Get the most out of Google Chrome by adopting and mastering these ten little-known features.
Do you think you know everything about Google Chrome? You were probably wrong. Google’s web browser, as complete as it is efficient, hides many secrets. It offers a myriad of features that are often overlooked and that most of the time are unused. However, the vast majority of these features are within the reach of any user. We have selected ten of them for you. Once mastered, they will allow you to save precious time on a daily basis.
1. Open more websites when you open Chrome
You probably use Chrome on a daily basis, so chances are you always visit the same sites when you start it. Instead of having to click through 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 Chrome main menu and go to Settings of the browser. Select in the left column When the engine startsthen select the last option on the main page, Open a specific page or set of pages.
If all the sites you normally visit are already open, click Use current pages. Otherwise click Add page and fill in the URL to open when Chrome launches and validate by clicking To add. Repeat the action as many times as necessary for each of the sites to start when the browser starts.
Perform actions quickly using commands
You may not know it, but Google Chrome is able to perform certain actions quickly by entering certain commands in the address bar (also called omnibox). You can find the complete list of possible actions on the dedicated Chrome support page.
When Chrome recognizes the action you’re sending to it, the action title, accompanied by an icon, automatically appears in the results suggestions.
3. Reopen a tab you accidentally closed
Did you just close a tab by mistake? Do not 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 right-click context menu
An item that especially caught your attention on a page and you want to know more? Select the text, right-click on it and select to Search with Google. A new tab should then open and automatically launch the query in Google’s search engine.
Search Google Lens directly
For the past few weeks, Google Chrome has integrated the Google Lens visual search module. Thanks to it, you can quickly start a request on an image without having to leave the page you are on.
To do this, right-click on an image and select that Search for the image with Google Lens. The result of your query should then open directly in a column grafted to the right of the browser.
7. Activate reading mode
If read mode is naturally available in Safari or Firefox, this is not the case in Chrome. But this system, which allows you to reformat the content of a web page so that you can read it without distraction, is very much present in Chrome. However, it must be activated manually.
To do this, go to chrome: // flags / # enable-reader-modethen online Enable read modeclick the drop-down menu Standard and change the value to Activated. Then click the button to Restart to restart Chrome.
A new book icon should appear in the address bar when you visit a site that displays textual content. Click it to activate it and completely reformat the content of the page.
7. Stream content to your TV
If you have a connected TV, Chromecast, or other device compatible with the feature cast, from Google, you can power Chrome content directly to your TV. To cast content from Chrome to your TV, right-click on the page and select the option Cast.
function icon wheel, by Google, then need to be added to the top right of the Chrome toolbar. You then only need to select your Cast compatible receiver for power Chrome content on your TV.
8. Control music from thumbnail player
The advantage of streaming music in Google Chrome is that you can more easily control its playback. When playing media, click the note icon at the top right of the browser to display the thumbnail player.
9. Make Chrome a calculator
You do not need to open your calculator to calculate the result of an operation. Enter your addition, subtraction, multiplication or division directly in the Chrome address bar. The result should be displayed automatically
10. Restart Chrome quickly
Problems with Chrome? You can restart it quickly with a simple command. Enter chrome: // restart and press Enter to validate.
Chrome should prompt you to leave sites where a task is in progress before automatically restarting and reopening any tabs where you left off.