5 Helpful Tips For Using Google Chrome
1. Toggle between Google users from one device
While you can only log in to one Google Chrome profile in each browser window at a time, you can have several windows open at once. Each window can be logged in as a different Google Chrome profile with access to individual YouTube subscriptions, browsing history, saved passwords, Gmail, and more. There’s no need to re-log in or log out each session.
2. Browse privately with Incognito Mode
Clearing your browsing history and associated cache is a smart way to free up memory space on your computer which helps it run faster. But what if you don’t want your history tracked at all? Incognito browsing is a neat feature of Google Chrome that prevents some of the tracking cookies and data features from following you when you browse. To activate it, click the three dots in the upper-right corner of your browser tab, and select “New Incognito Window.”A new window will pop up with a black background on the tabs. Your browsing activity will not be saved to your Google profile and others who use the computer can’t see where you visited. Info entered into forms, along with passwords, will not be saved either. Cookies and site data will automatically be deleted when you close the window or exit Incognito Mode.This feature is useful for when you don’t want to store your browsing data, but bear in mind that others may still see what you do online. This includes the network administrator at the school or company where you use the computer and your internet service provider. Downloads are saved to your computer while in Incognito Mode, as are bookmarks. To clear or delete these you must manually remove them.
3. Make use of savvy tabs
Google isn’t the only browser to make use of tabs within a window, but it is the first to come up with so many effective shortcuts to using them. Some of the best tab hacks include: Open an accidentally-closed tab by right-clicking on any other tab and selecting “Reopen closed tab.” You can also press Ctrl+Shift+T for each closed tab until the one you want opens Close the tab you’re on by pressing Crtl+WOpen a closed window by right clicking on a new Chrome window and selecting “Reopen closed window ”Find a tab among a number of open tabs quickly by typing the URL of the tab into the top bar, and selecting “Switch to this tab”. Quickly switch to any tab by clicking Ctrl and the number of the tab you want to see. Numbers go from 1-9, starting left to right. See what each tab offers without clicking on it by simply hovering over the top of the tab with your mouse. The site name and information should pop up. Drag and drop any tab by clicking on it and pulling it with your mouse. You can drag multiple tabs at once by clicking the Ctrl key and selecting all the tabs you want to drag. Once selected, move them as one group to wherever you want on the screen. If your computer is acting sluggish or pages are loading slowly, you may have too many tabs open at once. Google stores information to make your favorite websites load quickly, which also requires a large amount of memory when the browser is open. If you have more than five tabs open, you haven’t restarted Chrome in a while, or you have tabs that won’t respond, close them all out and start fresh. You’ll be prompted to reopen all the tabs you had previously open during your last session. Decline this option if you don’t want to run into similar problems.
4. Cast your screen
A favorite feature of Chrome is that you can choose to “cast” a tab or your entire computer desktop to a wirelessly connected screen of your choice. Simply click the three dots in the upper right, then select “Cast…” You’ll be shown any device on your wireless network that is enabled for this function. Common devices include the Google-branded Chromecast device, which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. Other choices include Roku-enabled TVs and other smart devices. Casting also allows you to display your computer screen on devices from within Google apps and websites. While watching a YouTube video, look for the cast icon on the bottom of any video and click it to send it to the connected screen you choose. Use this feature to broadcast videos on a larger screen from your computer.
5. Create and save secure passwords, personal data, and more
It can be difficult to remember all of the passwords for your programs, bank accounts, and email servers. Why not let Google remember it for you via Chrome? Each time a login and password are entered from inside the browser, you’ll be prompted to save the combo for easy login next time. Chrome saves this information securely within your Chrome profile, so you can only access it if you’re logged in as you. Now, whenever you log in to a site that you’ve previously saved the logon for, Chrome will populate the ID and password (shown as a hidden sequence) without you having to remember. If you need to make a new password, Google Chrome can create one for you using an assortment of random letters, numbers, and symbols that meet high-security standards. Since it remembers this for you, you don’t need to try to write it down or commit it to memory. The passwords are saved across all devices that use your Chrome profile. For people who fill out many forms during their work, school, or play, the automated form filling feature is a time saver. You can create a profile for forms in your Chrome browser by 1. Clicking on the three dots in the upper-right-hand corner and selecting “Settings” 2. Scroll down the “Auto Fill” section of the page 3. Select “passwords,” “payments,” or “addresses and more” to fill in your info within the addresses section, you can pre-fill your contact info, phone, and mailing address for easier typing for any website accessed with Chrome. Make mailing packages, filling out lengthy Google forms, and shopping much easier with this info filled out for you. You can also pre-fill credit card info, so you don’t have to save this info within your shopping profiles at retailer websites, which often get hacked. By saving it from your Chrome browser, you can click to fill out the credit card information. You just provide the CVV security number to complete your purchase. Google will not store this data.
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