Google Chrome is current 2nd most popular web browser in the world. Here are some Chrome extensions, keyboard shortcuts and tips to help you browse like a Pro and save your time in daily tasks.
- Online dictionary – install Google Dictionary extension, and simple double click a word to get an instant pop-up definition.
- Voice input – you can speak to input text using several Chrome extensions like Oweb Voice Input and Speechify.
- Link Chrome to your phone – Install Chrome to Phone extension and the Android app to send links from your computer to your phone.
- Make phone calls in browser – with Google Voice extension, it will identify phone numbers on website and place calls and text messsages directly from your browser.
- Easily keep browser extensions updated with Secure Browsing extension from Google.
- Internet Explorer in Chrome – Visit websites that only work on IE? Use IE Tab extension to open the website in IE emulator inside Chrome.
Chrome keyboard shortcuts
- Move the cursor to the omnibox using Ctrl+L (Cmd+L on Mac) without touching your mouse.
- Press “Backspace” or “Alt+Left Arrow” to go backward, and “Shift+Backspace” or “Alt+Right Arrow” to go forward. (On Mac, use Cmd key instead of Alt.)
- Paste text using “Ctrl+Shift+V” (Cmd+Shift+V) to paste copied content in plain text, without any formatting.
- keyboard shortcuts to navigate between tabs:
- Ctrl+Tab – Cycle to the next tab.
- Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Cycle to the previous tab.
- Ctrl+1 through 8 (windows only) – Jump to the tab whose placement on the strip cprresponds with the key, with Ctrl+9 taking you to the last tab.
- Open new tabs by dragging links and text to the tab bar to open a new tab.
- You can open a new background tab (search or URL) from the omnibox using “Alt+Enter” (Opt+Enter on Mac).
- Handle links like a pro.
- Open link in new tab: hit middle mouse or “Ctrl+Left click”
- Open link in new window: “Shift+Click”
- Open link in new tab and swich to that tab immediately: “Shift+Middle Click” (or Shift+Ctrl+Click)
- Save content of a link: “Alt+Click”
- Highlight an address, right click, and select “Search google.com for [address]”, and Chrome will automatically pull up a map to that address.
- Easily bookmark a site by clicking on the Star next to the omnibox or press Ctrl+D (Cmd+D on Mac). Ctrl+Shift+B (Cmd+Shift+B on Mac) to toggle bookmarks bar on and off.
What’s your must have Google Chrome extensions to help in your daily tasks? Any other useful Chrome keyboard shortcuts I missed out here? Please share with us in the comment below.