Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. In just seven years it has managed to become the go-to source to browse the internet on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. And with tons of features and options at your disposal, making the most out of Chrome can seem like a daunting task.
That’s why I’m sharing five of my favorite tips for Chrome users.
1. Re-Open Accidentally Closed Tabs
Have you ever accidentally fat fingered a browser tab, or even worse the entire window? Memorize this keyboard combination immediately: CTRL+SHIFT+T. This will re-open the last closed tab. Closed more than one? Just hit that combination again and it’ll keep re-opening tabs up until the very first tab you closed this session.
2. Enable Audio Tab Muting
Most people don’t know this, but Google allows you to play around with experimental Chrome features while they are being tested by developers. One very useful flag that allows you to easily mute annoying Chrome tabs. In a recent update, Chrome finally allowed you to identify which tabs audio was playing from via a small indicator. This flag turns that indicator into a button that allows you to mute and unmute that tab with a single click. Enter “chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting” into your address bar to enable the flag.
3. Bookmark All Open Tabs
If chrome is starting to gobble up all of the memory in your system, chances are you have way too many tabs open. This keyboard combination allows you to instantly bookmark all open tabs and conveniently toss them into a folder: CTRL+SHIFT+D.
4. Censor Ridiculous Clickbait Titles
Tired of all those ridiculously exaggerated clickbait article and website titles? Download the “Downworthy” extension to replace loaded words with slightly more realistic adjectives.
“Literally” becomes “Figuratively”
“Will Blow Your Mind” becomes “Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment”
“One Weird Trick” becomes “One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horse****”
“Go Viral” becomes “Be Overused So Much That You’ll Silently Pray for the Sweet Release of Death to Make it Stop”
“Can’t Even Handle” becomes “Can Totally Handle Without Any Significant Issue”
“Incredible” becomes “Painfully Ordinary”
“You Won’t Believe” becomes “In All Likelihood, You’ll Believe”
5. Mouse Over Translations
Tired of opening a separate translator tab just to decrypt a small block of text you don’t understand? Download the “TransOver” Chrome extension to instantly translate text with a simple mouseover.
Google Chrome is definitely the most popular web browser at the NZXT office. And if the statistics are correct, most of you reading this are also using Chrome to access the internet. If you have any other useful tips you’d like to share, please let us know!