Chrome is currently the best way to surf the web due to its lightning speed and great selection of extensions. Here’s how to get more out of the world’s favorite browser.
- Ctrl+N: Opens a new window.
- Ctrl+T: Opens a new tab.
- Ctrl+Shift+N: Opens a new window in incognito mode.
- Ctrl+Shift+T: Resurrects the last tab you just sent to the graveyard. You can reopen the last 10 tabs you closed.
- Alt+F or Alt+E: Opens the Chrome menu.
- Ctrl+Shift+B: Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
- Ctrl+H: Opens the History page.
- Ctrl+J: Opens the Downloads page.
- Shift+Esc: Opens Chrome’s Task Manager, so you can see which tabs are using the most resources, potentially slowing down performance.
Do you find yourself opening the same set of pages everytime you get on Chrome, such FB, Gmail, and what have you? There’s a convenient feature that allows a set of pages to instantly open everytime you access Chrome. Just go to Menu > Settings and select the ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’ radio button. Click the Set pages hyperlink and start typing in your go-to websites.
This is simply for fun: turn your Chrome icon gold. It doesn’t do anything except add a little bit of flair – right click on your Chrome shortcut via your desktop, then hit properties. Once there, click on the Shortcuts tab and then click on ‘change icon’ – you should be able to select a gold variant of the Chrome globe, among a few others.
This extension allows you split two windows in one. Great for blogging, taking notes, and any other time where you need to cross-reference multiple pages wihout jumping back and forth between tabs like a maniac. Find it here.