Google Chrome – The Complete Guide

I have been using Google Chrome as my primary browser from the day it was released and I love it. In this guide, I will help you download the latest version of Google Chrome, install it, set it up and learn some cool tips. Let’s get started with answering the basic question.

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What is Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a web browser created by Google. It was first released on September 2, 2008 as a beta on the Windows operating system. Later, on December 11, 2008, it graduated to a stable release.

Google Chrome quickly became popular among all types of internet users because of its simple user interface, speed and security features. Today, Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser. As of December 2015, it’s estimated that Google Chrome has a 58% worldwide usage share.  That means, more than half of internet users around the world use Chrome as their primary browser on their computers.

Chromebook

Google Chrome is available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows
  • OSX (Mac)
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS

Is Google Chrome Free?

Yes. All versions of Chrome is free for anyone to download. You can download the desktop version of Google Chrome directly from Google’s website. If you are on Android, Chrome is available from the Play Store as an application. Similarly, iOS users can download the app from the App Store.

How do I Get Google Chrome

download-google-chrome

To download Google Chrome, visit one of the following pages based on the operating system that you are using:

  • Desktop computers ( This page will automatically detect the operating system that you are using and provide you the appropriate version.)
  • Android
  • iOS

After you download the latest version, it is very easy to install. If you are on Android or iOS, the browser should automatically install on your phone or tablet. On desktop computers, double click the installer to get started.

Google Chrome 64-Bit

64-Bit version of any software is generally more secure. This applies to Chrome as well. If you are using a 64-Bit computer, you really should use the 64-bit version of Chrome too. According to Google, the 64-Bit version improves speed, security and stability.

To get started with 64-Bit version, let’s first check what’s the current version that you are using, just to be sure. Open chrome:version and check if it says 64-Bit. If you are on 64-Bit version, it will be stated right after the version number in the first line. If you are on a  32-Bit version of Chrome, there won’t be anything mentioned after the version number.

If you are still on 32-Bit, let’s first download the 64-Bit version of Chrome.

Download 64-bit Version of Chrome

Here is how to download the 64-Bit version of Google Chrome:

  1. Go to the regular Chrome download page.
  2. Click Download Chrome for another platform.
  3. Choose Windows 10/8.1/8/7 64-bit.
  4. Click Accept and Install.

Install 64-Bit Version of Chrome

Installing 64-bit version of Chrome is not different from your regular installation method. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen prompts.

64-Bit Chrome on Mac and Linux

Google Chrome for Mac is now 64-Bit only If you are using the latest version of Chrome on your Mac, you should already be on 64-bit. To verify, visit chrome:version.

Chrome for Linux is going to be 64-Bit only in March 2016. If you are currently using 32-Bit version of Chrome on Linux, download and install the 64-Bit version.

Download Chrome Offline Installer

When you install Google Chrome, it usually downloads a small piece of software which then downloads the rest of the files. At times, this method might not work. If you are facing problems with the regular download and installation, the offline installer can help.

Google Chrome Offline Installer downloads the entire installer file at once. Download this file, double click it and the installation should start instantly.

Import Settings From Other Browsers

If you are switching to Chrome from another browser, you can import your settings and bookmarks (favorites for Internet Explorer users). Here is how to do that:

  1. Close all the other browsers.
  2. On Chrome, go to Settings and choose Bookmarks.
  3. Click Import bookmark and settings.
  4. Choose the browser that you want to import settings and bookmarks from.
  5. Click Import.

Chrome User Interface

Let’s take a look at all those items you see on your Chrome window. This can be very helpful if you are using Chrome for the first time. The following sections will explain the most important parts of the Google Chrome user interface.

The Address Bar aka Omnibox

Chrome calls its address bar Omnibox. Chrome calls it that way because the Omnibox does more than what a regular address bar does. Besides typing in specific URLs, you can also search Google (or any other search engine that you make your default search engine). You can even do calculations.

Home and Reload

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Home and Reload icons placed at the left end of the omnibox, right after the forward and backward icons. You can can set any page as your Homepage and use this icon to quickly navigate to it. If you do not want it to show, uncheck “Show home button” under Settings > Appearance.

