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  • Google Chrome Tips! From my answer to Google Chrome: What are some lesser known Google Chrome tips and hacks? on QuoraOpening a new tab and hitting chrome://flags  opens the Chrome Experiments page, where you can enable few cool features. But as Chrome puts it, "Careful, these experiments may bite", you may want to be sure of what you are doing. There were certain things that I tried out first from here, such as Sync tabs open on other devices, before they were included by default on the next Chrome update.You can make use of hardware acceleration and GPU rendering, you can find some Frame rate statistics if you are into numbers, some touch screen optimizations, some new UI stuff such ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2013, 11:24 PM by Abhishek Girish
  • Google Search Tips! From my answer to Google: What are some lesser known Google search tips and hacks? on QuoraDirect AnswersSearch for the below keywords to get direct answers, instead of links:Books by an Author shows the list of popular books by an author.Albums by an Artist - shows the list of popular albums by an artist. Restaurants - shows the list of restaurants near by. Movies - movies in <year> lists all popular movies released in that year.<movie> release lists the movie release date. movie(s) lists the movies screening in your city. Flight schedule - <airline> <flight> lists the flight schedule.Time - shows the current local time. Similarly, time <city> for the time in a specific city.Weather - shows the ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2013, 11:24 PM by Abhishek Girish
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Google Chrome Tips!

posted Oct 6, 2013, 3:26 PM by Abhishek Girish   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 11:24 PM ]



Opening a new tab and hitting chrome://flags  opens the Chrome Experiments page, where you can enable few cool features. 
But as Chrome puts it, "Careful, these experiments may bite", you may want to be sure of what you are doing. 

There were certain things that I tried out first from here, such as Sync tabs open on other devices, before they were included by default on the next Chrome update.

You can make use of hardware acceleration and GPU rendering, you can find some Frame rate statistics if you are into numbers, some touch screen optimizations, some new UI stuff such as a new Downloads UI.

Some cool ones i like include the one on Mac where you can use the 3 finger swipe gesture to see open tabs. And by enabling Focus existing tab on open, typing a URL of an existing tab into the omnibox results in viewing the already open tab instead of loading a new one.

There are lots and lots of them, with some being specific to certain platforms. Just try them out.

Updates
Relaunch an Accidentally Closed Tab
If you closed a tab by mistake, you can quickly open it thru the key combo CTRL+SHIFT+T

Google Chrome Canary
Find it here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/canary.html  
Think of it as a beta release - you could try out many of the in-development features in advance. 
Once again, note the disclaimer by Google: "Not for the faint of heart | Canary is designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely."
You can use the canary build alongside the stable version of Google Chrome, and hence afford to take more risks, experimenting!

Recent experiments that I came across:
1. On enabling the "Action box" experiment, the Actions drop-down menu is displayed on clicking the "+" sign at the end of the omnibox - as shown below:

This would replace the default star button to add a bookmark and instead provide options to bookmark, share or send the page to a mobile device.

2. On enabling the "Enable Rich Notifications" experiment, a new notification center is made available. It lists email, chat and other notifications.

3. On enabling the "Show Chrome Apps Launcher" experiment, a shortcut to the Chrome Apps Launcher is created in the Windows TaskBar.

Google Search Tips!

posted Oct 6, 2013, 8:48 AM by Abhishek Girish   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 11:24 PM ]



Direct Answers
Search for the below keywords to get direct answers, instead of links:

  • Books by an Author shows the list of popular books by an author.
  • Albums by an Artist - shows the list of popular albums by an artist. 
  • Restaurants - shows the list of restaurants near by. 
  • Movies - movies in <year> lists all popular movies released in that year.
    <movie> release lists the movie release date. 
    movie(s) lists the movies screening in your city. 
  • Flight schedule - <airline> <flight> lists the flight schedule.
  • Time - shows the current local time. Similarly, time <city> for the time in a specific city.
  • Weather - shows the weather forecast for your city. Similarly, weather <city>
  • Sunrise / Sunset - shows the sunrise / sunset forecast for your city. Similarly, sunrise <city>
  • Founder / Author / ... - <company> founder shows the founder of the company. Similarly <company> ceo lists the CEO of a company and <book> author shows the author of a book.
  • Capital - <country> capital lists the capital of the country. 
  • Dictionary - define <word> provides the word definition.
  • Calculator - Entering a math expression provides you with the result.  
  • Graph - graph for <math function> shows the function plot
  • Currency Converter - <Currency 1> in <Currency 2> gives you the conversion. 
  • Unit Converter - <Unit 1> in <Unit 2> gives you the conversion. 
  • Stock - <Stock symbol> gives you the current stock value. 
Knowledge Graphs


Personal Results from Google+
Join Search, plus Your World and get details of Friends and Pages in your circles.

  • People and Pages
  • Google Site Search
Search for results from a specific site, using site:<site>

Gmail and Google Drive Results
Join the Gmail Search Field Trial and get results from your emails when searching for related topics.

  • Flight Information
    Search my flights or itinerary to get details on upcoming flights.
  • Related emails
  • Related files
Google - (minus) operator
Hide results from a particular site or hide results containing a particular term using the - operator. Example: "searchquery -facebook" excludes all search results containing the term "facebook".

Find more Search Tips & Tricks

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