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30 Dec 12 The 5 Chrome apps and extensions I used most in 2012


The year is about to draw to a close. It is that time when we plan our resolutions for the coming year, get ready for New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations and reflect back on the year that was. One fun thing to think about is the technology you used most in the past year. For me there is quite a bit, but I thought I would focus on one — web browser apps and extensions.

Being a writer, my browser is my most-used tool and this year I made a switch from Firefox to Google’s Chrome. Like Firefox, Chrome has countless extensions, but it also has apps that reside on the New Tab page — access them by opening a new tab and clicking on Apps at the bottom of the screen.

So, this got me thinking about which extensions and apps I used most over the past year and I decided to put together a little list of my top-5.

1. Tab Cloud

Tab Cloud is a great cross-platform (it works in Firefox as well) way to save your tabs and move them from PC to PC or even back and forth between two different brands of browsers. Sure, Chrome can do this, but it does sometimes crash and once in a while even loses your tabs, so I do periodic backups to Tab Cloud. The extension places a cloud icon on your menu bar.

2. Tampermonkey

While Chrome can do a lot with apps and extensions, Tampermonkey adds an additional dimension by letting you access user scripts in an easy way. Again, it adds an icon to your menu bar. Clicking it will give you access to options, access to new user scripts and a lot more.

tampermonkey

3. Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote is a great service. It works on the web and across multiple mobile platforms and allows you to save all sorts of information. It constantly syncs the notes and images so you can always access them from anywhere. The Web Clipper app allows you to “clip” sections or entire web pages to save for later reference.

4. Angry Birds

Yes, the popular mobile game has moved to other platforms. You can play it on Facebook, but you can also play it in Chrome. Access it by clicking Apps on a New Tab page.

5. Better Music for Google Play Music

This is a great little extension that gives you easy access to your Google Music right from the menu bar. There is no need to visit the site or click on a tab. You can Play, Pause and do more from the icon on your menu bar.

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  1. Still no good mouse gestures addon for Chrome, unfortunately. That’s forcing me to stick with Firefox.

  2. Ah that Angry Birds ruined the awesomeness of your list lol
    For me it’s
    WOT
    Lastpass
    Andd app shrotcuts like gmail gdrive drop ox etc :)

Article source: http://www.ghacks.net/2012/12/29/the-5-chrome-apps-and-extensions-i-used-most-in-2012/

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16 Jun 12 50 essential Chrome tips


Behind its no-frills, stripped-down exterior, the Google Chrome browser hides a wealth of useful features and functions.

Read on to discover some tips and tricks you can make use of to unlock the power of Chrome. Oh, and chip in with your own in the comments at the bottom.


1. Pin tabs

Pinned tabs shuffle along to the left-hand side of the screen, take up less room and in some cases (e.g. Twitter), they glow if there’s an update to the page. They also keep their places whenever you start up Chrome in the future. Right-click on a tab title to access the pin tab option.

50 essential Chrome tips: pinned tabs


2. Log out with incognito mode

Like most browsers, Chrome has an incognito mode that disables history logging. Open up an incognito window whenever you want to quickly check how a site — such as your Facebook page or Google+ profile — looks to someone who isn’t signed in as you. If you’re using Windows, Control+Shift+N opens a new incognito window.


3. Browse files

Chrome offers a rudimentary file explorer — try typing ‘C:’ into the omnibox and hitting Enter to look around.


4. Search by site

All the usual Google operators apply in the Chrome omnibox. Type ‘site:’ followed by your keywords to restrict a search to a particular website, for example.


5. View background tasks

Chrome is powerful enough to have its own task manager. Hit Shift+Esc to see what’s running in the background (typically extensions and offline caching tools), alongside your open tabs, and how much CPU time and memory space each one is taking up.


6. Hide extensions

If you want to clean up the toolbar but don’t want to uninstall all your extensions, you can hide them instead (right-click, Hide button). This can come in very handy for extensions that work mainly in the background.


7. Change version

As well as the stable version, Chrome is available in three more versions, which get increasingly more cutting edge and less stable — Beta, Dev and Canary. Visit the Chrome Release Channels page to switch between them.


