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5 Google Chrome tricks you'll use time and time again

5 Google Chrome tricks you'll use time and time again
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Do you know how much happens on the internet in just one minute? It's more than you can even imagine. There are 2.78 million YouTube videos watched, 150 million emails sent, 51,000 app downloads in iTunes, 38,194 Instagram posts, and 2.4 million search queries on Google. Wow.

With all that going on in mere nanoseconds, every little sliver of time counts. That's why there are shortcuts you can take to speed up what you need to do online.

If you're an Android user and use Google Chrome as your browser, here are five shortcuts and tricks you'll use over and over again.

Google Chrome shortcuts

1. Browse privately
Security is at the top of most web users' minds. That's why we are frequently recommending using a private browser to make sure your data and communications are not being stolen or snooped on.

Incognito mode will open a new window in Chrome and allow you to browse privately, without saving the websites that you visit. You are able to switch between any regular Chrome browser and the incognito window that you have open. You will only be in incognito mode when you are using the incognito window.

Note: Incognito mode does not keep other sources from seeing what sites you visit. It only prevents Chrome from saving your site visiting activity. Your internet service provider, your employer and the sites you visit themselves will all still be able to see them.

Here are the steps to open an incognito window:

  • Open the Chrome app.
  • Click the "More" button. It looks like three dots stacked on top of each other.
  • Click on New incognito Window.

A new Window will open and you'll be incognito.

Exiting and turning off incognito mode:

  • Open the Chrome app.
  • At the top-right, tap Switch tabs. On the right you will see your open incognito tabs.
  • At the top-right of your incognito tabs, tap Close.

2. Zoom in and out
Sometimes, the fine print on a screen can be hard to read, even for young eyes. Before you bring out your glasses, you can zoom in and out on any page with magnification gestures.

To use the Magnification gestures feature, you first must turn it on. Here are the steps to turn the feature on:

  • Open your Android device's Settings app.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Tap Magnification gestures.
  • Click the on/off switch at the top of the screen.

You can use the feature now that it is on. Here are the steps for using Magnification gestures:

  • Triple-tap anywhere on the screen, except the keyboard or navigation bar.
  • Then you can pan or adjust the zoom level - To pan across the screen, drag it with two or more fingers. To adjust the zoom level, inch two or more fingers together or spread them apart.
  • To zoom out, triple-tap the screen.

Once Magnification gestures is turned on, single taps take a little longer than normal. This lets your gadget find out if the tap is part of a triple-tap. If you open or close an app while zoomed in, you automatically zoom out. If you want to zoom in again, just do another triple-tap.

3. See all open tabs

We use our gadgets so much these days it can be difficult to keep track of where we left off. Having multiple tabs open at all times is just common practice. Google Chrome makes it easy to see them all with one quick move.

All you need to do is open the Chrome app and tap and hold the address bar and pull it in the down direction. All of your open tabs will then be in view. You can tap on any of the open tabs to select it.

Bonus tip: To cycle through all of your open tabs, swipe the address bar left or right. Chrome will switch to the open tab in the direction you swipe.

4. Copying a URL

If you're like me you can easily get lost surfing the web. There are so many sites to explore I can jump around from site-to-site for hours.

Navigating back to that newly discovered site can be difficult without its URL. Chrome makes it easy to copy a site's URL so you can paste it into another address bar, or email it to yourself so you can get back to it later.

The easiest way to copy a URL on your Android phone is to tap and hold the address bar. The full URL will be displayed on a pop-up along with the words Copy URL. Click on Copy URL and it will be copied to your clipboard.

5. Closing a tab

Closing a tab in Chrome is probably the easiest thing you can do. To close a tab on Android, all you have to do is flick it away in either direction. You can flick it from right to left or left to right and the tab will be closed.

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