Despite the fact that there are a host of great browsers out there, both for smartphones and computers, Chrome remains as one of the top browsers, accounting for over 50% of the browser usage in the world. The browser may get all the love thanks to its minimal UI, integration to Google’s service and a handful of useful features. If you are using Chrome as your default web browser, you would probably know a lot about it, but do you know every Chrome trick? And in this post, we have compiled a list of great Chrome tricks that are little known to users. Let’s dig in.
- Move Multiple Tabs
You can move multiple tabs in Chrome with ease through the Ctrl or Shift key.
- You can press and hold the Ctrl key and pick the tabs you would like to move.
- You can use the Shift key to pick a range of tabs, and then drag the tabs wherever you want.
- Add Calendar Events from Omnibox
You can use the Chrome’s Omnibox, or the address bar to do many lots of things such as doing calculations, checking weather, converting units, starting timer, and a lot more. Not stopping there, Omnibox allows you to perform more advanced tasks such as sending an email or adding an event to the Calendar. But to add Calendar events from calendar, you will need to follow these steps:
Step 1: First and foremost, delve into Chrome settings and select Manage search engines under Search section.
Step 2: Scroll down until you see three empty boxes. Add a name like Google Calendar Event to the first box, and then add a keyword that you want to use to enable the events feature in the Omnibox.
Step 3: Once completed, paste this link http://www.google.com/calendar/event?ctext=+%s+&action=TEMPLATE&pprop=HowCreated%3AQUICKADD in the third box.
Step 4: Click on the Done button.
Step 5: Enter Calendar in the Omnibox and hit Tab. After that, enter your event details in natural language and then hit Enter.
Step 6: The Google Calendar page will then launch with all your details.
Step 7: Lastly, click on the Save button to save the event.
That’s it. You are all done adding Google Calendar events from Chrome.
- Manually Update Autofill
The autofill feature in Chrome comes in handy, as it breaks you free from time entering your addresses and card information again and again. More importantly, you are able to manually update the Autofill data if you switch to using another card or moved to a new place. Here’s how:
Step 1: Go to Chrome Settings and select Show advanced settings.
Step 2: Scroll down until you see the Passwords and Forms section and then select Manage Autofill Settings.
Step 3: In the Autofill settings, you can now add a new address or a card.
- Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts
Chrome does offer a bunch of cool key board shortcuts that help you execute things more quickly. Below are the most useful ones:
Ctrl + 1-9: You can move between various tabs with these shortcuts. 1 is the first tab
Ctrl + Tab: This shortcut allows you to move to the next tab on the right. You can use Ctrl + Shift + Tab to switch to the tab on the left.
Ctrl + Shift + N: You can launch Incognito mode with this shortcut.
Ctrl + Shift + T: This keyboard shortcut lets you quickly reopen the accidentally closed tab.
Ctrl + Shift + Delete: Using this will bring up Clear browsing data where you can delete Chrome’s cache, history, cookies and other data.
Ctrl + L: You can quickly move your cursor to the address bar by hitting this shortcut.
Shift + Esc: You can launch Chrome’s task manager with this shortcut.
Ctrl + W: This lets you quickly close a tab.
Ctrl + N: This allows you to launch a new Chrome window.
Ctrl + T: You can launch a new tab with this keyboard shortcut..
- Chrome Gestures (Android and iOS)
Chrome on Android and iOS comes with some amazing gestures:
- Switch between tabs by swiping on the address bar.
- Launch tab switcher by swiping down from the address bar (Android only).
- Reload the page by pulling down on a page (Android only).
- Reload, launch a new tab or close the existing tab by pulling down on a page (iOS only).
That’s it. Well, try them out and let us know how you like them. Also, let us know if there’s any other awesome Chrome trick that you think we missed out on. Do let us know by commenting below.