Google Chrome – 9 Chrome Tricks You Don’t Know 

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Google Chrome – 9 Chrome Tricks You Don’t Know 

The Google Chrome browser is globally recognized as the most widely used tool for web searching. It offers user-friendly navigation, and exceptional speed, and contains various hidden tricks and features that may not be commonly known.

Every day, countless individuals rely on Google Chrome for their work and leisure activities. However, what truly sets it apart as one of the finest web browsers is the plethora of hidden features it houses. Staying on top of all these features would require a level of intelligence comparable to that of Google itself.

Nonetheless, we have explored Chrome extensively to compile a selection of our favourite tips and tricks. This collection combines both entertainment and practicality, encompassing everything from secret codes to enhancing privacy and security. Discover these nine lesser-known capabilities of Chrome that you probably didn’t know existed.

1. Block third-party cookies

Although cookies may sound innocent, they serve as a disguise for tracking mechanisms. If you prefer not to be tracked across your online activities, Google Chrome provides a simple solution to block third-party cookies and minimize personalized advertisements.

You even have the option to block all cookies, but it’s important to note that this may hinder the proper functioning of certain websites and prevent features like password saving. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure you remember your login information if you choose to block all cookies.

2.  Use the search sidebar tool

This tool proves highly beneficial for tasks such as comparing search results, conducting research, and referencing information. By enabling this feature, you can open a secondary search window on the side of your screen, allowing you to explore additional search results while staying on the current webpage. Beyond academic purposes, this functionality proves particularly handy when researching products or seeking the best deals from various online retailers.

3.  Pin tabs 

Commencing a browsing session on Chrome often leads to a cluttered tab arrangement, causing inconvenience. However, you can easily resolve this issue by pinning tabs, which keeps essential tabs neatly organized on the left side of the screen for quick access.

This feature allows you to designate certain tabs as a priority and safeguards against accidentally closing them with an inadvertent mouse click. Pinning tabs proves to be an excellent method for maintaining tab order and preventing any unintentional disruptions.

4. Set Chrome flags 

Similar to the developer options available on Android phones, Chrome flags grant users access to a range of additional features. It’s important to note that many of these features are still in the experimental stages, such as alpha and beta versions.

While power users can leverage flags to enhance their Chrome experience, it’s crucial to exercise caution. It’s recommended to only tinker with flags that you fully understand, as tampering with unfamiliar flags may have unintended consequences. As a general rule, if you encounter a flag that you don’t comprehend, it’s best to avoid making any changes to it.

5.  Re-open closed tabs

In the midst of having multiple tabs open, it’s common to accidentally close the wrong one. Regrettably, the reliable “undo” function cannot retrieve a tab that has already been closed. However, there’s no need to panic.

Fortunately, there’s still a way to rescue your lost tab from the depths of oblivion, and the process is both swift and simple. Let’s explore the steps to recover your closed tab.
1. Select the three dots in the top right corner, then select history.

 2. Under recently closed select the page you last closed.

 3. To use this function as a shortcut simply hold Ctrl+Shift+T

6. Run a safety check

We rely on Chrome and its security measures to ensure our safety while browsing the internet. That’s why it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest version of Chrome. However, you can go even further by enabling Chrome to scan for potentially harmful extensions and malicious software, and even check if your passwords have been compromised. This extra layer of protection serves as an excellent complement to the use of reliable antivirus software, providing you with ultimate peace of mind during your online activities.

1.  Select the three dots in the top right corner then select Settings.

2.  Select Privacy and Security and under Safety Check, select Check

7.  Hack the Chrome dinosaur game 

The Chrome dinosaur game is widely enjoyed as a means of procrastination, offering a delightful challenge as players dodge Pterodactyls and cacti in a fast-paced environment. However, like many beloved classic games, there is an option to take a shortcut to achieve a high score: cheating.

By utilizing this cheat, you can remove some or all of the game’s challenges and make the dinosaur invincible. Just remember not to reveal your secret to your friends when they marvel at your impressive performance.

1.  Type chrome: dino into Chrome’s address bar and press Enter.

2.  Right-click and select Inspect to open the Developer tools panel and then select Console.

3. In the text box, type in var original = Runner.prototype.game-over

4. In a separate text box type in Runner.prototype.gameOver = function (){}

8.  Add accessibility features 

Chrome offers an outstanding feature that allows users to install extensions, and you’re probably already aware of that, right? These extensions cater to a wide range of needs, but some of the most valuable ones provide excellent accessibility options for individuals who require them.

Accessibility extensions encompass functionalities such as screen readers, text-to-speech capabilities, and even assistance for those with Dyslexia, ensuring that Chrome remains inclusive and accommodating for all users.

1.  Select the three dots in the top right corner and then select Settings.

2.  Select Accessibility and then Add accessibility features.

3.  Download any extensions you need.

9.  Play Pac-Man 

Were you aware that you can enjoy one of the most legendary games ever created for free, directly in your browser? We’re not referring to the Chrome Dinosaur game, but rather the timeless classic, Pac-Man. First introduced in 1980, this beloved yellow character, known for gobbling up pellets, has captured the hearts of millions (while causing frustration for its ghostly adversaries).

Now, you can relish in the thrill of playing Pac-Man right in your Chrome browser, making it an ideal choice for your lunch break or any other time you wish to indulge. Initially presented as a Google Doodle, this version of the game is now available for you to enjoy whenever you desire.

1. Type Pac-Man in the search bar.

2. Select Play and enjoy.

3. To play other games including Minesweeper, select the drop-down arrow for a choice.

Jael Okwuchukwu
Jael Okwuchukwu
I am Okwuchukwu Jael, a writer, educator, and musician from Enugu State. Teaching, both academic and musical, is a passion of mine, and I specialize as a Western pianist. Currently, I am employed as a blogger at Writer's King LTD, combining my love for writing and desire to share knowledge with a broader audience.

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