8. Use the keyboard

There’s a wealth of keyboard shortcuts that make Chrome easier and faster to use, but here we’ll just mention two of the most useful — Ctrl+click to open up a link in its own tab and Ctrl+W to close the current tab.


9. Add desktop shortcuts

Right-click on a web app on the New Tab page and choose ‘Create shortcut’ to add a link to it from the Start menu, desktop or taskbar.


10. Check memory usage

Enter ‘chrome://memory’ into the address bar to see where all of your RAM is going. Try ‘chrome://chrome-urls’ to see the other diagnostic shortcuts that are available.


11. Drag links

If you find clicking on links somewhat old hat, try dragging them to the omnibox or the tab bar.


12. Visualise bookmarks

Add bookmarks to the bookmarks bar, then remove their names in the Bookmarks Manager to be left with a row of compact favicon shortcuts.

50 essential Chrome tips: remove names from bookmarks


13. Edit most visited sites

If there’s a thumbnail on the ‘Most visited sites’ page you no longer want to see, click the cross in the top right-hand corner of the image to replace it with the next most visited site in Chrome’s list.


14. Rearrange apps

Click and drag an app on the Apps page to change its position — drag to the far right to create a new page of apps.


15. Go full screen

See more of the web in full-screen mode — F11 toggles it on and off.


16. Change History

Head to chrome://chrome/history and you can remove specific pages from your browsing record via the check boxes and the ‘Remove selected items’ button.


17. Enlarge text

If your eyesight is poor or you’re using a huge monitor, you can increase the default text size via Settings Web content Font size.


18. Forget everything

Clear everything in Chrome’s memory by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Del, ticking all of the boxes (from history to cookies), selecting ‘the beginning of time’ as the timespan and clicking ‘Clear browsing data’.


19. Change the theme

Like Gmail, Chrome comes with a range of official and unofficial themes — click ‘Get themes’ on the Settings page to browse the selection.


20. Go further back

Click and hold on the back button to see a list of recently visited pages for the current tab.


21. Jump tabs

Hit Ctrl+ to jump to that tab in Chrome — Ctrl+2, for example, will open the second tab from the left.


22. Go offline

Keep emailing even when your online connection is down with Offline Gmail from the Chrome Web Store. Google promises more offline apps are on the way.

50 essential Chrome tips: offline Gmail


23. Analyse pages

Right-click on a web page and choose ‘Inspect element’ to see the HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other resources it’s made up from.


24. Import data

Chrome can import bookmarks, browsing history and more from Internet Explorer and Firefox via the Import bookmarks and settings option on the Bookmarks menu.


25. Remote desktop

There’s a beta Chrome Remote Desktop app in the Chrome Web Store that lets you access your other machines that have Chrome running. Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.


26. Pick up where you left off

Rather than opening a set URL or the New Tab screen when you start Chrome, you can opt to relaunch the same tabs that were open when you shut it down — visit the Settings page under ‘On start-up’.


27. Send to phone

The Chrome to Phone extension available in the Chrome Web Store is developed by Google and can send links and other information straight to your Android device. You’ll need to install the mobile app too.


28. Stay in sync

Sync some, all or none of the following by signing into Chrome with your Google account: apps, bookmarks, extensions, auto-fill data, passwords, open tabs, omnibox history, themes and settings.


29. Do your sums

Type a calculation into the omnibox to see the result in the suggestions without even hitting Enter.


30. Search elsewhere

On the Settings page under Search, you can set the omnibox search to query sites such as Facebook, Last.fm or Wikipedia by default.


31. Make more room

Drag out the edges of any text input box to give yourself more room to express yourself.


32. Save to Google Drive

Chrome doesn’t have this option yet — in the meantime, set the default download location to a folder being synced by the Google Drive desktop client.

50 essential Chrome tips: Google Drive download location


33. Zoom

Use the Ctrl button in conjunction with your mouse’s scroll wheel to zoom in and out.


34. See more suggestions

Increase the number of suggestions offered below the omnibox with a command line switch. Create a shortcut to chrome.exe with the ‘-omnibox-popup-count=’ start-up switch afterwards.


35. Find in page

Hit Ctrl+F and type your text to find keywords in a page — matches are highlighted in yellow on the right-hand scrollbar.


36. Highlight to search

Highlight a word or phrase and on the right-click menu you’ll find an option to use the selection as a query for a Google search in a new tab.


