Get the Most out of Your Internet Browser – Tips & Tricks

An overlooked method of productivity is at your fingertips every day. How well do you know your Internet browser and all the features created to help you become more efficient and productive? Let’s focus on Google Chrome and show you how to use this browser’s many features as a means of bolstering your productivity in this digital environment.

Tips and Tricks for Google Chrome:

Start Up Pages

If you find that you are opening the same website, or number of websites, each time you pull up your browser, look into making them Start Up Pages. By setting your own start up pages, you control what you see first when you sit down to use the Internet.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks are not new. They exist to help you track all the websites you want to revisit later. To manage your saved sites, go to Bookmarks and then Bookmarks Manager in the toolbar. If you want to add a bookmark quickly, use Command + D or Crtl + D.

Extensions

There are hundreds of extensions available to Chrome users to enhance and customize their browser. From ad blocker extensions to password managers to making it easy to add items from any website to your Amazon wish list, there are extensions for everything. Check out the available extensions at the Chrome Web Store.

Autofill Settings

You can manage your autofill settings or let them manage you. Google Chrome will automatically store information that it thinks you will use often, such as your address, phone number, email, etc. This can be extremely useful in filling out online forms and profiles or it can be frustrating when the information is inaccurate. You can manage your autofill settings instead, giving you more control over your browsing experience.

Syncing Across Devices

If you want the same browsing experience on your phone, your tablet, and your computer, you can set up Chrome to sync your bookmarks, passwords, history, and other settings across all your devices.

Desktop Shortcuts

Love the convenience of desktop shortcuts? They aren’t limited to just apps. You can easily set any website as a desktop shortcut if you find that you use it often and the shortcut would be helpful to you.

Download Location

Did you know that you can set your download location so it doesn’t have to automatically store downloaded files in the Downloads folder? If you are working on a big project and you need the downloads to go straight to a specific folder, change your Download Location temporarily to save yourself those extra steps of moving the files later.

Cast Your Screen

Want to use your internet on your TV? Chrome is perfectly set up for casting your device screen onto your television.

History Settings

Sometimes you’ll want to go back and access websites you’ve recently visited. The History section stores all the activity of your browser so you can refer back at any time. Google Chrome will even save several tabs at once in case your computer unexpectedly shuts down, which makes the History section pretty handy.

If you don’t want the computer you are on to save and track the sites you visit, simply use Incognito Mode instead. If you share a computer, this can be a good way to achieve a bit of privacy.

Adding Profiles

If you share a computer with family or co-workers, you can create multiple profiles on Chrome to keep your settings, history, and preferences separate. Get a step-by-step guide to setting up browser profiles here.

Guest Browser

If you have a temporary user situation, Chrome has an option to set up a guest browser to separate your settings and allow them to have a user experience of their own (that isn’t customized by your browsing usage). This could also be used in situations where there is a public computer accessible to guests.

It’s amazing just how much work Internet browser companies put into making your user experience as customizable and personalized as possible. By taking charge of your browsing experience, you’ll find yourself more productive and efficient while working online.

This is just some of the value you can get when partnering with GetReorganized.com™. If you’d like more tips, advice or suggestions on how to be more productive and organized, book a 15-minute productivity assessment.

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Utilizing Zoom as a Productivity Tool

You know what they say: time is money. But as a business owner, time is probably the one thing you never feel like you have enough of.

Simply managing your business is a fulltime job unto itself. Communicating with employees, taking client meetings, managing finances, brainstorming new products or services – as rewarding as these tasks are, they’re also quite time-consuming.

If you feel like you’re constantly burning the candle at both ends and your work is just never done, a productivity app may help.

Or, more specifically, Zoom may help.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a company that provides remote conferencing services via the cloud. They offer communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, webinars, and mobile collaboration.

It makes scheduling conference calls between your team or with clients 100x easier than ever before. You can screen-share, web conference, and even hold town halls or marketing meetings quickly and easily. In addition, meetings can be as small as two people or as large as 10,000 viewers, depending on format.

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How can it improve productivity?

You may wonder how moving to a video conference system would improve anything. After all, video chats are notoriously unreliable and plagued with problems.

But Zoom is different. They’ve somehow seemed to iron out all the kinks typically present in other remote conferencing systems. Things like freezing, dropped calls, and delayed audio just doesn’t happen.

In fact, their system is so reliable that it can drastically increase the productivity of all of your office communications.

Here’s how:

  • Improved conference calls: You just know that at least one participant isn’t paying attention every time you host a conference call, right? It becomes fairly obvious when you ask them a direct question and they have no idea what you’re talking about.

It’s a huge time waster for everyone involved.

With video conferencing, everyone has to be “on.” Let’s face it – you’re not going to slack when the boss can see what you’re doing! The end result is a successful conference the first time, with less time spent repeating information.

  • Fewer mistakes made: Managing a large team, especially if they’re remote, can be a time-consuming and often difficult process. It can feel like it’s impossible to clarify tasks or procedures, especially if they’re technical in nature.

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The ability to screen share provides the opportunity to resolve issues immediately, teach new skills, and share company updates with your team no matter where they are. As an added bonus, the cloud recording means that employees can watch again later if they need clarification or if they weren’t available to attend the meeting live.

  • Time saved on meetings: When you own a business, trying to get the entire staff to a meeting together can be a process. Typically, they have to be scheduled weeks or even months in advance so everyone can fit it into their schedule. This huge gap in time between when the meeting is planned and when it is actually held can result in a loss of momentum.

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On top of that, an in-person hour meeting is never actually just an hour. You have to factor in travel time to and from the venue, set-up, other people running late, and any number of other things that could go wrong.

Being able to connect online eliminates many of the common issues surrounding meetings and saves a ton of time.

This is just some of the value you can get when partnering with GetReorganized.com™. If you’d like more tips, advice or suggestions on how to be more productive and organized, book a 15-minute productivity assessment.

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