Ultimate Guide To Google Chrome – Step By Step Guide

Introducing Google Chrome

With Google Chrome, all the Google Applications work better and perform smooth. Chrome and Google together produce the results that outstand the performance far beyond the user’s expectations. Chrome browser by default prefers and enhances the Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Google sites, Google docs, Google spreadsheet, Google PowerPoint, and Google Calendar, etc.

Google Chrome is a highly user-friendly browser, officially released by Google on the 11th of December, 2008. Its highlighted and a very useful feature is its capability of synchronizing. All the google accounts can be managed and accessed without having any bar of location and devices. Google Chrome has also made its service such a user-friendly that it allows in-browsing experience with all the other apps especially messengers, translation and spell checker. Chrome’s address bar or search bar which also recognizes voice with several accents is named as Omnibox.

Google Chrome is an open and freeware web browser which is compatible with Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.


Initial Release – September 2, 2008

Written In – C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python

Website to download Google Chrome – http://www.google.com/chrome/browser


What Makes Google Chrome Unique

– Chrome serves Google’s purpose of working in a synchronized mode

Chrome gives you the access to work offline. With Chrome, you can work offline, read and write messages in Gmail, consult your Calendar, read your documents without having an Internet connection. The Chrome browser syncs these changes with your account when you’re back online.

You can get Apps with one click Select from hundreds of Apps like photo editors, project management tools, and Offline Google Apps from the Chrome Web Store and add them to Chrome with one click. Stay alert Get desktop notifications that alert you to an upcoming meeting, a new chat, or email. And you can work smarter.

– Chrome lets you do things that you can’t do in other browsers

Search everything from one place, Use the Omnibox (Omnibar) to find websites, bookmarks, browsing history, and Apps with one click. Chrome understands, it is important for you to work rather than investing your time in configuring the apps. In Chrome, you can manage all your settings and preferences from one single menu.

– Chrome updates itself

You don’t get any notifications or pop-ups from Chrome about update and security. Be secure with Chrome all the time, unless you disobey the warning of Chrome of keeping the hazardous files anyway. Chrome is smart and secure option against any viruses, malware, and phishing attacks. It is composed of high-end security technologies like Safe Browsing. Use this guide to get started with Chrome and learn a few cool and smart tricks.

Move to the official Chrome Google Apps Learning Center at learn.googleapps.com. All it takes is just 3 steps to set up and move old favorites from other browsers into Chrome. Manage all your preferences from a very basic set-up to advanced settings from one menu.

Benefits of Using Google Chrome

Chrome browser is well suitable to run applications and services related to Google such as Gmail, Youtube, Hangouts, etc. This browser manages its system resources in a totally different way. V8 JavaScript Engine used in this browser is developed from scratch at Google, this engine helps in improving the user experience on heavily scripted websites and apps. Basically, this helps in accessing the web pages on the internet in a faster way.

Note:

Some of the services like Google Cast, requires Google Chrome to use a Chromecast.

After the proper installation of this browser, It will automatically get configured to download and install the latest updates on time when they’re available to download. If you want to get more information on automatic and manual updates, then visit our page on how to update Google Chrome browser.

Incognito Mode

As you all know, Nowadays every web browser has this new inbuilt feature i.e, Incognito Mode. This mode is basically for private browsing and allows users to browse in an isolated web session. It provides the capability to temporarily hide your footprints and identity of your session, but also it doesn’t offer any guaranteed anonymity.

Incognito Window

To launch a new Incognito Window in Browser:

Press Ctrl + Shift + N (For Linux, Windows)

Press Command + Shift + N (For OSX)

If you want to read step by step guide on activating private browsing, then you can visit our article on how to use incognito mode in chrome.

Language Settings

Google Chrome supports 47 different languages till now. In Google Chrome, you have the ability to change the languages as per your need. There are many websites which are offered to the user’s in more than one language, So this feature of Google Chrome will help you to access that website in your preferred language by just changing a simple browser setting. If you want step by step guide on changing the Language setting in chrome then must have a look on how to change the language in Chrome web browser.

Configuring Privacy Settings

– Manage your privacy settings in Google Chrome with simple steps.

– Click on: The menu icon in Chrome. The icon is in the upper-right corner of the browser. Select the Settings.

Google Chrome - Settings

– The new tab will get open on clicking Settings. Scroll down to the “Advanced” option.