37. Reopen a tab

If you’ve just closed a tab you didn’t mean to, right-click on the tab bar and choose Reopen closed tab to bring it back.


38. Switch between Google accounts

Use the ‘Add new user’ button on the Settings page to sign in using another Google Account. You can then quickly switch between them by clicking on the user icon in the top-left corner.


39. Experiment

Enter ‘about:flags’ in the omnibox to see some experimental Chrome features you can try out, covering everything from geolocation APIs to gamepad support.


40. Paste and go

With a link on the clipboard, right-click on the omnibox and choose ‘Paste and go’ to visit it. If a link isn’t detected, the option becomes Paste and search.


41. Find recent bookmarks

The Bookmark Manager creates an automatic list of recently bookmarked links if you can’t remember which folder you saved your new favourite YouTube video to.


42. Get nostalgic

Click the globe icon (or padlock icon) on the far left of the omnibox to check when you first visited the current site. A cache clear-out or browser reinstall will reset this data.

50 essential Chrome tips: how long you've been frequenting a site


43. Disable spellcheck

If you don’t like Chrome correcting you on your spelling, you can disable the feature under the Languages heading on the advanced settings screen.


44. Print from anywhere

Activate Google Cloud Print on your current PC with Chrome installed and you can access that computer’s printers from every other Chrome browser you sign into.


45. Pan around

Click the mouse scroll wheel on a blank part of a web page to then pan around the site by moving the mouse.


46. Send feedback

You can let the Google Chrome team know about a bug via the ‘Report an issue’ link on the Tools menu. A screenshot can be included automatically.


47. Manage handlers

Visit Content settings (under Privacy on the Settings page), then click ‘Manage handlers’ to change the applications used to handle email and calendar links inside Chrome.


48. Speak to type

On any text box marked with a microphone icon, click the icon to speak to type, assuming you have a working microphone attached.


49. Use the jump list

If you’re running Chrome on Windows 7, right-click on the taskbar icon to access its jump-list — from here you can open recently closed tabs and most visited sites.


50. Enjoy your music

Right-click on an MP3 file in Windows and choose Open With Google Chrome if you want to quickly hear a tune without the hassle of opening up iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Article source: http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/software-and-web-apps/50-essential-chrome-tips-review-50008273/

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17 May 12 Chrome Offers Tabs To Go With New Tab Syncing Features


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Google has released an update for its Chrome web browser that adds tab syncing to Chrome’s list of tricks. Using the latest version of Chrome you can now access the tabs open on your desktop at home while you’re out and about with your Android phone. The syncing should work with any device that can run the latest version of Google Chrome.

Current Chrome users will be automatically updated to the latest version. If you’d like to try out the latest version of Chrome head over to the download page.

The tab-syncing feature was already available to those using the Chrome beta channel, but now it’s available in a more stable form.

As with the rest of Chrome’s syncing features, you’ll need to be signed into your Google account in Chrome for it to work. To give it a try just sign in and look for the Other Devices menu on Chrome’s New Tab page. Click that button and you’ll see a list of every open tab on all the devices signed into that Google account.

While tab syncing is handy if you move between home and work computers, it really shines when going from desktop to mobile. If you’ve got an Android phone with the new Chrome beta installed, you’ll now be able to access any open tab on your desktop machine no matter where you are. The reverse is also very helpful, especially for those times when you encounter a mobile-unfriendly page — just open it later when you get home.

Note that Chrome users will be automatically updated to the latest stable version of the browser over the next few days, but the Chrome Blog reports that the tab-syncing features “will be rolled out more gradually over the coming weeks.” If you don’t have access just yet, you’ll have to get by with this video from Google until tab syncing is enabled for your account.

Article source: http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/05/chrome-offers-tabs-to-go-with-new-tab-syncing-features/

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16 May 12 Chrome Offers Tabs to Go With New Tab-Syncing Features


Image: Google

Google has released an update for its Chrome web browser that adds tab syncing to Chrome’s list of tricks. Using the latest version of Chrome you can now access the tabs open on your desktop at home while you’re out and about with your Android phone. The syncing should work with any device that can run the latest version of Google Chrome.

Current Chrome users will be automatically updated to the latest version. If you’d like to try out the latest version of Chrome head over to the download page.

