Millions of people around the world have made Google Chrome their favorite browser for surfing the web. To further improve your experience, here are some tips and tricks that make it even more ergonomic.
The popularity of Chrome is well established. Its clean, neat user interface and versatility are among its best qualities. While there is still a lot of debate about choosing the best web browser, there is a reason why there are so many alternatives to Chromium, including Microsoft Edge and Opera, are based on the open source project Chromium from Google.
While Chrome’s capabilities multiply dramatically when you consider the nearly bottomless library of extensions, there is a plethora of hidden features, all built into Chrome, which you may not be familiar with. Especially since Google is adding new features all the time. So what are the best hidden features of Google Chrome?
Open Google Chrome Task Manager
Just like your Windows PC, Google Chrome browser has its own task manager, which you can use to monitor the different processes it undertakes and the number of resources each is consuming. To get there :
- Click on the three dots icon in the upper right corner.
- Select More tools then Task Manager (or do Shift + Esc).
- This is what the Task Manager looks like on Google Chrome. You can select a task and click Stop the process if necessary.
The pop-up will show all currently open plugins, extensions, and tabs, along with how much of your browser resources each is using. If any of them seem to be slowing down or blocking your browser, you can close this window directly from here.
Open accidentally closed tabs
We all accidentally closed a tab and panicked. Don’t worry, it is possible to quickly bring this tab back to life with a very simple keyboard shortcut. As soon as you have closed your tab by mistake, do the combination:
- On macOS: ⌘ + Shift + T
- On Windows: CTRL + Shift + T
If not, you can also rely on Windows or macOS to help you out. If you accidentally close a tab, right click on the menu bar (not the tab itself) and the context menu will offer the option to reopen a closed tab.
On mobile, Chrome gives you a second chance with a little pop-up message at the bottom of the screen. If you’re quick enough, hit Cancel and the tab will come back. Alternatively, you can tap the three-dot menu and choose Recent Tabs from the menu to see a list of your most recently closed tabs.
Open pages every time you start
Do you have websites that you access regularly? Google Chrome allows you to configure them to open each time you start the browser. Here’s how to activate it.
- Click the three buttons in the upper right corner and then click Settings.
- In the section When the engine starts, click on Open a specific page or set of pages. Finally click on Add a page to put the URL link to a particular site. In short, add the pages you want to see each time you start Google Chrome, then validate.
This option allows you to save space when there are too many tabs open in Google Chrome and you don’t want to close them. Just pin them and they will shrink to the far left of the browser. It’s not the most hidden of options, but here’s how to activate it.
- Right click on each relevant tab.
- Click on Pin.
- You will then find the still pinned tab in the upper left corner.
Mute noisy websites
Google Chrome now allows you to mute sound on noisy sites. This functionality is also accessible in the contextual menu of the tabs. These are those sites that you frequent that throw out cookie-cutter videos or sounds. If you’ve had enough, here’s how to stop them from roaring your speakers.
- Right click on the tab in question.
- Click on Mute the sound of the site. The setting is kept each time you open the site.
Export your saved passwords to Google Chrome
If you don’t use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass, you probably use the one built into Google Chrome by default. This allows faster access to your favorite sites and web platforms without having to keep all your passwords in mind. But how do you get them back if necessary? Google Chrome now allows you to export your passwords very easily. To save your passwords on Google Chrome, follow these instructions:
- At the top right of Google Chrome, click the three little dots.
- Click on Settings, then Automatic entry (left) and Passwords.
- To the right of Saved passwords, click the three little dots.
- Click (twice) on Export passwords ….
- Save the file Google Chrome.csv passwords wherever you want.
Prevent accidental closing of web pages
It has happened to everyone before. A click by mistake on the close cross and Google Chrome closes with all your open pages. It hurts even more when there is a work in progress or a form being filled, which would require you to start all over again. But with Google Chrome, you can prevent the browser from closing accidentally.
Add shortcuts to websites on the desktop
As an alternative to opening pages on startup, you can configure shortcuts that open a specific site. The icon on the desktop will look like that of a classic application, with the logo of the website in question. To create a shortcut in Google Chrome:
- Go to a website.
- Click on the three dots in the upper right corner, then on More tools and To create a shortcut.
- That’s it. Your website shortcut will be saved in Chrome Apps by default, but you can drag the icon anywhere you like (on the desktop, for example).
Play Chrome T-Rex Hidden Game
Even with Google Chrome, you can kill time with lots of hidden games. One of the most famous? The T-Rex game. Because it can be annoying not being able to open a web page for one reason or another, Google has figured out what it takes to keep you waiting. To access the T-Rex game on Google:
- Cut your Internet connection.
- Open any web page.
- Press the bar Space on your keyboard and start playing (Space bar to jump).
Control a computer remotely with Google Chrome
Did you know ? Like some specialized applications like TeamViewer or VNC, Google Chrome allows you to take control of a PC remotely. Follow this link to learn how to use Chrome Remote Desktop. This feature can be useful for troubleshooting purposes or in the event that, for example, you want to access your office PC from home.
Enjoy the best extensions
Google Chrome wouldn’t be as popular without the plethora of extensions found on its store. Thanks to them, the navigator becomes a real Swiss army knife. Check out our selection of the best Google Chrome extensions to get the most out of your browser.
Put pages to sleep to save RAM memory
It’s not a native feature, but it’s still worth mentioning. Thanks to an extension, you can put several open pages to sleep after a predefined time. This tip is useful for those who often have dozens of pages open.
This can be taxing on system resources. To do this, check out our tutorial to see how to save up to 95% RAM memory with Google Chrome by putting pages to sleep without closing them.
That’s it for this pick of the best hidden Google features. We’ve seen just about everything: hidden video games, practical shortcuts, tips and tricks … Now find our tutorial for Google Chrome on Android: how to install the same extensions as on PC?