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Saturday, 11 February 2017

10 Google Chrome Tricks You Might Not Be Using

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Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers and owns over half of the browser market. Undoubtedly, it is one of the coolest browsers that offers a heck of amazing shortcuts, which make browsing a fulfilling experience. There are so many things that you can do with Google Chrome, that you will stop feeling that it's not just another browser.

If you are not aware of all these incredible features, you are certainly missing a lot of productivity you could derive from Chrome. So, here are the 10 cool Google Chrome tricks which you should know about.

Best Google Chrome Tricks

1. Access the Computer Remotely

If you want to access your computer or someone else’s computer through your phone, check the desktop or any other internal folders, you can easily do that using the Android based extension “Chrome Remote Desktop”. Using this app or extension, you can access any computer, whether it’s an MS Windows System or a Mac Computer.

This extension can be easily found from the Google Chrome Store available at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions?hl=en

2. Turn YouTube Videos into GIFs

Now, who would have thought that you can easily make the GIFs from the YouTube videos? But, using the Chrome’s GIFit! Extension, it can be easily done.

All you need to do is download the extension from the Chrome Store, and install it and open the YouTube video from which you want to create the GIF. Select the start time and end time for GIF, from the YouTube’s video timing. For instance, you can select to create the GIF from the video starting from 10 minutes’ 52 seconds to 10 minutes’ 56 seconds. In this way, you will get 4 seconds long GIF, extracted from the video itself. You can also select the width, height and frame rate for the GIF.

3. Google Chrome Shortcuts

If, you are wondering that, is there some way to complete the tasks a bit faster in the Google Chrome without using the mouse, then, here’s the list of some amazing
Google Chrome Keyboard shortcuts which you will find incredibly useful:
  • “Alt + Home”  - To open the home page
  • “Alt + Left Arrow/ Right Arrow” To back or forward a page respectively
  • “Esc” To shop a web page from opening or a stop a downloading
  • “Ctrl + 1-8” – This will help you move into your tab bar. The number which you press with the CTRL key, will enable you to open the tab which is located on that number. The first opened tab is number 1, the next to it is number 2 and so on.
  • “Ctrl + 9” – To select and open the last tab
  • “Ctrl + Shift + Del” – To delete the recent web browsing history
  • “Ctrl + Shift + B” – To toggle the bookmarks between the saved ones and hidden.
  • “Ctrl + Shift + O” – To open the bookmark manager
  • “Ctrl + P” – To print the current page or current frame
  • “Ctrl + U” – To view the source code of the currently opened page

4. Take Notes On the Webpage Itself

Often, we have to move out of the web page while browsing it to jot down the notes. Also, you have to continuously switch from web page to notepad. But, with Chrome, you can take the notes from the web page directly without altering between any windows.

Use the “Sidenotes” extension by downloading it from the Chrome store and installing it on your browser. After that, you can take the notes directly on the web page and these notes would be saved directly to your Dropbox.

5. Enable Autofill

The autofill feature is pretty amazing as it saves you from the hassle of entering your details every time you fill up a form online. You can manually enter the auto fill data in Chrome and can update the information whenever you want.

Simply navigate to the “Chrome Settings” and then click “Show Advanced Settings” Scroll down to look for the option “Passwords and Forms” section and then click “Manage Autofill Settings”. You will be redirected to a form where you fill in the required information and save it. Once you complete the information, you can rest assured that you won’t have to fill any form of internet opened through the Chrome browser again. It will get auto-filled using the information you entered here.

6. Avoid any Grammatical Errors in Your Writing by Using Grammarly

is an amazing extension, especially for those who indulge in writing and filling a lot of information online. If you are a fast writer, then with Grammarly, you don’t have to worry about any typos or grammatical errors. This free extension ensures that everything you write is mistake-free.

Not only this, but it also sends you performance stats and personalized insights. So, whenever you are planning to write your next blog post, just install Grammarly and be rest assured about proofreading the document from the grammar or spelling mistakes perspective.

7. Merge Multiple Tabs into One

Whenever you find yourself stuck with too many tabs in the browser, you can use the “OneTab” extension to squeeze all the tabs into a list. This way, your tabs would be open, still, your browser will not look too messy to find anything important.

Simply, search and install the “OneTab” extension from the Chrome Store and install it. After installation, its icon (a blue funnel shaped icon) will start appearing in your Chrome menu. There is no requirement for login or verification process so you can use it immediately after installation.

Whenever you want to reduce the clutter on your browser tab bar, you can click on the One Tab icon to instantly group all the open tabs in a list in one window. Later, if you want to restore any of these pages, you can right-click the page and select the restore option from the menu.

8. Find All The Saves Usernames and Passwords in Chrome

For the ease of use, most of us enable the browsers to remember our passwords, so that we don’t have to remember the password of each web account that we own. So, if you have enabled this feature on Google Chrome, and allow Google Chrome to save your passwords, you can easily check and manage all the saved passwords in the Chrome browser.

All you need to do is click on “Menu” (the three vertical dots icon located on the top-right corner of the browser window) and then select “Settings”. Scroll down to locate “Show Advanced Settings…” on the bottom of the page. Click here and then look for “Passwords and forms” section. Under this heading, click on the “Manage Passwords” link. Here you can find the passwords for all the websites or web accounts that you have saved. Although, the password would be shown in the form of asterisk or dots, but you can click once on the bar of the website for which you want to check the password, and then click on “Show Password”.

9. Compare the Online Prices

Well, this is one of the plugins which might not seem very useful to those who are seeking productivity through Chrome but would certainly appeal millions of online shoppers who consistently buy from the online stores.

As the number of online eCommerce stores is increasing, the possibilities of finding a particular product in multiple stores are also increasing. So, there’s a Chrome extension that allows you to compare the prices of the same product on the different online shopping websites so that you can easily find the website that’s offering it for the lowest cost.

Simply, search and install the “ShopGenius” extension. So, now whenever you will open up a product page, the green toolbar on the top would show the lowest price for the same product available at a different online store, with the store’s name. The arrow on the green colored bar would show all the websites on which the product is available and at what price.

10. Mute Tabs with Loud Audios

Most of us find it really annoying when we open a URL in the browser and suddenly loud audio starts. As these audio files are configured with the URL, there’s no way to stop them from playing except one trick that you can use on Chrome.

In order to mute the tabs with the loud audio files, simply copy this and paste on your Chrome browser address bar - chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting. Once you press enter, you will find many options.

Click “Enable” on the first bar with the heading “Tab Audio Muting UI Control”. After that, click “Relaunch Now” on the bottom of the page.

Ready to Try These Chrome Hacks?

Do try these hacks to make your internet browsing experience better. These will certainly enhance your productivity, and you would be able to accomplish a plethora of things right from your internet browser.

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