Apparently impressed by Firefox’s success, Google, a few years later, launched its own lean and fast browser, Google Chrome, and achieved great popularity within a short time. One of the top dogs in the browser market, Google Chrome brings additional power and functionality to users that other browsers can only dream about.
It comes with many useful features, but for the average user, many of these are unknown. Let’s take a look at some:
Operating Tips for Google Chrome
“Attach” Tabs: Just like with Firefox, you can also fix open tabs (tabs) in the tab bar. This prevents you from accidentally closing it, and we all know how annoying it could get! You can also automatically load that tab/web page when you start browsing. Just click with the right mouse button on a tab and select “Attach Tab” and you’re good to go.
Render Web Pages as Applications: A special feature of Chrome is to integrate any websites or online application into the system, making them look almost like a locally installed program. With this technique, you get a separate window with no icons and independent (Chrome) controls. The windows remain open even when you exit Chrome.
Here’s how to do it:
Open a page or a web application. Then click in Chrome on the menu icon to the right above the three dashes and choose “Tools > Create App Shortcuts.” The browser will ask you where to add icons. You can choose to add it to the Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar.
When you try to open that App Shortcut, it appears as a separate window without navigation. You can adjust the window size accordingly, and Chrome will remember your settings the next time you start the web app. Depending on the page or Web application, this is now almost indistinguishable from a local installed program!
Adding A Site to Your Favorites FAST: To pull up your bookmarks where you can store your favorite websites, you have to click on the menu icon and then click on “Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks Bar.” Here’s an even faster way to do it: press Ctrl-Shift-B. To add a page there, click on the star icon and then select in the dialog “Bookmark Bar” as a “Folder.”
Create Multiple User Profiles: If you share your PC with other users, it makes sense to create a separate profile for each. If not, everyone can access your personal bookmarks, history list and settings. You can find this option in the Chrome settings under “Users”. With this, the browser creates a custom icon on the desktop for each user. You can even password-protect the profiles for added security.
Internet Analysis: If you enter “chrome: net-internals” in the address bar, the browser will start recording Chrome’s Internet activities and gives you access to a page where you can analyze them. First, open a new tab on a web page and then come back to the Analysis page. In the “Events” section, you can now see which files have been transferred when pulling up the web page. The section “Bandwidth” refers to how much KBs of data are in that page.