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How to use Chrome browser effectively

We have collected a few tips that will help you enhance the effectiveness of your browsing in Chrome:

Search smartly

If you want the results to be shown in a new tab, all you need to do is to type your text in the address bar and press ‘Alt+Enter’.

Do you need to set Google Drive files directly from the address bar? For this purpose, the succession of your actions is the following: Settings => Manage search engines => Google Drive (set it as the default setting). It’s rather handy, if you have a lot of Google documents.

Experiment with settings

If it is not convenient to you to open a new tab every time you launch Chrome, you can change the settings. It’s possible to configure your browser in such a way that you will continue where you left off last time. It can also open a particular set of pages upon startup. Go to Settings and change everything the way you like.

Using this menu you can set the ‘Home Button’ to be displayed, as well as activate you bookmark bar.

Generate passwords with Chrome

Google Chrome now has an experimental feature that allows users to generate passwords when they sign up to different sites. But in order to use it, you have to sign in on the browser, using your Google account. You should also enable the password manager.

If you want to activate this feature, type ‘about:flags’ into the address bar. Then find the option ‘Enable Password Generation’. Restart Google Chrome after activation. Now every time you have to create an account on some website, your browser will suggest password variants and store them for you.

Remember that this feature is still experimental. Use it carefully.

Find memory hogger

This feature of Chrome is similar to Task Manager provided by Windows and Activity Monitor by Mac. They all help you see which of your apps consume most of the system resources.

The task manager in Chrome indicated the tabs that are draining memory and CPU. You can also see what your plug-ins and extensions are doing. If you want to close a tab or stop an extension or a plug-in work, you can just click the ‘End Process’ button.

Select what to delete

In fact, whichever browser you use, it certainly allows you to delete your history. But the problem is that you have to delete every single item in it.

But with Chrome you can erase your last hour, day, week, four weeks or the whole history if you want. Moreover, you can select sites that you want to be removed from the history.

In order to do that, click on history and then choose the items that you want to erase. Click ‘Remove Selected Items’.

See hidden passwords

If you don’t know your passwords by heart and rely upon autofilling, it’s rather irritating to log in on another computer if you don’t sign in on your account. But in Chrome you can reveal what passwords you use. Open settings in the menu bar, and then scroll down to the page bottom. Pick the option ‘show advanced settings’.

Scroll down again and click ‘Passwords and forms’ => ‘Manage passwords’. You will see a list of passwords that you’ve previously used. They are blanked out on default, but if you highlight a website the password of which you want to know, there will appear the ‘Show’ button. Click it and see the forgotten password.

You can also see a password of a particular site if you open the Developer Tools menu. All you need to do is to change the input type from password to text.

Open the tab that you closed

It often happens that we close some necessary tabs accidentally. It may come in handy to reopen them.

If you did this, just pres Ctrl+Shift+T (or, if you are a Mac-user, Cmd+Shift+T) or right click on an open tab to see the context menu and select ‘Reopen Closed Tab’ from it. This way you can open the last closed tab.

But in fact, you can do it with as many tabs as you need within a single session.

Deactivate Flash when you don’t need it

Since we’re moving to HTML5, the majority of websites have gotten rid of Flash. But some still have it. So, if you want your browser to work more efficiently, go to its Advanced Settings and under plug-ins select ‘Click to Play’.

Now your Flash Player is no longer active. In case you need to run the plug-in, you can easily activate it.

See what this website will look like on your mobile

Chrome can show you the appearance of websites on iOS and Android gadgets.

Open developer tools from your menu bar, switch to Emulation. Then choose your mobile device from the drop down menu. Chrome will mimic it. Sometimes it’s required to reload the tab for your browser to render the page the way it would look on this or that gadget.

You can also check how well the site will load in case of a weak mobile internet connection.

Use short cuts to enhance your productivity

It’s quite okay if you point and click, but for an advanced user it’s much faster to use keyboard short cuts. There are a great number of them in Chrome.

The whole list for Mac and Windows can be found on Google Chrome support pages.