The tab-syncing feature was already available to those using the Chrome beta channel, but now it’s available in a more stable form.

As with the rest of Chrome’s syncing features, you’ll need to be signed into your Google account in Chrome for it to work. To give it a try just sign in and look for the Other Devices menu on Chrome’s New Tab page. Click that button and you’ll see a list of every open tab on all the devices signed into that Google account.

While tab syncing is handy if you move between home and work computers, it really shines when going from desktop to mobile. If you’ve got an Android phone with the new Chrome beta installed, you’ll now be able to access any open tab on your desktop machine no matter where you are. The reverse is also very helpful, especially for those times when you encounter a mobile-unfriendly page — just open it later when you get home.

Note that Chrome users will be automatically updated to the latest stable version of the browser over the next few days, but the Chrome Blog reports that the tab-syncing features “will be rolled out more gradually over the coming weeks.” If you don’t have access just yet, you’ll have to get by with this video from Google until tab syncing is enabled for your account.

Article source: http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/05/chrome-offers-tabs-to-go-with-new-tab-syncing-features/

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15 May 12 Chrome now syncs tabs to Android


Chrome now offers Other Devices for tab syncing.

(Credit:
Google)

As a warm-up for next month’s Google I/O conference, the company has released an update to Chrome this morning that allows you to sync tabs across PCs and
Android devices.

The option Other Devices is now available in the new Google Chrome 19 stable version for Windows (download), Mac (download), Linux (download).

The option is available at the bottom of your New Tab page, alongside the Recently Closed menu. When it synchronizes a tab, it includes that tab’s browsing history. You’ll be able to navigate forward and back when you open it on a new device. While Google wrote in a blog post announcing the update that the multiple-device tab syncing will be rolled out “over the next few weeks,” I found the feature available available as soon as I updated the browser.

Chrome 19 includes bug and security fixes, as well, including eight security fixes marked high-priority. Google awarded more than $16,500 in the last build cycle for security fixes suggested by the Chrome development community. The Chrome 19 changelog can be read here.

Updated at 9:50 a.m. PT
with additional information about tab syncing.

Article source: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-57434453-12/chrome-now-syncs-tabs-to-android/?part=rss&subj=software&tag=title

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13 Apr 12 Google Chrome Beta Adds Open Tab Sync For Computers, Smartphones [Updates]


The latest beta version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available for download. It includes a new open tab sync features that makes it possible for users to transfer open tabs from various devices including not only the PC but also Macs and Android smartphones.

Users who update to the new Chrome beta will be able transfer tabs by using the “other devices” menu now introduced to the New Tab page. Transferring a tabbed browsing session in this way not only moves the page but also the page history, so it’s possible to use the back/forward buttons to re-visit pages previously opened on the other device.

You will, of course, need to have Chrome installed and open on the devices you’re using. Logging in with your Google account is required, as well. Android users need to make sure they have the Chrome for Android beta installed – which is only currently available for Ice Cream Sandwich.

Chrome’s beta roll-outs take place over time, so you are not guaranteed to have this feature immediately. Google is promises that the roll-out will take place over the coming week, however, so there’s a decent chance the feature will be active by the time you read this.

Go download the beta and check it out.

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12 Apr 12 Google Adds Tab Syncing to Chrome’s Bag of Tricks


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Google has added tab syncing to the latest beta release of the company’s Chrome web browser. Using the latest Chrome beta you can now access the tabs open on your desktop at home while you’re out and about with your Android phone. The syncing will work with any device that can run Google Chrome.

If you’d like to test out the new tab syncing, head over to the Chrome beta channel download page and grab a copy.

As with most of Chrome’s syncing features you’ll need to be signed in to your Google account to access the new tab syncing. Once you’re logged into your Google account look for the “Other devices” menu on Chrome’s New Tab page. Click that button and you’ll see a list of every open tab on all the devices signed into that Google account.

While tab syncing is handy if you move between home and work computers, it really shines when going from desktop to mobile. If you’ve got an Android phone with the new Chrome beta installed, you’ll now be able to access any open tab on your desktop machine no matter where you are. The reverse is also very helpful, especially for those times when you encounter a mobile-unfriendly page — just open it later when you get home.

