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Chrome Tips And Tricks

Setting up bookmarks in Chrome is a good way to quickly find the resources that you use often, but there are many other Chrome ‘hacks’ that can save you lots of time and effort.

Here are my top three productivity shortcuts for Google Chrome plus one little know trick that can save you from a face-palm.

Setup A Custom Homepage

With Chrome, you have the option to setup a home page of your choosing. You can set the custom homepage to any website and navigate to it simply by clicking the home button located on the task bar.

  • Click the icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  • Open the Settings menu.
  • In the Appearance section check the ‘Show Home button’ checkbox (it is checked by default).
  • Select the ‘Change’ link below the ‘Show Home button’ checkbox.
  • Select the ‘Open this page’ radio button.
  • Enter your preferred homepage in the text box provided.

Automatically Open Your Favorite Sites

I used to open Chrome then use shortcuts to open the half-dozen sites I use all day. While clicking a few shortcuts isn’t a lot of effort, Chrome can automatically open sites for you on startup so your Chrome browser is ready to go when you are.

  • Click the icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  • Open the Settings menu.
  • In the On Startup section, check the ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’ checkbox.
  • Select the ‘Set Pages’ link to the right of the ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’ radio button.
  • Enter your preferred startup pages in the text box provided (you can also setup your startup pages manually by opening them in tabs then use the ‘Use Current Pages’ button to populate your pages list).

Pick Up Where You Left Off

This setting is contradictory to the ‘Automatically Open Your Favorite Sites’ trick above – you can only have one or the other. Nevertheless, let’s say you want to be able to close down Chrome by using the ‘X’ in the upper right and have it re-open just the way you left it, tabs and all.

  • Click the icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  • Open the Settings menu.
  • In the On Startup section, check the ‘Continue where you left off’ checkbox.

Anti-Face-Palm Feature

I’m often running a ton of tabs in Chrome and inevitably, I need to do a little housekeeping. Closing unused tabs cleans up the title bar and reduces the clutter that makes switching between tabs a hassle. This goes smoothly, until I get a little too ‘click happy’ and accidentally close out a tab I needed. No problem, Chrome enables you to get back an accidentally closed tab.

  • Right-click anywhere in the upper title bar (where the tabs are listed).
  • Select Reopen Closed Tab (or for you old-school keyboard shortcut folks like me; Crtl+Shift+T).

This feature works across all instances of open Chrome browsers. If you have one browser open with tabs then open a fresh browser window and evoke the Reopen Closed Tab feature in the freshly opened Chrome window, it will re-open the most recently closed tab across all running instances of Chrome.

Also, this feature isn’t just for the most recently closed tab. Repeat the process above and Chrome will continue to open closed tabs in the reverse order of which they were closed.

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