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Killer Google Chrome Tips and Tricks You Should Know in 2018

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Google Chrome is one of the best and Awesome browsers that millions are using for their web-browsing on their PC and Mobile devices and what I feel many people don’t know new Google Chrome Awesome tips and tricks. I wrote down one article on Essential Google Search Shortcuts where I covered awesome tips on the google search. In this article, my intention is to cover up top Google Chrome Tips and tricks and also cover out new Google Chrome Extensions that are really helpful.

Here are the Google Chrome Tips and tricks that you should know in 2018

1.Open websites like apps

Chrome lets you launch your favorite web apps straight from the Desktop, without any of the browser’s usual tabs, address box, toolbar icons or bookmarks bar–so all you see is the site running in a window.

It works best with websites that behave like apps, so it’s perfect for Google tools such as Gmail, Keep, YouTube, Drive and Photos. It also works well with other app-like sites, such as Microsoft To-Do and Outlook.com.

To open a website in this way, press Windows+R and type Chrome –app= followed by the URL.

Here are some examples:-

chrome –app=https://mail.google.com
chrome –app=https://keep.google.com
chrome –app=https://youtube.com
chrome –app=https://drive.google.com
chrome –app=https://photos.google.com
chrome –app=https://to-do.microsoft.com
chrome –app=https://outlook.com

2. Create shortcuts to run websites

Typing commands into the Run box is tedious, so you could instead create Desktop icons that you click to open sites as if they were apps. Right-click on the empty area of the Desktop and select New, Shortcut. You’ll need to enter the full path to Chrome for a shortcut, so click Browse, find Chrome and select it. The following should work:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”

Place the cursor at the end, press the spacebar and type:
–app=https://photos.google.com

Click Next and give the shortcut a name. You now have a Desktop icon that opens Google Photos like a Desktop app. Try it with other URLs such as Gmail, Drive and Outlook.

3. Try advanced Chrome commands

Dozens of commands can be used when starting Chrome. Most are aimed at developers, but some are useful for all users.

For example, if Chrome blocks old plugins, press Windows+R and type

chrome –allow-outdated-plugins

If a web page won’t display because it has mixed secure and insecure content, use

chrome –allow-runninginsecure-content

To run a series of diagnostic tests to see if Chrome is okay, type chrome –diagnostics


Type chrome://flags in the address box to see hidden settings, some of which are experimental.

If any you’ve changed are causing problems, press Windows+R and type
chrome –no-experiments to disable them. Return to Chrome Flags and use the button at the top to reset everything back to the default.

To start Chrome full screen, type chrome –start-maximized. To make the window a specific size, use

chrome –window-size=800,600

where the numbers show the width and height in pixels. To position the Chrome window, type chrome –window-position=50,0 where the numbers are the x,y coordinates.

To finish, try combining everything we’ve learned about Chrome. For example, to start Gmail as its own app, in an 800 x 600 window, 50 pixels in and 50 down, type:

chrome –app=https://mail .google.com –windowsize=800,600 –windowposition=50,50

That’s too long to type every time so you should create a shortcut by replacing ‘chrome’ with the full path.

4. Save data by compressing online images

If a web page is taking an age to load, it’s almost certainly because it’s stuffed with large, high-resolution images, which not only test your patience but guzzle your data. You can prevent this from happening by installing a new Chrome extension called Bandwidth Hero, which compresses all pictures on web pages to save you both time and data.

It works automatically, downloading images to a proxy server, converting them to smaller files and returning them to your browser (this happens much more quickly than it sounds).

By default, the add-on reduces the file size by around 50%, but you can reduce the compression level in its settings and stop it making images black and white.
Bandwidth Hero can be disabled on specific sites to leave their pictures intact, and usefully keeps a record of all the images it’s compressed and data it’s saved. It’s also available for Firefox.

5. Manage your tabs by wrapping them

When you have lots of tabs open in Chrome, important pages can get lost among the more trivial ones, forcing you to click to and fro to find the one you need. Wrapper makes life easier by showing you at a glance the contents of all your tabs and letting you organise them into tidy groups called ‘wrappers’.

You can give each wrapper a title and description, colour-code it for easy reference and even share it with other people via email.

Click a wrapper to view all the tabs within it and either open them individually or all at once. Wrappers are saved when you close your browser, to give you instant access
to the wrapped pages next time you need them. Annoyingly, you need to
register with Wrapper to use the add-on, but this allows other people
to share their wrappers with you.

6. Install offline apps

Chrome doesn’t just display websites, it also runs apps, and these often have as many tools and options as paid-for Windows programs.While most apps are for online use, it’s worth remembering that some of them also work offline, so you can install them in Chrome and use them even when you aren’t connected to the internet.

To find offline apps, go to chrome://apps and click Web Store. Select either Apps or Games on the left and look further down the menu. Under Features, tick the box for Runs Offline. Your results will be filtered to show all the items that can be run offline.

