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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?

Hotkey Software for Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Fruitbat Zenboy writes:

Firstly, Lockergnome rocks! Been getting it for 7+ years now and it still whips the llama’s ass! As a professional developer, it really helps keep me that step ahead…

Well, Lockergnome’s undergoing a radical transformation right now… but thanks for the vote of confidence, nevertheless.

To the point: I read a lot of glowing reviews of Hotkey programs and would like to tell you of another one. For years, I have been working on hotkey-based program which has become much more. Not only can you do almost anything with a keypress (launch, restore apps, move/alter windows, open drives, dim the screen etc etc), but it has several features that I feel are rather unique.

He lists the following points:

  • Multiple desktops? Hah! ZenKEY has an Infinite desktop (okay, it is limited, but only by the Windows co-ordinate system itself).
  • Optional “Automatic windows transparency” that sets window transparency/opacity automatically as you switch between windows ie. Windows blend into the desktop when inactive.
  • Live icons. Save Desktop space and by replacing app windows with a ‘Live’ icon showing the app’s CPU and memory usage. Click on it (or press a hotkey) to restore the app.
  • A Desktop map that allows you to move and set advanced properties of windows without remembering the keystrokes. Also used to view your ‘Infinite desktop’ space.

ZenKEY is open source, and he works on it constantly – welcoming any suggestions for additions and improvements. It’s small, fast, and ad-free. ZenKEY is not about money – it is about love!

ZenKEY also has another (possibly pretentious) goal: To make people realize a computer is more profound that just a machine. It is a machine that executes the thoughts of thousands of brilliant minds, creating an entirely abstract an unlimited universe – cyberspace! I look forward to the time when we will no longer need the multitude of objects we do today and can replace them with digital equivalents. Away with materialism, in with intellectual wealth for everyone. 😉

Not bad. I’m actually finding the keyboard shortcut array in OS X to be quite configurable, although some of my tweaks haven’t stuck in Mail (very odd).

How to Do More Things in OS X

Instead of calling me a bunch of silly names (as most commenters and bloggers would do), ‘Darwin9’ decided to extend the OS X shortcut list. “After watching your video about the 10 or so things that are different in Windows compared to OS X, I thought i would chime in with some information regarding things that you said could not be done in OS X.”

I stand corrected:

  • Renaming files – To rename a file in OSX you simply have to select the file and press RETURN… or as you mentioned click – wait a second – and click again.
  • Resizing columns – to resize all columns to show the full content (full file names) you simply HOLD OPTION and DOUBLE CLICK… all columns will resize to show the full file names. Also if you hold OPTION and drag a column all columns will resize by the same amount.
  • Truncated file names – if a filename is truncated in the finder you can view a tooltip of the full filename by simply hovering your mouse over the file and pressing OPTION
  • Copying file information – When copying a file to a location where a file already exists, OS X DOES give you information regarding the target files ‘status’. If the file is OLDER or NEWER it will tell you. The dialogs are very similar but it uses the modification date to alert you if the file is older or newer.

Thanks, Scott!

Speed Up MP4 Video Encoding


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – If you do any video encoding, you know how long of a process it can be at times. Before I went to Germany, I used Visual Hub to encode several videos, and it literally took days!

I wish I had known about the Elgato Turbo.264 back then. This little USB-like device takes much of the work out of encoding, and significantly speeds up the process. While in Germany, I used iMovie to encode some videos I threw up on YouTube, including the one where Ponzi speeding around the GM test track.

Videos can take a surprisingly long time to encode – sometimes longer than the actual playing time. What’s more, video encoding can demand a sizeable chunk of system resources. How long and how much depends on the processor speed of your Mac, the length and complexity of the source video, the size of the video file, and the amount of video compression required for the desired end result

Turbo.264 accelerates video encoding up to four times faster on Macs with Intel Core processors.

You have a collection of videos on your Mac. They’re movies you downloaded from your camcorder or digital camera, or perhaps projects you created yourself with iMovie. They could be short video clips that friends and family sent you by email, or TV shows, music videos, and movies that you recorded with EyeTV.

How do you make them iTunes-ready for your iPod or Apple TV? How do you put them on a Sony PSP?

The solution is Turbo.264, a blazingly fast and easy-to-use video encoder with a high-perfomance engine. Use the included software to convert your Mac videos one at a time or in a batch; The application drops the converted file(s) into iTunes for you, ready to synch automatically with your iPod, Apple TV or iPhone. Alternatively, plug in Turbo.264 while you use the MP4 export command of popular Macintosh video applications. Not only does Turbo.264 get the job done faster, it frees up your processor for other tasks. Think of it as a “co-processor” for your Mac.

The software application that comes with Elgato Turbo.264 offers an easy-to-use choice of five presets: iPod High, iPod Standard, Sony PSP, Apple TV, and iPhone. For Apple TV content, the quality of videos encoded with Turbo.264 software is unrivaled: Turbo.264 converts standard definition television recordings without scaling so that recordings appear on Apple TV in the same resolution they were recorded.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Keyboard shortcuts are really useful – being able to use common functions without having to use the mouse saves a ton of time.

By hold on the alt key and then double-clicking a word in Outlook 2007, you can open the research pane. This gives you the definition of a word as well as references, and research. This same short cut also works on Word 2007.

There are a ton of other useful keyboard shortcuts. We personally love ctrl-v, ctrl-c, and ctrl-x.

What keyboard shortcuts do you need to survive?

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