According to latest news, Google Chrome is now the second most used web browser in the world, sending Mozilla Firefox to the third place and only behind Microsoft Internet Explorer. People who love this navigator (like me) has told that Chrome is a lot faster than IE and FF and it takes less resources from your machine in order to render some page elements. In this article, you will learn fantastic secrets to get the most out from Google Chrome right now.
If you surf the web through another web browser and want to give Chrome a chance, just download the browser in here, install it and enjoy the tips and tricks you will get to learn.
The way Chrome extends its capabilities is through Extensions. I will name some of the most useful to make the web a smarter place.
RadioPlayer is an extension to get a lot of radio stations, more than 300, in your browser. Once installed, Chrome shows a little gray arrow in a blue circle at the top-right corner of the browser. Click on it and the radio player will pop-up. The player is resizable like any other window, just click and drag as you wish. You can search for any kind of station, play it and save it in your favorites. From 60′s music to the unforgettable Eighties decade, walking by the 90′s to the current age, you will enjoy browsing the web while listening to your favorite songs. Go to RadioPlayer Extension in here, click on Add to Chrome and enjoy.
Hover Zoom makes your day happier. This extension enlarges any picture in which you hover your pointer. Usually, this extension works in most sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Amazon and Reddit. The zoomed picture will fit your screen without open it in another tab. Add to Chrome in this page and enjoy.
Tabs to the Front fixes one of the most hated functions of Google Chrome. It sends new tabs to the foreground instead of send them to the background.
When you right click a link and select Open Link in New Tab, this extension will send the new tab to the front. Isn’t it a strange thing that Chrome doesn’t assume that when you open a new tab you want to see it right there? Just install Tabs to the Front in here and fix that. You can use Tab Position Customizer to achieve this too and to change the order new tabs open by default.
Disguised Tabs is a useful tool to hide the pages you are viewing from undesirable eyes, like your boss, for example. If you like to surf the web at working hours, this extension is specially priceless. Just hit Ctrl+Q and the tab will change to the Google homepage or any other you choose. Ctrl+Q again to undisguise the tab when your boss are already gone. Panic Button extension makes a similar function with your private tabs.
AutoCAD WS is an excellent utility to view, edit and share dwg drawings through Chrome using the fabulous extension AutoCAD WS Web and Mobile App. Cadders worldwide will love this Add-On for edit and share cad drawings on the go. Enjoy.
Google Translate works in any page. This is a must to have tool that translates full pages to the language you want. Just install and click on the icon.
There is a lot of great tools and extensions for Google Chrome in the Chrome Web Store. Just take a look in there and search for any extension you like or make a click in the button Popular to display the most installed extensions. If you like graphic design and painting, go to Collections section and choose from tens of great apps to draw and paint from your browser.
Google Chrome has a list of shortcuts to access the most used commands while surfing the web. The list below holds eight of the most useful.
Alt+Home Invokes the New Tab Page. You can see your most visited sites, installed applications and recently closed tabs.
Alt+F Displays the principal menu of Chrome, in where you can customize every function in your browser.
Ctrl+Shift+D This command saves all of your current tabs in a new bookmark folder. When you need to see them again, just go to that folder.
Ctrl+Click Opens a link in a new tab. Very useful when you don’t want to open links in the same tab. Ctrl+Shift+Click for Mac users.
Shift+Esc Invokes the Task Manager of Chrome. This window shows every process and function running right there in Chrome.
Ctrl+Shift+N Make this key combination and Chrome will pop up a new window to surf the web in incognito mode.
Ctrl+Shift+Del Clear Browsing Data is invoked with this combination. You can delete history, downloads, cookies, etc.
Ctrl+J Opens your Downloads folder to make you know which software and archives you have downloaded.
Tips and Tricks
Google Chrome is in its very own way to surpass Internet Explorer in some years but, for now, 200 million users worldwide should be enjoying their browser every night.
If you don’t like ads, you can install AdBlock or AdBlock Plus through the Google Webstore, both tools are free to use in Chrome. They block majority of banners and advertisements in web pages, and even pop-up windows. These extensions will make your life easier.
You can change your Downloads folder for the one you like. Make click in the little tool at the top-right corner of Chrome and select Options. Now, click on Under the Hood section. Scroll down and locate Downloads section. Click on Change and select the folder you want.
Some bad tongues are saying that CoolNovo Chrome Plus is better than Google Chrome. It has all features than Chrome and many more. Even Add-Ons are compatible with it and is as fast as Chrome standard version. I think you can give both a try and select the one you like the more. Download Chrome Plus from CoolNovo.