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Optimizing Google Chrome Tips, Hacks And Tweaks

Updated on July 18, 2011

Google Chrome is the browser which combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer and easier. Time to time, I used several browsers like Internet Explore, Mozilla, Opera, FireFox and at last Google Chrome. Google Chrome offers a great no of flexibility such as searching form the address bar, thumbnails of the top sites, private browsing through incognito window. If you think all these things all together, then you also understand that Google Chrome is the best for all these types of issues and flexibilities. In this page, I want to describe some of the greatest tips, hacks and tweaks of Google Chrome. By following these tips, hacks and tweaks, you can browse privately, can open the recent closed tabs, can search through Google or Yahoo or other search engine, can set browser's home page, can increase text space, can jump different tabs, can clean browsing history according to you own wish, can download, can bookmark, can jump the history page, can edit the web pages, can create the application shortcuts, can find out the installed plug-ins and can know many shortcuts also etc. So, just keep reading and know some of the best tips, hacks and tweaks ...

Incognito window of Google Chrome
Incognito window of Google Chrome

Using incognito window

Incognito window offers you to surf on a PC without leaving behind any digital footprints. If you use it, all of your surfing will be hidden and no one can trace your surfing to Internet world. To open and use incognito window, use Ctrl + Shift + N keys all together and use incognito window of Google Chrome.

Link opening in incognito window

You can open any link in an incognito window. For this you have to right-click the link and select Open link in incognito window.

Opening recent browser tabs

Sometimes you may mistakenly close your browser tab during browsing time. But don't worry. By using Ctrl + Shift + T all together, you can easily open the recent browser tabs again and can find your recent pages.

Custom search through Google Chrome

Default search of Google Chrome is Google. But you can change or edit the search options. For changing default search engine through other search engine like yahoo, AOL, ask etc. or any other things, just right click inside the address bar and select Edit search engines... From these lists, select anyone for your default search engine. After doing all of these, write your own thing in the address bar and hit enter and you will be directed to the search page.

Loading Chorme's home page

By using Alt + Home all together you can load Google Chrome home page. This also enables thumbnails of your most visited sites shown in the active tabbed window.

Increasing space in a text area

You can easily increase more space in a textarea or re-size the text area by dragging the lower right corner of the text area.

Jumping to different opened tabs

You can switch the currently opened tabs by using Ctrl + 1, Ctrl + 2, Ctrl + 3 ... Ctrl + 9. Ctrl + 1 means the first tab, Ctrl+2 means the second tab and so on. Ctrl+9 takes you to the last tab. In this way, you can easily switch the tabs easily.

Clear browsing data window
Clear browsing data window

Clearing history

Click on Customize and control Google Chrome (it is at the top right corner of your browser window) and select Clear browsing data to clean the history according to your own wish.

Bringing up history page

To bring the history page quickly, use Ctrl + H. Here, you can easily view the group-wise history. You may also erase the history also.

Jumping the Downloads page

By pressing Ctrl + J, you can jump to the Download page.

Flexibility of downloading and saving

By using Google Chrome, you can easily download files and you can easily copy that to the desktop or to any other specific folder by using drag and drop directly.

Bookmarks enabling and hiding

By using Ctrl+B, you can easily enable Chrome's bookmarks bar. If you press Ctrl+B again, the bookmark bar will be automatically disabled.

Easy bookmarking

You can easily bookmark a site by clicking the star icon at the left of the address bar. Now, select a folder to add it to or arrange and save your bookmark according to your own wish.

Loading Chrome's home page and most visited pages

You can load Google Chrome's home page, including the thumbnails of mostly visited sites by pressing Alt + Home.

Viewing installed plug-ins

Different purposes, you download and install several types of plugins. To see what plugins are installed on your computer, just type about:plugins into the address window.Now you will see all the installed plugins in shortly.

Creating application shortcuts

At the top right corner, there is an option named as Control the current page. Click on it and there is an option named as Create application shortcuts... Now, decide where you want to place the desired shortcut. This option works for Google apps, Google Calendar, Documents, Windows live hotmail etc.

