Top Useful Hidden Chrome Features That You May Not Have Known (part 3)

Quick Mobile Search (Android)

On an Android device, to search a word or phrase, you just need to highlight it via a long tap and Chrome will generate a search card for it through a pull-up menu at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the link or slide up for more to visit the web address. On iOS device, if you highlight a word or phrase, it will produce a pop-up with the option to “Look up”. You need to scroll to the bottom and tap Search Web for more.

Right-Click to Search Google

If you are visiting a webpage and want to learn more about a word or phrase that you come across, Chrome offers an easy search option. Highlight the word or phrase you want to search, right-click, and choose Search Google for [highlighted text]. Your Google search will appear on a new tab. If you are using a Mac, to perform a web search, you can control-click on a highlighted term to perform a search or highlight it and then drag and drop it directly into Chrome’s omnibox.

Open Accidentally Closed Tabs

Google removed some options from the Chrome tab menu, such as “Reopen closed window.” If you accidentally close a tab, right-click on the menu bar and the menu will provide the option to re-open a closed tab. You can also track your browser history, where recently visited websites reside. 

Manage Your Tabs

There are several ways to manage tabs in Chrome:

  • If you type a search into Chrome’s omnibox, you can open the results in a separate tab by holding down the Alt button (Command on Mac) and hit return.
  • You can drag multiple Chrome tabs around at once by holding down the Control/Command key and choosing the tabs you want. Once everything is picked up, just drag and reorganize as usual.
  • If you want to quick access to another tab, you can do it by holding down the Control/Command key and a number 1 through 9. Each number is associated with a different tab beginning with the No. 1 on the left.