Google Chrome was the most commonly used Web browser in 2014, according to StatCounter. Still, many people aren’t aware of all it can do, says Gizmag tech writer Stu Robarts. To help educate you, he explains some of Chrome’s most clever functions.
1. Stay signed in with multiple profiles. People with separate work and personal Google accounts used to be required to fully sign out of one in order to use the other. Now you can sign into Chrome once and have access to all your accounts simultaneously.
2. Install apps to use offline. Chrome apps are similar to Windows or OS X apps. You need an Internet connection to install them, but after you’re done, many can be used offline, including Google Drive and Calendar.
3. Employ your browser window as a notepad. Pasting the following into the address bar will bring up a basic notepad function: data:text/html, <html contenteditable>. Then you can type notes as you work.
4. Use your voice to search the Web. If you’d rather not type your search, you can use Chrome to look with your voice. From the Google home page, click the microphone at the far right of the search bar, and then say your query aloud. Most queries will result in the typical list of sites, but sometimes Google will provide the list of sites as well as answer you back aloud. Try asking, “What will the weather be like this weekend?”
5. Pin tabs you use all the time. If there are sites you visit frequently or have open most of the time, you can save yourself the hassle of typing the address or reloading them. Instead, right-click on a tab, and pin it to the browser. The tab’s size will be reduced, and it will move to the far left of all the tabs you have open. The option to close the tab will disappear, and it will reopen every time you restart the browser. Right-click again, if you want to unpin a tab and regain the option to close it.
— Adapted from “10 clever tips for users of Google’s Chrome browser,” Stu Robarts, Gizmag.