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Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts for Google Chrome


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Google’s Chrome browser may be considered as the #2 browser for both Mac and Windows systems. However, many geeks consider it to be the number ONE browser of choice. We tend to feel that it offers a better browsing quality along with faster performance. You also can’t deny that there are many excellent Extensions available.

No matter which browser you choose, your experience will be even better if you know some of the shortcuts available. Matthew happens to be a Chrome guru and has put together several keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks to help you out.

  • CTRL + SHIFT + B – This shows or hides your bookmarks bar.
  • CTRL + T – This opens up a new tab inside of Chrome.
  • CTRL + SHIFT + T – Automatically remembers the last tab you closed and re-opens it for you.
  • CTRL + W – Closes the current/active tab.
  • CTRL + N – Opens a whole new Chrome window.
  • CTRL + H – Quickly access your browser history.
  • CTRL + J – Navigate to your downloads history/menu quickly.
  • CTRL + L – Quickly highlight the text in your URL bar.
  • CTRL + SHIFT + DEL – Opens up the Clear Browsing Data box so you can quickly delete your history.

There are a couple of features you may have never heard of before. Dragging a link up into your tab area will automatically open that link in a new tab. Be careful of the links you drag, though. You never know what might open!

Hitting SHIFT + ESC on your keyboard will open the Chrome task manager. Many people don’t even realize this exists. You can manage problematic tabs from this task manager. Instead of occupying one process that takes a huge amount of system memory, Chrome separates tabs into single processes. Separating the processes is actually much more secure than having them lumped into a giant one. Being able to lock down each tab ensures that malware doesn’t have as much capability to infect your entire browser or system. This is also much more stable. You have likely experienced a crash inside of Chrome at some point. However, that crash only affects a specific tab due to it being set up as its own individual process.

If you want to go back to a page you were just on but don’t want to leave the page you currently have open, use CTRL + Back Button. This will open a new tab with the last-viewed page inside of it. You can also use this same basic feature to open links: hold down CTRL while clicking a link on a web page. A new tab will open with that link inside.

If you have a lot of tabs open and want to scroll through them quickly, hold down your CTRL key and use the numbers 1-9. This allows you to fast-switch between each tab to see what content is there and find what you need even faster.

Here’s a neat little trick: you may want to take a regular tab and turn it into a new Chrome window. Simply click and hold the tab, drag it out of the tab area and let go. A new stand-alone browsing window will open right up. If you want to put it back into your tab bar, just hit the ESC key.

A nifty trick involving the URL bar: Let’s say you want to go to LockerGnome.com. Type the word LockerGnome into the URL bar and hit CTRL + Enter. Instead of doing a Google search for the word LockerGnome, Chrome will add the www. in front of the term, and .com to the end, taking you directly to the website in question!

What other Chrome tips and tricks do you have? Does your browser support awesome shortcuts like this?

What is the Chrome Web Store?


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This week, Marques is talking about the new Chrome Store. The things you’ll find here are sort of a cross between web apps and desktop apps. The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome.

Every item in the store has its own page, where you can read and contribute reviews and ratings. If you use multiple computers, synchronize your apps, extensions, and theme across all your computers with browser sync.

Web apps are advanced interactive websites. They may provide a wide-ranging set of features or focus on a single task like photo-editing or shopping. Extensions let you add new features to your browser. For example, an email notifier extension can show an email alert in your browser toolbar so you don’t have to log in to your email in a separate window to check if you have new messages. Themes allow you to you customize the look and feel of your browser, including themes from leading artists and designers around the world.

Thanks for another excellent screencast, Marques!

Safari 5.0.1 Brings Extensions to the Table

Apple released Safari 5.0.1 into the wilds today. Also introduced at long last is the Safari Extensions Gallery. Apple introduced extensions last June, giving developers time to begin creating browser add-ons using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript standards. This move brings Safari into play again alongside Chrome and Firefox – both of which already support addon features.

What came as a surprise was the name of a few of the new extensions – namely those from Bing and Amazon. You’ll also find extensions for MLB.com, the New York Times, Twitter and eBay. You can access the new extensions within the browser, and install with a single click. You’ll not have to restart Safari for your choices to take affect, unlike what you have to do with Firefox.

Manage your addons within your Safari window and update with a single click. Disable or enable individual extensions or turn them all off at once. Each extension comes with a signed, digital certificate from Apple to “prevent tampering.” This also verifies that updates come from the original developer. Your extensions are also sandboxed. This will keep them from being able to access information on your system, and disallows communication with websites other than those specified by the developer.

New Chrome Boasts Bookmark Sync and More

Google announced today that the new version of Chrome includes two of the browser’s most frequently requested features: extensions and bookmark sync.

Extensions allows you to add new functions to the browser. Some of them give you one-click access to your favorite applications online, such as Digg and eBay. Others are useful little tweaks that help you perform tasks easier, such as browsing pictures and shopping.

Bookmark sync is a great feature for all of you that use more than one computer. Perhaps you have a laptop at work, and a desktop at home. You can enable your bookmark sync to synchronize all of your bookmarks across all of your computers! When you create a bookmark on one of your machines, it will automagically be added on all of your computers! You won’t need to go searching for a link when you get home at night, or to the office in the morning. They’ll already be there waiting for you!

As of today, the new (stable) release is only available on Windows. If you’re a Mac user, keep your eyes open. Google is working on bringing extensions, bookmark sync and more to the beta soon. Also, all of you Linux users should see extensions already enabled in the beta version.

This is great news, in my opinion. I’m definitely looking forward to making use of the bookmark sync feature! Never again will I lose a bookmark or web page when I use a computer other than my Mac pro!

Are you a Chrome user? If you’ve already used either of these new features, what are your thoughts on them so far? How can using any one browser over another enhance your computer experience? I know we all have our favorites, but I’m curious to know which are yours – and why. What makes you love one over another, when many of the features (and the relative speed) are virtually identical?