Using Google Chrome Web Browser

What is Google Chrome?

Chrome is a free Internet browser officially released by Google on December 11, 2008. Its features include synchronization with Google services and accounts, tabbed browsing, and automatic translation and spell check of web pages. It also features an integrated address bar/search bar, called the omnibox.

Chrome allows users to search for anything they could think of online and be connected to websites where they can source the answers to their questions. In this topic, we walk you through how to install Google Chome and then how to use it properly. Chrome also works quite well with Google sites and services such as YouTube and Gmail which you will learn later in this lesson.

How to Install Google Chrome

Downloading Google Chrome is quick and easy, and for most of you, this will already be installed on your computer by default. The Google Chrome logo is shown below, try looking for it on your desktop.

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If you don’t have Chrome installed on your computer, watch the video below to learn how to install it.

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How to Use Google Chrome

Google has 2 ways to view the web, the first is standard and will allow Google and others to track your history so that advertisers can put forward content which will be of interest to you. The second is Incognito Mode.

Incognito Mode

Chrome offers a private browsing option called Incognito Mode. This mode lets you browse in an isolated sandboxweb session. It gives you temporary control over your browsing history and session identity, because when you close the browser, your logins and history are deleted. However, it does not guarantee anonymity.

Search on Chrome

Use the address bar like a search box to look for content. You can also search for a specific word or phrase on a web page.

  1. Search the web:
    1. Open the Chrome browser and in the address bar, enter your search.
    2. Click a result or press Enter.
  2. Search a web page:
    1. Open a webpage in Chrome browser.
    2. At the top right, click More ""and thenFind. Or, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + f(Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS), or  + f (Mac).
    3. At the top right, in the search bar, enter your search term.
    4. Press Enter. Matches are highlighted on the page.
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Open new tabs or windows

  1. In Chrome browser, at the top right, click More ""and thenNew Tab or New Window.
  2. (Optional) To move a tab:
    • Drag it outside the existing window or into a new window.
    • Drag it to a different position in the window.
  3. Learn more about using tabs.
Using Google Chrome
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Open an app:

  1. In Chrome browser, open a new tab.
  2. Choose an option:
    • At the top right, click the App Launcher Apps launcherand thenthe app you want to open.
    • In the address bar, enter chrome://apps and press Enter. Then, click the app you want to open.
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Still, looking to learn more? Watch this short tutorial on how to use Chrome for some bonus tips.

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