Even if you’ve been using Google Chrome since its inception in 2008, the browser has a few tricks up its sleeve that you may not be aware of. Google regularly adds new features, but older functions become lost and forgotten if they aren’t used on a daily basis. Here are 6 things you probably didn’t know you could accomplish with Chrome.
1. Switch to guest mode
If someone has to borrow your computer for a short period of time, you probably don’t want them to look through your bookmarks or visit all of the websites you’re connected into, which is where guest mode comes in useful. To make the move, click your Google account avatar in the top right corner, then pick Guest. It’s not difficult to exit guest mode, but it does provide a minimum level of security and privacy for your own Chrome profile.
2. Play audio and video files
Chrome is capable of much more than just browsing the web. If you drag an audio or video file into a new tab, you may play it straight inside your browser, as long as it’s in a fairly common and well-known format. Because the playback controls and features you receive with Chrome are pretty rudimentary, it’s doubtful that it will ever replace your default media player, but it can be useful when you need to quickly access a file on your system.
3. Cast your screen or desktop
You can use the Cast option to beam individual browser tabs or your entire desktop to a Chromecast device on your current network if you enter the main Google Chrome menu via the three dots up in the upper right corner of the UI. The video material will be streamed rather than the tab or desktop on some streaming services, such as Netflix and YouTube. It’s ideal for displaying presentations, photographs, and other media.
4. Send tabs to other devices
If you wish to view a webpage on your phone or another device, right-click on the URL in the address bar at the top of the Chrome interface and select Send to your devices from the menu. “Your devices” in this example refers to any devices on which you’ve installed Chrome, signed in with your Google account, and enabled sync. Choose one of the alternatives from the drop-down menu, and the URL in question is transferred to the other device right away.
5. Get fast results from the omnibox
Try conducting computations or conversions in the omnibox at the top of the Chrome interface, and you’ll see the results before you hit Enter. You may simply just type “weather” to get a quick prediction without having to go to a website or conduct a web search. If you key in “define” followed by the term you wish to check up, you can get a quick definition right in the omnibox.
6. Look for harmful malware
Chrome has its own malware scanner, which you may use if your browser is slowing down, you’re getting a lot of pop-up advertising, or you notice anything else odd. To check for anything strange, open the Chrome browser, go to Settings, and then to the Advanced section, where you may choose Reset and clean up, then Clean up computer. Chrome will report back on its findings once the scan is completed.