10 Useful Google Chrome Tips and Tricks


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).


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


5. For Vista, copy to the directory:

6. For XP, copy to the directory

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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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

For Windows XP

For Ubuntu

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:

For Vista:

For Windows XP

For Ubuntu


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 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:

and press OK.

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

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:

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.


  1. i keep learning about more and more little advantages and quirks with Chrome, with security, for example; now if only they would take care of it’s cookie management glitches…

  2. it’s funny, the more i use Chrome (for windows), the more unstable it seems to get… crashes a lot more, can’t handle sites with flash, hangs every time i close a tab… all that to say, i’m switching back to Firefox

  3. @movie fan: Google Chrome is still in its early stage, thus there are still many bugs and unresolved issue with the OS. Give it some time and I sure it will get better. The future version of Chrome will support add-ons which could make it a potential competitor to Firefox.

  4. I tried your method but I just can’t extract the content from the zip archive. it says: “archive corrupted. unknown file format” or somethinh like that everytime i try to extract the files.

  5. Hello please help mee!!
    i can’t find the appData folder!, where is it? when i put
    C:Users\AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationPlugins on my internet, it says it doesnt exist, please heeeeelp!

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