Bookmarks

If you are coming from Internet Explorer and looking for Favorites, they are called Bookmarks on Chrome.

A star icon is included in the omnibox to quickly bookmark any page. (keyboard shortcut: CTRL + D). When you are on a website that is already in your bookmarks, this icon will be blue.

chrome-bookmarks

Bookmarks bar allows you to keep your most favorite bookmarks always visible (keyboard shortcut to toggle this on and off: CTRL + SHIFT + B).

Tip: Make the bookmarks bar more useful by adding icon only bookmarks to your favorite sites. Like so:

chrome-bookmarks-bar

Extensions Bar

Chrome does not have an extensions bar. It houses your extension icons after the Omnibox. It saves space and makes the interfac clean.

chrome-extension-bar

Tip: Not every extension that you install requires to be displayed on the extensions bar. If you want to hide the icon, (without uninstalling the extension) right click the icon and choose Hide in Chrome menu.

Accessing Settings

The Chrome settings menu is the three dots vertically aligned on the top right corner of the window. You can also visit chrome:settings to directly open settings in a tab.

chrome-settings-menu

If you are wondering why the options for Cut, Copy and Paste look like that, it is to make Chrome touch screen friendly. If you are on a computer with a touch screen, you will find this handy!

Incognito Mode – Private Browsing

Incognito Mode is Chrome’s private browsing feature. It does not store any information about your browsing session. Everything is erased after you close the Incognito window.

chrome-incognito

However….

There are some exceptions. Incognito means Chrome does not save anything. There are still some steps to complete private browsing. Do not miss them:

  • Your internet service provider
  • Your employer (if you’re using a work computer)
  • The websites you visit themselves

All those elements can still track your online activity.

Important: Chrome does not save any information about the files you downloaded or where you downloaded them from while using Incognito mode. However, the files you downloaded and saved on your computer during the session remains on your computer. You have been warned!

Find more information about Incognito Mode here.

Set Up Google Chrome – Things To Do After Installing Chrome

Here are a few things that you can do after installing Google Chrome. These settings will help you customize your favorite browser. If you were using another browser, like Internet Explorer, Edge, or Mozilla Firefox, these options will help you tweak things the way you want.

Tip: The easiest way to find these settings is to search for the title of each of the sub-sections explained here. To quickly go to settings menu, open a new tab and type in chrome://settings/ and press Enter.

Appearance

Do you want to show the home button next to the address bar? Do you want to show the bookmarks bar always or only when you open a new tab? Customize these options from the Appearance section of Chrome Settings.

On Startup

On startup, do you want to:

  • Open the New Tab Page
  • Continue where you left off or,
  • Open a specific page or set of pages

Downloads

Do you want your downloads to go to a specific folder or should Chrome ask you where to save the file each time you download a file? You can set this from Settings > Advanced Settings > Downloads.

Google Chrome Sign In and Chrome Sync

Consider this. The web browser, (for us Chrome) is the most important software on the computer for most of us. There is a tonne of information that you store on this browser. There are your passwords, bookmarks, browsing history, extensions, themes, settings and more. You do not want to lose them. When you have more than one computer or mobile device, how can you store all these information securely and sync it across multiple devices?

If you are on Chrome, I will recommend Signing in to Chrome. Using your Google account, log in to Chrome and choose what information you want to sync across devices. For added security, encrypt the data using your Google password. If you reset your computer or start using a new one, simply sign in and you should get everything restored instantly.

How to Set Up Chrome Sync

To set up Chrome sync:

  1. Go to Settings. 
  2. Under “Sign in,” click Advanced sync settings.
  3. Choose what you want to sync. You can either sync everything or choose one or more type of data.
  4. Under “Encryption options,” choose either your password as your encryption code or set up a separate sync passphrase. (DO NOT forget your sync passphrase. You need this to set up Chromesync on any other computer and to access your information.)
  5. Click OK.

If you are on an Android phone or a Chromebook, here is how to set up Chrome Sync.

