Top Best Google Chrome Features
When Chrome first burst onto the browser scene in 2008, it promised to make surfing the internet faster and simpler than ever before. Over time though, this stripped-down, streamlined browser has started to add a number of extra features that can improve the browsing experience in one way or another.
So while Chrome is still nippy and lightweight on the surface, behind the scenes there are all kinds of tricks and tweaks you can try out. If you spend a lot of time on the web then it pays to know your browser back-to-front, and with this collection of Chrome tips you’ll be able to master Google’s application in no time.
Google Chrome is the best web browser in the world by a long distance IF one counts out Mozilla Firefox.
But seriously, Chrome is the most versatile, stable and workplace-ready web browser the internet has to offer.
So it makes sense that this web browser has a ton of features and tricks that a lot of people simply do not know about.
Let’s talk about some of those hidden features
1. COVER UP YOUR TRACKS
A more personalised browser means you can speed around the web more quickly, but there might be times when you want Google to forget all about you (if you’ve been borrowing a friend’s computer perhaps). From the Settings page, click Show advanced settings, then choose Clear browsing data – you can delete cookies, history, cached data and more from the past hour, day, week or month (or from “the beginning of time”).
2.How to Use Incognito Mode in Google Chrome
If you don’t want Chrome recording your browsing history or storing any cookies, go into Incognito Mode. It’s a good option when browsing for things you might not want the world to know about, be that holiday gift shopping, or more adult activities.
To open an incognito window in Chrome, click the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of the browser and select New incognito window. On mobile, tap the three-dot icon on the bottom-right (iOS) or top-right (Android) and select New Incognito Tab.
3. TALK TO YOUR BROWSER
Everyone’s getting into voice control these days – Google, Apple, Microsoft – but Chrome has had the feature for longer than you might realise. Go into the Settings page and tick the box marked Enable “Ok Google” to start a voice search. You can say the phrase on the Google website or on the New Tab page, then run a search using your voice, just as you can on the most recent Android devices.
4. MUTE NOISY TABS
A browser tab blaring out music or an auto-played video is one of the most annoying drawbacks of browsing the web, but Chrome now lets you mute tabs with a click: you need to open the chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting page in Chrome, then click Enable. You can then quieten down tabs by clicking on the audio icon on the tab or by right-clicking on the tab and choosing Mute tab.
If you’re working with lots of tabs, need to keep certain ones open, and maybe want to make sure you don’t lose something, considering pinning them to Chrome. Pin a tab by right-clicking on it and selecting Pin. This turns the tab into a small icon on the left that will remain if you close and re-open the browser window; drag to re-order.
6.Change File Download Destination
If you can never find downloaded files on your computer, Chrome allows you to designate where they are stored. Navigate to Settings > Advanced > Downloads. Under location, click Change. In the pop-up box, you can set your downloads to be saved in a particular folder
7.Clean Up Chrome
Chrome is typically a speedy browser, but if something is gumming up the works, the browser has some built-in tools to help fix the issue. Under Settings > Advanced > Reset and clean up, click Clean up computer to use Chrome’s internal antivirus to find and remove any harmful software that could interfere with the browser.
If this doesn’t work, click Reset settings to their original defaults, which will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs, as well as disable extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. Bookmarks, history and saved passwords will not be deleted.
8. CHANGE THE CHANNEL
There are actually four Chrome ‘channels’, which each get progressively more experimental and less stable as you go: Stable (probably the one you’re on now), Beta, Developer and Canary. You can switch between them via this page. If you’re prepared to put up with a few bugs and crashes along the way, these alternative channels let you get a sneak preview of new Chrome features ahead of time.
Chrome can open audio tracks, video files, photos and more besides displaying web pages. Drag a file saved in a popular format into a New Tab window and you can play it right inside your browser – it’s a useful alternative to have if you don’t want to launch a fully fledged media player. You can browse your computer too – type “C:\” (or “file:///” on a Mac) into the address bar to explore your system.
10.Add a Link to the Desktop
Chrome offers a built-in way to add a clickable link to your desktop for later use. Just click the three-dot icon in the top-right corner and select More tools > Create shortcut. In the pop-up window, type in a name and click Create
11. RECALL FORGOTTEN PASSWORDS
If you’re choosing to have Google Chrome remember all your login details, then you can delve into the Settings page to remind yourself of the password or username for a particular site (click Show advanced settings then Manage passwords). You’ll be prompted for your Windows or Mac user account password as an extra security step if you try and display any of the passwords Chrome has stored.
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