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10 Tips for Better Browsing in Google Chrome

written by: Percila Jackson•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 9/8/2011

As a web browser, Google Chrome is gaining in popularity every day. Here are some browsing tips that will allow you to get the most out of this up and coming application.

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    Undoing a Closed Tab, Setting Download Location and Going Incognito

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    1. Undo closing a tab.

    To undo closing a tab or to reopen a closed tab, use the handy keyboard keys Ctrl + Shift + T.

    2. Set your default downloads save location.

    By default, Google Chrome saves your downloads in the "My Documents" folder. To change this, click on the Wrench icon and choose "Options." Navigate to the "Under the Hood" tab, go to the "Downloads" section, click "Change," and from there you can set the default download location to your preferred folder.

    3. Go incognito.

    In incognito mode, pages you view don't appear on your browsing or search history. They don't leave any other digital traces, either, ensuring your complete privacy. You can open a new window in incognito mode by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N or by right clicking on any link and choosing "Open link in incognito window."

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    Google Chrome Shortcuts, Monitoring Resources, and the Home Button

    4. Create an application shortcut to any web page.

    With Chrome, you can create a shortcut to any web page on your desktop and in your Start menu, just as if it was a shortcut to any application. To do this, click on the Wrench icon, select "Tools," and choose "Create application shortcuts." A dialog box will appear asking you where to save it (Desktop, Start menu or Quick Launch). Select your preferred location and click "Create."

    5. Monitor resources used by a web page.

    With Google Chrome, it’s very easy to monitor the resources used by any web page. Just right-click anywhere inside a web page, choose "Inspect element" and click on the "Resources" tab. Don’t see anything there yet? Well, just reload the web page. It will list all the resources used in the web page such as images and scripts.

    6. Bring back that Home button.

    By default, Google Chrome doesn’t display the home button on its toolbar. However, you can bring it back in there by clicking on the Wrench icon, then selecting "Options," navigating to the "Basics" tab and checking the "Show Home button on the toolbar" box.

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    File Copying, Browsing History, Address Bar Searches, and the Task Manager

    7. Copy downloaded files fast.

    When you download any file in Google Chrome, it appears at the bottom of the screen. You can copy it to any folder on your hard drive by dragging and dropping it directly from there.

    8. Access recent browsing history.

    Click the Wrench icon located on the browser toolbar and choose "History" to get a list of the URLs you've visited in recent times.

    9. Run a Search Directly from the Address Bar

    Type in a question mark "?" followed by the term you want to search and a search using the default Google search engine will be made. Change the default search engine by right-clicking inside the address bar and selecting "Edit search engines."

    10. Get faster access to Chrome’s task manager.

    Perform this Google Chrome shortcut by pressing the keyboard keys Shift + Esc simultaneously.