Google Chrome: Part Deux

google_chrome_browser_market.jpgOkay, so I confess I’m completely enamored with Google Chrome. Therefore, what I’m about to share with you may seem completely useless, but through my rose-colored glasses, the following tips appear more than worthy. After all, love isn’t practical.

Have a tab that’s gone wacko and even refuses to close? Chrome offers an in-browser Task Manager. Shift+Esc will bring up the Manager and allow you to terminate the processes on a particular tab.

You can also jump from tab to tab without using the mouse. Simply hold down Ctrl and then press the tab’s corresponding number. If you’re on tab one and want to view the website currently open on tab nine, hit Ctrl+9.

Chrome offers an incognito feature, allowing you to shop for that secret birthday present without having to worry about the lucky party stumbling across that same website via the site history. You can go “Incognito” by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N or by clicking the “Page” icon in the upper right corner and selecting “New incognito window” from the menu.

Have you ever been surfing the Web and suddenly thought, “Man, I wish I knew how many inches are in 8 miles.” Of course you have. It’s happened to me many times. With Google Chrome, I no longer have to wonder, scrounge around for a pad of paper, or even launch Windows Calculator. Merely enter a simple calculation in the address bar and let Chrome do the heavy mental lifting.


In Chrome, you can adjust text areas (like those teeny comment boxes on blogs) to a size actually viewable by the human eye.

Ctrl+H will bring up your history page and Ctrl+J will display your past downloads. (Both commands are also accessible from the Settings menu, which is the “Wrench” icon in the upper right corner.

These are just a few of the things you can do with Google Chrome. Interested in learning more? Why not give Chrome a try?

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Written by Craig

I am a Circulation Assistant at the Lowell branch of Kent District Library. My job is to make a patron’s visit to the library circulation desk fun, easy, and informative. In other words, “circuliscious.”

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3 Responses to “Google Chrome: Part Deux”

  1. Dave Says:

    I do like the unified search and address box. Also I like being able to launch pages as apps. Pretty cool stuff.

    But, I tried it but I’m still sticking with Firefox. Firefox is a lot more powerful, time-tested, and secure. There have been several security problems found, just listen to Security Now (

  2. Craig Says:

    Thanks for testing it! Yep, opinions are going to vary. Just keep in mind that Chrome is beta and will certainly evolve with time, as has every other browser.

  3. Josh Says:

    I agree with Dave that at this point Chrome is not the better browser, but I do think it is close, which for a beta version of a brand new browser says a lot. It is very easy to use and has lots of little features that make it potentially a great browser. Now that they are beta testing I am sure google will start to improve on those security issues and any other bugs that are to be found and will hopefully come back with a great release sometime soon.