Google Chrome - Advanced

– The very first advanced setting that is listed is your Privacy setting. You can change your privacy settings from there.

Chrome Developer Tools

Chrome developer tools is a must-have tool if you are developing a website.

– To launch Chrome Developer Tools, Click on the three dots on the top right corner of your browser. Then go to “More Tools”, here you’ll find the Developer tools option.

Google Chrome - Developer Tools

– Click on Developer Tools, or press Ctrl+Shit+I (Windows, Linux) or Option+Command+I (OSX).

You are all set!

The developer view gives access to navigate the web on one side of the window, and inspect the resource’s components and attributes on the other.

Google Chrome - Elements

Chromium

Chromium - Google Chrome

The Chromium Projects are totally free to use and access, they are open-source, community-driven projects to develop user-friendly technologies for Chrome and Chrome OS. The Chromium browser is very similar to Google Chrome. Chromium is developed with Chrome’s open-source components. Know more about the difference between Chrome and Chromium browser.

Ungoogled Chromium

Ungoogled Chromium is a development project of the Chromium browser which strips out selected browser components.

The project aims at:

  • Disabling or removing the offending services and features that communicate with Google or weakens the privacy.
  • Ungoogled Chromium Strips out binaries from the source tree, and use those provided by the system or build them from source.
  • Adds, modifies, or disables the features that inhibit control and transparency.

Ungoogled Chromium browser source code can be easily downloaded from its repository on the Github. (Download link for Ungoogled Chromium binaries ready for general use)

How to manage Chrome from starting to advanced level settings

Just look for ‘Three dots’ in the top right corner of your Chrome browser.

Google Chrome - Menu

– Set your homepage in the way you desire

Start the Chrome by Setting up your homepage and default search engine. By default, the settings are good to start with. Although, it will be better if you set your favorite homepage and search engine. In the Toolbar section, click Show Home button and Always show the bookmarks.

Google Chrome - Home Button

– Import your favorite sites, copy your bookmarks and browsing history, saved passwords from any other browser into Chrome.

Chrome understands your valuables can be fallen anywhere. It values your valuables. Go to Settings and at the beginning itself, you will find the Users section.

Click Import bookmarks and settings. From this window, select items to import. Alternatively, type chrome://settings/importData into your browser to access the same settings.

Google Chrome - Bookmarks

Google Chrome - Import Bookmarks

– Manage your personal data

With Google Chrome, it is quite simple to handle all your stuff with just a click. Click the “Three dots”, then select History from the drop-down menu. You will get your recent searches and also the logs of your day’s and month’s searches.

Google Chrome - History

To manage the path of your downloaded files, click on advanced settings in the settings option. In the Downloads, click on Change to specify a new location.

Google Chrome - Downloads

How to Start a Chrome session

Google Chrome - Apps

When you open a new tab in Chrome, you can connect to a web page in the same way as your old browser, or take advantage of some of Chrome’s unique features:

– Open a new tab anytime

Click the button at the top of the browser to launch a new tab. launching the New Tab page won’t replace what you are currently viewing.

– Chrome Search bar is named Omnibox for a reason

The Omnibox Go directly to a site or search the web with the address bar. Type “Google Apps” press “Enter” Key to see search engine results.

– View your Apps or Most visited pages from the menu at the bottom of the page

  • Click Most visited to see thumbnail images of the pages you visit most frequently. Click an image to open that site.
  • To see the Apps you’ve installed, just click Apps. Click an image to launch that App.
  • Click the arrow at the side of the page to toggle between your most visited pages and your Apps.

– Reopen recently closed sites

  • Click Recently closed and select from a list to recover a tab you accidentally closed. The Chrome Web Store is always available on the New Tab page. Click the icon to browse and add Apps.
  • The New Tab page with the Google Docs and Offline Gmail Apps.
  • ‘Tear-away tabs’ to open a new window.

Features that work with any tab in active Chrome

– Tear-away a tab

You can tear away any open tab and turn it into a new window. Click a tab you want to see in a new window, drag it away from the old window, and drop it. This tab is now a new window, and the window it came from remains unchanged.

Google Chrome - Tear-Away Tab

– Merge tabs

You can merge tabs into windows by simply dragging it to an open window, and drop it next to other open tabs.

– Pin tabs

If you don’t want a particular tab to move around while you’re reordering your tabs, you can pin the tab to the left of your browser window. Right-click the tab (Control-click on a Mac) and select Pin Tab.