Web page editing

To edit any web page just right-click a page and select inspect element. Then you can edit HTML source code and hit Enter key to view the changes.

Math calculations and unit conversions

You can use Google calculator by typing the expressions in the Google Chrome's omnibox or address bar. Moreover, you can convert one unit to other unit easily by following the above ways.

Link dragging & dropping to open a new tab

You can drag a link onto a tab to open it in that tab. Or drop the link in between the two tabs to open a new tab in that position.

Switching different opened tabs

For jumping or switching to different open tabs, use Control + 1, Control + 2, Control + 3, etc. Control + 9 takes you to the last tab.

Cycling through opened tabs

This is a great option of Chrome. By using Control + Tab, lets you cycle through your open tabs in order. Really, it's a handy way to switch different tabs in cycle order.

To cycle through your tabs in the opposite order, use Control + Shift + Tab.

Cleaning an item form the downloading page

To clear an item from  Downloads page, just right-click an entry or the entry you want to remove and select Remove. That's al to clean an item from the downloading page.

Deleting cookies

You can easily cookies form the browser. To delete cookies, go to Tools > Options > Under the Hood. Now, scroll down to the Security section, and click Show cookies.Later you can click Remove all or remove individual cookies.

Default browsing page settings

For making Google Chrome as default browser, click the Tools button. Then select Options, click the Basics tab and then click the Make Google Chrome my default browser button.And thats's all to open a CD.

Editing web page

To edit any web page or pages - right-click a page. Now select Inspect element icon. Now edit the HTML source code and hit Return to view the changes.

Google Chrome Task manager.

Shift + Esc is a quicker way to bring up the Google Chrome Task manager. So, use Shift + Esc to access there.

Easter egg of Google

If your computer's operating system is Windows XP and if you type about:internets in your Google Chrome's address bar, you will see a tribute to United States Senator Ted Stevens take on the Internet.

Some of the common useful shortcuts

At last, some of the common shortcuts are presented below:

  • Ctrl+N : To open a new window
  • Ctrl+T : To open a new tab in the current window
  • Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 : To close current tab or pop-up
  • Ctrl+P : To print the current open page
  • Ctrl+S : To save the current open page
  • F5 : To reload the current page
  • Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5 : To reload current page, ignoring the cached contents

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      8 years ago

      well written except for the title

    • masroor6298 profile image


      9 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      They are really nice tips. I didn't know of opening Recent Browser Tabs feature in Chrome and I find this feature very great and very useful for especially for me. Thanks. +Up and +Useful.

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      9 years ago

      Shift + Esc is great trick. Thank you

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      Chrome OS Tips and How Tos 

      9 years ago

      we have more tips at

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      9 years ago

      Thank for the information and your teaching.

      By your permission, I'll translate your post in Indonesian language on my blog. Thanks.

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      vin Rk 

      10 years ago

      Good that's very nice tricks

    • triosol profile image


      10 years ago

      very useful stuff. great hub. voted up. :)

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      10 years ago

      taks infonya

    • idreesfarooq profile image


      10 years ago from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq

      Its great. I also in love with chrome and from the time i have installed it in my PC, I don't consider any other browser to look forward. Either it is IE8 or Firefox, i only prefer to click on Chrome. It is an amazing browser and tips you have provided also awesome. I have also described why chrome is better than IE8 in my hub Once again great post!

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      10 years ago

      somehow I had been deluded to believe that 'hacks + tweaks' consist of more than a simple-minded trawl through the menu options, but now I know better ... thanks to RancidWaste(ofTime)!

      BTW, I have also burned my English dictionary to commensurately celebrate this newfound ignorance. Oh yeah!

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      10 years ago

      useless stuff....

      EPIC FAIL..

    • rancidTaste profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Thanks artfuldodger for your comment and thumbs up.

    • artfuldodger profile image


      11 years ago from Earth

      nice. thanks for the info. ive downloaded chrome but hadn't really fooled around with it. im always using firefox. now ill have to look into it more thoroughly. thumbs up


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