10 Useful Google Chrome Tips and Tricks

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Now that you have enjoyed the speed of Google Chrome, it’s time to dig deeper and get more out of it. Here are 10 tips/tricks to supercharge your chroming experience.

1. Install flash player in Google Chrome

After you have installed Chrome, some of you will find that you are not able to view Youtube video. This is especially true if you are installing Chrome under Ubuntu (or other Linux distro).

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Here is what you can do to fix the problem:

1. Download the flash player for windows xpi file.

2. Change the xpi extension to zip

3. Extract the content of the zip file into a folder

4. Copy the files flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll to the directory

/home/USERNAME/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/Plugins

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5. For Vista, copy to the directory:

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins

6. For XP, copy to the directory

C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins

7. Create the Plugins folder if it does not exist.

Restart your Chrome. Your flash player should be working now.

2. Search from the URL bar

Unlike Firefox, you can’t find a search bar in Chrome. To perform a search, simply type your search phrase in the URL bar and press ‘Enter’. Chrome will automatically perform a Google search with the phrase.

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If you want to go to a site rather than performing a search, press “Ctrl + Enter” instead. This will insert www and .com in front and behind of the term and Chrome will bring you to the site.

3. Change omnibox suggestion count

By default, Chrome only shows 5 URL suggestions when you type in the URL bar.

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To increase/decrease the suggestion count, simply add the command line switch

--omnibox-popup-count=your_desirable_suggestions_count

where “your_desirable_suggestion_count” is the number of suggestions that you want it to show.

In Windows, right click on the Chrome shortcut icon and select “Properties”. In the “Target” field, add the above command line switch to the end of the command.

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In Ubuntu, on the desktop, right click on the Application menu and select Edit Menus. Navigate to wine->Programs->Google Chrome on the left pane. Double click on “Google Chrome” on the right pane and edit the Command.

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4. Creating multiple profiles

If you are sharing your computer with others (such as your family members), you may want to create a separate profile for everyone others won’t have access to your search history.

Open the “User Data” folder your Chrome installation directory.

For Windows Vista

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

For Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data

For Ubuntu

/home/USERNAME/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/User Data

Copy the “Default” folder and paste it in the User Data folder under another name (say Your_name).

Create a shortcut icon on your desktop and add the following command switch to your path:

--user-data-dir="..\User Data\Your_Name"

For Vista:

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe  -–user-data-dir="..\User Data\Your_Name"

For Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –-user-data-dir="..\User Data\Your_Name"

For Ubuntu

wine /home/USERNAME/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/Google/Chrome/chrome.exe --new-http --in-process-plugins –-user-data-dir="../User\ Data\Your_Name"

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If you don’t like the default theme, you can easily change it with the following steps:

  • Download a Chrome theme of your liking.
  • Extract the default.dll file.
  • Navigate to your Chrome installation directory and go to /Application/Chrome version/Themes folder. The Chrome version will be in the form of 0.2.129.27. Replace the default.dll file in the folder with the default.dll file that you have just extracted.
  • Voila! Your Chrome is now dressed with the new theme.

In Chrome, you can easily create a bookmarklet to email links with your Gmail account. Here is what you do:

In your Chrome, press “Ctrl + B” to load the bookmark bar. Right-click on the bar and select “Add Page”

In the Name field, type Send with Gmail (or whatever name you like).

In the URL field, copy and paste the following code:

javascript:document.location='https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&view=cm&fs=1&su='+document.title+'&body='+document.location;

and press OK.

If you want Gmail to load in a separate tab, insert this code instead:

javascript:window.open('https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&su='+document.title+'&body='+document.location);return false;

Whenever you want to send a link to other, simply click the Send with Gmail bookmarklet and the Gmail compose mail window will appear.

This trick allows you to download Youtube video right from your Chrome.

Same as the Send with Gmail trick, make a new bookmarklet and name it Download Youtube

In the URL field, copy and paste the following code in:

javascript:window.location.href='http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + swfArgs['video_id'] + "&l=" + swfArgs['l'] + "&sk=" + swfArgs['sk'] + '&fmt_map' + swfArgs['fmt_map'] + '&t=' + swfArgs['t'];

Now go to Youtube and watch any video. Click the Download Youtube bookmarklet and it will save the current video to your hard drive. Remember to add a .flv extension to the downloaded video.

For those who find that the font is too big/small for your viewing, you can zoom in/out the page by pressing “Ctrl + Mousewheel”.

When you have more than one tabs, you can easily drag any tab and drop it on the menu bar to load a new window.

grease Although Greasemonkey is an addon for Firefox, you can easily get it to work in Chrome with this simple tweak:

Drag this Monkey to your Chrome bookmark bar.

This Monkey bokmarklet will enable any userscripts to be automatically turned into bookmarklets.

To install Greasemonkey script on Google Chrome, go to user script and search for the Greasemonkey script you want. Visit the installation script page which says “install the script” and click on the Monkey bookmarklet, this will change the script into Chrome compatible bookmarklet. Now drag “Install the script” onto the bookmark bar of chrome. That’s it!

What are your favorite Chrome tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments.