Such is its popularity that for many newcomers, a web browser usually means Google Chrome. One of the major reasons why it has managed to create such a loyal fanbase is the ease of sync and cross-platform continuity support.
Well, it’s no hidden secret that most of the users have at least one Google Chrome account. If you sign-in to this Google account with Chrome, then it allows streamlined sync of history, tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and settings across all the platforms that are running with Chrome with the same ID. This continuity of work from one device to another is just what is required in today’s fast-paced world.
My father recently started working from home which meant he had more use of the computer than usual. He has been using Google Chrome for a long time but was unaware of all its features. Especially on a computer. I decided to help.
Well, this is just one of its many noteworthy features. Let’s check out some of its other pretty useful functionalities.
Smooth and Handy UI
The Google Chrome browser comes with a pretty nifty and easy to use UI. To begin with, there’s an Omnibox, an extension menu, a bookmark icon, a tabs menu at the top, and an overflow menu that holds all the other goodies.
Well, placing just the necessary features in a way that it doesn’t look that they are cramped up for space, giving us a clean and fresh user experience.
Extensions are small software programs that complement your usage experience, add new features, and allow you to complete your work much quicker. These extensions are spread across varied domains including efficiently managing tabs, blocking ads, managing your emails, password manager, note-takers, and tons of others.
Although these extensions are just of a few MBs they end up hogging up a lot of memory, so don’t keep all the extensions running at the same time, trade accordingly.
Google Chrome allows you to create different profiles for different users. Everything right from the web history, download history, saved passwords, etc will be separate for both these profiles.
For example, you could create a work profile and a personal profile and Chrome will make it easier to distinguish the two. Both of them will also have your different Google Profile picture over both the Chrome.exe files.
There’s a pretty handy bookmark management bar as well. You could directly add any site to the bookmark just by clicking on the star icon or using the Ctrl+D (windows) or Cmd+D (macOS) shortcut key combinations. The best part about this is the fact that these bookmarks are synced across all your devices. Just login with the same Google account using which you have initially saved your bookmark and you are good to go.
Furthermore, it also has a bookmark bar where you could add your favorite sites. This bar will be accessible even in Incognito Mode.
For the unawares, the Incognito Mode allows you to browse privately, hides your history, and doesn’t collect cookies during the time you browse in this mode. To access it simply use the Ctrl+Shift+N (windows) or Cmd+Shift+N (macOS) shortcut key combination.
One of Google Chrome’s most useful features that are usually under the radar and but get the recognition that it deserves is the Password Manager.
When you input a password for the first time, Chrome could suggest a stronger password, with a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, arranged in random order. But how will you remember such a strong password in the first place? Well, the thing is you don’t have to because Google Chrome takes good care of it. It will save all your input passwords with your Google ID. Now when you log in with that ID across any device, all the passwords will be imported as well.
To check all the passwords that are stored on your device till now, open Google Chrome for Windows or iOS and click on the overflow icon situated at the top right. Then select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears and head over to the Passwords section. From there, just click on the ‘eye’ icon next to the password that you need to view and enter your Google password. That’s it.
From there you could easily view, add, edit, or delete any password of all your accounts.
Unknown to many, there’s a whole lot of Google Chrome shortcuts that do your job pretty quickly. Here are some of the most commonly used shortcuts that you should make a habit of using every day. As for the complete list, head over to the Chrome support page.
You could easily clear the Google Chrome browsing data by hitting the Ctrl+Shift+Delete key combinations and then selecting the said option.
If appending www at the beginning of an URL and .com, in the end, it is too much of an effort from your end, then just write the website name and use the Ctrl+Enter or Cmd+Enter keys to automatically complete the remaining website name.
Something for the Tech Geeks
If you are among those set of users who like to dive deep into an application and find its hidden features, then this browser has something to offer in that regard as well.
Google Chrome for Windows or iOS comes with a Flags section, which is a set of experimental features and is hidden from normal users. They bring many new features and UI changes to the fore. Well, we have compiled a list of the best Chrome flags for Windows, iOS, and Android. Do check them out as well.
On that note, do keep in mind that since they’re experimental, they might be unstable as well. If that’s the case, then disable them right away. So to access these flags, simply type in chrome://flags in Chrome’s Omnibox on any of your devices and hit Enter.
Likewise, apart from the Chrome stable build, there’s Canary, Beta, and Developer build as well. They are usually the first in line to receive new and testing features, but again, they are unstable compared to your regular Chrome browser. So trade accordingly.
