3 Neat Tricks for Chrome

The last time that Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) held the majority share of browser usage was 2008 according to statistics gathered by w3schools. Currently, Google’s Chrome has the lead with 59%, followed by Mozilla Firefox at 25%. Microsoft lags behind at roughly 9%!

I tend to use all three web-browers in any given week in order to insure cross-brower compatibility of my various service offerings. It was not too long ago, though, that all of these services required IE. Times have changed, and with technology, it’s important you change with them! I should know, I’ve had some practice.

After all, I’ve been online for a while -- since before the invention of the world-wide-web, infact! In all that time, it’s been very interesting to follow the “browers wars”, and it’s a war that rages on. Some would say it’s a battle for your desktop and your doorway to all computing services!

How ever this war progresses, the facts on the ground say that Google is winning. I for one welcome our new overlords. Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of Google Chrome.

1. Re-Open lost tabs

Don't you hate it when you accidentally close a tab? With chrome, you can easily get that tab back by pressing CTRL-Shift-T (or Command-Shift-T on mac). Press the combo as many times as necessary to cycle through your browser history.

2. Use the Omnibox as a calculator or unit converter

Chrome calls their address bar (where you'd put a www address), the "Omnibox". In may ways, this bar makes google.com's search field redundant. The omnibar contains many of the same functions that google's search bar does, including the ability to be used as a calculator or unit converter. To use the function, simple start typing your formula (or units) in to the omnibox, the sum or conversion will appear in the results preview below.

3. Open search results in a new tab

So now you're using your Omnibox to do basic math and other general google search functions. One of the drawbacks might be that, when you enter a search term and press Enter, your results open up in your current tab. If you'd like to continue browsing whatever site your currently on, you can easily open your search in a new tab by pressing the Alt (or Command, on Mac) button while you press Enter/Return.