Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, used by millions of people every day. With its simple design and easy-to-use features, it’s no wonder that so many people choose Chrome as their go-to browser. But there is more to Chrome than meets the eye. Despite its widespread use, there are still plenty of things that many people don’t know about it. Here are six of the most interesting and lesser-known facts about Google Chrome you might want to hear about:
You Can Use it to Search Through Your Bookmarks
If you have a lot of bookmarks, it can be hard to find the one you’re looking for. Thankfully, Chrome has a built-in search feature that lets you search through your bookmarks by keyword. Just open up the bookmark manager (Ctrl+Shift+O on Windows or Cmd+Shift+O on Mac), and start typing in the search bar. This will bring up all of the bookmarks that match your query so you can quickly find what you’re looking for. You can filter your bookmarks by URL, title, or even date added. As written in the blog post “Google Chrome – What Is It“, you may also synchronize your bookmarks across devices. This way you can access them no matter where you are.
You Can Control Your Chrome Browser With Your Voice
Google Chrome has a built-in voice recognition feature that allows you to control your browser with your voice. Simply open up the Voice Command hotword extension and start speaking. You can search the web, open new tabs, go back and forth between pages, and more – all without lifting a finger. It’s a great way for hands-free browsing if you’re multitasking or just don’t feel like using your mouse or keyboard. When it comes to voice recognition software, Chrome is ahead of the curve so even if you’re not using the hotword extension, chances are your voice commands will still work.
Google Chrome Can Automatically Fill in Forms
If you’re tired of filling out the same information over and over again on web forms, Google Chrome can help make things a little easier. The browser can save and automatically fill in your name, address, phone number, and other common form fields so you don’t have to. Just open up Chrome’s settings and under “Autofill,” select which information you want the browser to remember for you. It’s a small time-saver but it can come in handy when you’re in a hurry, especially if you’re filling out multiple forms at once. It will also help you avoid mistakes like typos in your contact information, and thus save you even more time and hassle down the road.
You Can Cast Chrome Tabs to Your TV
If you have a Chromecast, you can cast anything from your Chrome browser directly to your TV. This includes individual tabs, your entire desktop, and even video and audio files. It’s a great way to share content with others in your home or office, or just enjoy your favorite websites on the big screen. To get started, simply install the Chromecast extension and click on the icon when you want to start casting. Then select your device from the list and choose whether to cast your current tab, desktop, or file. Keep in mind that if you’re casting audio or video, you’ll need to have the file open in a new tab. And if you’re casting your entire desktop, any sensitive information on your screen will be visible to those in the room, so be careful what you share. Check out my recently published a guide on How to cast Apple TV to Chromecast.
You Can Save Tabs and Reopen Them Later:
If you find yourself with too many tabs open and want to clear some out without losing your place, Chrome has a handy tab-saving feature that lets you save tabs as a bookmark. To do this, simply right-click on the tab (or tabs) you want to save and select “Bookmark all tabs.” This will create a new folder in your bookmarks bar with all of the tabs saved inside. When you’re ready to reopen them, just click on the folder and they’ll all load up at once. This is a great way to save tabs for later if you know you won’t have time to go through them all right away, or if you want to come back to a specific website later on.
Chrome Can Help You Find Your Lost Phone
If you ever lose your phone, don’t panic – as long as you have Google Chrome installed on it, you can use the Find My Device feature to track it down. All you need to do is go to the Find My Device website and sign in with your Google account. Once you’re signed in, you’ll be able to see your phone’s current location on a map, as well as any devices that are logged into your account. You can also use this website to remotely lock or erase your device if it’s been lost or stolen. However, your device location must be turned on for this to work, so be sure to always have it enabled.
As one of the most popular browsers in the world, Google Chrome is packed with all sorts of features and options to make your life easier. So next time you’re using Chrome, take a few minutes to explore some of its hidden gems. You might be surprised at what you find.