Chromebook/Chrome Browser Tips-Tricks

If you are new to the Chromebook and/or the Chrome browser, here is a compilation of helpful tips/tricks for efficient use.

CTRL + T =  Opens a new tab

CTRL + F = allows you to search in a document already opened

CTRL+ W  = Closes the current tab

CTRL + J = Opens the downloads page

CTRL + D = Saves your current webpage as a bookmark.

CTRL + SHIFT + N = Opens a new window in incognito mode, for private browsing

Right click on an image and hit “search Google for this image”

Pin your tabs so that they open every time you open Chrome 

You can press Ctrl+Shift+B to hide the bookmark bar (or bring it back)

For a full screenshot press Ctrl+Switch Window Key (press Ctrl + Alt + / to see your keyboard). (Samsung?)

For a partial screenshot -- press Ctrl+Shift+Switch Window Key and drag to the preferred size. (Samsung?

Shift + link open link in new window

Search your Google Drive files directly from Chrome's Omnibox: Go into the "Edit search engines" menu and add a new search engine with the name "Google Drive" and the keyword gd. For the URL, enter, then click the Done button. Now, type gd into the Omnibox, hit Tab, and search away within your own Drive files.

You can navigate through your open tabs right from your keyboard: Press Ctrl (Cmd) and the numbers 1 through 9 to jump around on demand.

Pressing the space bar will scroll down one page's length on any Web page -- pressing Shift and the space bar will scroll up in the same manner?

Ctrl-0 (that's zero) will snap you back to the default 100 percent zoom view

Put some extra language knowledge into your browser by adding in the official Google Dictionary extension. With it in place, you can double-click any word on the Web to see a pop-up bubble with its definition.

CTRL + SHIFT + T = Reopens the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed

CTRL + H = Opens your browsing history (see the most recently viewed pages within any individual tab by clicking and holding the Back button at the top-left of the browser.)

Want to save all your tabs for later? Quickly bookmark all your open tabs using shortcut Ctrl+Shift+D.

Set up a custom search engine directly from the omnibox without visiting the site first.

CTRL + SHIFT  + DEL = Takes you directly to the page to clear browsing history, cache and cookies.

CTRL + SHIFT +V =  Paste content from the clipboard without formatting (ie, pastes plain text)

If you press on a link in your bookmarks toolbar while you’re in a tab that you actually want to keep, before you let go you can just drag it to the top of the browser and it will create a new tab.

Want to search for an image without a background? put png after your search word (e.g. bears png)

Highlighting text and dragging it to the top-most area of the browser -- next to your right-most tab -- will launch a search or navigation in a new tab rather than the current one.

For a more streamlined look, right-click each site in the Bookmarks Bar, select Edit, and remove its name. That'll leave you with a text-free list of icons pointing to your favorite pages.

Chrome allows you to create custom keyboard shortcuts for extensions. Go to chrome://extensions, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the link labeled "Keyboard shortcuts" to set up some of your own.

For a distraction-free browsing experience, hit F11. It'll shift Chrome into full-screen mode, hiding all the regular browser elements and everything else on your screen.

You can save files directly from the Web to Google Drive. Grab Google's official Save to Google Drive extension and you'll gain an option to save both full pages and individual files by right-clicking as you surf.

Press Ctrl (Cmd) and the "+" or "-" key to quickly zoom in or out of any Web page and change the size of text or other on-screen elements.

Compiled by Rolland Chidiac - WCDSB