35 Advanced Google Chrome Features You Probably Do Not Know

Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world. 

Its popularity is due to its ease of use, high reliability, and constant updates. But many of them are unaware of some of its best features. 

Learn these tricks to get the most out of Chrome.

 

Google Chrome Advanced Tips & Tricks

Below is the list of advanced Google Chrome tricks.

Restart the Google Chrome

To restart the browser, use the chrome: // restart command. You just have to copy it and paste it into the Chrome address bar and your browser will restart and restore all your tabs and windows in a flash.

Drive Service

You can drag and drop files from the Chrome download bar directly to another online service, such as Google Drive, to load it instantly, or Gmail, to insert the file as an attachment in a new message.

Quick Notebook Access

If you want to have your own notebook with quick access that will allow you to write down your thoughts directly in the browser, without extensions. All you have to do is paste a piece of code into the Chrome address bar. You can see the below in the quotations, after which you can save the page in your bookmarks bar for easy access. The notebook supports the text format (Ctrl or Cmd-B for bold, Ctrl or Cmd-I for italics and Ctrl or Cmd-U for underlining) and even has a built-in spell check function. If you want to save your thoughts for a later recovery, press Ctrl or Cmd-S.

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Open link in a new tab

To open a link in a new tab, hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key and click on it. If you want to open a link in a completely new window, use the Shift button.

Use the Chrome custom search engine

Within the Chrome settings, click on “Manage search engines” and then click the “Add” command next to the “Other search engines” heading. Enter the name of the page in the “Search engine” field, the shortcut you want in the “Keyword” field, and the full URL of the page in the “URL” field.

Create Chrome Search Engine shortcuts

Use Chrome’s custom search engine feature to create shortcuts to search anywhere you want. The trick is to first find the full URL of the site’s own search system. Then, go to “Manage search engines” in Chrome and click on the “Add” command, adding the full link.

Access your Gmail quickly

To access your email directly from the Chrome address bar you can create a new custom search engine with the name Gmail, the keyword you want (either “gmail.com” or some shortcut), and “https: //mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#search/% s “as the URL.

Mute tab 

Does it make you crazy to have thousands of tabs open in your browser? Chrome gives you a very easy solution that is mute your tabs. Clicking the right button above the tab will give you a list; Click on the option to ‘mute tab’ and you will see how it is reduced to the icon and it is placed to the left side, occupying a minimum space. This allows you to have many tabs open without being bothered by the ones you are not using at the moment.

Accessing Google Drive quick trick

You can access Google Drive from the address bar by creating a custom search engine with “https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/search?q=%s” as the URL.

Create custom keyboard shortcuts in Chrome

Go to the main menu in the upper right corner and inside it to “More tools> Extensions”. Once there, at the bottom, Google’s browser enables the option “Key combinations”, where you can generate custom keyboard commands to quickly access all the extensions you want.

Save the Downloads Directly in Cloud services

To save everything you download to a cloud-based folder, you must install the desktop synchronization program for the storage service you use. Most of them, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, provide these utilities for all common operating systems. Once it is configured, you will have a folder on your local hard drive that will always synchronize with a folder in your cloud storage.

In the “Advanced” section of the Chrome settings, you can click on “Change” in “Downloads” and create a subfolder where all the files you download online will be.

Browse Faster 

There are many useful extensions for Google Chrome, but one of the most useful is Data Saver. This extension helps to compress the pages you visit to reduce data consumption and increase browsing speed.

Scroll Down web page with SpaceBar

To scroll down on a web page press the spacebar. And if you want to move up, press Shift and the space bar at the same time.

Hide the Chrome Extension icons

Hide the extension icons that you do not need to see by right-clicking and selecting “Hide in the Chrome menu” from the options that appear. You can also hover over the right end of the address bar until a double-sided arrow appears, and then drag it to the right to extend it and hide several extension icons at the same time.

Do Not Track request

If you do not want to leave a trail on the web, open the Chrome settings, click on “Advanced” and activate the option “Send a request ‘Do not track’ with your navigation traffic”, which can be found in the section “Privacy and security”.

Startup 

If there are a series of pages that you always open while opening Google Chrome browser, then Chrome has a feature to set up series of pages as default. So, that whenever you open Chrome browser, all the pages will be opened by default. To do this follow the steps below. 

Access ‘settings’> ‘on Startup’> ‘open a specific page or set of pages’> ‘add a new page’.

