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Gone are the days when users were torn between two browsers - Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. There are many new, stylish and functional competitors. Google also created its own browser. It is a free application using open source components.
Google Chrome is considered to be one of the most stable, fast and secure browsers in existence today. It has a simple interface and all modern web technologies are supported.
Google Chrome contains built-in protection methods. And thanks to the integration with the Google system, the address bar can be used to enter search queries.
Today, many people do almost all their work in this browser - they edit documents, listen to music, watch movies. It seems that Google Chrome is beginning to replace the operating system already. But the browser also has its secrets - functions unknown even to sophisticated users. Having learned the secrets of Google Chrome, you can greatly facilitate your work with it.
Search the site through the address bar. One of the main browser controls is the address bar. The creator of the products themselves call it an omnibox. One of its main features is to search sites without even visiting them. You just need to add the resource to the list of search engines. This is convenient if you need to search for articles on the desired site, for example, on Wikipedia, without making intermediate stops. If this function is active, then you just need to start typing the name of the resource (in our case, Wikipedia), then an internal search proposal will appear in the far right corner of the omnibox. There you can type the desired request already. After entering it, the page of the desired site will open. And this function is not tied to any specific resources. You can search with the omnibox everywhere, you just need to add the address to the engines. All you need to do is select the search field on the site itself and right-click on it, selecting the menu item "Add as a search engine". At this stage, the same keyword is set that will open the resource search window. So, for Wikipedia, you can set a simple "wiki". This operation can be done with your most popular services - Twitter, Gmail, Facebook, news resources. And you can search for them directly from the address bar.
Move multiple tabs at the same time. Many people know that tabs can be moved by swapping places with each other. But the fact that they can be moved to other browser windows is not known to everyone. Moreover, such an operation can be done with several tabs at once. It is enough to press Shift and click on the necessary elements, collecting them for further movement.
Omnibox calculator. It is known that Google is able to independently carry out mathematical operations. But you can do arithmetic right in the browser's omnibox without going into the search engine itself. To do this, in a line you need to type a simple expression and then Google will offer to solve this problem, showing the correct answer below. But this will only work if the default search engine is Google. The same Bing or Yahoo! will not help in solving the problem. This trick will not work in incognito mode.
Unit conversion. You can use the address bar of Google Chrome to convert units one to another. The correct answer will appear in the prompts even before you press Enter. While we are just entering the value, the browser is already automatically converting it into something that is likely to be searched for. So, by writing "2 inches", you can find out how much it will be in centimeters. To convert in the desired units, you must put an equal sign. For example, "3 inches = mm", or "1 inches squared = mm squared". Again, it's worth remembering the correct search engine and disabling incognito mode.
Zoom in and out. The page can be enlarged or reduced by turning the mouse wheel forward or backward while pressing Ctrl. You can change the scale by pressing Ctrl-Minus or Ctrl-Plus. If the scale is different from 100%, a magnifying glass will be displayed at the right edge of the omnibox. Clicking on it will show which current scale is selected, it can be immediately reset to normal. Pressing the combination Ctrl + 0 will also return the page to its normal state.
Viewing images. Many people from time to time start to clean the disk of their computer. It may turn out that pictures with JPG extension and unclear content are scattered all over the place. To view them, a special program is usually installed, but usually an open browser will help. You just need to drag the picture there.
Drag and drop to search. Selecting text and dragging it into the search box is similar to copying and pasting. So you can not write text in the omnibox, but directly drag the selection there. Another useful option for finding selected text is to right-click on it. You will be able to search for this fragment in the context menu.
Drag and drop the address to the bookmarks bar. It is often required to bookmark the desired address. This is a standard procedure. But you can just drag the current URL into the bookmarks bar, and then edit this tab.
Navigation on the keyboard. Pressing "Space" will move the page down a little. If at the same time press "Shift", then the page will move up.
Setting up the start page. Rarely do you have to change the starting point of your surfing. Chrome gives you this opportunity. Moreover, you can even make a whole group of sites open at startup. In the settings there is a section "Initial group" (On Startup). The last item gives the opportunity to set a set of pages that will be launched upon opening. You can get to this section by typing the Chrome address in the address bar: // settings / startup. In the proposed fields, you must enter the required addresses or automatically transfer all the pages currently open there. And the list can be edited later.
Search results in a separate tab. Search results usually open in the same tab. But sometimes you need to take them out into a separate one without closing the current window. It's easy to do. It is necessary to press Alt together with pressing the Enter key.
