10 Unearthed Google Chrome Features You Need to Explore

10 Unearthed Google Chrome Features You Need to Explore

Google Chrome is not just a web browser; it’s a vast universe of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. As a business owner, you need to leverage these concealed features to enhance your browsing experience and improve your efficiency. So, are you ready to unearth these treasures? Let’s dive in!

1. Resurrect Closed Tabs

Accidentally closed a tab? Fear not! Google Chrome has a quick solution for you. Instead of navigating back to your browsing history, press Ctrl+Shift+T (or Shift + Command + T for Mac users), and voila, your closed tab is back alive. This handy feature can save you from frustrating moments and keep your workflow smooth.

2. Control YouTube Across Tabs

Multitasking on Chrome is a breeze with this hidden feature. If you’re playing a YouTube video and browsing on another tab, you don’t have to toggle between tabs to control the video. Chrome displays a music note icon beside your Google icon, which lets you control the video from any tab. No more tab switching!

3. Silence the Noise with Mute Tab

woman with headphones silencing computer

If an auto-playing video or music on a web page is annoying you, Chrome has an easy fix. Simply right-click on the tab playing audio (it will display a speaker icon), then hit ‘Mute tab.’ Now, you can enjoy a silent browsing experience without the disturbance of unwanted noise.

4. Quick Calculations in the Search Bar

Time is precious, and Chrome knows it. If you need to do a quick calculation, don’t waste time googling for a calculator. Instead, type your calculation directly in the search bar, hit enter, and behold the result. This feature can save you those precious few seconds and keep your momentum going.

5. Create Desktop Shortcuts for Websites

If you regularly visit certain websites, why not create desktop shortcuts for them? Navigate to the website, go to the three-dot menu, click ‘More Tools,’ then ‘Create Shortcut,’ and you’ve got your very own desktop shortcut. Now, you can access your favorite websites directly from your desktop!

6. Craft Custom Web Links for Text Sections

Web link code

If you want to share a specific section of a web page, Chrome allows you to create a custom link for that text. Highlight the text, right-click, and click ‘Copy link to highlight’ or ‘Copy link to text.’ You now have a customized link that will direct the reader to the specific section you highlighted.

7. Search Through Your Tabs

Having multiple tabs open can sometimes get overwhelming. Chrome eases this with a quick search feature that lets you sift through all your open tabs. Press Ctrl-Shift-A (or Command-Shift-A for Mac users) to see all your open tabs, then simply search for the one you need. No more tab clutter!

8. Organize Your Tabs with Color Codes

Chrome offers a fantastic feature to organize your myriad of open tabs – Tab Groups. Right-click on a tab, click ‘Add tab to new group,’ name your group, and choose a color. Now, you can collapse and expand your grouped tabs, making your browsing experience more organized and less chaotic.

9. Secure Your Browsing with Guest Mode

Google Chrome Guest Mode Feature

If someone else needs to use your device, and you want to ensure your browsing history and stored passwords are secure, enable Guest Mode. Click on your Google icon and choose ‘Guest.’ This mode ensures all browsing history and cookies are erased once the Guest Mode browser is closed.

10. Play a Hidden Offline Dinosaur Game

Need a quick break? Chrome has a hidden Dinosaur game that you can play offline. When you’re offline, head to Google’s homepage. Hit the spacebar, and you’ll start a game where a tiny dinosaur has to jump over cacti. It’s a fun and easy way to take a short break from work.

By exploring these hidden Chrome features, you can elevate your browsing experience, improve your productivity, and get more out of your browser. And remember, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Chrome has a treasure trove of features waiting to be discovered. So, go ahead and explore!

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