something unique to Google Chrome. It’s in Internet Explorer (as InPrivate mode) and Mozilla Firefox (as Private Browsing) as well. Learn more about Incognito mode.
7. Auto Fill
The Chrome Auto fill feature lets you complete forms with just one click. You can even create Auto fill profiles which can be used to save your address and credit card information. Read more about Auto fill forms.
9. Password Manager
Google Chrome has an inbuilt password manager and it syncs with your Google account (if you have enabled Chrome Sync). And what I like about the password manager is that we can see all the URLs saved as in Firefox. And what I don’t like about the password manager is that it shows the password to others if someone check our browser. We can’t set any master password as in Firefox. But you can do the same by using the Simple Startup Password Extension for Chrome.
10. Apps & Extensions
Google Chrome apps are programs that are designed to be used entirely within the browser. Using apps, you can do things like create documents, edit photos, and listen to music, without having to install complicated software. Extensions are browser add-ons that enhance the functionality of Google Chrome. Learn more about Apps & Extensions.
10 Google Chrome Tips and Tricks
1. Add A Search Engine
The Google Chrome Omnibox is more powerful than you actually think. It allows you to add custom search engines. So you search any websites right from your Omnibox. I have added only one search engine to Omnibox and that’s Google itself (but without personalized search results). Learn more about how to add a search engine to Omnibox.
2. Remove Google Personalized Search Results
You can disable Google Personalized Search without turning it off in Google Web History by adding the following search engine to your Omnibox. Name the new search engine “Google” or whatever you like. Add a “keyword” (I used “G”). And then enter “https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&pws=0” as URL. Now to use this search engine type “G” in address bar (if your keyword is “G”) and then enter Space. Now, enter a search query and Google will return non-personalized search results. You can make the new search engine as your default one so that you can search the query directly without entering the keyword for that search engine.
3. Paste And Go
It’s a very useful feature. You can save a tap on the “Enter” key by using the “Paste and go” option. Just copy the URL, right click the Omnibox and click “Paste and go”.
4. Open Link In Incognito Window
It’s yet another interesting feature of Google Chrome. Something which is not there in Internet Explorer 9. When I was using Internet Explorer I need to copy the URLs and then paste it in InPrivate window. With Google Chrome all I need to do is right-click the link and then click “Open link in incognito window”. That’s it.
5. Pin Tabs
You can “Pin tab” if you don’t want a tab to be moving around. Just right-click the tab and click “Pin tab”.
6. Open Multiple Sites On Startup
If you use a couple of sites frequently and want to open the same when you open Google Chrome then you can do so by adding multiple pages on startup. Click on the wrench icon on the top right corner of your browser, select “Options” and under the “Basics” tab check the box “Open the following pages:” and then enter all the pages which you want to open on startup.
If you want to display a blank page instead of Home Page or New Tab page on startup then enter “about:blank” (without quotes) to the “Open the following pages:”.
7. Home Button
Show a Home button on your Google Chrome. Just click on the wrench icon on the top right corner of your browser, select “Options” and under the “Basics” tab tick “Show Home button”.
8. Chrome History
View your browser history anytime by using the shortcut Ctrl+H. Or click the wrench icon and choose History option.
9. Create Application Shortcuts
You can turn a website into an app using Chrome. Click the wrench icon and choose “Create application shortcuts…” under Tools menu.
10. A Favicon Bookmark Bar
Google Chrome allows you to save a bookmark with no name so that only it’s favicon is displayed.
BONUS Tip: Google Chrome Labs / Experiments
Try Google Chrome’s labs or experiments by entering “about:flags” (without quotes) in the Omnibox.
Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts – Windows, Mac and Linux
Hate using mouse? Then use Google Chrome Shortcuts. Check out the Google Chrome keyboard and mouse shortcuts for Windows, Mac and Linux. It offers Tab and Window Shortcuts, Feature Shortcuts, Address bar Shortcuts, Webpage Shortcuts, and Text Shortcuts.