Browse the Web or perform a search
With Google Chrome, you can get anywhere on the Web from the address bar at the top of the window. To browse websites or perform a search, start typing in the address bar. Suggestions from your browsing history, popular sites, and popular searches will appear.
If you have a specific search engine in mind for your searches, follow these steps to make it default:
- Click the Tools menu.
- Select Options.
- Click the Manage button to open the ‘Search Engines’ dialog box.
- Choose a search engine from the list.
- Click the Make Default button.
Save or bookmark your favorite webpages
To save the webpage you’re on, click the star icon on the address bar. In the bookmarks bubble that pops up, select the folder where you’d like to file the bookmark. Learn more about creating bookmarks.
The bookmarks bar and bookmark manager are handy tools for managing your bookmarks. All your bookmarks and bookmark folders show up on the bookmarks bar. You can dock the bookmarks bar under the Google Chrome toolbar by pressing Ctrl+B on your keyboard. To search or edit your bookmarks and bookmark folders, open the bookmark manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B.
Open the Web in tabs
Flexible tabs help you manage the way you browse your websites. To open a new tab, click the + icon next to your last tab (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T).
You can click any tab and drag the tab to reorder it, or even pull it out into its own window, and then pop it back in again. It’s almost too much fun.
Get to your most visited websites and searches
The New Tab page lets you get to your most visited websites, recently bookmarked webpages, top search engines, and recently closed tabs with a few clicks. Simply open a new tab. The Web resources you rely on the most appear automatically.
You can also set frequently used webpages as your startup page or as your home page. Turn on the home button in the ‘Google Chrome Options’ window.
Download files in peace
When you click a link to start a download, monitor the download progress at the bottom of the Google Chrome window. When your download is complete, click the file button to open it, or the arrow beside the button to manage the file. To see all your downloads, click the Show all downloads link. You can also view your downloads by clicking the Tools menu and selecting Downloads (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J).
Create shortcuts for your Web applications
You can run many websites, such as email services, like actual programs on your computer’s desktop by creating application shortcuts. To make one for the website you’re on, click the Page menu and select Create application shortcuts. Then select where you want shortcuts to be placed on your computer. When you double-click a shortcut icon, the website opens in a streamlined window.
Browse the Web without saving information
For times when you want to browse in stealth mode, for example, to plan surprises like gifts or birthdays, you can browse the Web without leaving behind search history or cookies. Click the Tools menu and select New incognito window. You can still access your saved bookmarks and settings, and you can also continue to browse normally in a separate window.
Manage your browsing history
Click the Tools menu, and select History to search and browse your previously viewed websites (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H). To remove the links from any day, click the Delete history for this day link on the right side of the window.
Isolate misbehaving tabs
You can use Google Chrome’s Task Manager to close a website that is misbehaving without completely shutting down Google Chrome. The Task Manager also shows you the memory usage of each opened tab. Click the Page menu, select Developer, then Task Manager (or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Esc). You can select the tab you want to stop and click the End process button.
Need to report a technical issue or problem with Google Chrome? If so, follow these steps:
- Click the Page menu.
- Select Report a bug or broken website.
- Choose an issue type from the drop-down menu.
- Add key details in the ‘Description’ field, including steps to reproduce the issue you’re experiencing.
- Click the Send report button to report a Google Chrome bug.