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10 Hidden Chrome Settings and Features to Help You Browse Easier


According to one survey, at least 310 million people use Google Chrome, making it one of the most widely used web browsers out there.

If you are aren’t using Chrome, you really need to start.

If you do already use Chrome, are you using it to its maximum capability?

Do you want a more customized web browsing experience? Google Chrome allows a lot of customization. Here are the Chrome settings and features to look out for.

1. Use Incognito Mode

Some people still may not know about incognito mode, but it is one of the best hacks that you can use on Chrome.

Incognito mode is basically a way to privately browse the Internet. When you are in this mode, your browser won’t keep track of your history and which sites you visit.

It also won’t store any cookies from sites, which can be helpful if you’re trying to get around something.

This is a great mode to use if you are shopping for holiday gifts, stalking your exes, or doing anything you don’t want people to know about.

To go into this mode, you can click on the icon of the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. Then select “new incognito window.”

After that, you can browse the web like a Ninja.

2. Delete Your History

If you forgot to go into incognito mode, Chrome makes it pretty easy for you to delete your history.

Go back to that three-dot icon, and then click on “more tools. After that, you can click on “clear browsing data.”

If you are using this best web browser for Mac, you can just hit shift-command-delete. If you are using a PC, you can hit control-shift-delete.

You can also delete more than just your browsing history. You can get rid of cookies, download history, cached images, app data, and also passwords.

3. Play Chrome Games

If you get really bored, Chrome also offers fun games that you can play every now and then. The best part is that you don’t even have to be connected to Wifi.

If you try and go to a page when you don’t have Wifi, a page will pop up telling you that it is unable to connect.

However, if you press the space bar, the image of the dinosaur will turn into a game that you can play while you wait for the connection to start working again.

4. Open a Recently Closed Tab

Have you ever gone through closing all of your tabs and then realized that you accidentally closed one you really needed open?

Well, there’s an easy way to get that tab back.

You can right-click on the plus button that opens a new tab, and then hit “reopen closed tab.”

If you have a PC, you can just hit control-shift-T. If you have a Mac, just hit command-shift-T.

5. Mute a Tab

Chrome is great because it will tell you which tabs have audio coming from them.

If you open a website that has annoying autoplay music, you can specifically mute that one tab so it doesn’t disrupt your flow.

To mute it, click on the speaker icon on the tab that is playing the audio. You may need to have an updated version of Chrome to do this, so make sure you install all the updates!

6. Use Your Browser as a Notepad

If you have to take notes but don’t have time to open another document, you can actually use your browser for it.

If you paste “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” into the URL bar, this will take you to an easily accessible notepad.

7. Use the Keyboard Instead

Sometimes when you’re in a hurry, it’s just easier to use your keyboard to navigate rather than your mouse.

If you don’t want to navigate through tabs without having to click around, you can use the command or control key and the numbers on the keypad.

For example, if you wanted to go to tab 8, you can press command or control, and then 8. You will then be taken to tab 8 without having to click anything.

8. Pin a Tab

Sometimes when you’re working on a lot of stuff, it can start to clutter your tab bar.

However, if you want to make sure you don’t lose something, you can always pin it so that it’s not in your way, but you can also easily go back to it.

It will minimize the tab and push it to the front of the line. It won’t go away until you unpin it from your browser.

9. Open to a Specific Page

If you visit a certain page a lot, you may want to have it open as soon as you open your browser.

You can easily do this by going to the setting menu, and scrolling down until you see “On Startup.” Then you should tick the box “Open to a specific page or set of pages.”

There, you can type in the URL for any website that you frequent.

10. Easily Manage Your Passwords

If you’re the type of person who has a different password for everything, you may want Chrome to automatically save your passwords for you.

Not only will they have a protected list that you can see if you forget, but they will also autofill your username and passwords into websites if you give them permission to.

This can come in handy if you aren’t sure what your login info was. It will save you from having to reset a lot of your passwords.

Use These Hidden Chrome Settings Today!

These hidden Chrome settings will make your life so much easier while you’re working. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with all the latest updates and tricks though.

If you want more tips like this, make sure that you check out some of our other blog posts!


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