Google Chrome Tricks and Tips

Google Chrome Tips

According to w3Schools, Chrome is by far the most popular browser– and that’s no accident. One personal favourite is being able to add an adblocker like AdBlocker by Trustnav to block unwanted popup and/or banners on pages that I am viewing. Annoying. So as major fans of Chrome – as both users and app designers – we thought we’d share some of our favorite Chrome tricks and tips.

Power Bookmarking

You probably know how to bookmark a website, but did you know that you can drag and drop any link on a page to create a bookmark? Simply click on the link and drag it to your bookmark bar to create a new bookmark:
click and drag bookmark in Chrome

In this brave new world of SaaS apps, we tend to end up with many bookmarks that we want to access on a regular basis. In Chrome, you can organize those bookmarks in folders that you see on your bookmarks bar. To create folders, click the Bookmarks menu and then choose Bookmarks Manager. Then click the word Folders at Add Folder. Now you can simply drag and drop all the applicable bookmarks into your new folder:
Bookmark Folders

Managing Tabs

One of the great features of SaaS apps is that you can have multiple different screens in the same app open at the same time. It’s useful to be able to quickly switch back and forth between the screens you use a lot. But this useful feature can lead to confusion. If you spend the day working in various cloud apps, you can get overwhelmed by the number of tabs that are open across the top of your page.

In fact it’s easy to have so many tabs open that you accidentally close the tab that you meant to click on. In Chrome, you can easily reopen that tab. Click the File menu and choose Reopen Closed Tab.

If you want to make sure you can always find certain pages, you can pin the most important tabs so you can always find them – and even have those tabs automatically open when you first open Chrome. Click here to see how.

Incognito Windows

Anyone who spends a lot of time working in the cloud gets to know and love Incognito windows. The primary reason for Incognito Mode is to prevent Chrome from saving your browsing history. This may be needed if you’ve paid too many visits to sites like recently. It also erases any cookies that have been gathered when you close the Incognito window. You can switch between an incognito window and any regular windows you have open, and you’ll only be in incognito mode when you’re using the incognito window.

If you’re using cloud apps, the usefulness of Incognito Mode extends beyond hiding your browsing history. For example, if you’re logged into an app, and want to quickly check something in the same app for another client, you can open an Incognito window and log into the app as a different user – without having to log out.

You can also use it as a sort of “me or the app” test. If an app is not behaving the way you think it should, try logging in in an Incognito window to see if it’s working there. If it is, that a good sign that you need to clear your cache or restart your computer.

You can open an Incognito window by:

  1. In the top right, click the icon you see: Menu Chrome menu or More More.
  2. Select New Incognito Window.
  3. A new window will open with a gray incognito icon .
  4. To close incognito mode, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and click the X.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut and press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows) and ? + Shift + N (Mac) to open an incognito window.

Shortcut to Clear your Cache

Speaking of browsing history, if you ever need to clear your cache or other browsing data, you can do that in your Chrome Settings. You can skip several steps by pressing Control-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Shift-Command-Delete (Mac) to go straight to the “Clear browsing data” window.
Chrome clear browsing data

What to do when the Internet Dies

Remember that page Chrome shows you when the internet goes out: “Unable to connect to the Internet,” that features a little 8-bit style T-Rex at the top (if you watch, you’ll notice he/she blinks every few seconds). This is actually a game.

To play, just hit the space bar and you’ll enter a forever-runner game in which the T-Rex runs along a desert landscape. Press the space bar to make it hop over the various cacti and vultures it encounters. It even includes Atari-era sound effects. This will amuse you until the internet is restored or 30 seconds, whichever is shorter.
No Internet Game

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