Things That You Can Sync

You sync use Chrome Sync to store:

  • Apps
  • Extensions
  • Settings
  • Autofill
  • History
  • Themes & wallpapers
  • Bookmarks
  • Passwords
  • Open tabs
  • Credit cards and addresses using Google Payments.

Tip: I highly recommend using the encryption feature, especially if you are syncing passwords and other sensitive information. If you are not using encryption, you can access your passwords from anywhere on the web, using any browser. (again, not recommended).

Google Chrome Extensions (aka Addons)

Extensions (also known as addons) brings additional features to the Chrome browser. On September 9, 2009, Google enabled extensions by default on Chrome’s developer channel, and provided several sample extensions for testing. In December, the Google Chrome extension gallery beta was launched.

The Chrome Web Store has since exploded with thousands of apps and extensions. There are tonnes of useful extensions in the store. I have a bunch of Chrome extensions that I consider “must have“.

Extensions are supposed to make your life easier. However like any other platform or feature, there are bad guys out there trying to trick you into installing shady extensions. These extensions often change Chrome’s behavior or make browsing difficult by throwing in ads or changing your new tab page or search engines. That makes it extremely important to be careful about the type of extensions you install and from where you install them.

Here are a few points to remember:

  • Install extensions only from the Chrome Web Store.
  • Frequently visit chrome://extensions and audit your extensions.
  • Install only those extensions that you think are really useful.
  • Uninstall any extension that you no longer use.
  • Before installing any extension, check the reviews and ratings on the Chrome Web Store. Also check the number of people using the extension, as a sign of validation.

Note: On May 27, 2014, Google issued an update to Chrome preventing Windows users from installing extensions obtained outside the Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome Apps

When you are on the Chrome Web Store,  look for TYPES on the left sidebar. You will see Chrome Apps and Websites. What is the difference between the two?

Websites

The first generation of Chrome Apps were just “glorified bookmarks”. They created an icon on your new tab page or the launcher. Click the icon and you are taken to the website. And that was pretty much what these “apps” did. These types of apps are still useful and there are a lot of people who use them. To identify them easily, Google these days calls them Websites on the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Apps

In simple terms Chrome apps are what Android apps are for Android. They are not links like “Websites”. They are written using HTML, CSS and Javascript. They are native apps on the Chrome browser. Here is a video explaining what these are:

https://youtu.be/lBUGTVIJVfM

If you are a developer, read more about Chrome apps and how to create them here.

Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome extensions (or plugins) gives additional features and functionalities to your browser. There are hundreds of extensions available to download from the Chrome Web Store.

Tip: Download and install extensions only from the Chrome Web Store.

To download and install Google Chrome extensions, go to the Chrome Web Store and click Extensions from the sidebar. You will see the most popular and featured Chrome extensions here. Use the Search field on the sidebar to look for any extension. To refine your search, use one of these options available:

  • Runs Offline
  • By Google
  • Free
  • Available for Android
  • Works with Google Drive

Let’s look at what each of these options are.

Runs Offline

Google Chrome as a web browser, is expected to be used when you are connected to the internet. However, Chrome is not completely useless when you are offline. There are a bunch of things that you can do when your computer is offline. This section lists Chrome extensions that work even without the internet.

By Google

Google has created a bunch of extensions for Chrome. These extensions add additional features to Chrome or one of the Google services. For example, the Save to Google Drive extension gives you an easy way to save any file that you find on the web to your Google Drive.

Free

This of course helps you view only the extensions that are free. Unlike the Google Play Store or iOS App Store, most of these extensions are free. Paid extensions are not very common on the Chrome Web Store.

Available for Android

This is a very useful option. If you are looking for an app or service that you want to use on your computer and also on your Android phone or tablet, this checkbox will help you find that.  When you are on the download page for the extension, look for the link that reads “available for Android. Get it.” This will take you to the Play Store page for the same app.

Example: Any.do.

Works with Google Drive

This section features Chrome extensions that integrate with Google Drive. If you are a Google Drive fan, take a deep dive into this section and I am sure you will find a bunch of useful extensions.

