Get the most out of Google Chrome by adopting and mastering these ten little-known features.
Think you know everything about Google Chrome? You are probably wrong. Google’s web browser, as comprehensive as it is efficient, hides many secrets. It offers a myriad of features that are often overlooked and most of the time not exploited. However, the vast majority of these functions are within the reach of any user. We have selected ten for you. When mastered, they will save you valuable time on a daily basis.
1. Open multiple sites when you open Chrome
You probably use Chrome on a daily basis, so you are likely to always visit the same websites when you start it. Instead of having to click on your bookmarks or open them one by one, you can set Chrome to automatically open any page you want.
To do this, click on the main Chrome menu and go to Settings of the browser. In the left column, select When the engine startsthen on the main page, choose the last option, Open a specific page or set of pages.
If all the sites you usually visit are already open, click Use current pages. If not, click Add page and fill in the URL to open when Chrome starts and validate by clicking To add. Repeat the operation as many times as necessary for each of the sites to start when the browser is started.
2. Quickly perform actions using commands
You may not know it, but Google Chrome is able to perform some operations quickly by entering particular commands in the address bar (also called omnibox). You will find the full list of possible actions on the dedicated Chrome support page.
When Chrome recognizes the action you send to it, the title of the action accompanied by an icon automatically appears in the results suggestions.
3. Reopen a tab that you closed by mistake
Did you just close a tab by mistake? Don’t panic. You can quickly reopen the closed tab by right-clicking on the tab bar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + T on Windows or cmd + Shift + T on macOS.
4. Run a query from the contextual context menu
An element that has particularly caught your attention on a page and you would like to know more? Select the text, right-click and choose to do so Search with Google. A new tab should then open and automatically launch the query in the Google search engine.
5. Search directly in Google Lens
In recent weeks, Google Chrome has integrated the Google Lens visual search module. Thanks to it, you can quickly launch a request on an image without having to leave the page you are on.
To do this, right-click on an image and choose to do so Search for the image with Google Lens. Your query result should then open directly in a nested column to the right of the browser.
7. Enable reader mode
If reader mode is natively accessible in Safari or Firefox, this is not the case in Chrome. However, this system that allows you to reformat the content of a web page to allow reading without distractions, is very present in Chrome. However, it must be activated manually.
To do this, go to chrome: // flags / # enable-reader-modethen online Enable player modeclick on the drop-down menu Default and change the value to Qualified. Then click the button for Relaunch to restart Chrome.
A new book icon should appear in the address bar when you visit a website with text content. Click to activate it and completely reformat the page content.
7. Stream content to your TV
If you have a connected TV, Chromecast or any other device compatible with the function launch, from Google, you can flow Chrome content directly to your TV. To cast content from Chrome to TV, right-click on the page and select the option Launch.
function icon pitcher, Google, it must then be added at the top right, in the Chrome toolbar. You will then only need to select your Cast on compatible receiver flow Chrome content on your TV.
8. Check the music from the thumbnail player
The advantage of streaming music in Google Chrome is that you can more easily control its playback. While playing media, click the music note icon at the top right of the browser to bring up the thumbnail player.
9. Turn Chrome into a calculator
It is not necessary to open the calculator to calculate the result of an operation. Type addition, subtraction, multiplication or division directly into Chrome’s address bar. The result should appear automatically
10. Restart Chrome quickly
Got a problem with Chrome? You can quickly restart it with a simple command. log into chrome: // restart and press Enter to validate.
Chrome should ask you to leave any sites that have an activity in progress before automatically restarting and reopening all tabs where you left off.