You can also check whether an app will run offline from its description. Click an app and, in its information column on the right, look for the lightning bolt and the words Run Offline. Clicking this will take you back to all the other apps that run offline. When you’ve found an app you want to use, click ‘Add to Chrome’ to install it. You’ll find your apps
in chrome://apps, where you can also run them.

7. Check the popularity of any website

Anyone who works for a website will know how important (and addictive) it is to keep track not only of the number of visitors to your site but also how many your competitors attract. TrafikLite (www.trafiklite.com) is an extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera that puts this information at your fingertips, so you can check the popularity of any
site instantly.

Just click the toolbar button to see the current site’s monthly visitor numbers, Twitter
followers and ‘likes’ on Facebook, as well as its global ranking. You can also view TrafikLite’s own ‘reputation’ rank for the site as a score out of 10.

8. Mute every page on a website in one go

The stable version of Chrome 62 is now available, and among its otherwise fairly unexciting list of new features is a useful tool for controlling the sound on noisy websites.

Instead of right-clicking a specific tab and choosing ‘Mute tab’, you can turn off the sound across every page on a site.

To activate the feature, go to chrome:flags and search for the entry ‘Sound content setting’.

Select Enabled from the drop-down menu and restart the browser. Now, when you want to silence every page on a website, simply right-click any of its tabs and choose ‘Mute site’ to turn off the audio across the board. When you want to restore the sound, right-click a tab and select ‘Unmute site’.

9.Feel lucky from the address bar

When you search the web by typing a term into Chrome’s address bar, you don’t get the option to click Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button, but there’s a workaround that adds
this time-saving feature. Go to Settings, ‘Manage search engines’ and click Add, then enter a name and keyword for the option – for example ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ and ‘lucky’.

In the URL line, type:http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%s&btnI=Im+Feeling+Lucky and click Save.

Now, when you want to use the I’m Feeling Lucky feature, just type the keyword
into your address bar, press the spacebar and enter your query.


Press Enter and you’ll be taken to (hopefully) the most relevant result.

10.Stop HTML5 videos playing automatically

Autoplaying videos–particularly noisy adverts–are becoming an increasing annoyance, but because most are in the HTML5 format, Chrome doesn’t offer a ‘click-to-play’ setting as it does for Flash content. Until now, that is, because the latest version of the browser (61)
adds an option that stops HTML5 video playing automatically and allows you to click to play it if you want.

To access and activate this secret setting, type chrome:flags into the address bar, press Enter and search (using Ctrl+F) for ‘Autoplay policy’. Click the drop-down menu for the entry, select ‘User gesture is required for cross-origin iFrames’ and restart Chrome.

Note that this trick won’t work for all HTML5 content, but it should make at least
some web pages less annoying.

11.Manage your tabs or your Tabagotchi dies

The more tabs you have open in Chrome, the more memory it uses and the more distracted you become, but it’s easy to ignore the risk until it’s too late and your browser
crashes.

A new extension called Tabagotchi gives you the incentive to manage your tabs more sensibly by making your actions a matter of life or death. Inspired by the Tamagotchi digital-pet craze of the Nineties, the idea is that you maintain your creature’s health and happiness by keeping open tabs to a minimum.

For each hour you spend browsing with five tabs or fewer, you get one step closer to evolving your Tabagotchi to a higher form. Conversely, when you open too many tabs, your pet grows angry and ill, and ultimately dies because of your negligence. You monster!

12. Unload unused tabs to view later

The more tabs you have open in Chrome, the more memory it uses, but you might be reluctant to close pages you want to view later. Rather than adding multiple bookmarks, you can use Dog Ear  to temporarily ‘unload’ unused tabs, and save them in a list to reopen later. Just click the toolbar button to unload tabs individually, or right-click it and choose ‘Dog Ear all tabs’; the list of unloaded tabs then appears on your New Tab page so you can easily restore them.


Dog Ear works in a similar way to the popular add-on OneTab (www.one-tab.com), but it’s even more efficient.

13. Reveal the passwords behind asterisks

Hiding passwords behind asterisks stops nosy parkers seeing what you’re typing, but it can also prove frustrating when you mistype a character and you’re told you’ve entered an incorrect login. If you make too many mistakes, you may even be locked out of your account.

You can avoid this problem by installing Unmask Password, which removes the asterisks from password fields so you can see exactly what you’re typing. Just click the eye symbol to reveal the characters, then click it again to hide them.

Obviously, you shouldn’t use it if there are people around you who can’t be trusted,
but it makes logging in a little easier.

14.Search Google Maps from the address bar

Chrome provides access to a host of custom search engines, and you can search many popular sites directly from the browser’s address bar by typing in their keywords followed by your search query. One of the most useful options is to look up any location instantly by typing maps.google.co.uk followed by the place name or postcode. You can make this even easier by shortening the search engine’s keyword to map.

