Shortcuts, if you can remember them, save time. You’ll have no trouble picking three shortcuts to use with the Chrome browser from CNE — 21 Chrome shortcuts you need to know by Matt Elliott.
Mac users, use the Command key; Windows user, use CTRL.
Three I’ve picked as a Windows user:
- CTRL W – close a tab – much easier than clicking on the tiny x. Then CTRL Shift T – reopen the last closed tab
- Backspace – go back a page rather than clicking on back arrow. (Tho I couldn’t get shift-backspace to work for going forward).
- CTRL L – go to address bar to enter new url
Devoted users of Google and Chrome will appreciate this – The 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren’t Using in Make Use Of (Apr 20)
That Home button on the keyboard actually works in Chrome to take you to top of page. See five other shortcuts and one important extension to improve performance.
7 Chrome shortcuts you should start using right away, Rick Broida, CNet (Mar 28)
Chrome settings to check – though this article advises that you change them. Good for people who have installed several extensions.
10 Hidden Chrome Settings You Should Be Changing, MakeUseOf (Mar 3)
Ever wonder Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM? Lifehacker has the answer. (May 21)
“So you know why Chrome uses lots of RAM, and you know that sometimes that’s okay. But if it’s causing slowdowns, you have two solutions: lower Chrome’s RAM usage or buy more RAM for your computer.”
Shift+Esc while Chrome is open will show you what Chrome is doing.
Sometimes searchers outside of the United States want google.com and not their country version. Here is a workaround in Chrome to provide the option to search Google.com. Could use a similar approach in Firefox.
How to Force Google Chrome to Use Google.com Instead of Country Specific Version, Jennifer Slegg, TheSEMPost (May 19)
Here’s a quick check to do before clicking on “I agree” to those long, dense user agreements. This tool converts the legalize to understandable English.
PrivacyCheck Offers Free Tool to Analyze Privacy Policies, University of Texas (May 5)
The Center for Identity, a research organization at The University of Texas at Austin, today released PrivacyCheck, a free browser extension that scans privacy policies online and illustrates the risk of sharing personal data with any given company. Currently available for Chrome users, PrivacyCheck gives users a simple, fast way to make informed decisions about privacy.
The right extensions to a browser tailored to your needs will make all the difference. There will surely be a couple from this list for privacy, for access, for clipping content (Evernote), managing passwords, and even photo editing.
Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions, Dave Parrack, Make Use Of (April 1)
The designers of the Chrome browser are experimenting with a reader-mode button that will make a web page more readable on both mobile and desktop. Hallelujah – an antidote to cluttered pages with crazy fonts, boxes, and ads.
Google is working on a Chrome reading mode, try it out, Jessica Condiit, EnGadget (Feb 25)
Posting has instructions on how to activate this using the DOM Distiller in Chrome.
There is also the Readability app.
The Chrome address bar does much more than urls, search, and math. It will even serve to browse folders on your computer, and to drag and drop search.
The Secret Powers of Chrome’s Address Bar, Thorin Klowski, Lifehacker (Oct 29)