Google Chrome is the default browser we use every day for most of us. Google Chrome is a fast and minimalist browser with many features that help users use the Internet faster and, most importantly, more accessible.
There are so many different features in Google Chrome that the user often does not utilize at all. This is because most of the functions are often unknown to many users.
In this article, you will read about the lesser-known features in Google Chrome that can help you make using Google Chrome even easier for everyday use.
9 lesser-known features in Google Chrome
In the Google Chrome browser, you can “cast” a tab or the entire page to a Chromecast. This way, you can display a website on a TV or other device connected to a Chromecast. For example, it is helpful during a presentation or to show photos to family members via the TV.
Open the Chrome browser. Click on the three vertical dots to open the menu and click on “Cast” in the menu. A Chromecast window will open to connect the Chromecast that is active on your network.
If you use many open tabs, it can be helpful to group these tabs together. You then create a group, give this group a name and a color, and add other open tabs to this group. A single click on this group will give access to the tabs added to this group.
To create a tab group, right-click on an open tab. Then, click on “Add tab to new group”.
Next, give the group a name and select a distinct color for the tab group.
To add an existing open tab to the tab group, right-click on the tab and click “Add tab to group”, then select the created tab group.
Clicking on the tab group will hide or display all active tabs associated with this group. It makes the overview of open tabs a lot clearer in Google Chrome.
Reopen closed tab
Sometimes we accidentally close a tab in Chrome that we didn’t really want to close. If you can’t remember exactly which URL was open, you can reopen this closed tab in the following way.
Click on the free space next to a tab. Then click on “Reopen closed tab”. You can also press the key combination CTRL + SHIFT + T to reopen the closed tab directly.
Open website on startup of Google Chrome
Sometimes we use a website so often that it is more convenient to open it immediately when starting the Google Chrome browser. You can set any website to open immediately upon starting the Chrome browser.
Open the Google Chrome browser. Next, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner to open the menu. In the menu, click on Settings.
Then, on the left, click “on startup” and select the option “Open a specific page or set of pages”. Next, click “Add a new page” and click the add button.
Every time you open Google Chrome, this URL will also open in a tab.
Music or video player in Google Chrome
Suppose you are watching a video or listening to music. In that case, you can use Google Chrome to control the music or video through the built-in music player.
If you see a music note in the menu bar in Google Chrome, you can control the music or video by clicking on it. A music player will open to pause the music and go to the next song or backtrack. In addition, you can turn on subtitles for a video on YouTube (only works on English language videos or music).
Add your own search engine in Google Chrome
In Google Chrome, everyone knows the default search engine is Google.com. Suppose you enter a search query in the “Omnibox” (the address bar) and press enter. In that case, you will be directly redirected to Google with that search query. First, it is not necessary to go to Google.com and enter the search query there. You can do this directly from the address bar.
However, it is also possible to add your own search engine and search for this site directly from the address bar.
Open the Google Chrome browser. Click on Search Engine on the left and click on the Manage Search Engine text. At the bottom, under “other search engines” click on the add button.
Here you need to fill in some information. The key is to look up the URL on the website used to search. This is different for each website. I have taken my site Howto-guide as an example.
First, you enter a name in “Search Engine”. Then the keyword you use in the address bar indicates that you wish to search the site in question. Then you enter the search URL and specify the search as “%s”. This is a string value.
Some technical and website knowledge is required to perform this. Then click add.
In the address bar, type the “search word” and press the TAB key on your keyboard. A text will appear with “Search for” and then type in the search word. The search on the added site will be performed.
Search in open tabs
If you use tabs a lot and have lost track, you can search in open tabs in Google Chrome.
In Chrome’s address bar, type a snippet from the title of an open tab, and a result will be displayed if the open tab is found. Then click the “Switch to this tab” button, and the tab will open.
Task Manager in Google Chrome
Suppose you have many tabs open and Google Chrome becomes slow. In that case, it is possible to pinpoint precisely which tab is slowing down Google Chrome.
Task Manager in Google Chrome lets you see in an overview which tabs are using the most CPU power and memory in your computer. Where necessary, you can then close the problematic tab. This way, you avoid closing all the tabs and then opening them again.
Right-click on the free space next to a tab. In the menu, click on Task Manager. You can also press SHIFT + ESC on your keyboard.
In Task Manager, you will see the memory footprint and CPU usage by Google Chrome. Sort this value to see which tab is consuming the most and close the tab if necessary by clicking it and clicking the “end process” button.
Autofill in Google Chrome
As we shop and pay more and more online, we often need to enter our personal information on websites. However, re-entering personal data is often considered tedious and time-consuming. In Google Chrome, you can enter some details in advance. Chrome will automatically fill in these details when websites ask for them.
Open the Google Chrome browser. Next, click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner, the Chrome menu. In the Chrome menu, click on Settings and then click on Autofill on the left.
There are three different items that you can pre-fill. First, you can have a password autofill by entering it in advance. You can also add a payment method and personal information such as an address.
Click on the add button and enter the data you wish to Autofill through Google Chrome on websites that ask for it. You can also edit existing auto-filled data.
If you want Google Chrome to stop asking for autofill data, disable the “Save and Fill Addresses” option.
Also read: download faster with Google Chrome.
I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!