Uploading files to the desktop. Where the downloaded files are placed is a mystery for many. I would like to have easy and convenient access to them. It is best if they will be placed directly on the desktop. It is necessary to select the menu item "Additional settings" in the Settings. And there already in the "Downloads" path for saving files. Those who are afraid of cluttering their desktop can be advised to check the box so that the browser asks exactly where to save the downloaded file.
Reverting an accidentally closed tab. Sometimes it happens that the desired tab is accidentally closed. It's good that Chrome forgives users. Pressing Ctrl + Shift + T will restore the last closed page.
Cleaning up history. Sometimes a person does not need to store the history of their stay on the Internet. Somewhere in the browser settings hides the clear button, but it's much easier to press Ctrl + Shift + Delete. This will immediately bring up the delete browser memory menu. All you have to do is choose which elements you need to get rid of.
Omnibox secrets. Even this one element contains a lot of interesting things. By clicking on the star on the right side of the field, you can bookmark the current page or change an existing one. On the left side there is an icon in the form of a sheet of paper or a lock (for a secure site). If you click on this element, then information about the site will appear. You can immediately set permissions and rules of behavior for your browser on this site.
Saving links to the desktop. There are many options for storing the necessary links, collecting them. However, the easiest option is to save the link to the desktop by simply dragging and dropping directly from the omnibox. The browser will automatically make the icon active, the user only has to organize storage on the Desktop.
Custom keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are not obvious to everyone, the browser allows you to assign them yourself. To do this, go to the extensions window using the link Chrome: // extensions and enter the "Shortcuts" menu. But this window will be active if there is at least one active installed extension. And then in a simple dialog, you can select a key combination for one of the running browser extensions. It is only necessary that they perceive such combinations.
Saving pages to PDF. It is best to save the pages in PDF format, so it will be possible to transfer, in addition to text, pictures and design. But how can this be done without third-party utilities? It turns out that Google Chrome has a built-in virtual printer. It allows you to create PDF pages. It is necessary to press the Ctrl + P combination on the page and select the "Print to file" menu. This will create a copy of the page in the desired form.
Installing third-party extensions. In the latest versions of the browser, the ability to install third-party extensions that have not been tested in the app store is blocked. But you can get around this prohibition if you activate developer mode in the browser menu. It remains only to drag the file with the CRX extension into the browser.
Chrome speed. It so happens that after several hours of work, Google Chrome starts to slow down. The easiest way is to restart the browser, but sometimes it is not himself who is to blame, but some of its extension or tab. The item "Tools" - "Task Manager" can help to identify the culprit. Sorting the list by the memory field will help identify the task that eats up most of the resources. It remains only to complete this process.
Substitution of the current location. Some sites may ask the browser for the location of the computer. You can not only not provide this data, but also modify them by providing false ones. In the menu "Tools" - "Developer Tools" press "Esc" and go to the Emulation tab. There in the menu "Sensors" you can enter your fake coordinates, latitude and longitude.
Mobile device emulation. In the same emulation tab, you can select Android or iOS in the User Agent field. This step will help you work in conditions of a slow Internet connection. But the emulation of the screen and the device should not be touched.
Read passwords. Google Chrome remembers passwords using the auto-complete form feature. However, by default, the secret word is replaced with asterisks. But you can find out what passwords the browser stores. In "Developer Tools" you need to click on the field with asterisks and change the attribute of the element from Password to Text. Or you can just go to the Chrome tab: // settings / passwords. There will be listed sites with passwords saved for them. It remains only to select the required field and press the "Show" button.
Letters in the address bar. If you enter the command "mailto:" in the address bar and specify the recipient's address, then Chrome will immediately open a window for creating a new letter in the Gmail service. In this case, the required address will already be in the "To" field.
Taking notes. Many extensions have been created for Google Chrome that can make a notebook from the browser. But it is quite possible to do without them, with the help of a little secret. In the address bar, enter the text data: text / html, . The tab will immediately turn into a text editor, you just have to click inside and write notes. The command can be easily bookmarked, then there will be a "blank sheet" for temporary notes at hand.
Browser as a media player. It turns out that you can view not only pictures in the Google Chrome window, but also text documents, as well as audio and video materials. The browser is a great replacement for a bunch of applications!
Compression of tabs. The bookmarks bar can accommodate many more items if you edit them. All you need to do is delete the site names or shorten them. Ideally, only the icon will remain as a bookmark, it will be a good idea to identify the resource by itself.
Limitation of Flash. Recently, Adobe Flash technology is firmly giving way to HTML5. In advanced browser settings at Chrome: // settings / content. It is better to select "Press to play" instead of "Play automatically (default)" in plugin setup. Then the player will remain off until the user turns it on on the desired site. This will allow pages to load faster and not consume hardware resources.