Tuesday Tip: Easy Tips to Navigate Google Chrome
By Kate O’Neal
One of the most popular browsers in use right now is Google Chrome.
In my opinion, using Google anything makes everything so much easier.
A few things I really like about Chrome:
- You can sign in to your Google account and save your bookmarks, so whenever you log in to a different computer, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome to access them.
- Opening a new “incognito” window is super easy – press Ctrl+Shift+N and you can browse privately, which is helpful when you don’t want your browsing history or information saved.
- If you accidentally close a tab, all you need to do is right-click another tab and select “Reopen closed tab” or simply press Ctrl+Shift+T.
A negative feature of Chrome is when you have multiple tabs open and running at once, it takes up a lot of processing power and memory. Many times, this will slow down your computer and some of the tabs might freeze, not allowing you to navigate anywhere in Chrome.
When this happens, wouldn’t it be great to be able to see what is causing the issue and taking up the most memory? Thanks to Chrome’s built-in Task Manager, you can. All you need to do is hit Shift+Esc. You’ll see the window below pop up, which displays all open pages and extensions that are running, even in the background. You can sort by each column. Sorting by “Memory footprint” displays what is taking up the most memory. I recommend closing the programs taking up the highest memory first.
In addition to the tips above, below are a handful of keyboard shortcuts to use in Chrome:
- Ctrl+1-8 = Ctrl + any number, 1 through 8, will move to the corresponding tab in your tab bar
- Ctrl+9 = Switch to the last tab you viewed
- Ctrl+H = Shows your history
- CTRL+J = Open the download window
- CTRL+K = Move the cursor automatically to the address bar
- CTRL+T = Open a new tab
- F11 = Display the current website in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit this mode.
- CTRL+Shift+Del = Opens the window to quickly clear your private data
- CTRL+D = Bookmark the currently viewed page
I hope these handy tips will enhance your Chrome experience. Happy browsing!
With multiple years’ experience working with clients in many industries, Kate brings her skills and positive attitude to Network 1’s team, clients and partners. She strives to provide the best service and solutions to her clients so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.
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