You can use one of these options or a combination of two or more to find the extension that you are looking for. The Chrome Web Store also offers the option to sort extensions based on the rating too.

Google Chrome Themes

How can be a browser be complete without themes?. Google Chrome added support themes in version 3, released in October 2009. Themes make Chrome look beautiful, sometimes jazzy, and sometimes crazy.

The Chrome Web Store hosts tonnes of themes that you can browse through and download for free. Find a Google Chrome theme of your choice here.

Tip: Just like extensions and apps, I recommend downloading and installing Google Chrome themes only from the Chrome Web Store.

chrome-theme

The Categories dropdown lets you browse Chrome themes created by Google and by some artists.

Chrome Plugins

Plugins are slightly different from extensions or addons. These are bigger pieces of software added by the Chrome team to bring additional features to Chrome. Plugins let you do more with Chrome, like view Flash animations or PDF documents. They also help make some videos and audio files work better. You can view plugins here: chrome://plugins.

For more information on managing Chrome plugins, visit the official help article here.

What is The Latest Google Chrome Version

The latest version of Google Chrome on Windows is 49. As a user, you need not worry about updating the browser. Updates are downloaded automatically in the background and applied when you restart the browser. If you need to keep track of the latest versions of the browser on all platforms, across Dev, Beta and Canary channels, visit OmahaProxy here.

Google Chrome Beta Version

Google releases a new version of Chrome every six weeks. Users get new features and security updates faster because of this. Along with the stable version, Google also maintains a Beta version of Chrome. This version updates more frequently than the stable version.

chrome-beta

The Beta channel is updated every month ( sometimes in less than a month). Beta, as the name suggests is not stable. There are experimental features that the team tests with beta version before pushing to the stable version for rest of the world.

If you are a Chrome enthusiast or a general admirer of software products, it is a good idea to try the Beta channel. This however is not recommended for your day-to-day computing.

Beta version is available for:

Chrome beta for Android and iOS are available as separate installations. You can install this as a separate browser for testing the new Chrome features from time to time. Your regular stable installation of Chrome will not be affected.

Google Chrome Developer Channel

If the experimental nature of Chrome Beta is not satisfying you, Developer channel (or the Dev channel) is the next stop. Developer channel is updated more frequently than the Beta edition.  Dev channel releases available once or twice in a week. You will see new features more often, but this version is less stable.

Google Chrome Canary Channel

Now, here comes the bleeding edge of Chrome. Apart from the fact that this version updates very frequently, what makes Canary build special is this: this can be run as separate browser. You can have your regular Chrome and Canary side by side as two separate browsers.

You can keep using Chrome stable as your primary browser and fire up Chrome Canary whenever you want to try the latest Chrome has to offer.

Here is my setup at work. I use Chrome stable for all work related things. I run Canary synced to my personal Google account for any additional browsing that I might have, to play my favorite music while working etc.

Download Different Release Channels for Chrome

Here is where you can download latest Chrome versions for each channel, Stable, Beta and Dev.

Windows 64-bit

Windows 32-bit

Mac

Android

Linux

Source: Chromium.org

Chrome Flags

At any point of time, Google is working on many many new features and variations of features for Chrome. Chrome Flags are the switches that you can use to turn a few things on or off.

To view all the Chrome experimental flags available to you, visit chrome://flags. To use a flag, enable it and restart Chrome. The changes should take effect after the restart.

One thing to note; these flags are experimental. Things might not work as they are supposed to. These flags can disappear at any point because they are not finalized yet. If you are using a Chrome flag as a workaround to something Chrome does not offer or stopped offering, this is a pint to keep in mind.

Google Chrome for Work

Google Chrome for Work is Google’s effort to make Chrome enterprise friendly. Chrome for Work offers more than 100 policies to fit your organization’s needs. These policies will help administrators to configure Chrome to their organization’s needs.

Chrome’s cloud-based management lets you customize policies for your employees, whether they’re on a company’s desktop or personal smart phone. Cloud-based management and support for Chrome is available for Google Apps customers.

Google has added a support option also to the Google Chrome for Work program, making it attractive to businesses.

