Most Useful 25 Google Chrome Tips for Learners

Google Chrome IconMost Useful 25 Google Chrome Tips for Learners

Google Chrome is my favorite web browser. The best thing about Chrome is you can extend it any way you like. Here are 25 Google Chrome Tips for students, teachers and learners in general. This is no power guide, and is easy to implement. So let’s get started.

  1. Set up a tabbed home page: One of the best features of Google Chrome is that you can create a tabbed home page easily. This way you can open a number of tabs automatically everytime you start Google Chrome.
  2. Move your home page to the toolbar: Like a particular site? Want to navigate to your home page whenever you wish to? You can simply drag the url of the home page (or any other page) to the toolbar and a bookmark is automatically created.
  3. Use Blackboard with Google Chrome: This is a very useful tool for teachers as well as students but hardly exploited. Check out Blackboard on Chrome to enhance your interaction with each other in real time!
  4. Desktop and Start menu short cuts to Web applications: If you are using online learning applications, it is possible to have them open from the desktop or the Start menu using Google Chrome.
  5. Drag links to open new tabs: When you see an interesting link just drag and drop the link to open new tabs and it open them. This is applicable to almost all modern browsers though.
  6. Custom search engines: Create your own custom search engines in Google Chrome. This is very useful if you are looking to target your search results to some sort of specific area of learning.
  7. Add Wikipedia search to Google Chrome: To get easy access to Wikipedia, you can easily add this search to Google Chrome.
  8. Simple calculations in the address bar: You can perform simple calculations using the address bar in Google Chrome. You can convert between units of measurement, and also do simple math. It’s quick, simple and easy!
  9. Resize text area: In many cases, digital learners make use of comments sections and feedback forms to ask questions of their instructors. In many cases the forms to be used are too small. In Google Chrome you can resize them easily.
  10. Dual view: You can create panels in Google Chrome —within one tab. The idea of dual view in the Google Chrome Web browser helps you to look at two things side by side. It is very useful for making side by side comparisons.
  11. Drag and drop downloads: When you download something, it is possible to drag and drop it into what file you want, or move it to the desktop. You can do this right from the Chrome browser, making it easy to organize open courseware materials and other educational items that you might download from the Internet.
  12. Turn a tab into its own browser window: Want to keep your open tabs clean? Just click and drag tabs out of the Chrome window and it creates a new Chrome window of its own. Using tabs can be almost fun in Google Chrome.
  13. Zoom in and out of Chrome pages: Zoom in and zoom out is built in and easy. Just press Control+ for zooming in and Control – for zooming out. You can also use Control+Mousewheel to control the same thing.
  14. Change your download location: If you do not want to use the “downloads” folder as your default, you can simply change it. Google Chrome has a feature in its “minor tweaks” lab that allows you to direct downloads to save in a different location. You can sort your Downloads in several directories to keep your downloaded archives organized.
  15. Search for digital learning keywords:In case you are looking for particular keywords, just press control and K keys pressed together, enter your query and search. It’s a quick shortcut that can help you find digital learning information quickly.
  16. Sort online page elements by loading time: If you want to load necessary information more efficiently, you can do so with a little help from the “Resources” tab. You access this tab by right clicking inside the page, and selecting “Inspect element” from that menu. You can see the scripts and the images available, and how long they take to load. This can also warn you of potential problem areas on the Web site.
  17. Use an incognito window: If you are using a public computer or just simply want no traces to remain from your browsing, use an Incognito Window. You can easily start it using Control+Shift+N. It won’t save any history of your browsing. Nor will your cookies be saved beyond the closing of the window. It’s one way to protect your privacy on a public computer.
  18. Find pages you visited earlier: To reach your history just type in Control+H and search there. You can search directly in the Omnibar as well for frequently visited websites.
  19. Bookmarking: When you are among the ranks of digital learners, it is important to have good bookmarking capabilities.You can easily bookmark by clicking the star button on the addressbar. You can further organize them in folders of their own.
  20. Create a Google Toolbar for Chrome: Chrome doesn’t support the Google Toolbar. You can still install it, well something similar to it by installing the Project Fakebar.
  21. Undo a closed tab: Sometimes, by mistake you may close a tab. You can quickly open it back and exactly at the position of your reading by typing in Control+Shift+T. It even keeps your form data alive.
  22. Use the Google Chrome task manager: If Google Chrome is using too much memory or you just want to keep track of the processes running under Google Chrome you can check out the Google Chrome task manager. Better organize your online learning, and make sure you aren’t taking up too much space.
  23. Create multiple user profiles: This is a handy way to focus on your digital learning profile and keep it separate from your other Google Chrome user profiles. Keep your own set of user bookmarks, history, passwords etc and keep them automatically synced.
  24. Portable Google Chrome: Google Chrome was supposed to be a download ware, which leads to frustrations sometimes. There is a portable app that allows you to transfer Google Chrome to a memory device You can then install it, all of your bookmarks and preferences intact, to a different computer.
  25. Get an open source version of Google Chrome: If you are adventurous enough you can try the Open source version of Google Chrome. It’s called Chromium, and it doesn’t have the Google branding. Plus, you can build it on a Mac — something that Chrome doesn’t do yet.

So that’s it for Google Chrome Tips. If you have any in mind, or if I missed out, you may write about your favorite Google Chrome Tips in the comments section. 🙂

By Sarthak Ganguly

A programming aficionado, Sarthak spends most of his time programming or computing. He has been programming since his sixth grade. Now he has two websites in his name and is busy writing two books. Apart from programming, he likes reading books, hanging out with friends, watching movies and planning wartime strategies.

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