Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers out there – and it’s easy to see why. The tool is jam-packed with handy features yet it remains highly efficient and sports a clean, minimalist interface. We’ve picked some of the top toolbar features on the desktop version to bring some ‘fun’ into your day or perhaps point out some new reasons to make Chrome your browser of choice.
Colour code your tabs
Google knows busy people can’t help themselves from multitasking, so if you’re guilty of always having too many tabs open at once, Chrome has you covered. You can actually group your tabs together, then colour code them to keep yourself organised. Simply right click on the tab, select Add tab to new group and from there you can name the group and assign a colour to it. This feature is pretty universal and can help with managing any task from working through to online shopping.
A mini YouTube player
Do you like to play background videos or music while you’re surfing the web? Chrome has a built-in YouTube controller in the top right hand corner of your browser, indicated by a music note icon. You can click on the title to open YouTube, or if you’ve got a video playing in the background you can simply play, pause or skip forwards or backwards without leaving your current tab! The controller also works seamlessly with Google Chromecast, if you want to enjoy streaming straight to your TV. Keep in mind you’ll need to have a YouTube video playing to see the icon, and of course a decent internet connection and WiFi that can keep up the pace for your streaming needs.
Bookmarking for later
You can bookmark your favourite websites by simply clicking the star icon on the top right hand corner of Chrome. Add them to your bookmarks bar across the top so they’re one click away, save them into a folder for future reference, or turn on the “sync” feature so they are easily found across all your devices (provided you’ve signed into your Google account – don’t worry if you don’t have one, you can sign up for free). The sync feature can also save your passwords, history and other settings if desired. Need help with setting up your Google account across multiple devices? Talk to our tech experts.
QR code generation
QR codes have had a big resurgence over the past year, being used for check-ins to restaurants, retailers and more. What if you wanted to create your own QR code to give to someone else, so they can find a website easily? Chrome has a built-in feature where you can create a QR code from any site you’re on. First, click in the omnibox (the white URL web browser address bar, which is also an intuitive search box, can answer questions or can be used as a calculator, by the way – you’re welcome). You’ll see a small QR icon appear. Once you click on the icon you can save the image to your computer instantly.
Extensions for the extras
Google Chrome has all kinds of extensions or extra features that can be bolted on to your browser. Some popular examples are Adobe Acrobat Reader or anti-virus software to keep your web surfing private and secure. Google Workspace (formerly known as G-Suite) has a whole range of apps including Docs for your documents, Sheets for spreadsheets and Slides for presentations, making it easy to collaborate and share files with others. Want to change the aesthetic of your browser? You can select a theme to add colour around the border and show a cool background whenever you open a new tab.
Other tools tucked away
There are so many more features under the hood of Google Chrome. Click the three dots in the top right hand corner and you’ll find much more at your fingertips. You can even try memorising a few of the shortcut keys so you can get to these tools even quicker. Some of the most common ones are New Tab (Ctrl+T on Windows, Cmd+T on Mac), New Window (Ctrl+N on Windows, Cmd+N on Mac), Find (Ctrl+F on Windows, Cmd+F on Mac) and Print (Ctrl+P on Windows, Cmd+P on Mac). Need technical help with using a browser feature or getting your printer connected to Chrome? Get in touch with our Aussie-based support technicians.