Google Now on Chrome

Google Now is now available on Chrome for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Oh, and Chromebooks. This is your field guide to Google Now on Chrome. From enabling and disabling Google Now, this guide walks you through various tips and tricks for using it to the maximum.

How to Enable Google Now on Chrome

At present, Google Now is not available to everyone by default. You will need to turn a flag on. But no worries, it is easy. On your Google Chrome addressbar, go to chrome://flags/#enable-google-now and change the flag Google Now from Default to Enabled. Now, restart Chrome. (Look for Restart Now link at the bottom of the chrome://flags page)

google-now-chrome

When Chrome starts up again, you will have Google Now enabled. But remember, you need the actual Google Now service enabled on your phone for this to work. If you have never used Google Now on your phone, you may not see any Google Now cards on Chrome.

You must also login to Chrome using the same Google account that you use on your Google Now enabled mobile device (phone or tablet)

Using Google Now on Chrome

Here is how Google Now cards appear on Chrome:

chrome-google-now

  • Each Google Now card has an X button on the top right corner. Click this to discard a card. This is similar to the swipe away gesture you use on your phone.
  • The Gear icon opens Settings
  • The icon that looks like three horizontal lines, that clears all the notifications at one short
  • The bell icon with a strike-through disables notifications temporarily.
  • The bell icon on the taskbar is used to bring up Google Now cards when no card is displayed.

How to Disable Google Now on Chrome

On the chrome://flags/#enable-google-now page, change Google Now flag to Disabled. Restart Chrome, and Google Now will be disabled. This works as long as this flag is available. After that, here is the official how-to on disabling Google Now

  1. Click the bell  icon in the lower right corner of your computer screen (on Windows) or the upper right of your computer screen (on Mac) to open the Notifications Center.
  2. In the Notifications Center, click the gear icon on the bottom right corner (on Windows) or the upper right corner (on Mac).
  3. Uncheck the box next to “Google Now”.

Chromium and Chrome

In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome’s source code as an open-source project called Chromium. The Chromium project is still on and is actively supported by Google. A few other browsers makers have used Chromium source code to build their own browsers.

chrome-chromium

Differences Between Chrome and Chromium

The following are the differences between Chrome and Chromium:

  • Chrome is a Google-branded product. Chromium is an open source project.
  • Chromium does not update automatically.
  • Chromium is a bleeding edge browser with daily builds unlike Chrome which has stable builds releasing every six weeks.
  • Netflix requires H.264 support for HTML5 video. It does not work on Chromium.
  • Chromium does not support AC, H.264, and MP3.
  • Chromium does not have integrated PPAPI version of Adobe Flash Player.
  • Chrome is tested by Chrome developers, Chromium is not tested and certified by anyone.

Here is an official list of differences between Chrome and Chromium on Linux.

