Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a relatively new browser that is now the second most popular browser (after Internet Explorer).  You have received a portable version to allow you to use it on any computer.  It should help make your browsing easier, faster, and simplify some teaching tasks.

What is a Browser?

Getting Started

The Omnibar

You might notice that the there is no separate search bar and address bar in Google Chrome.  The omnibar functions as both.  You can enter a URL (like or search for a term (like YRDSB) in the same spot.


You will also notice some icons on the top right side of your screen.  These are for extensions that have been added to Google Chrome to help simplify tasks or make your browsing experience more enjoyable.

What are Browser Extensions

Extensions Installed on Google Chrome
 Scribefire Scribefire is an app to make blogging easier.
AdBlock Plus Adblock Plus removes ads from Webpages (Awesome!)
Google URL Shortener This tool takes a long address like this and converts it to a short one like this  It can also create QR codes like this

 Diigo Diigo is a social bookmarking service discussed more here.
 Evernote Evernote takes notes in a variety of formats (including audio) and stores them online for syncing between your various computers and portable devices (phones, etc.)
 Clearly Clearly is an app that removes the clutter and distractions from webpages for a cleaner, more traditional look.  Check out their video.
 Screen Capture Allows you to take screen shots of websites or what you are doing online to share (like I used for this site).  This one only works on websites, for one that works everywhere, try Greenshot.
 Lastpass Lastpass is a password manager that will save your passwords securely.  You can read more about it here.
 Google DictionaryThis tool you to look up the meaning of words.
 Chrome OptionsThis button will take you into the options section of Google Chrome where you can make a variety of changes to the way chrome works.

There are also several more extensions running behind the scenes that you won't see buttons for.  You can enlarge the images to read descriptions of them.

Browser Tricks

The suggestions below will help make browsing quicker and easier.  For a complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts click here.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • To zoom in or out of a page (magnify) press [CTRL] and [+] or [-].
  • To open a new tab press [CTRL] and [T].
  • To view your download history click [CTRL] and [J].
  • To find text within a page (i.e. if you're looking for a specific word or phrase) click [CTRL] and [F].
  • To switch to full screen mode (useful on netbooks) click [F11] (or [FN]+[F11] on some netbooks).
  • To print a page click [CTRL] and [P].

Saving a Webpage to PDF

  1. From the options menu (the wrench) click print (or just [CTRL] and [P]).

  2. Under destination, choose Print to PDF.

  3. Click Print.

  4. The Save dialogue box will come up asking you where you want to save the file.
  5. Save as you would a normal document.

Browser Syncing

If you are using Chrome in more than one location, this can be a really useful tool.  Setting up browser sync will transfer your browsing history, bookmarks, preferences, etc. between your browsers.  For example if you are using Google Chrome portable at school and have Google Chrome on  a home computer, you don't have to worry that the bookmarks you add at school won't work at home.  You do need to have a Google Account to do this (click here to read more about getting a Google account).
  1. Click on the Options (wrench) menu.
  2. Click on Set up Chrome Sync...

  3. Sign in using your Google Account.

  4. Set your preferences (as below) and press ok.

  5. It will take a few minutes to sync all of your extensions and bookmarks, etc., but it will save time in the long run and both browsers will run identically.


YouTube has some fantastic content for education on it, but some of the related videos might not be appropriate and we often have issues streaming videos at school because of our connection speed.  Two extensions have been added to your version of Chrome to help resolve this issue.

The first is Videos for YouTube. It turns this...

into this...

When you visit YouTube you will see this bar at the top of your screen. You can turn this filter on or off by clicking in the checkbox. It will need to be off to use the next extension.

YouTube Downloader allows you to download videos from YouTube in a variety of formats. You can use this to download videos at home and save them to a memory stick so that you can be sure to have a working copy at school the next day. Below your video, you will now see a download button. Click it and choose the format you would like to download to. Keep in mind that iPads can't play FLV files.

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