Unquestionably there isn’t any shortage of great browsers for both smartphones & PCs. And in this tough competitive environment, Google Chrome undisputedly remains the leader. Chrome has more than 50% of the browser market share. And people certainly believe Chrome to be well deserving also love it for the minimal UI, integration with the Google services and not to forget a plethora of exciting features. There surely might be some or the other flaws, but it still remains arguably the best browser in the market. And if in case you already are using Google Chrome, chances are that you aware of its features. But are you sure that you know everything that you should be knowing? Maybe, maybe not! And if not, then what are you waiting for? Continue reading and know about 6 cool Google Chrome tricks that you aren’t aware of.
1. Move “Multiple” Tabs
Well, I guess this is the basic trick that every user should know. Not to worry if you aren’t one of those. This is a little different from moving individual tabs. What you need to do is press hold the Ctrl or Shift key and select the tabs you want to move. Once the tabs have been selected, simply drag those wherever you want. This enables you to select a range of chrome tabs and move from left to right or drag the tabs outside the main window to create a new window of the selected tabs.
Moving multiple tabs becomes convenient when there are a number of tabs opened in Google Chrome on our PC or Mac. This actually reduces the clutter especially when the particular tabs are moved to a new window. And of course, tabs can also be moved independently.
2. Manually Update Autofill
The autofill feature in Google Chrome is really amazing. I literally can’t imagine my laptop working without it. Autofill saves your time & efforts of entering each of the details again & again. And did you know, Google Chrome lets you even manually update the Autofill information.
Open the Chrome Settings and click on the “Show advanced settings“ option. Scroll down to the “Passwords and Forms” segment & click on the “Manage Autofill Settings“ option. In the Autofill settings, you can easily update the required information and you are good to go.
3. Chrome Tab Flip & 100 Tabs Emoji
Okay, this is a fun trick to end your boredom. And before I start let me tell you that this trick works on Google Chrome for Android. Are you ready? Go to the tab switcher, swipe up on the tab 5 times, after which the tab flips! Did you just try that ? Cool, isn’t it?
Another trick needs a lot of patience. But if you are ready for that just open 100 tabs on Google Chrome on your Android device. What you see after this is a smile emoticon instead of the usual number of chrome tabs. Though this isn’t a tried and tested trick but if you are willing to do so give it a try and let us know.
4. Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Chrome features a vast number of keyboard shortcuts that fasten your working and increase your comfort. So here are the most useful ones.
- Ctrl + 1 – 9
Switch between different tabs with “1” being the first tab and “9” being the last.
- Ctrl + Tab
Switch to the next tab moving towards the right.
- Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Use this shortcut for moving towards the tabs on the left side.
- Ctrl + Shift + N
Easily open the Incognito mode with this shortcut.
- Ctrl + Shift + T
Hit this shortcut to instantly reopen an accidentally closed tab. Use the shortcut multiple times to restore multiple tabs on Google Chrome.
- Ctrl + Shift + Delete
Clear the browsing data by using this shortcut. Easily clear Google Chrome’s cookies, cache, history & other data.
- Ctrl + L
Quickly move your cursor to the Omnibox with this keyboard shortcut.
- Ctrl + W
You can quickly close a tab with this keyboard shortcut.
- Ctrl + N
Open a new Google Chrome window with this shortcut.
- Ctrl + T
Open a new tab with this keyboard shortcut.
- Shift + Esc
Use this shortcut to open Google Chrome’s task manager and keep a check on the memory hogging tabs.
Please Note : You these shortcuts on a Mac by replacing the “Ctrl” key with the “Command” key. And instead of the “Alt” key use the “Option” key.
5. Google Chrome Gestures
The Google Chrome gestures work on both on Android & iOS packs. These cool gestures really enhance your working experience:
- Switch between the open tabs via a “swipe over the address bar” on your smartphone.
- Open the tab switcher just by “swiping down from the address bar.” This works only on the Android devices.
- Fully pull down to refresh/ reload a page. This trick works only on Android devices.
- And this final trick works on iOS devices. Pull down on a page to refresh, open a new tab and/ or close the current tab.
- Swipe a particular tab from the tab switcher to close that tab. This works on both Android and iOS.
6. Block Google Chrome Notifications
This is a nice feature but I personally find it quite annoying at times. That too if I accidentally allow any website to enable the notifications. And more importantly, it becomes troublesome when these notifications arrive even if the Google Chrome is shut. But thankfully, there’s a way to block these notifications.
- Go to the Chrome Settings on your computer or Mac & click on the “Show advanced settings“.
- After this, go to the “Content Settings” in the Privacy section.
- This is where you’ll find a “Notifications” section to choose “not allow any site to show notifications“ option. So now if you want to block the Chrome notifications sent from a particular website, just click on the “Manage exceptions” option and do the same.
And on an Android device follow this path: Chrome Settings > Site Settings > Notifications. Here you will see the websites that send you notifications. So, tap on a website you don’t want to receive notifications from and in the permissions section choose “Block”.