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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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