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5 overlooked Chrome tips and tricks for the busy professional

Finishing up a seemingly endless to-do list by 5 PM on the dot can seem like an impossible task. Every time you finish one project, a dozen more seem to creep up out of the woodwork.

However, the more you get to know your technology and how it works, the more time you can save during the day. And a good place to start is with your browser.

To steer you in the right direction, here are a few simple Chrome tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your workday.

1. Let the Omnibar do the work

Did you know that the bar at the top of your Chrome browser does a lot more than just accept URLs? It also acts as a search bar, and from here, you can dictate exactly where you want to search.

Let’s say you need a specific Wiki article. No problem. Simply type Wiki into the omnibar, press tab, and put in your search term. This process will take you directly to a page of Wiki-only search results.

You can also use this trick to search your inbox. Go to the “manage search engines” dialog window, scroll to the bottom, and add Gmail as a site-specific search option.

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2. Pin your most used sites

For many traditional office workers, there are certain sites that appear to be pinned to the browser at all times. And this is pretty normal.

But rather than loading and reloading sites, go ahead and actually pin them to your browser. Pinned tabs will load whenever you open your browser and will remain open at all times.

To pin a tab to your browser, open the site, right click on the tab, and select Pin Tab. This will shorten the tab and move it to the very left side of your browser.

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3. Save searches for later

If you have lots of projects running simultaneously, you might need to switch between tasks. Instead of closing tabs and losing research, go to bookmarks and select “bookmark open pages.” This will save everything you have open into a new folder.

4. Master the browser keyboard commands

Remember how much time you saved when you started memorizing some of the most common keyboard commands for Word? You can do the same thing with Chrome. Your browser recognizes a series of possible options and can do everything from switching between tabs to re-opening closed tabs.

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5. Close all tabs at once

When you look up and realize you have thirty tabs open at once, it’s probably time for a little cleanup. To do this quickly, right click on a tab and select “close other tabs.” However, if you don’t want to close all tabs, you can also select “close tabs to the right.”

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