For most of us, Google Chrome is our go-to browser. It is because of simple and minimalistic design and user-friendly surface. However, it also comes with secret tricks that you all might not be aware of. Thus, in order to save your time and energy, here are some Google Chrome hacks.
You can use Chrome’s built-in Cast functionality to send what you’re seeing on your PC screen to your TV. The simplest method is to right-click anywhere in Google Chrome and select Cast. You can also access it by clicking the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
Select the Chromecast-enabled device on which you want your browser window to appear in the pop-up window. You can also choose to cast a single tab, your entire desktop, or a specific file to the target television.
Tangled in multiple taps that often get confused? Chrome allows you to organize your tabs into groups so that everything is neatly organized and easy to find. To make a group, right-click a tab and select Add tab to a new group.
You can then name the group, assign a colour to it, add a new tab, split the group, close all tabs in the group, and open all tabs in a new window from the pop-up menu.
You can also drag tabs to reorganise the group, add new tabs, or remove pages. To add a new tab, remove a tab from the group, or move a tab to a new or existing group, right-click a tab within the group.
Reopen closed tabs
We often accidentally close tabs that might be of importance. Going back to browsing history and searching there can be a bit of a task. To bring back the most recently closed tab, use the keyboard shortcut Control/Command + Shift + T.
Or If you close a tab by accident, right-click on the menu bar (not the tab itself), and a pop-up menu will appear with the option to re-open a closed tab.
There are times when we have to use the same pages again and again. Thus, chrome has a feature of startup pages.
Click On Startup in the Settings menu and select what you want Chrome to open the next time you reopen it.
Chrome allows you to open the default New Tab page, all the tabs you had opened the previous time, or select specific pages to open. If you select Open a specific page or set of pages, you can either add specific pages or save all of the tabs that are currently open.
Integrated music control
Bored while working? Music also helps to build our concentration. Chrome includes an in-built music controller, which can be accessed via the music note icon in the menu bar. You can play/pause, seek backwards and forward, and skip or go back a track by clicking the button. If it’s a YouTube video, you can watch it from any tab by using picture-in-picture mode or by enabling live captions.
Another Google Chrome hack is if you want to go directly to a particular website and a particular page on that website. Without having to navigate to Google.com. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Search engine > Manage search engines. You’ll see your default search engine (the one Chrome uses whenever you type a query into the Omnibox) as well as other sites that are already available for quick searches.
So, to perform quick searches, go to Manage search engines and click Add, then enter the site URL. The next time you type the particular site’s name into the Omnibox, you’ll see a prompt on the far right telling you to press the tab to search within the site.
When you press the tab button, the Omnibox changes to show that you are now searching within that website rather than Google. When you enter a search term, you will be taken to that page rather than a Google search result.
This feature is not limited to reference or search sites. You can use Omnibox to search directly through almost any website.
Another Google Chrome hack to save your time is directly landing on the search tab. Chrome allows you to search for open tabs, allowing you to quickly navigate to the web page you require. Use the search bar to search for the title of an open tab. Chrome will autocomplete results and show recently used tabs that match the query as you type the title. To go to the tab, click the Switch to this tab button under the right result.
Low internet speed? Now that everything is virtual, we often rely on our internet for everything. The task manager displays the memory and CPU usage of each tab open in your Google Chrome browser. If you have three or more Tabs open in your browser and they are causing slowness, you can open task manager to locate the problematic site.
You can open it by right-clicking on the title bar and selecting “Task Manager,” or
by pressing Shift + escape.
The home button is quite useful when you have to start your work on the same page. You can add a home button by following the steps below.
- To add a home button in Chrome, click the three dots in the top-right corner.
- Select “settings,”.
- Under the tab, select ‘Appearance’.
- Check the box for the “Show Home button in the toolbar.”
- Add the URL of the site you want to make the home page.
We’re always annoyed when we have to type our details again and again, but chrome has a function to save your time and effort. Chrome’s AutoFill options, which can recollect the information. From addresses to passwords, you can save everything at autofill.
Navigate to Settings -> Autofill, and then select “AutoFill options.”
You can enter your information by clicking “Add address.”
So, these were the time-saving Google Chrome hacks that will make your daily life easier.
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