When people tell me they use Internet Explorer, I sometimes have a mini heart attack.
My first question is…
Why? What is wrong with you?
I was using the computers on campus the other day and they have Internet Explorer installed.
- It was SLOW.
- It crashed about 5 times.
- I couldn’t get the pictures to show up in Google Reader.
- It was cluttered.
It made me miss Google Chrome!
- It’s faster.
- You get more screen space.
- It has USEFUL add-ons.
- The features are endless.
Google Chrome is an internet browser designed by Google.
Google, you rock.
Google Chrome has been steadily becoming more popular since it first launched two years ago.
It still has its flaws, bit its simple and feature-rich interface causes a lot of users to ditch Internet Explorer their old and trusted browser in favor of this new kid on the block.
Chrome has a lot of cool features which could immensely enhance your browsing experience if you know how to use them. You probably know some of these, but I bet a few of them are new as well
Google Chrome Omnibox
Chrome’s address bar is called the “omnibox” because you can do more with it than just entering a URL.
If you start typing in the address bar, it will reveal:
- Search suggestions.
- Popular sites.
- Pages you’ve visited.
- It remembers your search history.
- It auto-completes what you’ve previously typed before.
- It remembers search engines you frequently use. Just start typing the name and hit “tab.”
Here are some features:
1. Pin Tab
I LOVE THIS FEATURE.
Just right click on a tab, hit “Pin tab” and the tab converts into a favicon and sticks itself permanently to the extreme left.
Use this on those tabs that you never close (Gmail, for instance).
2. Drag and Drop Downloads
You can easily drag downloaded files from Chrome to your desktop or any other folder on your computer. That means, from now on, you don’t need to go and change the download location each time you want the files to be downloaded in a separate place other than desktop (or downloads folder).
3. Quick Calculation Results from Address Bar
Did you know Google Chrome is a calculator?
Yep, just type in 10*10 in the search bar. The result will come up automatically.
4. Drag and Resize Text Boxes
(Sorry about the TweetDeck pop up!)
A lot of times, the text boxes on webpages are way too small! After you’ve typed a few lines, you get a scroll bar which is somewhat irritating. On Chrome, you can actually drag that box from the corner and make it bigger.
Just click and drag the lower right corner of the text box. Boom.
6. Reopen All Tabs
Chrome has an option that lets you reopen previously opened pages before you closed the browser.
This comes in handy if the browser crashes for some reason and you had a lot of tabs open (happens all the time).
You can easily change it in the options section.
7. Copy and Paste Only Text
Have you ever noticed that if you copy anything from a webpage and paste it on some other application (except for pure text editors like Notepad), they bring along all sorts of HTML and CSS jibber jabber?
Next time, when you copy stuff from Chrome and want to paste it somewhere else on Chrome itself (like a Gmail compose window) use Ctrl+Shift+V instead of Ctrl+V and you’ll only get the text.
8. Paste and Go
With Chrome, you can avoid a extra click or enter by using the “Paste and Go” feature which allows you to paste a URL and immediately load it without having to click anything.
To make use of this feature, simply copy the URL you want to open and right click on the address bar in Google Chrome, instead of clicking on the paste option click on “Paste and Go”
Tired of filling out web forms with the same information time and time again?
The first time you fill out a form, Chrome automatically saves the contact information that you enter, like your name, address, phone number, or email address, as an Autofill entry. You can store multiple addresses as separate entries.
Google Chrome is the best. What browser do you use?