Click the three-dot button in the top-right corner of the browser and select Settings, then scroll down to the ‘Search engine’ section and click ‘Manage search engines’. Find the Google Maps entry in the ‘Other search engines’ list, click the three-dot button next to it and choose Edit. Enter map as the keyword and click Save.

While you’re there, you can add a shortcut for directions from your home address, for example, to anywhere else.

Click the Add button, then type a name for the shortcut, such as Directions, and a keyword to trigger it. In the URL field, paste the web address of your home – you can get this by clicking the Share button when viewing your home in Google Maps and copying the URL. Click Save, and when you next enter the directions keyword, Google Maps will open with your home selected so you can quickly get the information you need.

15. Easily control the volume of your tabs

Chrome’s volume controls are disappointingly basic – it shows you which tabs are currently playing audio and lets you silence them by right-clicking and choosing ‘Mute tab’. Thankfully, there’s now a much better option for web users who like to listen
as they browse in the form of a new extension called Volume Master.

Google Chrome Tips and Tricks You Should Know in 2018

This simple but useful tool lets you control the sound emanating from multiple open tabs via a single panel. You can use the slider to boost the volume of the current tab by up to
600% or take it down to silence; and click the title of another tab to increase
or decrease its noise level instantly. It’s an effective way to deal with sudden loud adverts and videos that make you jump out of your skin.

16.Discover the technology behind any website

You don’t have to be a professional web designer to be interested in the type of software a developer has used to create a particular site, the service that hosts it and which advertising tools it uses to make money. Now you can discover all this information and more by installing a clever new Chrome extension called Whatruns .

Google Chrome Tips and Tricks You Should Know in 2018
This handy browser tool uses special algorithms to detect the technology behind any
the website you’re viewing.

Simply click its toolbar button to view a wealth of details about how the site was built,
including its content-management system (CMS), programming language, frameworks, widgets, fonts, analytics tools, web servers and miscellaneous elements. You can click the Know More button next to an entry to see other websites that use the same software, and ‘follow’ the current site to receive a notification when it starts using different technology.
It’s geeky but interesting stuff.

17.Turn offensive online comments into emoji

It’s a sad fact that many social-media sites serve as a magnet for idiotic and obnoxious
comments, which can spoil your enjoyment of otherwise interesting posts and videos.
Rather than avoiding comments sections altogether, why not turn those unpleasant
‘opinions’ into harmless emoji? That’s the idea behind Behave , which automatically hides “toxic comments” on YouTube, Twitter and Reddit and replaces them with cute faces and objects, including the ever-popular ‘poop’.

Google Chrome Tips and Tricks You Should Know in 2018

The add-on lets you specify the toxicity level you’re willing to tolerate, from ‘I’m too
young to die’ to ‘Doomed’. You can click comments to reveal them if you dare,
and help Behave choose the right emoji for any future comments it filters by clicking
‘Improve score’ and selecting an icon. It’s a fun way to make the web a nicer place.

18. Use DuckDuckGo ‘bangs’ in Google and Bing

Aside from keeping your searches private, one of DuckDuckGo’s best features is its support for ‘bangs’ – quick commands that let you search thousands of sites by typing, for
example, !w for Wikipedia, !twit for Twitter or !azuk for Amazon .co.uk, followed by a search term.

A new extension called !Bang Quick Search  adds this functionality to Chrome so you can use bangs with Google and Bing, whichever is your default search
engine. Type your bang into the address bar, followed by your search term (or the other way around), press Enter and you’ll be redirected to the relevant site to view matching
results. Alternatively, type the bang to open the website’s homepage.
!Bang Quick Search works with all DuckDuckGo’s bangs – to see the full list, visit duckduckgo.com/bang.

19.Use Chrome for notes

If you want to copy content from one or more websites to use later, you don’t need to open another application such as Notepad or Word – you can just use Chrome. Type data:text/html, <html contenteditable> into the address bar and hit Enter. You can now type and paste whatever you like in that tab. To save the contents, press Ctrl+S. In the Save dialogue box, replace the file’s ‘.html’ extension with ‘.txt’. This trick also works in Firefox.

20.Restart Chrome with a single click

When Chrome goes wrong, restarting it often fixes the problem, but there’s no easy way to do this other than closing the browser and reopening it.

One way around this problem is to create a button that restarts Chrome instantly with one click. You can do this by making a bookmarklet for Chrome’s ‘chrome:restart’ page.

On any web page, click the bookmark (star) button in your address bar or click Ctrl+D
to add a bookmark, then click Edit. Change the name of the bookmark to Restart Chrome (or similar) and enter chrome:restart in the URL field.

Select the ‘Bookmarks bar’ in the list below, click Save and drag the new bookmark to your Bookmarks bar to create a bookmarklet.

You can now click this whenever you need to restart Chrome, with no messing around

Hope my article “Killer Google Chrome Tips and Tricks You Should Know in 2018” helps you to learn awesome Google Chrome Tips and Tricks. if you have any query, feel free to comment.

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