Google Chrome Tips

I started this blog post of Chrome tips in 2008. Even though this is a “hairball” post, some of these tips still work.

- control-shift-V will paste your selection as plain text

- control-shift-T will re-open the last tab you closed. You can repeat that to keep re-opening previously closed tabs.

- Hover over a tab to see the title for that page.

- shift-escape to bring up the Chrome process manager

- switch your default search engine: right-click in the Omnibox and select “Edit search engines…” . Select a search engine and click “Make Default”

- Chrome’s user-agent looks like “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.24 Safari/525.13″

- Click on a tab and drag it to reorder tabs. To move the tab to a new window, click on the tab and drag it away from the tab bar until a “ghost image” of the tab appears.

- Use control-tab and control-shift-tab to shift your tab focus

- The address bar (referred to as an “Omnibox”) in Google Chrome is very smart. You can use it to type urls or to run searches. Once you type a space after a word, the browser will assume that you want to run a search. Once you type a ‘/’, the browser will assume that you want to navigate to a url.

- Here’s another omnibox trick. Visit Amazon.com and do a search for anything (say, Terry Pratchett). Your browser will see that you did a search and will learn that it can search amazon. Now start typing in the omnibox until “amazon.com” is offered as a suggestion, and then hit tab. You will be offered the ability to search directly on Amazon for what you want. So you could type “am” to bring up the “amazon.com” suggestion, then hit tab and Chrome will say “Search amazon.com:” then if you type “Little Brother” and hit return, you’ll be taken directly to Amazon’s search results for Little Brother.

- On Firefox, you’d use control-l to move the focus to the address bar and control-k to move the focus to the search box. Both shortcuts work on Google Chrome. Note that control-k adds a ‘?’ to the beginning of the address bar/omnibox, which is a shorthand way to write “Do a search.” So entering “?tax codes” would do a search for [tax codes]. After you get the hang of the omnibox, you’ll find yourself just typing searches and hitting enter, because you don’t really need the ‘?’ in front.

- Toggle the display of a bookmark bar on and off with control-shift-B. Even if the bookmark bar is off, it will conveniently appear for you on the “New Tab” window.

- Google Chrome doesn’t offer Google Bookmarks functionality, but if you want to use Google Bookmarks with your browser, you can visit google.com/bookmarks and there’s a bookmarklet at the bottom of the page that you can drag up to your bookmarks bar.

- If you delete a tab by accident, open up a new tab with control-t. In the bottom right is a section called “Recently closed tabs” where you can retrieve a tab. That section only lists three recently closed tabs though. You can re-open up to 10 closed tabs with control-shift-T.

- To maximize the Google Chrome window, you can double-click in any unused/blank part of the tab strip

- An Incognito window isn’t just useful for buying gifts or private porn surfing. If you have two different Google Accounts (maybe a work account and a personal account), you can use Incognito mode to keep two browser windows open and the two windows can each use a different Google Account. Open an Incognito window with ctrl-shift-N.

- control-h will open a history window so that you can search over your browser history

- To help prevent phishing, Google Chrome will bold the hostname of the url in the address bar.

- Attach a file in Gmail with simple drag-and-drop.

- Google Chrome has some neat internal pages that you can access. In the address bar, try entering “about:memory” to get a great breakdown of Chrome’s memory statistics. Enter “about:version” to get version information about Google Chrome. Enter “about:dns” to see the time you’ve saved with DNS prefetching. Enter “about:plugins” to find out more about your browser’s plugins. And “about:stats” shows all kinds of information.

2 Responses to Google Chrome Tips (Leave a comment)

  1. Control + Shift + V is a killer shortcut… but I always forget that and use the Paste as plain text menu. But the “about:memory” was a killer tip as I used to manually check the memory usage via Windows Task Manager.

  2. I prefer one key shortcut for omnibox focus – F6
    It works for other browsers to (except Opera).

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