here are 10 tried and tested hints
that will help you to get the most
out of Chrome by taking
advantage of some of its more
functional tools and time-saving
Read through the suggestions
below and let us know which
you’ll be trying out, or any tricks
we haven’t included, in the
comments box.
1. Open Multiple Pages on Startup
Rather than just one trusty
homepage, you can get Chrome
open several pages as it starts up,
giving you instant access to
whatever sites and services you
prefer to start your day with.
It’s easy to setup. Just click on
the wrench icon on the top right
of your browser window, select
Options and under the Basic tab
check the box where it says on
startup… open the following
If you click Add it brings up a list
of recently browsed sites to
choose from, or you can
enter a URL in the box at the top.
Now, the next time you fire up
your browser, those pages will be
automatically loaded in the order
in which you entered them, saving
you some precious time.
2. Pin Tabs in Place on the
Browser Bar
If you are going to be using a site
or service a lot in one web
session, you can pin a tab in
Chrome, which will shrink the
window down to the size of the
favicon, leaving more room for
multi-tasking. It also prevents
tabs from getting lost on the side
of the screen when you have
many open at once.
To do this, right-click on the tab
you want to pin and hit Pin tab.
To enlarge the tab, just right-click
and hit Pin tab again to uncheck
the option.
3. Turn Your Favorite Websites
into Desktop Apps
There’s another option open to
you in Chrome if you want fast
access to a favorite site — turn
the site into what could be loosely
described as a desktop app.
To do this, navigate to the site
you want to desktop-ize, head
over to the wrench icon on the
top right of your browser
window, select Tools and then
click on Create application
This will then bring up a window
that gives you the option to
create shortcuts on your desktop,
in your start menu, or on the
quick launch bar and you can
check or un-check the boxes to
make your selection.
If you opt for desktop you’ll
instantly see an icon for the site
appear on your desktop display,
as per the grab below:
Now, double-clicking on that icon
will load up that website in a
separate window with no
navigation tabs, giving it the feel
of a native desktop application —
so it could be great for webmail
4. Add a Home Button to the
Chrome boasts a minimalist
design that many love, but there
are some users who just need to
have a home button to click.
Adding a home button to Chrome
is very easy — just click on the
wrench icon at the top-right,
select Options, and under the
basic tab you’ll see a check box
for show Home button on the
toolbar. Hit it and you’ll never be
homeless again.
5. Carry Out Calculations in the
In addition to being a URL bar
and a search field, Chrome’s
omnibox is also a basic
Rather than load up your
computer’s calculator, Google or
Wolfram Alpha, you can just type
your mathematical query into the
omnibox and the result will show
up where you’d normally see
Beyond simple sums, this also
works for unit conversions like
feet-to-meters, pints-to-liters,
6. Use AutoFill to Auto-Complete
an Address
If you find yourself typing your
address time and time again, you
might want to consider Chrome’s
AutoFill options which can
remember it and save you the
repeat effort.
To activate the feature, click on
the wrench icon, select Options,
then click on the Personal Stuff,
then choose AutoFill options. By
selecting Add address, you can
enter your details. The next time
you are presented with a form,
you won’t have to manually type
it all in.
You can also choose to add a
credit card via AutoFill, but for
security reasons we’d advise
thinking twice before going down
that route.
7. Use Chrome URLs to See
History, Bookmarks
& Downloads
Chrome can show you some of
your browser data and settings
via special Chrome URLs, which is
a handy way to see the info in
your browser — especially as all
options are searchable.
You can view your bookmarks,
downloads and history by typing
chrome://bookmarks, chrome://
downloads, or chrome://history
the omnibox.
8. Make a Favicon-Only
Bookmarks Bar
There’s yet another cool way to
get quick access to your favorite,
or most-visited sites in Chrome.
Plus, it looks pretty cool.
You can get Chrome to display
your bookmarked sites in the
toolbar, but by deleting the site’s
name from the bookmark
settings, the browser will just
show the site’s favicons, making
for a colorful display along the
top of your window.
To get this going, you’ll first need
to make sure you have the
bookmarks bar displayed. You
can check this by clicking the
wrench icon, selecting Tools and
then ticking Always show
bookmarks bar.
Once you’ve done this, as you
new sites to your bookmarks, be
sure to delete the text in the
name box, as per the screen shot
below, for a favicon-only list.
Alternatively, to edit existing
bookmarks so that they display
favicon-only, go to chrome://
bookmarks, right-click on the
bookmark, select Edit and then
delete the text in the name box.
To add the bookmarks to your
bookmark bar, simply drag and
drop them from your bookmarks
9. Sync Your Chrome Settings to
Your Google Account
This isn’t the most exciting tip,
but it’s darn useful if you work
or play across multiple
computers. You can sync your
Chrome settings to your Google
account so all those preferences
you’ve taken time to set up, and
all the bookmarks you’ve saved
along the way, will follow you
wherever you go online.
Simply click the wrench icon, go
to Options and under Personal
Stuff you can Set up sync by
signing in to your Google account.
This will now mean all your
Chrome settings will sync
wherever you sign in with your
Google account.
10. Play a Trick on Your Chrome-
Using Buddies
If you’ve a buddy or a work-mate
who uses Chrome, you can use
the developer tools functionality
to play a really clever trick on
them, should they step away
from their computer at any time.
When on a webpage, right-click
and choose Inspect element. This
will split the screen to view the
page code. In this view, you can
select and over-type the text that
appears on the page and replace
it with wording of your own
choosing, or even change
measurements, colors, etc. if
you’ve got a basic grasp of HTML.


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