Introduction

Google Chrome is the gateway into the internet, but it can be difficult to navigate. They all clump up your homepage and once you open too many tabs, you can’t even tell what each tab is! There are plenty of third party tools that offer cleanup and organization, but if you’re not so keen on figuring out a whole new software, we’ve got you covered. There are many great organizational tools available right inside your browser, so let’s get right into it!

Getting Started

Downloading Chrome:

Go to the Chrome website to download Chrome. This can be done by searching any web browser (the typically pre-installed ones are Safari/Edge), and searching for “Chrome”.

Download and launch the software to install Chrome.

Opening Windows:

You should see a button which has the Chrome logo on it. Click that, and a new window with a single blank tab will pop up.

New Tabs:

Click the “+” sign next to your current tabs (on the right) to add a new tab.

How to uninstall Google Chrome:

For Mac, move the application from the application into the trash. For Windows, use the control panel to uninstall Chrome.

22 Quick Tips

Chrome has a lot of miscellaneous features that can be super helpful, if you know where to look. Here are almost two dozen of the most important we’ve curated for you!

1: Incognito Mode

If you don’t want Chrome collecting your data, use Incognito Mode! By tapping the three dots on the top right hand corner, and choosing Incognito Mode, Chrome will no longer track your browsing history. Of course, you won’t be able to look at your history, so remember to be careful with these tabs.

2: Clearing History

Keep getting that suggestion you don’t want? Try clearing your browsing history. Click the three dots, then hover over “History”. Tap the “History” button that pops out, and choose between a variety of settings as to how far back you want cleared, and if you want to clear across multiple devices or just the one you’re currently browsing on.

3: Guest Mode

If you need to lend your computer to someone who you’d rather not have access to all your accounts, guest mode is a great way to keep your privacy. Click your profile picture in the top-right corner of the browser and click “Guest.” This will keep their browsing data separate.

4: Screencast

On any Chromecast-enabled TV or projector, you can cast your laptop screen to the device by clicking the three dots on the top right hand side and selecting “Cast.”

5: Off-Tab YouTube Controls

You can manage whatever’s playing even when you’re not on your YouTube tab by clicking the music note icon that appears on the top right of your browser screen when a YouTube video is playing.

6: Omnibox

Ever want to find a specific page on a specific site? You can with Omnibox. Go to: Settings > Search engine > Manage search engines. Click “Add” under “Manage search engines” and you can add a website to the omnibox. Next time you want to search for a page within that website, you can type the website address and hit tab to search for pages within that website.

7: Omnibox Autofill

By enabling Omnibox you can also make quick calculations in the search bar, and answer basic questions without having you even press enter.

8: Search Google

If you are unfamiliar with a term or phrase used in a website, highlight it and right click. Click “Search Google for _____” and you’ll immediately pop open a new tab with that search.

9: Mobile Search (Android-only)

If you highlight text on an android phone, a popup will give you a quick search similar to tip 8!

10: Navigation

Alt+Enter on a search makes the search appear in a new tab, so whatever you were looking at isn’t lost. Hold Ctrl/Cmd to select multiple tabs to move. Holding down Ctrl/Cmd and then hitting 1-9 brings you to that tab.

11: Open Accidentally Closed Tabs

Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T reopens the last tab you closed so if it was an acident you can get right back to what you were doing.

12: Pins

Right-click a tab and click “Pin” so that it shows up in a separate little bar. This tab will stay there, even if the window is closed, so you never have to worry about losing it.

13: Startup Tabs

If you ever want Chrome to automatically open tabs when you boot up, you can go to the “Settings” menu and click the “On Startup” button. Then, click “Add a Page” and paste the link. 

14: Media Player

Ever wanted to quickly play or show an image or video file? You can drag the file into Chrome and it will automatically display!

15: Download Destination

If you want to download things from Google into a very specific destination, you can hit Ctrl/Cmd+S to save, then change the location from the “Where” menu.

16: Ultra-Secure Passwords

When creating a password, Chrome can generate a secure password then save it so that while you have access, no one else will. Make sure Sync is on, then Google will do the rest. Just make sure to select Google’s suggestion when you create an account.

17: Auto-Fill

Google can save login information, so when you see that “Save Login Information” menu pop up, accept it and never have to memorize your logins again!

