Even though it’s still the new kid on the block, Google’s Chrome is rapidly becoming the standard against which other browsers are measured. Use these 10 quick tips to get the most of Chrome.
Configure Multiple Homepages
Consider yourself a power user, do you? Then why rock but a single homepage? You can configure Chrome to load multiple sites every time you open your browser. Click the Wrench icon and navigate to Tools > Basics and start adding sites. Don’t overdo it though-you’ll bog down your initial load time.
Cheat at Math
The Google Suggests feature in Chrome is your key to impressing co-workers with your unlimited knowledge of numbers. Just type your math query into the Omnibar and the answer will appear without ever having to punch the Enter key. Goodbye Windows Calculator!
Have a sneaky suspicion one of your tabs is a resource pig? You can find out which sites are dragging your browser (and your system) down. Just hit Shift+Esc to open up Chrome’s built-in Task Manager to see how much memory and CPU cycles each tab is consuming.
Test Drive Multiple Versions of Chrome
If you want access to new features before everyone else, you have to subscribe to Chrome’s Beta or Dev channel, both of which replace your stable build. Not keen with that? Try Chrome’s Canary build (http://tinyurl.com/2b2jof9). It’s the most frequently updated version of Chrome, and it installs alongside whatever other version you’re running.
Convert Webpages into App Shortcuts
App shortcuts open in a dedicated window devoid of browser buttons and are handy for frequently accessed sites, like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and, well, you get the idea. To create one, navigate to Wrench > Tools > Create application shortcuts… and punch the Create button.