Google plans to roll out new features, including chrome actions

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Source: developers.google.com

Tech giant Google is slowly rolling out a new feature to Google Chrome 87. It allows the user to type commands in the address bar that performs specific browser actions. As per Mashable, this new feature called Chrome Actions and allows the user to type in a command. It causes an effort to displayed in the address bar search results. When the user selects this action, it will be executed in the browser.

The best part here is the new option can help users directly search in Google or the engine of choice and even present calculations and unit conversions also before pressing ‘Enter.’ Its next trick might appeal to a particular class of users who are more used to enter commands. In a terminal or envision themselves giving orders to the browser through typed commands.

The new feature lets the user type in some keywords and phrases, which can take the form of commands, to initiate some actions. Like other non-search results, these actions are presented in the suggestion. It lists that the user has to either click or, if it is currently selected already, hit Enter to take effect.

What does the techdows list?

Techdows lists some of those actions that are already known, including: delete history, update browser, launch incognito mode, update credit card info, edit passwords, translate this. It is based upon on one’s typing skills; these commands might be faster as compared to digging through menus or click on things. By default, they are also not enabled, and users will have to at least dig through Chrome. 

Google Chrome has several browser features that make it really useful, yet being an absolute battery-drainer. Amid features, Chrome offers the ability to clear cache and search history, save passwords, payment methods, etc. These features are available on other browsers as well, but Chrome has tools like auto-language translation, incognito mode, etc., that are particularly helpful.

What are chrome actions?

Ideally, chrome actions are a series of shortcuts that make it easier and quicker to perform actions with the browser. These are said to a set of commands that you can type into the Chrome address bar to trigger shortcuts. It makes it easier to navigate through the browser settings by skipping a bunch of steps.

You will be visiting the corresponding Chrome settings page once you press enter. You need to open a new Chrome window and then write in action on the address bar. If you want to use Google chrome actions, then you need to learn how to use it.

How can you use chrome actions?

There are only six actions that Chrome users can type in on the navigation bar for now. You can type “update credentials” or “edit passwords” into the address bar and click on the suggested action that appears below. You can then update the browser or “update google chrome.” Additionally, you can “translate this page” or “translate this.” You can also then “wipe cookies” or “clear cache” or “delete the history.”

Some of the hidden chrome features which will surely make your life easier:

  • Use incognito mode in Google chrome-

 You can go into Incognito Mode if you don’t want Chrome recording your browsing history or storing any cookies. It is a fantastic option when browsing for things you might not want the world to know about. You need to click the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of the browser and select New incognito window to open a new incognito window in Chrome.

  • Delete your Chrome history-

You need to click the three-dot icon on the top-right corner and select More tools > Clear browsing data to clear the browsing history. You can delete everything or choose specific types of information you want to delete, including browsing history, cookies, and various site data, and Cached images and files.

  • Share Chrome with guest mode-

Chrome syncs different things, bookmarks, history, passwords, and settings across several devices. You will signed in to Gmail, YouTube, Search, and other Google services by keeping your account synced. Hence, if someone needs to borrow your device for a time, you probably don’t want them to have access to all your information. All you need to do is click your icon in the top-right corner of the browser and click Guest.

  • Integrated YouTube control-

Chrome allows you to control YouTube no matter what tab is open currently. When playing a video on the platform, the browser menu will include a music note option.

  • Easy password management:

Chrome can suggest hard-to-decipher passwords. Firstly you need to make sure Sync turned on for personal computers. Passwords saved in the cloud, and you can access them at passwords.google.com.

  • Task manager:

Your desktop browser has its own task manager, which you can use to monitor the various processes it is undertaking.

  • Clean up Chrome-

Ideally, Chrome is a fast browser, but if something is gumming up the works, the browser has some built-in tools to help in fixing the issue if you use Chrome’s internal antivirus to find and remove any harmful software that could interfere with the browser.

  • Improve Chrome with flags-

Chrome features a significant supply of built-in capabilities. In the address field, you can type chrome://flags  to view a secret Chrome page of experimental features. They do things like improve download speeds, allow for smoother scrolling, and much more. 

  • Copy-paste handwritten notes:

Google Lens now allows you to scan handwritten notes with your phone and paste the content into your PC through Chrome.

Key takeaway:

Google Chrome offers a plethora of features that make it the preferred choice over other browsers. The Chrome Actions are a series of commands that, when typed into the Chrome address bar, trigger shortcut options. Hence it makes navigating your browser settings easier by cutting out a slew of steps.