18: Task Manager

Just like Windows, Chrome has a task manager. To open it, go to the three dots on the top right corner, hover over “More Tools” and then click “Task Manager.”

19: Clean/Repair Chrome

If for any reason Chrome isn’t working like it should, you can fix that by hitting Settings > Advanced > Reset and Clean Up. Then, hit “Clean Up Computer” to get Chrome to scan and clear itself of any irregularities it might find. If this doesn’t speed Chrome up, you can click “Reset settings to their original defaults” which, as the name suggests, resets Chrome.

20: Flags

Chrome has some experimental features on a secret page, which can be unlocked by typing and searching for “chrome://flags”. Some may be buggy, so use at your own risk.

21: Desktop Shortcuts

If you want to save a specific page to the desktop, click “More Tools” in the three dot dropdown menu, then hit “Create Shortcut.” Name it and you’re good to go!

22: Handwriting-to-Text

Search for “Google Lens” to use Google’s new writing-to-text function. Just hold your camera up to the paper in question or import a photo, and you can copy and paste that text into a document.

We hope these tips and trips help you make the most of your Chrome experience!

Organization

Windows:

The easiest way to separate tabs is by grouping them into windows. By separating your tabs by task, subject, or any other difference, you can easily unclog your screen.

  1. Hit the “…” button on the top right. 
  2. A button called “New Window” will create a new window.

Ctrl+N (Windows), or Cmd+N (Mac) will also create a new window.

To transfer tabs from one window to another, simply drag the tab in question over to a different window. If dragging is not available, right click on the tab, then select “Move Tab To Another Window” to move it. Notably, Safari only lets you move tabs to a completely new window, so keep that in mind when organizing your tabs.

To move more than one tab, select multiple tabs by holding down Ctrl (Windows), or Cmd (Mac) while clicking. Follow the steps above to move them to their new home!

Naming Windows:

While it’s good to have separate windows, they can get confusing. To effortlessly keep track of what window contains what, you can assign a name to a window.

  1. Right-click on the small blank space between your tab bar and the downward arrow icon that lets you search tabs. 
  2. Click “Name Window…” to assign a name to it!

Tab Grouping:

For further subdivision, or if you’d really prefer to not split into multiple windows, you can group your tabs in a single window to provide further organization! Here’s how.

  1. Right-click on any tab and click “Add Tab To New Group”. 
  2. Choose the color and the name, and you’re all set!

Bookmarking Tabs:

If you’ve got tabs saved up that you want to look at later, it’s much easier to simply add them to your bookmarks. You can easily save all the tabs in a window by following these steps.

  1. Right-click that empty space between the tab bar and the downward arrow icon. 
  2. Click “Bookmark All Tabs”.

Once you’ve saved your tabs, you can safely close them now and simply pull them up later.

With these tips, hopefully you can manage the tab gore a bit better! It’s amazing how many tools these browsers have, yet most don’t use them. Hopefully our guide has been able to cut down on the headache, and that you enjoy using your favourite browser a little bit more!

Chrome Settings

Welcome to our complete guide on the Chrome Settings menu! We’ll go over every single setting and what it does so that you can optimize Google Chrome to suit YOUR preference.

To get started

Open the Settings tab

  1. Click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. At the bottom there should be a button labeled “Settings”. Click on it.
  3. A separate tab will pop open, which will contain all your Chrome settings!

Basic Settings

You and Google

This section of the settings focuses on your Google profile and the way it interacts with Chrome across all of your devices.

Sync and Personalization:

This is turned on by default. Turning off Sync and Personalization will sign you out of your Google Accounts, and unsync your bookmarks, history, and passwords. Use this if you don’t want your browsing activity to carry over from one device to another. You can also sign out here, which is how to remove Google account from Chrome.

Sync and Google Services:

Manage What You Sync:

There are plenty of buttons here, but really this is the advanced version of Sync and Personalization. If you want to keep your passwords synced across devices but don’t want to carry over bookmarks, you can switch that from “Manage What You Sync”. 

Control How Your Browsing History Is Used To Personalize Search, Ads, and More:

This is another option that controls what data Google gets to see. If you don’t want Google to collect information like location or browsing history turn this off. It does negatively impact a lot of Google’s ability to give you relevant search results, however, so make sure you are ok losing some accuracy on features like Maps’ “Near Me”.

