Chrome, Chrome Browser

Manage the Chrome Tab Chaos

Last week, I shared about how to set a homepage in Chrome. This week, I’m sharing a few super simple tricks that may make your workflow easier. Do you have a lot (I mean like a lot alot) of tabs open? Right now, I only have 12 open but I usually have way more than that.

Tab Groups

One way I make my tabs less chaotic is by using Tab Groups. You can right click on a tab and add it to a group.

You can select a color for the tab. You can also add a tab here, OR, if you create a tab just right click and add it to the group. The tab collapses down so you only see one tab for the group.

Name Chrome Windows

Another way you can organize Chrome is to create different windows. If you have a ton of tabs open, drag a tab away from the group and it will make a new window. Add as may tabs as you want to this new group. If you right click at the top of the window you can name this group. Now, when you hover over the window, open or in task bar, it will show you the name of the group.

One Tab & Toby

I have been using One Tab for quite some time. One Tab is an extension that allows you to close all of your tabs but keeps a list of your tabs so you can go back and open them up. You can name a group and share a group as a webpage.

Toby was just recently introduced to me but seems to work in a similar way. Naming a window group (what we just in the group before) will help you organize in Toby because you can add groups by window. It is very similar to one tab but with a better graphics interface. You can still name and share windows.

I’ve used One Tab for soooo long so now I’m going to have to decide which one I like better. The interface with Toby is way nicer but also seems a little more complicated to set up.

I have also shared about how to organize your bookmark bar if you would rather organize that way.

Hopefully you found a few ideas about how to manage the tab chaos in Chrome that will work for you.

Canva, Chrome, Chrome Browser, Google Slides

Google Chrome Custom Homepage

Do you have a lot of links you need to access every day in your classroom? Same! You can create a custom Google Chrome homepage with links to sites you need to visit. This post will give an example in Canva and Google Sheets and show you how to turn the homepage button on in Google Chrome.

Canva

In Canva you can design a desktop and include your links. Here is an example of one I created. I searched for presentation with calendar and picked a template I liked. I altered the presentation to fit what I wanted on the page. You do have to update the calendar each month but you can search for the calendar you want and paste it in.

You will need to get the link to add to your Google Chrome Homepage. Go to share – more – then select website. Select presentation then click open website. Copy the URL at the top in the address bar. Now you can proceed to the Google Chrome section below.

Google Sheets

You can create your own design or use a template. This is a template from Slides Mania that I altered to fit what I wanted to display. Add in your links and then you will go to File and select Publish to the Web. Grab the link and move to the next section.

Google Chrome Settings

Now we need to setup your homepage. You likely to do not have the homepage button set in Chrome.

When Google Chrome is open, go to the three dots in the top right corner by your account photo and click on settings. Select appearance, click show home button and then paste the URL you copied earlier.

Now open a new tab and click the home button near the URL address box at the top.

Your new homepage with clickable links should appear. You can update this page in Canvas or Google Slides anytime and the updates will appear the next time you load your page.

I hope this makes finding your links easier.

Chrome, Chrome Browser

Chrome Themes

I presented at a conference, IN PERSON, this week and it was wonderful. I love presenting and presenting to a screen is definitely not the same as presenting to real people who have facial expressions and body language. I also love to give away stickers and that is so much easier in person.

While I was presenting, someone asked about how I got the “colors” on my Chrome tab. I told her about Chrome themes and how to find them.

Then, I realized, maybe others don’t know about Chrome themes. I use them because I usually have two accounts open at all times, my personal and school. I have them set to different themes so I can tell them apart quickly.

The grid one is my school and the words one is my personal.

Here is how you can do this too. Go to the Chrome Web Store and click on themes.

The main screen has a ton of themes but you can also search by education, math, spring, whatever you might be looking for.

HeyAshleyG is a TikToker who offeres a lot of fun Chrome themes. After you search her name, click more themes in the top right corner.

My word theme comes from Stefanie Posavak but I changed my background image to my desktop image.

My grid background is by American Apparel

When you find one you like, just click add to Chrome. If you don’t like it you can remove it.

If you want to get FANCY, you can click on the pencil icon in the bottom right corner of a new page and you can adjust your theme. This is how I added my own background page to the theme.

Will this make teaching better? Probably not. Will it make looking at your computer more fun? Absolutely! And, if you have more than one account open at a time, it makes identifying them easier.

Enjoy!

Bookmark, Chrome

Bookmark Bar in Chrome

Does your bookmark bar look crazy? I sometimes have so many bookmarks that I doesn’t fit at the top. I also have websites I want to open every day and I don’t want to go looking for them. This post will help you use the bookmark tools built into Chrome to help you organize your life.

Tip 1 – Shorten or Remove Names

Most saved bookmark tabs have an icon and words. If you can quickly recognize the icon, you can remove the words to save space in your bookmark bar.

Right click (or command click) and go to Bookmark Manager.

Click the three dots next to the bookmark you want to edit. Then click the edit button.

Delete the words or shorten the words, depending on what you want to see.

Click save.

The icon takes up much less room on the tool bar.

Tip 2 – Folder for Daily Tabs

I access my Calendars every single day. I try to keep them open, but sometimes you need to restart. Now, my Chrome is set to restore tabs, but what if I want to close them for the weekend and reopen them on Monday? I can create a folder to hold the sites I need to go to daily.

I like to begin by opening the sites I want to place in the folder. You don’t have to do this, you can add them by URL if you want to. I think dragging is easy than copying and pasting the URL.

Next, I will right click in the Bookmark area and add a Folder.

Type in the name of your folder and click save.

Now you can drag each tab into the folder. Click on the tab, then click the website icon or in my case the lock icon and drag it to your folder.

The animation doesn’t show it, but when you click on the folder, the sites you added will be there.

You an always go into Bookmark manager and delete anything you no longer want.

Well, I hope this little organization tip is helpful for you. I like to keep my Bookmark bar orderly because it saves me time.