Google Chrome, world’s most used Web browser, is a magnificent way to surf the Web. The best thing about Chrome is its simple UI, which packs a powerful functionality under the hood. Moreover, there are several hidden features of Chrome that you might like to get familiar with. So, let’s take a look and find out that features the browser packs within.
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Hidden features of Chrome
Search a Website directly from the Omnibox
You can directly search a Website using Chrome Omnibox. For doing so, simply hit Tab after inserting the URL of a site. For example, after inserting google.com in the Omnibox click Tab. You’ll be asked to enter a search term. Enter the search term and hit Enter. You’ll be redirected to the search results, without the need of going to the Google homepage.
Drag multiple Chrome tabs simultaneously
Chrome lets you easily add or remove a tab from a Chrome window. However, you can move multiple tabs at once. To do so, hold the Ctrl key (Cmd key in Mac) and click on the Chrome tabs that you need to move simultaneously.
Preview images in Chrome
You can drag any image file into the Google Chrome window to preview it.
Drag & search
You can highlight & search a word or phrase from a webpage. To do so, select or highlight a word (or phrase) in a webpage and drag it onto the title bar of Google Chrome to search for the term in a new tab.
Reopen closed tabs
Press Ctrl+Shift+T for opening the last closed tab. You can keep pressing the key combo to reopen more, recently-closed tabs.
Instantly add a bookmark
Google Chrome allows you to drag an URL to the bookmark bar for instantly saving it as a bookmark.
Use 1-9 for quick browsing through tabs
You can quickly browse between Chrome tabs using the numeric keys (1 to 9). Starting from the leftmost tab, tabs are assigned ascending numbers in the right. Hold down Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) and press the number key to quickly access a Chrome tab.
Set Chrome startup pages
You can assign Chrome to open certain webpages when you open it. For setting up the pages, go to Settings. Under the On startup tab, select the Open a specific page or set pages radio button. Then, click on the adjoining Set pages
Open search results in a new Chrome tab
Hold down the Alt key (Cmd in Mac), after entering a search query in the Omnibox to open the search result in a new Chrome tab.
Create a Supervised Chrome user
Chrome allows you to create a Supervised Chrome user whose activity you can monitor and supervise. For creating a Supervised Chrome profile, go to Settings. Click on the Add person… button, and enter name for the profile. Select the Control and view the websites this person visits Now, click on Add. Shortly, you’ll receive a mail carrying the link to the Supervised user’s manage page. You can easily set blocked/allowed sites for the new Chrome user.
This is one of the pretty amazing hidden features of Chrome. On the left end of the Omnibox is a folded paper/lock icon. You can click this icon to retrieve a lot of info about the website you’ve currently opened in the Chrome tab.
Choose default download location
By default, all your Chrome downloads go to C:\Users\YourAccount\Downloads. However, you can change the default download location as per your requirements. To change the default download location, open Settings. Now scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page and click on Show advanced settings…. Scroll down further to find a tab labelled Downloads. Click on the .. button next to the Download location: box for changing default download location.
Zooming with mouse
To zoom with mouse, simply hold down Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) key and mouse wheel up or down. You can return to the default view by pressing Ctrl+0.
You can use Spacebar to scroll down a webpage, and Shift+Spacebar for scrolling up.
Summon Clear browsing data window with a key command
Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Shift+Cmd+Delete on Mac) to quickly open the Clear browsing data
Drag & Drop link on desktop
You can easily save a webpage for later viewing on your desktop. Simply, drag and drop selected URL to the desktop.
Play the Chrome T-Rex game
Chrome features a hidden game that features a T-Rex. You need to help it to avoid obstacles and run as far as possible. To play it, simply disconnect your device and then type any address in the URL bar and hit Enter. Now, you will see an error page with a T-Rex. Press Up key to start playing.
Add credit card info for quick online checkouts
Chrome lets you add a credit card for faster checkouts. To add a card, head to Settings. Now, click on the Show advanced settings…. Under the Passwords and forms tab, click on Manage Autofill settings. In the next window, click on the Add new credit card… button to add a new credit card.
So, that sums up the list of 18 hidden features of Chrome.