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Useful Google Chrome Tips

David Carr

Tools Development

    Google Chrome has lots of hidden options, the following tips are some of my favourites.

    This one was mentioned on Twitter by @addyosmani

    Protip: With @ChromeDevTools open, click/hold the Reload button for bonus Empty Cache & Hard Reload options: pic.twitter.com/lyXgcrzE2P

    — Addy Osmani (@addyosmani) February 5, 2015

    Open search in a new tab:
    When entering a search term in to the address bar press Alt-Enter That will cause the results to open in a new tab instead of in your current tab.

    Reopen last closed tab:
    Press Ctrl-Shift-T (Cmd-Shift-T on a Mac) to reopen it. You can press it again and again to keep reopening old tabs in the order they were closed.

    View recently viewed pages:
    Clicking and holding the Back button at the top-left of the browser will show a list of recently views pages for the current tab.

    Search selected text:
    highlight text on a page then right click. The context menu that appears includes an option to search Google for the selected text.

    Search by drag and drop:
    You can also highlight text, then drag it to the address bar to start a Google search. Highlighting text and dragging it to the right of the last tab will cause a new tab to open.

    Navigate open tabs:
    You can navigate through your open tabs right from your keyboard: Press Ctrl (Cmd) and the numbers 1 through 9.

    Pinned tabs:
    If you tend to have the same pages open a lot pinning them is super useful, Pinned tabs use less space. To pin a tab right click on the tab and select Pin Tab.

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