Google chrome, well who doesn’t use it? Maybe you don’t! But, it’s a truth that Google Chrome is the world’s most widely used web browser and there is no need to explain about it. Google Chrome is mostly known for its speed and simple user interface. But there a lot more things that makes this browser the world’s best. There are a lot of tricks that makes Google Chrome very flexible to use and I think those are the main reason behind its success.
I have been a huge fan of chromium framework and there’s no doubt that Google Chrome was my first and final choice when I entered the computer world. Google Chrome is still my default web browser and I am totally loving it. Oh well, I think we are getting a bit off–topic here… yeah we are. So, let’s just don’t get into other matters and concentrate on what this post was supposed to reveal: – “Google Chrome Tricks You Didn’t knew”.
Well you might be knowing them if you are a geek, but we think most of the folks out there don’t know about it. So, here we are –
We are using the number “Six” here because that’s a kind of lucky for us. Anyways let’s start with the tips & tricks.
1#Pin Tabs to the Extreme Left
Pin Tab? You might be thinking there isn’t any feature called “Pin Tab” on Google Chrome but there is. Pin Tab option allows you to pin a particular tab to the extreme left of your Google Chrome’s screen so that chrome will remember about it and will automatically open them the next time you open up your chrome browser. Another cool feature of the “Pin Tab” option is that the close button for that particular tab goes away ones you pin it. So there is absolutely no chance of closing it accidentally.
To “Pin a Tab” simply go the tab you wish pin and right-click on it. Right-clicking will open up a small menu with the option to “Pin tab” simply click on it and baaam… you tab has been pinned!
2#Fake You Current Location
Yup, you heard it right! You can even fake your current location in Google chrome using some small technical tricks. The internet is full of unworthy sites to whom you wish to share your location. This trick will help you out in those situations. Please note that some genuine sites like Google Maps require you to provide right information to serve you better and in might cause a problem if you provide them with fake information. Anyways, here is how you can fake you current location in Google chrome using a simple trick!
How To Fake Your Current Location in Chrome
Whenever a not so trustworthy site asks for your location open up Google Chrome’s Developer Tools, while staying on that particular webpage. You can do so by simply pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+I key or by going to Menu > tools > Developer Tools. Once there, Open up CONSOLE and Go to EMULATION tab. On the Emulation Tab you can see a box where you can enter latitude and longitude values. Simply fill those with fake values and Google Chrome will interpret it as you current location!
3#Use Mobile Mode When on a Slow Internet Connection
This is particularly helpful for counties like India where internet isn’t as fast as of those western countries. If you are a web developer of Blogger you can even use this feature to test how your website/blog looks across different platforms and operating system. To use this feature all you have to do, is to open up Google Chrome’s Developer Tool’s again, You can use the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+I for it. Now, much like the previous trick, Go to Console > Emulation Tab and chose the device which you want to use. Note, you can change the device any time so try them all, some devices make web pages looks better such as the iPhone and Google Nexus. Oh, but that’s your personal choice. Use any and see how fast you are able to browse even in slow internet connection!
4#Browse Webpages that are Offline or Removed from the Server
You must be knowing that Google Caches all websites that it visits and it’s a really great advantage for us, as we can browser webpages that are offline because it will be cached by Google. Even if the content is removed by the website’s servers it will be available with Google for few days. So, how to browse webpages that are offline? Well, browsing webpages that are offline doesn’t have any trick associated with it… it is just a simple command that renders the webpages that are cached with Google’s Servers. To request a cached page of any URL from Google’s server simply type the word “Cache:” before the Page URL. As an Example… Cahce:Google.com will show you a cached page of Google’s Homepage (Google.Com). Isn’t it a cool feature?
This isn’t a Google Chrome specific feature and therefore you can use it on any web browser. Some popular examples are – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Opera.
5#Prevent Sites From Playing Flash Content Automatically
There are a lot of sites that irritate you by auto playing flash content even when you don’t want them to do so. Mostly file sharing sites do this and it becomes too ridiculous for the end user, sometimes you may leave the site even if you wanted to browse it, due to those “Auto Playing” flash contents. Well, there’s a solution for that too. It takes just a small setting in Google Chrome to prevent sites from auto-playing flash content on their web pages. Here is how you can enable the setting.
Prevent Sites from auto-playing content
Type “chrome://settings/content” in your Google Chrome’s Address bar and hit Enter. A pop-up will appear on your screen that will allow you to tweak content settings. Simply scroll down and find “Plugins”, once there, select the option “click to play” and save it! That’s it, now none of the sites will be able to auto-play flash content. You need to click on the “Click to Play” button if you want the site to play and flash content for you.
6#Delete History Selectively
Last but not the least! This trick allows you to delete history selectively. Yeah, it’s of a great use when you have a shared computer and you don’t want to delete the history entirely. This trick will help you to clear only those pages which you don’t want other to know that you have browsed. It might be your personal pages or social accounts. Well first of all, browse as many pages as you want to! Once you are done browsing webpages head on to the Google Chrome’s History section.
Here is How to do It –
On the history section, select webpages you want to delete by holding the SHIFT key and clicking on the selected pages. Once you have selected all webpages, just release the shift key and click on delete history. That’s it, you have cleared the traces of your browsing history! You had a happy surfing session right?