If you don’t want to trust your day-to-day web browsing to a beta release, fear not, the tab syncing features will, barring any unforeseen complications, be part of the next official Chrome release.

Article source: http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/04/google-adds-tab-syncing-to-chromes-bag-of-tricks/

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12 Apr 12 Google Adds Tab Syncing to Chrome's Bag of Tricks


Image: Google

Google has added tab syncing to the latest beta release of the company’s Chrome web browser. Using the latest Chrome beta you can now access the tabs open on your desktop at home while you’re out and about with your Android phone. The syncing will work with any device that can run Google Chrome.

If you’d like to test out the new tab syncing, head over to the Chrome beta channel download page and grab a copy.

As with most of Chrome’s syncing features you’ll need to be signed in to your Google account to access the new tab syncing. Once you’re logged into your Google account look for the “Other devices” menu on Chrome’s New Tab page. Click that button and you’ll see a list of every open tab on all the devices signed into that Google account.

While tab syncing is handy if you move between home and work computers, it really shines when going from desktop to mobile. If you’ve got an Android phone with the new Chrome beta installed, you’ll now be able to access any open tab on your desktop machine no matter where you are. The reverse is also very helpful, especially for those times when you encounter a mobile-unfriendly page — just open it later when you get home.

If you don’t want to trust your day-to-day web browsing to a beta release, fear not, the tab syncing features will, barring any unforeseen complications, be part of the next official Chrome release.

Article source: http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/04/google-adds-tab-syncing-to-chromes-bag-of-tricks/

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12 Apr 12 Device syncing on-deck for Chrome


Chrome now offers Other Devices for tab syncing.

(Credit:
Google)

Google has started to warm up Chrome with features designed to make it interact more smoothly with
Android and other computers, as the summer’s Google I/O conference and a possible final street-ready version of Native Client wait in the wings.

Google Chrome 19 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame landed today, updated with Other Device support. The new feature lets you access your Chrome tabs from other computers, and includes Chrome for Android if you’ve got an Ice Cream Sandwich device. The Other Devices option is available at the bottom of the New Tab page, next to the Recently Closed drop-down menu. Along with syncing open tabs, it also syncs that particular tab’s history, so you can navigate forward and back when you open it on a new device.

Today also saw the arrival of the developer’s build of Chrome 20 (download for Windows, Mac, Linux), which had given people access to Other Device support previously but now comes with a Chrome to Mobile option that lets you send a page directly to Chrome for Android. You still have enable the option in about:flags, but it does give you the ability to send a URL directly to Chrome for Android. It’s basically Google’s in-house version of Chrome to Phone.

Google has made available the full revision logs for Chrome 19 beta and Chrome 20 dev. As of yet, there’s been no official Native Client progress update . That’s likely to change as work progresses on Chrome 19 and Chrome 20.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57412763-92/device-syncing-on-deck-for-chrome/

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12 Apr 12 Device syncing on-deck for Chrome


Chrome now offers Other Devices for tab syncing.

(Credit:
Google)

Google has started to warm up Chrome with features designed to make it interact more smoothly with
Android and other computers, as the summer’s Google I/O conference and a possible final street-ready version of Native Client wait in the wings.

Google Chrome 19 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame landed today, updated with Other Device support. The new feature lets you access your Chrome tabs from other computers, and includes Chrome for Android if you’ve got an Ice Cream Sandwich device. The Other Devices option is available at the bottom of the New Tab page, next to the Recently Closed drop-down menu. Along with syncing open tabs, it also syncs that particular tab’s history, so you can navigate forward and back when you open it on a new device.

Today also saw the arrival of the developer’s build of Chrome 20 (download for Windows, Mac, Linux), which had given people access to Other Device support previously but now comes with a Chrome to Mobile option that lets you send a page directly to Chrome for Android. You still have enable the option in about:flags, but it does give you the ability to send a URL directly to Chrome for Android. It’s basically Google’s in-house version of Chrome to Phone.

Google has made available the full revision logs for Chrome 19 beta and Chrome 20 dev. As of yet, there’s been no official Native Client progress update . That’s likely to change as work progresses on Chrome 19 and Chrome 20.

Article source: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-57412763-12/device-syncing-on-deck-for-chrome/?part=rss&subj=software&tag=title

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