10 Google Chrome Tricks to Improve Productivity

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser across all platforms. According to statistics, it has more than half of the market share. Google Chrome comes with plenty of options to make your work easier and more productively. There are some shortcut keys that you can easily memorize and use to do your regular things. You can also install Google Chrome Extensions to do more with Google Chrome. In this post, I will show you the top Google Chrome tricks that work on the majority of users. Try them and see whether they work for you too.

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1. Avoid mistakes in your writing with Grammarly Extension

We use browsers to access many applications like email, social media, and many writing tools like google docs. This Google Chrome trick will help you to write more accurately than you are and avoid unnoticed mistakes or typos in text editors of those applications.

Grammarly is a productivity tool that automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in writing. It is available via a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge as well as apps for both IOS and Android.

Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Adding Grammarly to the browser means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account, you will start to receive weekly emails with personalized insights and performance stats.

Google Chrome tricks - Grammarly Extension

Download Grammarly Extension for Chrome from this link

2. Google Dictionary Extension

Among many Google Chrome tricks, this is one of the most useful tricks for many users. This dictionary supports many languages and Google develops it.

With this extension, you can:

  1. Double-click or select any word or phrase to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
  2. View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
  3. Store a history of words you’ve looked up, so you can practice them later.
Google Chrome tricks - Google Dictionary

3. Discover webpages similar to the page you’re currently browsing

With the Google Similar Pages extension, you can discover web pages similar to the page you’re currently browsing.

Have you already found the correct page about a topic you were looking for and trying to find more pages? You do not need to waste your time any further on finding the right query; the Google Similar Pages extension can help discover similar pages.

Google Chrome tricks - Google Similar Pages

4. Re-Open Accidentally Closed Tabs (Ctrl + Shift + T)

Did you close a tab accidentally? The Ctrl+Shift+T keyboard shortcut reopens the last tab you closed. If you apply this shortcut multiple times continuously, it opens all the tabs closed during the current browsing session. If you are a person who uses the chrome browser often, you know how useful this shortcut is. So, it is really worth it to memorize it. This keyboard shortcut also works on many other browsers too.

Ctrl+Shift+T

5. Paste as plain text (Ctrl+Shift+V)

Sometimes you may need to copy some content from a website and paste it into a rich text editor like email, Google Docs, Blog Post, Office 365 documents, etc… However, if you use Ctrl+V, all the styles from the source website will be pasted. You can use Ctrl+Shift+V to get rid of styles from the source website and paste them as plain, unformatted text. You can also right-click on the editor and use the “Paste as plain text” option.

Ctrl+Shift+V

Sometimes you may need to do quick math or conversions while you are browsing the internet. You can do the calculations by simply typing the formula in the search field/ address bar of the Chrome browser even without pressing the enter. The result is displayed just below the address bar.

Do Math and Conversion in search bar

To perform another search for a word or a phrase on the current page; select the word or phrase, right-click on it and select Search Google for “your word or phrase from the right-click menu. Then Google Chrome will open another tab next to the current tab and display the search results.

select right click and google search

8. Know the popularity of the blog/ website you are visiting

Know the popularity of the blog/ website you are visiting

We have been used to using Google Search to find anything we need. However, can we trust all these search results? How do we find trusted sources or websites? The answer depends on various factors. 

The Similarweb Chrome extension provides you with various types of indicators about the websites that you are visiting. These details include,

  • Website rank (Global rank, rank in a particular country and its category) 
  • Visits Over Time (How many visits a website receive, bounce rate, etc…)
  • Geography (Top countries that are driving traffic to the website)
  • Traffic Sources (such as direct, search, email, social, referrals, display ads, etc…)

You can use these details to make your own decision about the website you are visiting. 

To use these features, install the Similarweb chrome extension. Then once you are on the website that you need to check, click the extension. Then you will get the above details on the right side of the browser.

Similarweb chrome extension

9. Instantly select the Omnibox (Address Bar) at any time (Ctrl+L)

Whenever you want to perform a new search from the Omnibox in Chrome, use the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut, and it will automatically select the Omnibox/ address bar. So, you can instantly start typing the search term without moving your hands away from the keyboard.

Ctrl+L

You may also want to see our article on 10 Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search on Google.

10. Google Chrome Web Store

In the above, I mentioned several Google Chrome Extension that is suitable for the majority of the users. However, there is plenty of other extensions in the Chrome Web Store that may help you to improve your productivity.

As such, go to the Chrome Web Store and search using the keywords that are related to the specific work you may want to do.

You can filter the extension based on Categories, Features, and Ratings.

Google Chrome Web Store

Wrapping Up

The above list of Google Chrome tricks is beneficial for the majority of users. However, installing more extension on your chrome browser will reduce the performance of it. As such, you need to select your extension carefully.

You can also share your experience and Google Chrome Tricks with others in the comment section below.

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