Top Google Chrome Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

  1. If you opt to sign in, check out the tab syncing between devices, including your smartphone. If you sign in to more than one device using Chromesync, check settings > recent tabs to see recent browsing sessions from other devices.
  2. Need a Home icon on the omnibar? (chrome’s addressbar) go to Settings and under Appearance, check Show Home button
  3. If you see a grey box next to any of the options in the Chrome Settings page, it means an extension has made changes to the default behaviour.
  4. Checkout Incognito mode. Its kind of stealth mode. When you are in this mode, Chrome doesn’t record your browsing history, download history. Any cookies that are stored during the incognito mode is deleted when you close the browser. Open a new Incognito window from settings, or press Ctrl + Shift + N
  5. Use Task Manager on windows? We have something similar on Chrome. You can check out the memory usage by each tab, and kills some tabs, (just like, being able to do ctrl+alt+del and end some apps on windows). Press Shift + Esc to open Chrome Task Manager.
  6. You can import bookmarks from other browsers. Go to settings page and start searching for Import, and you will see the option to import bookmarks!.
  7. You can set up multiple profiles. A profile with your bookmarks extensions, themes and settings. Another one for your friend or family member who might share your computer, with their own settings and stuff. To do this, go to settings and search for Profiles, or open chrome://settings/search#profile from the addressbar. Click Add New User, and follow easy instructions.
  8. Ctrl + Shift + Del takes you directly to the settings page where you can delete your browsing history.
  9. Press Shift and click a link – Opens the link in a new window.
  10. Ctrl + 9 takes you to the last tab open on your current window.
  11. Ctrl + Shift + B toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
  12. Ctrl + Shift + T reopens the last tab you closed. Google Chrome remembers up to 10 tabs you closed.
  13. Alt + F or Alt + E opens Chrome settings menu (the menu you open clicking the hotdog icon, not the chrome://settings page)
  14. Shift + Esc opens the Task Manager of Chrome, which will let you monitor system usage by each tab and kill tabs you wish.
  15. Type a URL, then press Alt + Enter to open the URL in a new tab.
  16. CTRL + H = Opens your browsing history
  17. CTRL + SHIFT +V =  Paste content from the clipboard without formatting (ie, pastes plain text)
  18. Middle click a tab to close it.
  19. Click and drag tabs to re-arrange their position.
  20. Drag a tab away to make it a separate window.
  21. Click and hold the mouse on the back or forward button on any tab to see the history of that particular tab.
  22. If you want to run a search query using copied text, right click and use “Paste and Search” No need  of pasting it first and then hitting enter or clicking “Go” to run the query.
  23. If the text you copied is a web page, open a new tab and right click on the address bar to get “Paste and Go”, saves you one keystroke / mouse click each time !
  24. To zoom in or zoom out on a page (to increase font size etc) hold the control key and scroll using mouse. Scrolling forward zooms in, while scrolling backward zooms out. Ctrl + 0 brings the page back to the default zoom level.
  25. Any text area ( like a comment form on a blog ) if you need more space, click and drag on the bottom-right corner to re-size the box to your choice. (Note: Website owners can disable this feature with some coding. If the website has disabled this feature, you will not be able to re-size the field.
  26. After downloading a file, you can copy it to the desktop or to any other folder by just  dragging them directly from Google Chrome’s downloads bar ( yes, that small bar at  the bottom of the page with download progress, when you are downloading a file ) You can drag a file from this downloads bar to upload files as well. For example, you downloaded a photo your friend sent to you via email. While it is still showing on your downloads bar, open Google Drive or Dropbox (or any website that supports drag and drop to upload). Drag the file from the downloads bar directly in to the upload field to start the upload.
  27. Easily bookmark a page clicking the “star” icon on the right end of the addressbar. You can do this with the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + D” too.
  28. Use it as a calculator for basic calculation. Try typing 4*10 now!
  29. Open chrome://plugins to manage Chrome plugins. Note: These are not extensions. You will see the inbuilt PDF viewer, Native client and Flash etc here.
  30. Open chrome://flags to explore experimental features. These are the features that Google is getting ready for future versions of Chrome. To test these out, you can clickEnable next to the experiment and restart Chrome.
  31. Right click within the omnibox and select Edit Search Engines to change your default search engine or add a custom search engine.
  32. chrome://restart gives you an easy way to restart Chrome
  33. chrome://bookmarks opens bookmarks manager.
  34. Type in about:crash or about:kill to know how a crashed page looks like!
  35. chrome://settings opens up settings
  36. Open chrome://sync-internals/ view information related to Chromesync.
  37. chrome://chrome-urls/ lists all available chrome:// URLs , explore it!
  38.  Drag Files to Attach and Upload (works on Gmail, Picasa, Facebook and Dropbox etc)
  39.  Drag Downloaded Files to Desktop – Drag files from the downloads bar (the one that come up on the bottom of Chrome while you download a file and after downloading) to desktop or any other folder you want to move it to.
  40.  Drag Text To Omnibox To Search (Try this now! select some text on this page, and drag it to the omnibox, to open Google search on the current tab.
