Chrome tips

Zooming In, Zoom Out and View Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + + to zoom out the current browser window.
  • Ctrl + – to zoom in the current browser window.
  • Press space bar to move page down when viewing a web page.
  • Ctrl + 0 to set the page to default zoom level.
  • Press Shift + Space bar to move page up.
  • F11 to view the page in full screen mode.

Using Bookmarks

  • Click Ctrl + D to Bookmark the current page.
  • Use Ctrl + Shift + B to show or hide Bookmark bar in a page.
  • Use Ctrl + Shift + D to save all the open tabs in a new Bookmark folder.

Controlling Video Play

You can control whether video and Flash contents in a page should be started automatically or play only on click.

  • Go to the URL “chrome://settings/content” in your Chrome browser.
  • Navigate to the “Plugin” section. Choose any option Run automatically, Click to play or Block all to decide how the videos and Flash contents should behave when a page is opened in Chrome. Learn more about controlling video plugins here.

Browsing History and Restoring Closed Tabs

Chrome backups all your browsing history which can be seen by using Ctrl + H. If you accidentally closed a tab and wanted to see it again use Ctrl + Shift + T to open it in a new tab. Holding Ctrl + Shift and then pressing T every time will open the last 10 closed tabs from your browsing history in a reverse order (latest opened tab will open first). Use Ctrl + Shift + Del to delete all your browsing history.

Search Engine Settings

Chrome does not offer separate search box as normally offered by Firefox and Internet Explorer. Type keywords in the address bar and press enter to open the search results using your default search engines in the same window.  After typing the keywords use Alt + Enter to open the search results in a new window. Chrome address bar is referred as Omnibox which can be used to open an URL as well as for searching keywords directly. Learn more about Chrome Omnibox search here. Highlight any text in a webpage, drag and drop it in the address bar to get a search results for that keyword.

Download Settings

All downloaded files by default will be stored in a download folder of My Documents section in Windows. You can change the default download folder in Chrome settings or choose an option to ask where to save the file every time before download starts.

View Page Source and CSS

Right click on any webpage and select “view page source” option to see the source code of that webpage. Inspect element option is used to check each elements in a page and viewing the page source CSS code. Learn more about viewing source CSS here.

Task Manager

Right click on the Chrome title bar or on the minimized window on the task bar and choose task manager. This will show the CPU and memory usage of each tab opened in the browser. You can analyze which tab is consuming more memory and close it whenever the browser responds slowly.

Chrome Notifications

Some browser apps and extensions may show you notifications in the system tray when you logged in through your Google account. You can enable or disable Chrome notifications any time. Enter the URL “chrome://settings/content” in your browser and navigate to “Notifications” section. Select an appropriate option to allow or disallow Chrome notifications.

Creating Shortcuts for a Web Page

Chrome allows you to easily create a shortcut for a web page.

  • Select the URL in the address bar and drop into your desktop.
  • Go to “Settings > Tools > Create application shortcuts…” and choose where you want to create a shortcut.
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