Review Your Synced Data:

This page tells you all the statistics on what Google is saving. The bottom has a “CLEAR DATA” button which will clear all the data from your Chrome account. This will not affect your device, only what other devices that are also signed into your account can access.

Encryption Options:

This option gives you the ability to add a sync passphrase for your data. It’s an additional layer of security that you can choose to implement at the cost of convenience (you’ll have to enter the passphrase you select a lot).

Other Google Services:

These are other tweaks to your browser’s sync and data settings. Each, when turned off, will impact a form of convenience in order to decrease the amount of data Chrome gets from you.

Manage Your Google Account:

This section deals with your Google Account. This setting will be further explored in another section of this page.

Customize Your Chrome Profile:

This section allows you to set your Chrome profile name, a theme color for Chrome, and an avatar for your profile! 

Import Bookmarks and Settings:

This section is only relevant for when you want to import bookmarks or settings from another Chrome browser on another device. Simply plug in the HTML file for your bookmarks from your other browser (you can download it in the bookmark manager), and go!

Autofill

This section manages your privacy and security in regards to saved passwords, cards, addresses, and more.

Passwords:

This section deals with your saved passwords. 

Offer To Save Passwords:

This on/off switch will control whether or not you receive a popup when you input a new account username and password on any website.

Check Passwords:

This button will instruct Chrome to scan all your saved passwords and detect security breaches or other threats.

Saved Passwords:

This section controls every single saved password you have on this browser/your account. You can check each password, or delete certain passwords if they’ve been saved erroneously.

Payment Methods:

Save and Fill Payment Methods:

If you’ve saved a payment method, this setting will automatically fill in its information when you are prompted to pay.

Allow Sites To Check If You Have Payment Methods Saved:

This is what it says, turn it off if you don’t want other websites to see if you have a payment method saved.

Payment Methods:

Here, you can see every single payment method you’ve saved so far. 

Addresses and More:

Saved addresses will appear in this bar. This can be turned off through the “Save and Fill Addresses” switch.

Safety Check

This button will scan your Chrome browser for any possible safety breaches.

Privacy and Security

This section can be used to see and erase browsing data and other from Chrome.

Clear Browsing Data:

This bar will let you clear your browsing data over the last 1 hour, 24 hours, 7 days, 4 weeks, or all time. You can uncheck each of the options to specify what you want erased and what you don’t.

Cookies and Other Site Data:

General Settings:

These settings let you control what cookies are allowed. This is how to enable cookies in Google Chrome. Cookies, in short, collect data about you. If you do not want cookies, your browsing experience will no longer be as personalized (Amazon can’t remember what you have in your cart, for example). Some sites will no longer work, so it is recommended to keep cookies on.

Clear Cookies and Site Data When You Quit Chrome:

This setting will make it so that every time you exit Chrome, your cookies are wiped. Keep in mind that while this stops websites from keeping your data, it will also cause them to forget any activity you had on that site (again, Amazon will lose your cart for example).

Send a “Do Not Track” Request With Your Browsing Traffic:

This essentially makes it so that the website can only track data when you are active on the website, and cannot follow you past their own domain.

Preload Pages for Faster Browsing and Searching:

This allows Chrome to prepare cookies and other personal information beforehand so when you visit a site it loads quicker.

All Cookies and Site Data:

This menu lets you see every website that has cookies on your browser.

Security:

Safe Browsing:

These settings control the level of security you have when exploring the web. “No protection” turns off Google’s security features (not recommended), while “Standard Protection” gives warnings for sites known to be unsafe. “Enhance Protection” requires you to send data to Google, but offers you faster and more broad protection.

Advanced:

These settings are for those with technical experience and shouldn’t be changed without proper knowledge. They are for niche applications and don’t impact your browsing experience.

Site Settings:

Recent Activity:

This section lets you see what recent websites you’ve granted/denied permissions to.

Permissions:

This section controls what websites can and can’t access on your computer. You can either allow websites to automatically access some features of your computer, or force them to ask you for permission first. We recommend setting it to “Ask Before Accessing” as it gives users the most control with little loss of convenience.

Content:

These are all setting to do with your privacy. We recommend allowing cookies, allowing JavaScript, “Show All” for images, and blocking pop-ups and redirects. This is how to stop Google Chrome pop ups. If you’re wondering how to turn off Google Chrome notifications, they can be turned off here as well.

