Using Google Chrome

Browse with Google Chrome



Google Chrome can automatically suggest related queries, matches from your browsing history, and popular websites based on your address bar input. For example, typing ‘new york times’ in the address bar could bring up ‘’ as a suggested web destination or the suggested search query ‘new york times best seller list.’

Google Suggest is the default service used for displaying auto-suggestions in the address bar, unless your default search engine uses an alternate suggestion functionality service.

This feature is turned on by default. To turn off this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Tools menu.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Click the Under the Hood tab and find the ‘Privacy’ section.
  4. Deselect the ‘Use a suggestion service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar’ checkbox.
  5. Click Close .

Tabbed browsing

Tabs in Google Chrome sit on top of the browser toolbar, so you can easily switch between multiple websites within one browser window. Each tab contains the webpage’s icon and name to let you quickly identify a tab’s website at a glance. Besides the tips listed below, you can take advantage of many keyboard shortcuts to work with Google Chrome windows and tabs.

Opening new tabs

  • Click the plus icon next to the last tab. The new tab is automatically placed as the last tab to the right.
  • If you click a link that opens in a new tab from an existing tab, the new tab is positioned next to the tab you’re currently in so that related tabs are grouped together. To force a link to open in a new tab when you click it, press Ctrl on your keyboard when you click the link.
  • To open the same website in a new tab in the same window, right-click the tab and select Duplicate.

Understanding various icons that appear in the tab

  • When you load a webpage in a tab, a slow-spinning gray circle on the tab lets you know that Google Chrome is connecting to the website. The circle turns blue and spins faster once loading is in progress. Once the webpage is completely loaded, the icon changes to the website’s graphic.
  • When you download a file, an arrow appears on the tab to signify a download in progress.

Revisiting webpages in your tab history

  • Use the forward and backward arrows  on the browser toolbar to go to webpages you just visited in the tab.
  • Click and hold either of the arrows to see a drop-down menu of more webpages from your current browsing session.

Select Show Full History to access the History page, where you can view all the webpages you’ve ever visited while using Google Chrome in standard mode.

Reloading webpages

  • Click the circular button on the browser toolbar to refresh a webpage and see its latest content.

Moving tabs around

Tabs are really flexible in Google Chrome to let you arrange your websites the way you want them. You can rearrange the order of tabs within your browser window, or drag them out into new windows.

  • To change the order of the tabs above the browser toolbar, simply click the tab you wish to relocate and drag it to its new location.
  • To move a tab into a new window, simply click and drag the desired tab out of the browser window. If successful, you see a thumbnail of the tab that you are moving.
  • To move it to a different window, drag the tab from its original window to the top tab bar in its destination window. The tab should pop in automatically.

Resizing tabs

You can use docking positions to quickly resize your browser window. Drag a tab to pre-defined locations on your computer monitor or browser window. When the docking icon appears, release the mouse over the icon to have the tab snap to the docking position.

Closing tabs

  • The easiest way to close a tab is to click the x icon in the tab (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W).
  • Tabs and applications operate independently, so if one tab malfunctions and crashes, it doesn’t affect non-related webpages opened in other tabs or the overall responsiveness of Google Chrome. Learn how to force a tab or window to close.
  • Alternatively, right-click a tab to see more options:
    • Close other tabs: Close all tabs except the tab that you’ve right-clicked.
    • Close tabs to the right.
    • Close tabs opened by this tab: If you click a link that opens in a new tab, those two tabs are now associated. Selecting this option close all associated tabs, but leaves the original tab open.
  • Closing the last tab open closes the window

Find previously visited sites

There are several ways to find websites you’ve visited before. Click a link below to get more details about each method.

Find websites from your current browsing session
Use the forward and backward arrows on the browser toolbar to go to webpages you just visited.
Click and hold either of the arrows to see a drop-down menu of more webpages from your current browsing session. Select Show Full History to access the History page, where you can view all the webpages you’ve ever visited while using Google Chrome in standard mode.
Reload a webpage by clicking the circular button next to the arrows on the browser toolbar.
Retrieve visited web addresses

Don’t work so hard to remember web addresses. Start typing parts of a web address in the address bar and it automatically searches your browsing history for matches. Relevant results shows up in the address bar drop-down menu.

Browse timeline of visited websites

To see a chronological list of websites you’ve ever visited in the last four weeks and when you last visited them, open the History page. (Note: The History page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you deleted from your browsing history.)

  1. Click the Tools menu.
  2. Select History.

You can search the text of all the webpages in your entire browsing history, even those that are more than four-weeks old. Type your query in the search box at the top of the page and click the Search history button. Search results display image thumbnails of those webpages for easy scanning. To return to your full History list, click the History link above the search box.

See frequently visited websites

Last but not least, the New Tab page keeps track of the websites you visit the most, complete with image thumbnails. Click the + icon next to your last tab to open a new tab.

Clear browsing history

You can clear your browsing history for a specific day or for a longer period of time.

Clearing your browsing history specifically deletes the following:

  • URLs of webpages you visited from the History page
  • Cached text of those webpages
  • Snapshots of those webpages for thumbnails
  • IP addresses that were pre-fetched from those webpages

It does not clear cookies set by those pages or your download history.

Clear history for a specific day

  1. Click the Tools menu.
  2. Select History.
  3. Scroll to the earliest time recorded for the day that you wish to clear and click the Delete history for this day link at the right.

Clear history from a longer period of time

  1. Click the Tools menu.
  2. Select Clear browsing data.
  3. In the ‘Clear Browsing Data’ dialog box, select the ‘Clear browsing history’ checkbox.By default, Google Chrome clears only information collected in the last 24 hours. If you want to clear browsing information from a longer period of time, use the ‘Clear data from this period’ drop-down menu. To wipe out your whole browsing history, select the Everything option.
  4. Click the Clear Browsing Data button.

4 Replies to “Browse with Google Chrome

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