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A Chrome Extension that makes New Tabs Pretty Software & Sites 08 APR 2015

Google Chrome has kind of wormed itself into being my de facto web browser, and as such I spend a lot of time with it. In other words, I see that blank, expressionless white new tab screen a lot. A hell of a lot.

Which is exactly why I am so particularly enamored with Google’s recently released Chrome Extension entitled Google Art Project.

Developed by the Google Cultural Institute, the Google Art Project extension essentially puts fine art on every new tab that you open. This artwork is sourced from the collections of museums and galleries around the world, and apart just being given something pretty to look at, you might even be culturally uplifted in the process! ;)

google art project chrome extension

Needless to say, I find myself unable to stop clicking the new tab button at the moment!

(Not that this is the first such extension which Google has released before mind you. They also did something pretty similar – also worth checking out – using satellite images grabbed from the Google Maps service, called Earth View.)

Related Link: Google Art Project (Chrome Web Store)

How to Refresh Site Favicons in Google Chrome Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 10 SEP 2013

google-chrome-logoFavicons are the immensely useful little icon images that give you a quick visual cue as to the sites currently being displayed in your open tabs or bookmarks bar. To speed things up, Google Chrome obviously caches these favicons, given the fact that these almost never ever change. However, if you do want to ensure that you have the latest and greatest favicons employed by your favourite sites, then here is a foolproof (because yes, sometimes force refresh doesn’t actually refresh eveything!) technique to refresh your favicons in Google Chrome:

  1. Close Chrome
  2. Open your User Data folder
  3. Delete the ‘Favicons’ file
  4. Run Chrome

So basically now when you visit a site, Google will be forced to download the favicon because it no longer has it stored. Nice and simple, plus very effective.

If you don’t know where to find your User Data folder, here is a helpful list:

Windows XP

Google Chrome: C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Chromium: C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default

Windows 7 or Vista

Google Chrome: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Chromium: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default

Mac OS X

Google Chrome: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
Chromium: ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium/Default


Google Chrome: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
Chromium: ~/.config/chromium/Default

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Google Chrome: Keyboard Shortcut to Duplicate a Tab Software & Sites | Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 09 AUG 2013

google chrome internet browserHere is a nifty little keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab when using Google’s Chrome browser.

Assuming that you are currently in the tab which you wish to clone, first press Alt+D to highlight the address bar, and the Alt+Enter to duplicate the tab.

What’s particularly nice is of course the fact you can chain these together by simply holding down the Alt key and then pressing the D key followed by the Enter key.

Useful if you don’t feel like going to the effort of moving your mouse cursor over a tab and selecting the ‘Duplicate’ option from the context menu that pops if should you right-click.

Google Chrome: Keyboard Shortcut to Re-open last closed Tab Software & Sites 21 MAR 2013

google chrome internet browserI literally only discovered this awesome keyboard shortcut the other day, and seeing that this is the place I come to in order to write things down so that I don’t forget it, here I am.

Now we all know the wonderful Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut that opens up a new tab, and probably the slightly lesser know but just as useful shortcut of Ctrl + L which jumps the cursor to the address bar.

However, the one that I didn’t know about was Ctrl + Shift + T which automatically re-opens the last closed tab.

And do you know how many times I accidentally close a tab!!

Seriously useful shortcut and from what I understand, it works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Can’t comment on Internet Explorer because I haven’t owned a machine with that on for quite a while now…

Ubuntu: How to Install Google Chrome for Karmic Koala CodeUnit 25 DEC 2009

google-chrome-logoInstalling the latest browser upstart, Google Chrome into Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala turns out to be a whole lot simpler than what you might have thought.

The Chromium dev team have just released a debian installer package for Google Chrome Beta, which you can head over and grab from http://www.google.com/chrome. (If you do it from a windows machine, you’ll need to navigate through to the Linux downloads, but if you launch the URL from Ubuntu, it defaults to the Linux download.)

Once the 12 mb file has finished downloading, it now becomes a very simple matter of double clicking on the .deb package and following the Debian Package Installer prompts that follow. That easy.

Finally, when the go ahead is lit and the package sits installed, you can access Google Chrome by hitting the Applications -> Internet -> Google Chrome system menu option.

(Needless to say, first option you get is to import all your stuff over from Firefox. You’d better do it – after all, you don’t know when you’ll ever be going back! :P)

Related Link: http://www.google.com/chrome