The Chrome browser comes baked in with a plethora of nifty features. While that’s all well and good, what isn’t is the fact that accessing them is no easy task. Quite recently, I was about to purchase a product. Right at the checkout page, I realized that I needed to update my saved payment information.
I clicked on the More > Settings, scrolled to the Autofill section, accessed the Payment Methods page, and finally made the desired changes. But by then, the product was already out of stock.
This is just one of the many instances where one feels that there could have been an easier approach to access a particular setting.
Turns out with the Chrome v87, that is very much a possibility, all thanks to the new Action feature. But what is Chrome Actions, and more importantly how could you use it?
What are Chrome Actions?
The Chrome Actions feature allows you to quickly access most of the browser features and settings directly from the address bar. You just need to type in the name of the task that you need to perform in the Omnibox and select the Chrome Action from the list.
Furthermore, each task has been assigned with two or more actions. This gives more options to the end-user as they don’t have to explicitly focus on just one command.
For example, if you wish to delete browsing history, then you may use any of the five actions: erase history, erase history browser, erase history browsing, erase history chrome, or delete history.
On that note, let’s now get you acquainted with the various Chrome Actions.
List of Useful Chrome Actions
While it’s practically not possible to list out all the Chrome Actions (there are over 15,000 of them), here are some of the most useful ones that you might need on a regular basis.
However, if you wish to get acquainted with all of the Chrome Actions, then do check out this Chromium Source page.
- Open an Incognito tab: Type launch incognito mode or incognito.
- Translate a webpage: Type translate this page or translate this.
- Delete Cookies: Type wipe cookies.
- Delete Cache: Type clear cache.
- Clear History: Type in delete history.
- Manage Saved Payment Methods: Type update card info or edit credit card.
How to Use Chrome Actions?
Now that you are aware of the various Chrome Actions, let’s understand their usage instructions, with the help of an example.
Suppose, if you wish to update the chrome browser, then generally visit the about chrome page for auto-updating.
Instead, here are the steps to use the Chrome Actions for updating chrome:
- Launch the Chrome browser on the computer.
- Within the Address bar type in update browser or update google chrome.
- Select the chrome action — Update Chrome from the visible list.
You shall now directly be taken to the required page About Chrome and the update is then just a click away.
Bottom Line: Chrome Actions
So this was all from this guide on Chrome Actions and the steps to make full use of the same. This is definitely a useful addition to the browser’s already rich collection of feature sets.
There’s no better way to document its importance than the fact that just a basic task of deleting Chrome data generally requires around 4 clicks and countless many scrolls. But with the help of Chrome Action erase chrome data, you could now do this in just a single hit.
There are countless many such examples, so inculcating them into your daily browsing activities will surely prove to be a time saver.
What are your views on Chrome Actions? Do let us know what are your favorite actions that you’ve memorized.
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