Chrome is an amazing browser that is fast becoming its own veritable, cloud operating system. Regardless of what device or OS I am using, Chrome is there, syncing all my essential information and bringing me the fast, clean performance I’ve come to expect.
Yet, there is at least one area of traditional browsing where Chrome falls short, i.e., bookmarks. The organizer is ugly and cumbersome, and it doesn’t seem to be as efficient or powerful as Firefox’s offering.
Chrome’s myriad other strengths more than makeup for this weaknesses, but if you’d like to make its bookmark organizer more palatable, give this extension a try. Read more
Modern versions of Google’s Chrome have a built-in viewer for displaying files encoded in the ubiquitous PDF file format. This means that when you click on a link to a PDF file, it will automatically open in the web browser.
While this is fine for most end users, it can be an annoying behavior for others. For example, I often need to modify PDF files before uploading them to web services like Evernote, and having to wait for a file to first display in the browser, then download it to my computer for modification, only to have to re-upload to Evernote is a pain.
If this is something you go through too often and you wish Chrome treated these files differently, there is a way to modify this behavior. Read more
One of the things I love about Chrome is the slick way it handles tabs. Creating, organizing, and dragging them in and out of windows is a pretty seamless process, and it’s something that has made research/writing sessions much more productive.
Often, when I writing an article, I need two windows open, side-by-side, so I can continually go back and reference a source article for a post. Normally, I’d be forced to manually create the separate windows and snap them to the sides of the screen.
Now, there is a Chrome extension that can make this a streamlined process. Read more
If you suckle at the teat of the big G and have moved most of your life into Google’s cloud, odds are you live and die by Chrome and Google Drive. While there has always been a Chrome webapp for quickly getting to your Drive homepage, you’d probably appreciate more direct webapp links that enable you to directly start on document creation.
Now, Google has answered the call. Read more
A recurring, and seriously annoying, issue for some users (i.e., me) is when, after doing hours of online research with Google, you try to re-find a site that you’d previously visited either a few hours or a few days ago. You can always go into your browser’s history and run a search, but if you’ve been visiting many sites (particularly very similar types of sites), it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for.
If you use Chrome, there is an extension that offers a better solution. Read more
The web browser is a diverse, competitive market, and although Google’s Chrome gets a lot of love, there are still many web users that remain loyal to Firefox. Previously, if you wanted to maintain that experience on an iPad, you had Mozilla’s Firefox Home app.
Unfortunately, that app left much to be desired and has been abandoned. If you’ve tried out the numerous other iOS third party browsers, and still want something more Firefox-like, check out Foxbrowser. Read more
Gmail and keyboard shortcuts are two topics that are near and dear to my heart. Separate, they are great in their own right, but, when put together with an email powerhouse like Gmail, things really start to get done.
Whenever you are in Gmail, you can easily get a popup of all the available keyboard shortcuts by pressing the Shift+? keys on your keyboard, but the list is long and can be overwhelming for someone starting from scratch.
A Chrome extension from the developers of an edifying, shortcut-related piece of software, KeyRocket, has a better way for you to become a Gmail keyboard shortcut pro. Read more
Chrome rocks. You know it, I know it, and Google knows it. Fast, secure, reliable, and constantly updated with sweet, new features (SYNC EVERYTHING!!!), Chrome has become the go-to browser for millions of people. Yet, an increasing amount of browsing time is being done on mobile devices, and, as we all know, popular operating systems like Apple’s iOS are not known for their, um, freedom.
Unlike Android, iOS does not give you the ability to set default applications for your device. So, while Apple has become more flexible in regard to letting apps that are similar to their own native apps run on their platform (e.g., alternative web browsers like Dolphin HD or Chrome), they still significantly hamper their performance.
For example, let’s say you install Chrome on your iOS device, and a friend emails you a link to the new blog they just created. When you click the link, you are forced into Apple’s Safari web browser. Your only alternative is to copy the URL, open Chrome and paste it into the address bar so you can load the page. This is NOT the most elegant solution.
Today’s tip can help mitigate this issue and make using the recently released Chrome browser for iOS a tenable proposition.