Open the Closed Tab

If you have closed a tab by mistake, press Ctrl or Cmd-Shift-T. Chrome will reopen the most recent closed tab immediately and you can also do it several times if there is more than one tab you want to reopen.

History

If you want to go back to a website that you visited from your smartphone, tablet or other PC, go to the Chrome history page by pressing Ctrl or Cmd-H or typing chrome: // history in the address bar. There you will find the list of synchronized tabs you opened from other devices.

Instant history

Use the Back button in the upper left corner of Chrome to get a pop-up history of recent pages seen in your current tab. Click and hold to see the list.

Create multiple profiles 

You do not have to use the same profile for work and personal on your computer, in Chrome you can have more than one user. You can add profiles to Chrome in ‘settings’> ‘manage other users’> ‘add person’. This is also useful when you lend your computer to someone and they will not be able to access your search history.

Save multiple tabs in a Folder to Access later

When you have a group of tabs open and want to keep the entire session for later, press Ctrl-Shift-D. This way, you will keep all the tabs open in a folder to access again in the future. When you want to restore them, right-click on the folder inside the bookmarks and select “Open all” or “Open all in a new window”.

Remove colours, fonts, links, etc after copy-pasting the text

If you want to remove the copied text format as you paste it, removing links, fonts, colours and anything else press Ctrl or Cmd-Shift-V after copying the text.

Increase Decrease Font Size

If you want to enlarge the size of a text form on a website, look for the two diagonal lines in the lower right corner of the box, click on the area, drag it down, and expand it to the desired size.

Cache

To consult an inactive website or to know the appearance of a page, write cache: website.com in Chrome’s address bar, replacing website.com with the URL you want to find.

Download files in the folder you want 

Chrome by default saves the files in the downloads folder, but you can change the settings. Go to ‘settings’> ‘Advanced’> ‘downloads’ and click on ‘change’ next to ‘location’ to choose the folder where you want all your new files to be saved.

Search Particular Word or Phrase from Anywhere

To do a search on any word or phrase of a web you only have to select it, click with the right button and select the option “Search in Google”. You can also highlight a word or phrase and drag it to the Chrome address bar to achieve the same result or to the right of the open tabs to start the search in a new tab instead of the current one.

Use Chrome as your file browser

To do this, drag and drop any image, video or audio file into your browser to open it at that moment. On Windows, you can type C: in the Chrome address bar to browse your hard drive.

Disable Popups

If you hate pop-ups, you have the possibility to completely disable the notifications of a website by going to the Chrome settings, click on “Advanced” and then on the “Content settings” line. Then, search and click on “Notifications” and deactivate them at the top of the page.

Control the information on each page 

Do you want to know how many cookies are on a page or what permissions do you have? Click on the ‘i’ next to the web address in the search bar and you will get a list where you can see and control all the details.

Save any link with just one click

To do this, you must hold down the mouse button and drag the link up in the Chrome bookmarks bar. Thus, you can resume the web or blog whenever you wish.

Save memory and increase speed 

Click the menu next to the browser bar and select ‘more tools’> ‘task manager’ and it will show you which pages are consuming more memory and slowing down. By closing the unwanted tabs will save memory and increases the speed performance. 

Calculator 

Forget to take out the mobile or look for the calculator of the computer to do mathematical operations. Write the operation in the navigation bar and you will get the result in a calculator where you can do more operations. It is also useful to calculate percentages in a simple way.

Move the place of Downloaded File

To move a downloaded file to a specific place, click on the tile in the download bar that appears at the bottom of the browser. You can then drag and drop the download directly to your desktop or to any folder.

BONUS: Have fun with Google Chrome: 

Chrome is a box of surprises: 

  • Play when you do not have a connection: The next time you’re bored waiting for the connection to be restored hit the spacebar and Chrome will surprise you with a simple game.
  • More games: Search for ‘atari breakout’ in pictures in Chrome and play!
  • More surprises: Are you a Super Mario Bros fan? Find it in Google Chrome and click on the question symbol located on the right side.
  • A little dizzy: Type “askew” into Google. Is it me or is this room on a slope?
  • Recursion: Look for “recursion” in Google. It’s frustrating, right?
  • Decompile your page: Enter “zerg rush” in the search engine and observe.

These are the 10 best features of Google Chrome to get most out of it. By implementing these tricks in our daily usage, we can save a lot of time and can reduce the data consumption. I hope this article will help you to save your time as well as your Data network.

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