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Useful Google Chrome Tips

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

This one was mentioned on Twitter by @addyosmani

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.

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.