11 Cool Chrome Features You Didn’t Know Existed

Most people think they know all there is to know about Google’s freeware browser Chrome but is that really the case?

Below are 11 tips that will prove you wrong and help you navigate the web with a much greater efficiency.

Pin tabs

If you happen to use, for example, Gmail or Google Drive frequently, then Chrome’s tab-pinning feature is just the thing for you. This will allow you to keep these tabs to the left of all the other tabs at all times, eliminating the need to constantly visit and revisit them whenever you need to.  To use this feature, just right-click and then select Pin Tab.

Mute tabs

Google has been very kind indeed to place a little speaking icon on the tabs that are playing audio or video to let us know where the noise is coming from.  To mute the audio on a background tab that you don’t want to close, just right-click the tab and click Mute Tab.

Block autoplay videos

If the constant chore of muting tabs is starting to get to you, there is an option to stop autoplay videos from starting in the first place. Just type chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy into the browser’s URL bar, which will open Chrome’s list of features that the company is currently testing but has yet to officially release. To activate the autoplay option, select “Document user activation is required” and then hit the “Relaunch Now” button.

Block notification requests

What about those annoying requests from various sites asking you if you agree to be shown their notifications?  If you are fed up with clicking “block” all the time, there is a way to stop sites from asking this in the first place. Just open Settings and then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen and select Advanced. After that, click Notifications and then the toggle switch to change the settings from Ask before sending to Blocked.

Quick Google search

If you happen to stumble upon a word you want to look up on the web, just right-click and then select Search Google for “____”. This will open a new tab with the available results for the word in question.

Zoom out to normal zoom level

If your touchpad happens to misread a swipe for a zoom command just click Ctrl-0 (zero) and your page will return to the regular zoom level.

Selecting multiple tabs

If you want to move certain tabs into a separate window, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac), select the tabs in question and then move them.

Reopen a (mistakenly) closed tab

To reopen a recently closed tab just click Command-Shift-T (Mac) or Ctrl-Shift-T (Windows).

Continue where you left off

You can make your Chrome restart with all of the tabs you had prior to shutting down your computer by going to Chrome’s settings, scrolling down to the On startup area and selecting Continue where you left off.

Investigate what’s slowing down your system

If Chrome is acting slow and sluggish it may well be that one particular tab is responsible for it. To identify this tab, open Chrome’s Task Manager by clicking the triple-dot button in the top right and go to More Tools > Task Manager. The Task Manager window will show you which tab is using the most CPU and memory resources. You can then turn off this tab by highlighting it and clicking the End Process button at the bottom right of the window.

Save time with autofill

If you are fed up with entering your credit card or address info on various web forms, just let Chrome do the job for you. All you need to do is go to Settings > Advanced > Passwords and forms > Autofill settings and save this info with Chrome. The next time you come across a web form all you will need to do is enter the first number of your credit or the first letter or your name and Chrome will do the rest.

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