Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. However, did you know that it also holds some secrets? You might be using Chrome to access your social media, work-related programs, and more, but there are plenty of other interesting built-in features in the web browser that can come in very handy during your busy day.
From sending web pages to your phone to easier media control, to much more, we've uncovered a few things you didn't know you could do in Google Chrome.
Group and manage your tabs with built-in controls
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Are you a person who has many tabs open at the same time? Maybe you are shopping or working on an important project for school or work. Well, Chrome has your back with several built-in features. This includes the tab group as well as some manual tab controls built into the context menu of the new tab bar.
We'll start with tab groups that allow you to pair tabs under a specific color and name instead of keeping them separate at the top of your browser window. This is useful for separating the things that you are shopping for online, for example, or a specific part of a research project, or even everything that you are currently actively browsing or searching on.
Multiple tabs must be open to use tab groups. Then right-click the tab you want to group and select Add Tab to New Group. You can then name the tab group and assign a color to it. All subsequent tabs can be added to the group by also right-clicking and then selecting Add Tab to Group. You can close and remove groups at any time by right-clicking the group.
You can also manage your tabs manually using the context menu on this tab. Right-clicking a tab reveals access to controls that allow you to move the tab to a new window, close all tabs to the left or right of it, or even open a new tab next to it.
Send web pages to your other devices
Want to send a webpage you're viewing on your PC to another device you own? Chrome makes it easy. If you're using the Chrome app on iOS, Android, and your other devices and you're signed in to the same Google Account, you can send pages across devices with just two clicks.
All you have to do is right click the tab at the top of the tab bar in Google Chrome. From there, select Send to your devices. You will then see a list of your devices with Chrome installed, and you can quickly send the link from there. Just make sure Chrome is active on the device you want to open the link on and select the Open link in the Tab Received pop-up that appears in Chrome.
Reopen the window or tab that you accidentally closed
Did you work on something important and accidentally close the tab or window? Don't worry, accidents will happen and Chrome will have your back. All you have to do to get your tab back is right-click the button for the new tab and select the Reopen Closed Tab option. This also works when the closed window is opened again. This is a nice shortcut that will keep you from going through the history menu.
Scan a QR code so you can open a website on your phone
We mentioned earlier that you're sending open Chrome tabs to your other devices. However, this requires signing in with a Google account. If you're not using Chrome with a Google Account, you can still open websites on your phone without using Chrome or even a Google Account.
This is possible thanks to the use of a QR code. Just note that only certain websites support this. You will know when it is supported when you see a small QR code in the address bar when you click on a URL (this is shown next to the favorites icon). Just click the QR code icon to bring up a special QR code for sharing.
After that, you can swipe down on your iPhone's home screen and look for scan code. Click Code Scanner to open a barcode reader. You can then scan the code displayed in Chrome on your desktop. Your iPhone shows you a cool animation and opens the Chrome website automatically from your desktop in the standard web browser of your iPhone – it doesn't have to be Chrome!
Use the built-in media controls
Do you listen to a few songs on YouTube? Or how about a YouTube video? If you want to play or pause the title or video, there is no need to go to the tab or the video player itself. Chrome has built-in media controls.
To control media that is currently playing from an active tab or other tab, all you have to do is look in Google Chrome in the top bar for the little music icon next to your profile icon. When you click it, a media player will appear with pause, fast forward, and rewind buttons. Some sites like YouTube also allow you to post the video from here. This will ensure that the video will follow you.
Change the default search engine
If you're searching a search engine other than Google Chrome, e.g. B. DuckDuckGo, you can save yourself time by adding this website as a search engine in Chrome. This allows you to search the website using the Chrome address bar instead of having to search the website itself
You can manually add a website as a search engine by clicking the three downward dots next to your profile icon and then selecting Settings. There select Search Engine from the sidebar. Then click Manage Search Engines> Add. In this case we added Wikipedia manually. However, you can also search for it using the search function. Every time you type Wikipedia in the address bar, you will be prompted to press Tab to search within it.
Throw your screen
If you want to connect your laptop or PC to a second display to showcase something, you may think that you need cables to do that. However, if you buy (or already own) a Google Chromecast or other Chromecast-enabled stick and then plug it into your TV or monitor (usually around $ 20), you can use anything that's on your Chrome tab or desktop is wirelessly transmitted to your display.
To transfer in Chrome, all you have to do is click the three downward facing dots next to your profile icon and then select "Transfer". Make sure your Chromecast-enabled device appears in the list. From there you can then select sources and choose a source from the list.