6 Useful Google Chrome Features You Should Know About

6 Google Chrome Features You Might Not be Using

Chrome is one of the most feature-rich browsers (if not the most feature rich), and gives you full control over your browsing experience. Behind its minimalist design, it hides hundreds of features to make your browsing easier. With so many features, we would not blame you if you didn’t know about all of them.

That is why we are going to list some handy Chrome features that you might not know about. If you find any feature worth using, do let us know in the comments.

1. Chrome Task Manager

Chrome has a built-in Task Manager similar to the one we see in Windows. Here you can see how much resources each tab or extension is using like Memory, CPU, Network, GPU memory, and JavaScript Memory. You can also use the same window to end processes that you would like to kill. To access the Task Manager, press “Shift + Esc” on any Chrome window.

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This is extremely handy in many ways. For example, you can check out which tabs or extensions are eating the most resources and kill them to save resources for other functions. It’s a perfect feature for a browser like Chrome that is notorious for hogging memory.

2. Pin Tabs

If you use loads of tabs, then this little feature can make your life a whole lot easier. Chrome lets you pin tabs on the left side of the window as tiny tabs only showing a favicon of the website. This saves the total space tabs take on a Chrome window immensely. You can use this feature to pin tabs that you always keep open and focus on the newer tabs that you are currently browsing.

To pin a tab, just right-click on the tab you would like to pin and select “Pin tab” from the menu.

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3. Specify Keyboard Shortcuts to Extensions

Chrome lets you specify a dedicated keyboard shortcut to easily use any extension’s main function without having to press the button in the address bar. This leads to faster access and also removes the need to put extension buttons in the address bar. To do this, go to “Main menu -> More Tools -> Extensions,” and then scroll to the bottom of the page.

Here you will find an option of “Keyboard shortcuts;” click on it, and specify the keyboard shortcut to your desired extensions.

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4. Enable Chrome Offline Mode

You can enable Chrome offline mode to browse a website that you have already visited without any need of an Internet connection. Type chrome://flags in the address bar and hit Enter. Now on the next page, enable the feature Show Saved Copy Button and restart Chrome.

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Now whenever you revisit a website without an Internet connection, you will see a button to load the webpage from the cache. You can also check out this article to enable offline mode in Google Chrome.

5. Continue Where You Left Off

You can configure Chrome to always open from the point where you closed it, including all the tabs that were open when you hit the cross button. Go to Chrome “Settings” from the main menu and select “Continue where you left off” under the “On startup” heading. This is great if you don’t want to start up from start everytime you close your browser or it crashes.

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6. Select Multiple Tabs to Move

You may already know that you can drag and move a tab to another Chrome window or change its position. However, did you know you can also select multiple tabs and move them as you please? Just press and hold “Ctrl” key and click on each tab that you would like to select. Once selected, release the “Ctrl” key and move them as you would like (don’t forget to release the “Ctrl” key).

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You can also select multiple tabs and then customize all of them at the same time. For example, Pin all the selected tabs, reload them or just close them.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned features might not be life changers, but they will surely help make things easier. I personally use the first, second and fifth features in this list almost regularly. Which one of these features do you use? Share with us in the comments.

8 comments

  1. Totally useful. Six new things I can use every day. Thanks!

    1. Pleased to help!

  2. I use Chromium in Linux but is identical. When I pin the tab all it seems to do is shrink the tab, removing the X and indicators. Nothing seems to appear on the left edge of the browser.

    I did however see some other more interesting things when you right click a Tab.

    There is a mute tab, which is like putting the Tab on pause, thus if it is still loading up you can pause it to jump to another more important tab and also mute the sound of any video(s) playing which is useful for facebook news feed and other places where no controls for the media playing exist.

    Also it has a Reopen Tab which opens up the last tab you closed, which is handy in case you closed it accidentally and wanted to go back to it, not using the BACK button. That alone will save a lot of problems especially if it is a secure tab.

    1. The “Mute” button only mutes sound of a specific tab (it doesn’t pauses it, as far as I know). This is handy if you want to quickly turn off sound of a tab, instead of search for the source of sound and manually muting or pausing it (perfect for Facebook news feed, like you said).

      And yes, Reopen Tab option is great, I use it all the time. Although, I use the Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut to reopen tabs, it is much faster when you get a hang of it.

  3. This was a very useful article, I have used every one of these features since on Chromium (Linux) and Chrome.

    1. Glad you like it.

  4. Something I like doing is reducing all of my bookmarks to icons. This is done by removing all of header text when creating a bookmark, which makes my bookmarks bar look super clean: http://puu.sh/o9xZz/707b55a9d3.jpg

    Good article, though, and great job on that featured image.

    1. Thanks for the tip Chris, I always disliked the cluttered bookmarks bar, will try it out.

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