While we have good number of great browsers, both for computers and smartphones, Chrome remains the undisputed leader, with more than 50% of the browser market share. Well, Google’s offering certainly deserves all the traction because people love the browser for its minimal UI, integration to Google’s services and a plethora of features.
Of course, it’s not without its flaws, but Chrome remains arguably the best browser out there. If you’re using Chrome, chances are, you already know a lot about the Chrome Settings, Extensions, and tricks, but do you know every Chrome trick? Well, we don’t think so, thus we are listing down 7 cool Google Chrome tricks and tips that may not know:
Cool Google Chrome Tricks and Tips You Should Know
1. Moving Multiple Tabs
There are times when we have a number of tabs opened in Chrome on our PC or Mac and to reduce the clutter, we decide to move some particular tabs to a new window. However, chances are, you are doing it by dragging each tab to a new window one by one, which is an annoying process. Thankfully, you can easily move multiple tabs in Chrome.
You can do so via the Ctrl (CMD on Mac) or Shift key. All you need to do, is press hold the Ctrl key and select the tabs you want to move. Once done, just drag the tabs wherever you want. You can even use the Shift key to select a range of tabs in Chrome.
2. Adding Calendar Events from Omnibox
Chrome’s Omnibox aka the address bar packs in a lot of functionality. You can use the Omnibox to do calculations, check weather, convert units, start timer, search into websites directly and more. Moreover, you can use the Omnibox for more advanced tasks like sending an email or saving an event to the Calendar. However, you will have to follow a few steps before you can start adding Google Calendar events from the calendar. Here goes:
- First, go to Chrome settings and click on “Manage search engines” in the Search engine section.
- Here, just scroll down and click on the Add button next to “Other search engines”.
- In the first box, add a name like “Google Calendar Event” and add a keyword that you’d like to use to trigger the events feature in the Omnibox. We are simply using “Calendar“. Once done, paste this link “http://www.google.com/calendar/event?ctext=+%s+&action=TEMPLATE&pprop=HowCreated%3AQUICKADD” in the third box. Then, click on “Add”.
- Then, just type “Calendar” in the Omnibox and press Tab. Then, just type your event details in natural language and press Enter.
- The Google Calendar page should then open up with all your details. You can just press “Save” here to save the event.
Well, this is surely a handy way to add Google Calendar events from Chrome.
3. Manually Update Autofill
Here’s a cool Chrome trick that not may people know and it has to with Chrome autofill. The autofill feature in Chrome is pretty great, as it saves you from the hassle of entering your addresses and card details again and again. However, what if you have started using a different card or moved to a new place? Don’t worry, Chrome lets you manually update the Autofill data.
Just head over to Chrome Settings and click on “Show advanced settings“. Then, scroll down to the find “Autofill Settings“. Here you will find three options; Passwords, Payment Options, and Addresses. Click on the one you want to manually manage.
For example, when I click on the “Add” button in the addresses option, I get a form to enter the address that I want to use as a part of my autofill settings, as shown in the picture below.
4. Block Chrome Notifications
Chrome’s notifications feature is pretty great, however, it can get annoying too, especially if you allow many websites (the ones that spam) to send you notifications. Also, it’s important to note that these notifications arrive even when you’ve closed Chrome. Thankfully, you can block Chrome notifications.
Here, click on the “Notifications” section.
Now, you can either choose to “not allow any site to show notifications“. To do that, just turn off the toggle marked in the picture below. If you want to block notifications from a particular website, you can click on “the three-dot menu” next to the website link and and do the same.
On an Android device, you can go to Chrome Settings->Site Settings->Notifications, where you will find websites that bring you notifications. You can then tap on a site and in the permissions section, choose “Block”.
5. Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts
Chrome features a number of great keyboard shortcuts that can surely make things faster for you. Here are the most useful ones:
- Ctrl+1-9: You can switch between different tabs with these shortcut. Here, 1 is the first tab and 9 being the last.
- Ctrl+Tab: This keyboard shortcut lets you switch to the next tab on the right. You can move to the tab on the left by using Ctrl+Shift+Tab.
- Ctrl+Shift+N: You can open Incognito mode with this shortcut.
- Ctrl+Shift+T: Accidentally closed a tab? Hit this keyboard shortcut to quickly reopen it. You can also hit the key multiple times to restore multiple tabs.
- Ctrl+Shift+Delete: This keyboard shortcut takes you to the “Clear browsing data” page, where you can clear Chrome’s cookies, cache, history and other data.
- Ctrl+L: You can quickly move your cursor to the Omnibox with this shortcut.
- Shift+Esc: Want to keep a check on the memory hogging tabs? Hit this shortcut to open up Chrome’s task manager.
- Ctrl+W: You can quickly close a tab with this keyboard shortcut.
- Ctrl+N: Quickly open a new Chrome window with this shortcut.
- Ctrl+T: This keyboard shortcut lets you open a new tab.
Note: You can use these commands on a Mac by replacing the Ctrl key with the “Command” key and Alt key with the “Option” key.
6. Search Your Emails Directly from Omnibox
Chrome’s Omnibox is pretty powerful and can do a lot of things including making general Google searches, simple mathematical operations, searches inside specific websites, and more. However, did you know that you can directly search for your emails using the Chrome Omnibox? Well, if you didn’t know that then this point will come handy to you. You will have to set it up first for it to work. For enabling searching email from Chrome’s Omnibox, we will be using its “Custom Search feature”.
First, head to Chrome settings and click on “Manage search engines” in the Search section. Now, click on the “Add” button and enter the name (use Gmail as we are creating a search for Gmail) in the first field and the shortcut in the second field. Now, in the last field, you will have to add a custom Gmail search URL which is given below.
Now, click on the “Add” button to add this custom search. Now, whenever you want to search for an email, just type your custom shortcut and hit either the tab or the space button. It will turn the Omnibox into a search field. Now, type the query and hit enter to see your search results.
7. Use the Right-Click Menu on Tab
Chrome comes with many hidden features which are quite easily accessible when you know how to access them. Take, for example, the right-click menu that nobody ever tries to access despite the fact that it’s present there all the time. When you right click on a Chrome’s tab, you can access many features. For starters, you can pin a tab which will make it the leftmost tab and keep it open, mute a site which mutes any audio coming from the website that’s opened on that tab, and so on.
I also use this menu to manage my tabs. If you have a ton of tabs open and you want to most of them while keeping some of the open, you can do that by using the right-click menu. Just right-click on the tab that you want to save and then select the “Close tabs to the right” option. This will close all the tabs that are to the right of the current tab.
Ready to try out these cool Chrome tricks?
Well, these were the 8 Google Chrome tricks that are still fairly unknown to users. So, try them out and do let us know how you like them. Also, if you know of any other cool Chrome trick that we missed out on, do let us know in the comments section below.