5 Basic Chrome Tips Every Teacher Should Know about
October 29, 2015
Chrome browser is packed full of amazing features that can make your browsing experience way more easier and productive. In today’s post we have picked out five of what we think are must-know Chrome tips for teachers. Using these tips will enable you to save, sync and access your Chrome data and bookmarks across different devices, easily access and manage your installed apps, use shortcuts to perform quick tasks on Chrome, restore closed tabs and windows, and finally browse the web privately using incognito mode.
1-The importance of signing in to Chrome
Chrome is part of Google’s products meaning if you have a Google account you can use the same login info to sign in to your Chrome. Once signed in, all your Chrome’s settings, bookmarks, apps, extensions, browsing history, themes and other data are saved and synced to your Google account. You can access all of this data when you use Chrome on any other device provided you sign in to the same account. This is especially helpful in cases where your computer is broken or stolen and when you work on different computers for instance one at home and another at work…etc. Follow these steps to sign in to Chrome:Open Chrome.
In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the button with your name or email address.
Click Sign in to Chrome.
Sign in with your Google Account.
To customize your sync settings, click Settings. This lets you choose what information to share across other devices where you’re signed into Chrome.
2- Easy access to your installed Chrome apps
There are two easy ways to access your installed apps in Chrome. The first one is through the use of the following URL : chrome://apps. The second way is by using App Launcher. App Launcher is a window that features all the apps you are using on your Chrome. From there you can add or remove apps, organize apps by drag and drop, search for apps by typing its name in the search box. To easily access your App launcher you need to drag it to your Taskbar (Windows) or your Dock (Mac). Here is how to do it: A- For Windows users:Click the Start menu.
Select All programs > Google Chrome.
Right-click the App Launcher .
Click Pin to Taskbar.
B- For Mac users:Go to Finder and type “App Launcher” in the search box.
Drag the App Launcher to your Dock.
3- Tabs and Windows
Here are some interesting shortcuts to help you better manage your tabs and windows on Chrome:To open a link in a new tab, press Ctrl (Windows and Linux) or ⌘ (Mac) on your keyboard when you click the link. Related tabs are grouped together.
Open a new Tab: click on Ctrl+T (Windows and Linux); ⌘-T (Mac)
Open a new Window: Click Ctrl+N (Windows and Linux); ⌘-N (Mac)
Open the same page in multiple tabs: Right-click the tab containing the webpage in question and select Duplicate.
Close tabs: click Ctrl+W (Windows and Linux) and ⌘-W (Mac) to close a tab.
Close windows: click Alt+F4 (Windows and Linux) and⌘-Shift-W (Mac) to close a window
4- Restore closed tabs and windows
If you accidentally close a tab or window, you can easily recover it using the keyboard shortcut Crtl+Shift+T (Mac: ⌘-Shift-T) or follow the steps below:Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
Select Recent Tabs.
Select the desired tab from the list under “Recently closed”.
5- Use Incognito mode for private browsing
Incognito mode allows you to browse the web without leaving any history records in Chrome. There are two ways to activate incognito mode. Use these keyboard shortcuts:
A- Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘ – Shift – N (Mac)
B- From your computer:
Open a Chrome window
In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu .
Select New Incognito Window.
A new window will open with a gray figure in the top-right corner
To close incognito mode, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and click the X.