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.

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No More App Hunting – How to Organize Your Apps

According to a 2017 study, the average smartphone user has more than 80 apps on their phone and uses more than 40 on a monthly basis. With thousands of apps available, they can quickly crowd our screens and become overwhelming. And if you’ve spent more than 30 seconds hunting for an app on your phone, you know how frustrating it can be.

Just like clutter in our home or office, clutter on our phone screen can cause stress and anxiety. But with a little organization, you can make things easier to find, save time, and reduce aggravation.

With just a few minutes out of your day, you can quickly solve this problem and create an organizational system that works for you. Note: on Apple devices, users can create folders to store their apps, while on Android devices, they can be sorted onto different screens–but the organizational methods I suggest will work either way.

Here are my favorite ways to easily organize your apps for a more orderly mobile device:

  • Organize by functionality – This is the best, most popular (and most logical) option.  Categories could be: Finance (bank apps, stock market apps, Venmo, Paypal, Square, Apple Wallet, etc.), Music (Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, etc.), Shopping (Amazon, Etsy, Target, Poshmark, etc.), Social (Facebook, Pinterest, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, etc.), Travel (Air B&B, Lyft/Uber, Southwest Airlines, etc.), Home (Alexa, Simplisafe, etc.)
  • Organize alphabetically – As long as you always know the name of the app you’re searching for, you can easily find it in a list arranged by name. If you have folders of apps, you can arrange the folders alphabetically. If you’re like me, however, sometimes you’re just looking for ‘that app that edits photos,’ and in that case, this probably isn’t the greatest method (refer to “organize by functionality” tip above).

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  • Position apps based on color – Maybe your brain remembers visuals rather than words, and you know that you need ‘the app with the green icon’ or ‘the one with the red square.’ If this is the case, arranging apps based on color can be a winning solution. Warning: Apps update their icons and this can really mess you up if you are accustom to visually locating an app.

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  • Organize by frequency – Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you can put your most frequently used apps on your home screen and lesser-used apps on subsequent pages. It’s best to limit your pages to no more than three, or it can become overwhelming. If necessary, you can organize apps on the second and third pages into folders, using the methods listed above.
  • Don’t be afraid to eliminate! – For some reason, people seem to collect apps and hold onto them forever (we also do this with digital files, paper, emails…) – whether they use them or not. All of those unnecessary icons on your screen can lead to time lost and poor productivity. Take a quick look through your apps and eliminate anything that you haven’t used in the last 90 days. If it’s been more than three months, it’s likely you don’t need it anyway!

At the end of the day, organizing your apps is great, but despite the best classification of information, we can still forget where we put something – no matter how logical it seemed at the time. Learn to use the keyword search functionality on your phone – this is the best and easiest way to find what you’re looking for on your mobile device. If you don’t know how to do this, you can check out one of these tutorials for iPhone or Android users to teach yourself how.

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Have you used any of these methods to organize your apps? Perhaps a different system? How did it work out for you?

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