7 Things You Should Know About Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is widely used browser known for its speed, simplicity, security, privacy , compatibility with Plug-ins and extensions. Seven cool features about Google Chrome everyone should know, so let’s get started.

1. Built-In Google Chrome Task Manager

Google Chrome has its own task manager, which keeps tracks of how much memory each tab’s been using  and displays data for other properties also  like CPU usage ,Network ,Process id etc.

Navigation for Task Manager:

Click on customize and control google chromemenu  icon on top right corner of browser->Tools ->Task Manager

Shortcut to open task manager :Shift+Esc

 Google Chrome Task Manager

 If you want to close any website, select that website and click on “End process”.

If you are interested to know how particular website uses other system parameters, just do right click by keeping the cursor inside Task manager box  , select  the parameters for which you want statistics.

Google Chrome Task Manager 2

2. Built In PDF Viewer

Google Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer enabled by default. It helps to view pdf document in browser window as well as help us to save any webpage as PDF document . I’ll show you how to save webpage as PDF document .

 1.   Open any website in your browser,  do right click and click on Print.

Google Chrome PDF Viewer Image 1

2.  By default it will show preview of printable page with their settings.  Click on Change button

Google Chrome PDF Viewer Image 2

  1. Select  option “Save as PDF “ .

Google Chrome PDF Viewer Image 3

  1. Click on Save  and save the pdf on your local machine.

Google Chrome PDF Viewer Image 4

3. Incognito Window

Google chrome provides important feature “Incognito window”, by using this option you can browse web privately without saving certain information.  It keeps chrome from storing information about your browsing and downloading ,but the websites you visit might keep track info about your visit .

Navigation to open incognito window:

Click on customize and control google chrome menu icon on top right corner of browser->New Incognito Window .

Shortcut :Ctrl+Shift+N

 Facts about Incognito window:

  • Webpages that you browse and files that you download in incognito window aren’t recorded in your browsing and download histories.
  • All new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you’ve opened.
  • Changes you make to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are still saved.

 4. Convert Google Chrome into Editable Notepad

Google Chrome can be converted into editable notepad . Just enter this code in chrome address bar.

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

You can also save data into HTML webpage form. This type of notepad will be helpful when  you need  to keep information for shorter period  and don’t want to save it.

5. Google Chrome “Pin-Tab” Option

Google Chrome provides “Pin-Tab” feature to pin-up your favorite or most-used  tab to the browser so that you don’t get confused when many tabs open in your browser. Chrome has the ability to lock your favorite or most-used tabs to the left of your browser and reduce size of tab to icon size. Most of people don’t noticed this feature, but if you know how to use it ,this feature will be useful. I’ll give you quick overview.

 Open website which you want to pin-up , do right click on tab  and click on “Pin Tab” option.

Google Chrome Pin tab Image 1

It will shift that tab to left of browser and you can move around with other pin tabs in order to arrange in specific manner.  One of the feature of pin tab , you cannot close them accidentally  because pin tab does not have ‘X’ (close option).

 In order to make unpin tab , you have to right-click on it and select “Unpin Tab”  tab option.

6.   Retrieve Saved Password In Google chrome

For times, we save our password for email sites, social networking sites etc.  so that we don’t have to remember next time when we login .But what If you forgot your saved password and want to view your password  without going into chrome setting . I’ll tell you how you can do this.

1. Select  whole password , do right-click on it and click on “Inspect Element”  option.

 Google Chrome Password Viewer Image 1

  1. New window shown in below screenshot will open

Google Chrome Password Viewer Image 2

 Replace the word type= “password”  by  type= “text”  in line highlighted under the red-box in screenshot  and press enter, you will see your password in text form

 Google Chrome Password Viewer Image 3

7.  Google Chrome Useful  URL’s.

Google Chrome does store wide range of information and has assigned different URL’s to access those information . In order to retrieve all URL’s type chrome://about/ in address bar ,it will give you list of  useful Google Chrome URL’s  which you can use .





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Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes about softwares, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides. He is the founder of Techmazic.com.