Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS PART 2

TWEAK MOBILE CHROME’S DISPLAY


Most modern websites optimise themselves for mobile devices. That’s great from a usability and readability standpoint – right up until you find a site ‘hides’ something you need access to. When that occurs, tap ⋮ and then Desktop site to force the desktop version of the current page to load. On Android, you can also override sites that don’t let you zoom in, by ticking Force enable zoom in Settings > Accessibility.

SEARCH ANY SITE


In desktop Chrome’s settings, go to Search engine > Manage search engines. Enter a search engine’s name, a preferred keyword and a query URL. You can then fire off searches for it using the omnibar (such as ‘am lego’ for Amazon), saving you the hassle of visiting the site first.

GET A CLOSE UP


When a site’s text resembles ants crawling across the display, use Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) and + or - to adjust the page zoom level. Use Ctrl/Cmd+0 to reset it. Cleverly, Chrome remembers your settings on a per-site basis – change the zoom level on one, and others remain unaffected.

LOCATE A DEVICE


If you’ve mislaid an Android device, head to www.google.com/android/find. Sign in, and Find My Device will load. If your device is online, its location will be shown on a map, and you’ll be able to make it ring for five minutes, lock it, or erase it entirely.


FIND THINGS ON MOBILE


To search for a term within the current page on mobile, go to ⋮ > Find in Page. Use the up and down arrows to jump between results, or the bar at the right of the screen to scrub between them on Android. (On desktop, as you’d expect, use Ctrl/Cmd+F.)











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