December 18, 2020
Your Guide to Mastering Google Chrome
According to StatCounter, Google Chrome continues to be the most popular internet browser. Roughly two-thirds of internet users prefer Chrome to other browsers. Thus, it is no surprise to see Google pushing regular updates and adding new features.
At the same time, Chrome is not without its faults. Despite all its advantages, the browser tends to consume a lot of computer memory. While that should not be a big issue by itself, some people tend to experience performance problems while surfing the net.
Knowing how to get the most out of Google Chrome will let you get a better browsing experience. And the suggestions below will help with that.
Suggestion #1 – Manage Notifications
There are two options when it comes to managing notifications. You can either disable or enable them. Of course, receiving constant pop-ups while you are working is a hindrance, just like unexpected alerts on a smartphone. However, you could also be expecting an important email, and Gmail will not send you a notification if you have disabled it. Thus, it is good to know how to manage chrome notifications.
Suggestion #2 – Clear Cache
Too much Chrome cache is one of the most common reasons why the browser struggles to perform optimally. The browser stores information about websites you visit, so it takes less time to load the next time you end up on a landing page.
Some data examples include URLs and pictures. However, once the cache accumulates too much data, the browser starts to struggle and does the opposite of loading fast.
It would help if you got in the habit of clearing browser cache regularly. It should not take more than a minute, especially if you remove the cache once every month or more often.
Suggestion #3 – Install Ad Blocker Extension
Chrome has various extensions, but ad blockers are some of the best you can find. Given how much they improve one’s browsing experience, it would be unwise not to install an ad blocker.
You will not have to deal with those annoying pop-ups that appear unexpectedly. Clicking on one accidentally may lead to a website that is crawling with malware, and even reliable antivirus software may not be enough to prevent potential cybersecurity threats.
Suggestion #4 – Limit the Number of Browser Tabs
Like already mentioned, Chrome is not the best when it comes to device memory usage. And you are not doing yourself any favors by opening multiple browser tabs simultaneously.
Whether a browser tab is idle or not, it still consumes system resources. You do not need to have YouTube for music when there is Spotify or Facebook when you have an application on your smartphone with notifications.
Suggestion #5 – Save Passwords
Chrome stores important information, such as passwords, payment methods, and addresses. You can autofill it and reduce the time it takes to purchase products or services online or when you need to access an account online.
Of course, there is another side to this. You can disable the autofill feature and clear the browsing history for the sake of security. If someone gets your device, they will have an easier time accessing personal information if the autofill has been storing passwords and other data. You can adjust preferences in the Settings tab on Google Chrome.
Suggestion #6 – Memorize Keyboard Shortcuts
Chrome does not have that many relevant keyboard shortcuts, but you can still memorize them to improve your workrate. The following Chrome shortcuts are worth knowing:
Control + 9 to switch to the last tab you had opened
Control + Shift + T to undo closed tabs
Control + J to open Downloads
Control + H to show browsing history
Suggestion #7 – Sync Chrome With Google Account
Syncing Chrome with your Google account (the one with the email) is a good piece of advice. When you switch back to another device, such as a smartphone or a new computer, you will have an easier time transferring browser information to the device.
Bookmarks, browsing history, and stored passwords are just a few data examples. Instead of collecting data from scratch, you will have Google Chrome ready to go from the get-go. It is as if you have never switched to another device in the first place.
Suggestion #8 – Bookmark Frequently Visited Websites
Speaking of accessing the information on Chrome, it is recommended to bookmark frequently visited websites or pages that you will want to check later but have no time to do so at the moment.
You can go back to a previously visited website by looking at the browsing history, but what if you forget the URL? Bookmarking a site takes a second, but it will ensure that you will not have problems locating such sites in the future.