Sunday, January 17, 2010

The joys of Google Chrome .

There was and still is a big advertising bash by Google here in the UK for their web browser called Chrome . Surely I thought, it is just a browser, so why bother changing from Mozilla Firefox? But then Google are spending a lot of money advertising this free web browser so maybe it would be worth trying as it costs the internet user nothing other than a little time.

I installed Google Chrome on this computer on Christmas Eve and I have been using it exclusively since the New Year. Was this a New Year, new browser resolution? No, the timing was coincidental. So, why have I changed from using Mozilla Firefox - which I have been happy with for many years now, to Google Chrome?

Google Chrome is fast but what I like is the attitude. Forget your old habits of pulling down bookmarks, reading down a list of folders, reading down a list of saved bookmarks and clicking. As your internet experience develops you can bookmark loads and loads of websites which can make bookmark navigation tedious. Enter the Google Chrome attitude to bookmarks, simply forget to make them! Just live your internet experience in the Google Chrome cloud. Google Chrome has One box for everything , it is called the Address bar . Here are some of the ways that you can use the address bar:

Search the Web
Simply type your search term in the address bar and press Enter to see results from your default search engine.

Go to web addresses
In addition to search terms, you can type in the web address of the site you're trying to reach, then press Enter

Search your bookmarks and browsing history
Whenever you type in the address bar, Google Chrome automatically searches your bookmarks and browsing history and shows you matches. The address bar can also automatically show you suggestions of related search terms and websites.

Several icons in the address bar menu help you differentiate between the various results that appear.

The suggestions the address bar generates are very good and they make navigating the internet really easy. It makes finding what you personally want really quick, easy and accurate.

If what you are looking for is something that you have looked at recently, then simply press the new tab button. When you open a new tab you are presented with a page containing thumbnails of the last 8 websites that you have used the most. Below these thumbnails is a taskbar of recently closed webpages and a link to your full browsing history.

These two features, the one box for everything and the new tab presentation, have won me over to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is now an unused icon on my desktop. This attitude of abandoning bookmarks and searching for what you want afresh is just right for our ever expanding travel through cyberspace.
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