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Google Chrome settings to improve productivity

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Google Chrome offers a variety of settings to assist users in making their Internet experiences more productive. Some useful features can be found in the Settings and Advanced Settings areas of Chrome while others are simply within the toolbar.

Configuring certain settings once can allow users to use them over and over making their tasks on websites move faster and also helping to eliminate the risk of errors and typos. Google Chrome also makes setting up, editing, and deleting these settings simple.

Other easy-to-use toolbar features allow users to move through websites and web pages more swiftly.

Browser features that allow users to enhance their web browsing experiences are not always apparent to the user. Luckily, Google Chrome provides a Settings area with Advanced Settings all in one place.

Simply continue through the list to view how to set up, edit, and use a few convenient settings and features. Then try them out yourself in Google Chrome. You will be glad you did!

Chrome form settings
Chrome form settings Screen shot by Sandy Stachowiak

Chrome form settings

Form settings

This allows users to save name, address, phone, and email information as well as credit card details. Once saved, these "autofill" settings can be used to fill out forms with a simple click, rather than having to enter the information into the form.

  1. Click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button in the top right corner of the browser.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Show advanced settings”.
  4. Scroll to “Passwords and forms”.
  5. Click “Manage Autofill settings” and a pop-up box will display.
    1. For addresses: Select either the “Add new street address” button or the “Edit” button next to one of the previously saved addresses.  Addresses can also be deleted by clicking the “X”.
    2. For credit cards: Select either the “Add new credit card” button or the “Edit” button next to one of the previously saved credit cards. Credit cards can also be deleted by clicking the “X”.
  6. Click “Done”.

To use the “autofill” settings when on a web form, simply begin typing a saved setting and Chrome will recognize this by showing those saved options that match. Select the option to use and the form will populate with the saved information.

Chrome password settings
Chrome password settings Screen shot by Sandy Stachowiak

Chrome password settings

Passwords

Users may have already noticed that Chrome will ask whether or not to save a password when visiting a website requiring one. Whenever a password is saved, it can be reviewed or deleted in one spot.

  1. Click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button in the top right corner of the browser.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Show advanced settings”.
  4. Scroll to “Passwords and forms”.
  5. Click “Manage saved passwords” and a pop-up will display.
  6. Select the desired website from the list.
    1. Click “Show” to display the password. Note that passwords cannot be edited.
    2. Click “Hide” to hide the password.
    3. Click the “X” to delete the password. Note that once you click the “X” the password is removed – there is no pop-up asking to confirm this action.
  7. Click “Done”.
Chrome back and forward buttons
Chrome back and forward buttons Screen shot by Sandy Stachowiak

Chrome back and forward buttons

Back and forward buttons

Other browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer offer a down arrow next to the back and forward buttons on the browser toolbar. This allows users to jump back or forward in the history without continually pressing the buttons. Chrome does not offer this arrow; however, the back and forward buttons can perform the same function without it.

  1. Click and hold either the back or forward button.
  2. The screen will display the list of pages or sites visited.
  3. Select either the desired location from the list or the “Show Full History” option.
    1. The “Show Full History” option will prompt a new tab to open displaying all history. Users may choose any location from that list as well.
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