Privacy Sandbox:

This is an experimental new feature that allows companies and websites to collect data without tracking you in particular. It’s still in development, so if you’d like your browser to help develop this feature, turn it on. This feature does not appear for all users, so do not worry if it is not visible.

Appearance

This section lets you customize what your Chrome looks like. Have fun!

Theme:

This setting lets you explore all the different and fun ways you can customize your Google Chrome theme. Find a theme that vibes with you and enjoy!

Show Home Button:

This button lets you remove or add the little home button on the top right next to the refresh button. This will allow you to immediately jump back to the Chrome homescreen.

Show Bookmarks Bar:

This toggles whether a bar with your most recent bookmarks, or any bookmarks you pin to it, will appear.

Font Size:

This is an accessibility feature that lets you tweak how large all the font is. On the other hand, if you like smaller font, that’s an option too!

Customize Fonts:

You can change what font Google Chrome uses here. If you feel like using WingDings or Comic Sans, no one can stop you.

Page Zoom:

This will change the default zoom for each webpage. Remember that you can change the zoom of individual tbs by using “Ctrl” or “Cmd” + “+/-” to zoom in and out.

Pressing Tab on a Webpage Highlights Links, as Well as Form Fields:

This lets you choose whether tab will jump you to links as well as form fields (text boxes you can fill in like a password), or if you just want tab to jump to form fields.

Show Warning Before Quitting:

We highly recommend keeping this on. It will create a warning if you press “Ctrl” or “Cmd” + “Q” before closing Chrome.

Search Engine

Search Engine Used in the Address Bar:

Google Chrome lets you use search engines besides Google! Surprising right? If you are ever inclined to stop using Google in Chrome, you can use any browser of your choice.

Manage Search Engines:

This will let you add search engines to the search engine bank. You can then use these instead of the default engines Chrome supports.

Default Browser

Default Browser:

This setting controls whether or not Chrome is the default browser for your device. If you want to use Chrome as your browser of choice we highly recommend using this feature.

On Startup

On Startup:

This setting controls what happens when you close Chrome. You can choose to have it start with only 1 new tab, with all the tabs you left off with, or by specifying some startup tasks that can be performed every time it opens.

Advanced Settings

Languages

This section lets you change features relating to language and text.

Language:

This allows you to chance what language Chrome will be in.

Spell Check:

This will enable the red squiggly lines that tell you when you’ve made a typo. This is a handy quality of life feature.

Downloads

This segment of the settings changes how downloads are handled.

Location:

This will allow you to change where anything downloaded from Chrome goes. A common change is to switch from the downloads folder to the desktop for easy access.

Ask Where to Save Each File Before Downloading:

This option will trigger a pop-up menu every time you download something, which will allow you to specify the location of the download each time. Handy but time consuming.

Accessibility

This next section of settings allow for various accessibility features to be triggered.

Live Caption:

This allows for automatically generated captions for english audio and video.

Caption Preferences:

This opens a pop-up to customize the live caption service to your liking. This will be in your PC’s settings, so Mac and Windows users will have a different popup.

Show a Quick Highlight on the Focused Object:

This is useful for those with eyesight impairments. It allows for a small coloured pulse on focused objects, which makes them easier to locate.

Navigate Pages with a Text Cursor:

Your cursor will be in “text editing” mode everywhere, which will allow for an easier time locating it.

Add Accessibility Features:

This pulls up the chrome Webstore, where you can add any additional accessibility features available.

System

Use Hardware Acceleration When Available:

This allows Chrome to use the GPU to tackle graphics-intensive tasks like videos or games. It can hurt or improve performance and every computer is different, so be sure to see what others are saying about hardware acceleration before choosing whether to turn on or off.

Open Your Computer’s Proxy Settings:

This is an advanced setting for WiFi, and isn’t necessary for the everyday user. Be sure to know exactly what you are doing before changing these settings.

Reset Settings

Restore Settings To Their Original Defaults

If you’re wondering how to reset Google Chrome, this is it. Why is Google Chrome so slow? Sometimes tweaking settings can have unintended side-effects so resetting everything here is a possible solution. If you can’t see how to sign out of Google Chrome, this reset will also sign you out.

Google Chrome Complete Guide

This post contains all the tools, tips, and tricks you’ll need to know to master Chrome! We go over every minute detail down to each individual setting so you can create the best tailored browsing experience.

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