  41. Drag Text To Tab Bar To Search In New Tab: Drag it to the omnibar, that is the area above the addressbar next to the mew tab button, to open search in a new tab.
  42. Drag Links To omnibox to open them in the current tab.
  43. Drag Links to Tab Bar To Open In New Tab
  44. Drag and drop files from your computer to Chrome addressbar to open with Chrome. This works with PDF files, images and html files.
  45. Drag Links to Bookmarks Bar to Add Them To Bookmark
  46. Drag a thumbnail from the Most Visited section of the new tab page to Apps section to create a new app for it. (They are redesigning the new tab page, so we might see this changing soon)
  47. Hold Ctrl and click tabs to select multiple tabs and drag them away to make a new window with all selected tabs.
  48. To search scripts, stylesheets and snippets by filename you can use: * Ctrl + O (Windows) * Cmd + O (Mac OSX)
  49. To perform a text search within the current file you can use: * Ctrl + F (Windows) * Cmd + F (Mac OSX)
  50. To do a text search across all files you can use: * Ctrl + Shift + F (Windows) * Cmd + Opt + F (Max OSX)
  51. If you need to dig down deeper, it’s possible to filter for or navigate to a particular JavaScript function/method or CSS rule when viewing a file using: * Ctrl + Shift + O (Windows) * Cmd + Shift + O (Mac OSX)
  52. The tools also support going to a specific line-number within the Sources editor. To launch the line number dialog when viewing a file you can use: * Ctrl + L (Windows) * CMD + L (Mac OSX)
  53. On the Dev Console (Ctrl + Shift + J) try pasting the following code. console.log(‘%cWoohoo!’, ‘font-size: 300%’). You can do  do some cool stuff with %c. Play with more text and css etc!
  54. Hold Shift while you refresh, for more refresh options.
  55. On the Javascript console, click the { } icon to view minified javacript with better formatting (unminify)
  56. You can do an audit of the code to see things like unused CSS rules. From the developer tools panel, open the Audits tab. Make sure that Audit Present State is selected, and hit Run
  57. $0 to inspect selected element in console
  58. Right click any tab and select Pin tab to “save” it. Save? Yes, Chrome will remember the tabs you pinned and open them next time you open Chrome. Chrome will arrange pinned tabs to the extreme left of your Chrome windows.
  59. Another use for Pinned Tab: You already know about pinned tab on Chrome. I use it for two more things. When I pin a tab, the close button goes off, and I will not accidentally close it.
  60. Ctrl + Shift + D – Saves all open pages as bookmarks in a new folder.
  61. Right click any tab for additional options like – Close tab to the right, and close all other tabs etc.
  62. Right click and select Duplicate tab to create a new tab with same webpage.
  63. Fake your location on Chrome.
  64. Reduce volume of Chrome (not your entire computer)
  65. Visit chrome://extensions and click on ‘view permissions’ on any extension to view permissions allowed to the extension.
  66. To view Google cache of any webpage, try cache:website.com. For example, cache:chromestory.com to view cache of chromestory.com, straight from your Chrome omnibar (addressbar)
  67.  To clear an item from your Downloads page, right-click an entry and select Remove.
  68. Press Alt and click a link. – Downloads the target of the link.
  69. Right click on any extension’s icon to hide it or disable it ! ( hide = extension is running but no icon is visible.)
  70. On Windows 8, select Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 Mode to open Chrome in Metro Mode.
  71. Select View Background Pages from the settings menu to see the background processes (task manager opens with these background processes selected)
  72. If you have set up Chrome to ask you where to save downloaded file, Chrome will start the download in the background while you are deciding which folder to put that file in. You can take a break, and come back later to select a folder!
  73. Get all Google Toolbar features on Chrome, follow the guide.
  74. Make Chrome your note taking app. EASY!
  75. <Ctrl> + <Insert> to copy the selection
  76. <Shift> + <Insert> to paste the selection
  77. Enable “Do Not Track” on Google Chrome
  78. Decode Base64 Strings With Google Chrome
  79. How to View Saved Passwords Hidden Under Asterisks on Chrome
  80. How To Control Permissions for Any Website From Google Chrome Addressbar
  81. Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Extensions – A New Chrome Feature
  82. How To Backup Your Chrome Bookmarks Without “Chromesync”
  83. “Back To Top” From Bookmarksbar Without Extensions
  84. Make a Favicon only bookmarks bar for adding more number of links there.
  85. Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Extensions
  86. Make Your Own Google Chrome Theme In Two Steps
  87. Here is the keyboard shortcut combination for triggering voice search (work in progress). <Ctrl> + <Shift> + <Period> on Windows, Linux and Chrome OS – <Cmd> + <Shift> + <Period> on Mac
  88. Go to the developer tools and use the console as a scientific calculator!
  89. If you have installed a Chrome extension that customizes your new tab page, you can open the default new tab page from here chrome://newtab
  90. Switch easily between Chrome profiles with the keyboard shortcut: <Ctrl> + <Shift> + m.
  91. When you are on the chrome://downloads page, press <Alt>+C to  clear all your  on downloads history.
  92. While you are viewing a PDF using Chrome, use these keyboard shortcuts to rate : rotate counterclockwise: <Ctrl> + [ and rotate clockwise: <Ctrl> + ]
  93. Search Your Bookmarks from Chrome’s Addressbar Without Any Extensions
  94. Want to Remove Passwords from PDFs Using Chrome? Simply “Save As PDF”
  95. How to Remove the “Apps” icon from Chrome Bookmark Bar
  96. How to Send and Receive WhatsApp Messages Using Google Chrome
  97. How to Disable Chrome’s New User Menu