Before rounding off this feature we will also like to throw some light on the fact that the browser has its Task Manager (which could be accessed via the Shift+Esc shortcut key) and proves some nerdy stats for the geeks.
Apart from that, there are tons of other features that Chrome has in store. But these were more noteworthy that we decided to mention.
Likewise, once you decide to use this browser, there are a few important settings that deserve your attention. Tweak it as per your requirement and you will be having a tailored-made Google Chrome at your fingertips:
When you open a new webpage, you might have seen notifications appearing at the top left of your screen. This is annoying for many, and it gets even worse if you are using an Android device. Therefore, to control Chrome notifications on your PC, click on the overflow icon situated at the top-right and head over to Settings > Advanced > Site Settings. Revoke or grant the permission as per your liking.
On an Android device, open Chrome and tap on the overflow icon. Then select Settings > Notifications from the menu and enable/disable the one according to your needs.
Self-Destruct Account Activity
With privacy concerns at all-time, most users prefer not to keep a trace of their activity for long. If you echo this thought process as well, then there are two things to try out.
The first one involves manually deleting your activity at regular intervals of time whereas the next one allows Google to automatically do so after a fixed time interval. For that, head over to Sync and Google Services and then click on Control how your browsing history is used.
Finally, click on Manage Activity and click on Choose to Delete automatically. Select the period after which you want Google to delete your online activity and hit OK.
Close Background Apps when Chrome is not running
Well, it is no hidden secret that Google Chrome is a memory hogger (we will come back to it later). It seems to drain quite a lot of processing capabilities with just a handful of opened tabs. What is even worse is the fact that some of its web apps will continue to run in the background even after you have closed Chrome. Although it might sound a little bit strange, here’s the good thing. Chrome has provided the option to disable this ‘feature’ as well.
To do so, head over to Settings Advanced > Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed > Toggle off this feature.
Change the Look and Feel of Chrome
The normal stock Chrome UI is quite boring, to be honest. For some, if the browser does their designated work, they aren’t much concerned about themes and UI. However, a major chunk of users still wishes to tweak the look and feel of their browser. If you belong to the latter category, then Chrome has something in store for you.
There are quite a few ways of doing so, the easiest of them is opening a new tab and clicking on Customize situated at the bottom right.
Now, you have three options: Background, Shortcuts, and Theme. The first one allows you to apply any preset themes or your custom ones. Similarly, there are quite a few themes to choose from, including everyone’s favorite Dark theme.
On that note, if you wish to change fonts, head over to chrome://settings/fonts and change the font size and type as per your liking.
Reset Everything to Default
If you have made quite a few changes to the browser and wish to get it back to the default state, then there’s a handy way out.
All the changes, tweaks, and Chrome flags will then be reverted to as it was initially. To do so, head over to Settings > Advanced and scroll to the bottom. Head over to the Reset and Clean up the tab and click on Restore settings to their original default.
Finally hit the Reset settings option and wait for the process to complete.
Bottom Line: Chrome Computer Features
These are some of the handy Chrome tips that you could make full use of. But we are yet to paint the complete picture. While these features are top-notch, the browser also has a few shortcomings as well.
One thing for which Google Chrome for Windows of iOS is notoriously famous (or rather infamous) is the amount of memory that it consumes. Well, many even like to call it a memory hogger, and if you are a regular Chrome user, then you might very be well aware of what we are talking about.
Likewise, if you have opened anywhere around 10 or more tabs, then it begins to face frequent lags as well. This is the sole (and a major) reason why people ditch this browser and look for other alternatives (mostly Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge).
But let’s give it credit where it’s due. It still stands among the pinnacle of web browsers, a major reason for which could be attributed to ease of data sync across all your devices with a Google Chrome account (that most of you would already be having anyhow).
Furthermore, on most Android devices, Chrome comes pre-installed as the default browser, hence the sync process becomes easier. With so many advantages associated with Chrome, it is no secret why many other web browsers are using the Chromium source code.
I enlightened my father in all the features that Google Chrome for Windows had to offer. Since he is no tech geek, he was quite impressed with the in-depth knowledge of the browser.
Do you like using Google Chrome as your default browser? Which is your favorite feature that helps and keeps you engage on a chrome browser?
Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.
|Chrome Windows||Chrome Mac||Chrome iOS||Chrome Android||Firefox Linux|
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