Google Chrome - Pin Tab

– Drag and drop

You can also drag and drop to reorder tabs in any window. You can tell that a tab is pinned if it’s smaller in size and displays just the site’s icon.

Open multiple pages at startup

Google Chrome - Multiple Pages

  • If you start your day by checking your email or browsing a favorite website, you might want to set those sites as your startup page. Startup pages open automatically every time you open the browser.
  • To get started, click the icon and select Settings.
  • In the “On startup” section, choose the options below: Open a New Tab page.
  • New Tab page will open up when you first launch Chrome. Continue where I left off See pages that were open at the end of your last browsing session. This can save you time from signing in to your favorite sites every time after you’ve restarted Chrome.
  • However, it is recommended that you sign out of websites when you’re using a public or shared computer.
  • If you’d like Chrome to reopen all your pages but discard session cookies and other site data, Go to Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Keep local data only until I quit my browser.
  • To open a specific page or set of pages, Enter the URL’s of the pages that you want to see.
  • Bookmark your favorite sites, Bookmarks gives you easy access to your favorite and most frequently used sites. You can use the bookmark manager to organize your bookmarks and folders.

How to manage Bookmark Manager

  1. Click the icon on the browser’s toolbar
  2. Select Bookmarks
  3. Select Bookmark manager

Bookmark manager tips

– Move bookmarks or folders

To move bookmarks or folders around, click the item you want to move and drag it to where you want it to go within the folder list on the left.

– Edit the name or web address of a bookmark, or a folder name

Select the item you’d like to edit, click the Organization menu, then select Edit. You can also easily edit bookmarks and folders from the bookmark bar by right-clicking the item in question and selecting Rename.

– Search bookmarks

Use the search box at the top to quickly find a bookmark within the manager.

– Add a new bookmark folder

In the folder list on the left, right-click the location where you want the new folder to reside and select.

How to work faster and smarter with Google Chrome

Try these tips and tricks to find whatever you’re looking for websites, apps, and documents to work fast and smooth. Search everything using Omnibox. Use the Omnibox (address bar) like a search box. Type in search terms and press Enter to go directly to search results. You can also search and select from your own bookmarks and apps. Use shortcuts keys to perform actions quickly. With practice, you will be able to work on Chrome like a champ!

Learn few of these tips and with a little practice, you’ll master Chrome and use the web with record speed.

– Be active even offline, with Chrome

Install the Offline Gmail App from the Chrome Web Store, open a new tab in Chrome, and click the Offline Gmail icon to launch. Messages and actions are synced with your account next time you’re online.

– Sync Chrome settings to your Google Apps account

Your preferences settings are saved in Chrome, not on a computer, so you can sync your preferences and see them when you sign in to your account on any device that has sync enabled in Chrome. Click the icon and select Options (or Preferences). Go to Personal Stuff, and in the Sync section, click Set up sync. Sign in to your account and confirm your preferences. Passwords are encrypted by default, but you can modify encryption settings in the Customize link. Note that to see your preferences, Chrome sync must be turned on for any device you use.

– Customize with extensions

Add new features, while keeping your browser free of clutter that you don’t use. Search the extensions gallery to find tools that let you subscribe to RSS feeds in one click, see how much time you have left before a meeting and more.

– Open multiple tabs on startup

Launch multiple tabs and go immediately to your favorite sites when you open a new session of Chrome.

– Receive alerts for new email or chats

When signed into Gmail, receive a bell-like alert and see a preview of new email and chat messages, even when the Gmail tab or window isn’t open. Enable this feature in Gmail Settings > General > Desktop Notifications.

– Choose a theme

Select a background from the themes gallery. A theme displays a background image on your new tabs page and makes your tabs colorful. To choose a theme, click on the three dots present on the top right corner of your browser and then select Settings. Under Appearance, click  Themes. Change themes as often as you like.

– Go incognito

Use the incognito mode for private browsing. Your browsing and search histories aren’t recorded in an incognito window, and any new cookies and downloaded files are deleted after you close the window. New bookmarks and any changes you make to general settings, however, are saved to Google Chrome after an incognito session. Click the icon and select New Incognito Window. You’ll know you’ve gone incognito when you see this “guy with a hat” at the top of your browser.

Google Chrome - Incognito

Hopefully, your Google Chrome tour was worth a while!

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