Chrome Hijacked, Spam on New Tab Page, Popups and Junk

  1. Chrome extensions from chrome://extensions page. Check if you find something suspicious there.
  2. Review software installed on your computer from the Windows Control Panel and see if there is something that you do not remember installing. Uninstall them.
  3. Run the Software Removal Tool on your PC to scan for malware. You can download this free tool from here.
  4. Reset your Chrome browser from Settings. More information here.

Here is a guide that I wrote to help with this. Try the steps mentioned above and the guide I linked to, and let us know if that resolved your problem.

Chrome Error – Your Connection is Not Private

Check the following:

  • Is your clock set to the correct year? : Fix date and time on your computer if they are wrong.
  • Is this error happening on other websites?: Is this error specific to this website? Are you getting the same error on Firefox or IE?
  • Does this error go away in Incognito mode?: Open Incognito window with this keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + N

Google Chrome Not Filling In Saved Passwords

Try this:

  1. Go to Settings > Manage Saved Passwords
  2. Scroll down and look for “Never Saved”
  3. Delete everything in the “Never Saved” list
  4. Try again!

Google Chrome Dinosaur – Unable to Connect to the Internet

Yes, the Google Chrome team has a fair amount of wit. They put a dinosaur on your error page to tell you that you are not connected to the internet. And they put a famous movie dialogue to tell you that the page has crashed.

The Dinosaur Icon

This error page comes when you are not connected to the internet. If you are online now, and wants to see how this page looks like, you can open chrome://theme/IDR_ERROR_NETWORK_OFFLINE  chrome address bar.

That works on Chrome for Android as well. Here is how it looks like:

chrome-dinosaur

If you touch the More link, you will get suggestions for troubleshooting and resolving this error. Note that this “more” link does not appear when you open the page directly using chrome://theme/IDR_ERROR_NETWORK_OFFLINE.

I have met many who hate the “He’s dead Jim” dialogue. Many people told me about how the message pissed them off because they had someone in their family named “Jim” and they didn’t quite enjoy the message. Jim is a common name, and I am not surprised when I hear such complaints. However, I am hoping that this error message will get better acceptance.

Fixing the Chrome Dinosaur Error

Treat this error message as  “you are offline”. Check your internet connection, and if you are sure that it is connected, check another browser and see if you get a similar error message stating that you are offline.

If you are offline, you know what to check next.

If you are connected, and it is just Google Chrome that gives you this error, check the proxy settings and make sure that they are correct. You can go to Settings and search for proxy to do this.

Just to rule out any Google Chrome extension playing any role in this, open up Google Chrome Incognito window (Ctrl + Shift + N) and see if you are able to connect to the internet.