The new version 68 of Google Chrome arrived with improvements in Material Design, security enhancements to inhibit malicious websites and a greater focus on making HTTPS a standard on the Internet. These features are enabled by default, but the browser has a number of other useful and important, but "hidden" features that can make your life easier. Next, you will learn about a set of these features, and learn how to activate and configure each one in your browser.
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List brings Chrome functions "hidden" in the browser Photo: Melissa Cruz / TechTudo
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1. Task manager
Task Manager can help when your PC crashes Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
With the Shift + ESC shortcut, you can access the Chrome Task Manager. It works just like the Windows manager (accessed with CTRL + ALT + DEL), allowing you to see everything the browser is running at any given time. Thus, you can interrupt processes, extensions and tabs easily.
Fixing tabs is an interesting idea for those sites that you access all the time Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
One way to increase productivity is to fix the tabs that you access very often, such as e-mail, social media, a specific page of work or study. This will cause the tab to be constantly linked to the browser, so it will not be accidentally closed and will be loaded whenever Chrome is opened. To do this, navigate to the site you want to pin, click the right mouse button on the tab and choose the Pin option.
3. Searching directly on websites
Chrome has a trick that lets you search for content on a website directly from the browser address box. For this, I need to play the following code on Google: "site: techtudo.com.br chrome" (without quotes). In this case, the site defined for search was TechTudo, and the search term was "chrome". You can replace these two elements with the website and word of your choice. Then, copy the address of the results page.
Copy the search result address Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
Now, access your browser settings to go to the search tools and select the Manage search engines option. When choosing to add a new search, fill in the box as shown in the image below.
In URL, enter the address you copied from the previous search, but replace everything after the + sign with a "% s" (without quotes). In keywords, it is possible to include a term that, when typed in the Chrome address bar, will be a shortcut to the specific search for that site. When you are finished filling in the blanks, confirm by clicking on "add".
Add the site and remove everything that comes after the "+" sign and insert "% s", as shown in the image Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
Now, you can search directly on TechTudo just by typing "tech" in the address bar. This trick also works with other sites, like Wikipedia, for example.
Using the keyword you defined in our "tech" case, Chrome will direct the search to the specific site Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
4. Link to pages and services on your desktop
Note that Netflix opens without the Chrome address bar, giving the impression of being an app Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
This tip is very useful for creating shortcuts to Internet tools that you prefer to use outside the browser you work on and focus your open tabs. You can, for example, create a direct shortcut to Netflix on any system, making life easier especially for those who use Linux and do not have an exclusive streaming service app. The same tutorial can be adapted for different platforms, such as Pixlr (photo editor), YouTube, news sites etc.
Create other user profiles for the people who share the PC with you Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
By clicking on your name, in the upper right corner of the screen, you have access to the control menu for Chrome user accounts and profiles. In Manage People, you can create other users' accounts for the browser. This is very useful for those who share the PC and want to preserve privacy, since this other account will not have access to its history, research, saved passwords and other information.
6. Chrome as a media player
Using Chrome as a media player is an interesting trick Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
You can play almost any type of video on Chrome itself; just drag the file to the browser and the playback should start automatically. This is especially useful for integrating with Chromecast: you can use this trick to stream in your home without needing your smartphone.
Feature automatically creates passwords for you Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
Chrome has recently come with a password generator. The function is disabled by default, but when activated, the feature detects password creation fields on form pages. So, the feature suggests strong and secure combinations to use as a password.
The password generator is activated in the hidden functions of the browser, accessed by the code chrome: // flags (without quotes) in the address bar. After that, use the search box at the top of the page to search for the term passwords. Choose enabled in Password generation and you're done.
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