By default Google Chrome closes the window when the last tab has been closed. However, you can prevent it from happening using a extension which also does a lot more things.
The Chrome Toolbox extension for Google Chrome adds a ton of features to the browser. It also provides a feature to stop Chrome from closing down when you close the last tab. To enable that feature install the extension and then click on it’s icon to display then menu and click on the "Options" link.
On the options page, select the checkbox next to "Don’t close current browser window when closing last tab, create a new tab instead." This will ensure that Chrome does not close the window when you close the last tab using the Ctrl + W hotkey, you can of course close the window by clicking on "x" symbol on the browser.
In addition to closing tabs Chrome Toolbox also provides you with several other features, including a confirmation before closing multiple tabs. Here are some more features of what Chrome Toolbox does:
Magnify any image on a web page, set it as your wallpaper, and view it in its original size
Drag any video on a web page (Flash and HTML5 video) out of the page in its own stand-alone window, closing the window puts it back to the original page, both with play state reservation
Customize tab behavior to close the tab on double click, to create a new tab on closing the last tab, and to always open a link in its own tab
Save and restore un-submitted form data, to avoid data loss caused by session expiration or a no-cache page setting
One shortcut to launch all predefined URLs (from your Bookmark Manager folder)
Learn, compare and contrast shortcuts in Chrome and other popular browsers.
Put your favorite Chrome functionalities in the drop down menu, reorder them in the way you like
Most of the smartphones today have the ability to accept voice commands and perform actions. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just speak something and get things done on your PC too?
Well, if you use Google Chrome, here is a great feature which will allow you to search several search engines by speaking. The Chrome extension called Voice Search is an experimental add-on which allows you to search Google or any other search engines by speaking out the words you want to search.
This is a really amazing add-on and goes on to show the capabilities built into Google Chrome. I tested this feature out to demonstrate how this works, the video is a bit grainy due to bad lighting; will upload another one shortly. Of course, the extension is not perfect and does not recognize all the words, however, once fully developed it would become a really good way to type text without having to use the keyboard.
Voice Search comes pre-loaded with the following default services: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and Wolfram|Alpha. You can also add your own user-defined search engines. It also integrates a speech input button for all websites using HTML5 search boxes, all of the default search engines’ websites, Facebook, Twitter, reddit, and GitHub.
I visit hundreds of sites everyday and comment on quite a few of them. In addition to that I also comment on lot on my friends posts on Facebook. Commenting is fun, but there are times when I want to refer to a conversation or follow-up on whether it has got any reply or not. I could of course bookmark the post and go back to it later.
Now, what if you had a service which keeps track of all the comments you make across the internet (at-least some part of it) and displays it to you whenever you want? Impossible? No. Thanks to a new Chrome extensions called Comment Save, which basically saves all the comments you make on Facebook, WordPress sites, Gawker sites, Forums, Yahoo! Answers and news sites like CNN, New York Times and Guardian amongst others.
I gave the extension a run on Google Chrome and it works as advertised. It also provides you with a full-page view of all the comments you have made and an option to delete all or selected comments from the history.
Overall I found this extension to be pretty neat way to track conversations on the web from a centralized location. However, I would like to see a cloud-implementation for the storage so that I can have access to my comments across multiple computers.
Nevertheless, this extension provides a good and secure way to keep track of your conversations and is a highly recommended download from me. Go ahead and give it a try.
One of the things that I really love about #newTwitter is the inline display of media via oEmbed. In simple terms, #newTwitter displays media from some of the most common media providers inline in the tweet details. For instance, here’s how twitpic looks like.
As of now, #newTwitter supports 31 providers. Till now, that is. Enter Parrotfish. Parrotfish augments #newTwitter’s default providers to 165 sites, including WordPress, ESPN, Posterous, Tumblr amongst others. If this wasn’t good enough, Parrotfish also has Instapaper support, so you can mark it as Read Later and it will get added to your Instapaper’s Read It Later list.
Parrotfish is currently available as a Chrome Extension ( Chrome v4+) and is a must-have extension if you spend loads of time on twitter and is a worthy addition to some of the best Chrome extensions list.
Since the Chrome Web Store opened a few days ago, I have gone ahead and installed tons of new extensions and Chrome apps in Google Chrome. However, having lots of extensions and apps can be a bad experience since it makes finding them a bit more difficult.
AppJump Launcher is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to quickly find and launch apps you have installed in Chrome. The extension provides you with a quick view of all the installed apps and extensions through an icon. Using that you can find and launch any app quickly.
In addition to the quick access to apps, AppJump also provides a full page view of all the installed apps and extensions where it allows you to launch apps, disable them or uninstall them. You can reach this full page view by clicking on the + button in the icon listing. The AppJump full page option is actually replacement for Google’s in-built extension manager.
Well I am not done yet, another useful feature in AppJump is that it allows you to create groups and add applications to it. Using this feature you can easily browse apps or extensions based on the groups you create.
AppJump is definitely a great extension for Chrome and it makes managing all your extensions and apps a breeze while providing a beautiful interface for it. One thing I would like to see in a future update of AppJump is the ability to search apps and launch them, something similar to what Launchy does, but just for Chrome. Having that feature would definitely be awesome and was already on my wish list for Chrome.
Each and every website you visit tracks your moments across the internet. This is basically done through cookies, URL redirecting and more. Many of the sites then use this data to customize advertisements displayed to you.
If you are not comfortable with sharing your data with third-party websites, you can now try out a new extension called Disconnect for Google Chrome and RockMeIt browsers.
Disconnect stops major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do. It disable tracking on websites and depersonalizes searches on search engines like Google. It also has a nice little counter to show you the requests it has blocked and an option to easily disable unblocking for certain sites.
Disconnect was written by an ex-Googler who calls this service Web2.1 and claims that he is fixing all the wrongs on the web right now. If you are looking to disable third party tracking head over to http://www.disconnectere.com/ and download the extensions for Chrome or RockMeIt.
If you went on a app installing spree, the new tab page feels a bit cluttered. However, you can uninstall Chrome Apps or Extensions easily without having to break your head.
To uninstall an Chrome App that you installed, open a new tab and scroll till you see the app you want to uninstall. Now, right click on that app, and click on "Uninstall" from the available options. Click on the "Uninstall" button in the popup window and the app will be removed. The good thing is that if you use Chrome Sync, the app will be removed across the board on all the computers you use.
To uninstall an extension in Google Chrome, Click on the Settings icon and then click on Extensions from the Tools sub-menu. This will take you to the extensions page, alternatively you can just type chrome://extensions in the browser address bar. On the extensions page, you will see all the installed extensions. You can either disable an extension or remove it entirely by clicking on the available links below the extension description.
Have fun and do try out new extensions and apps that Chrome Web Store.
Since the Chrome Web Store was launched, I have been playing around with quite a few Chrome Apps and am already loving the experience with it. Many Chrome Apps are not shortcuts and work inside the browser itself. In the next few days I will be posting about several new and interesting Apps you can start using including one for TweetDeck and Distraction Free Writing.
Today, I will talk a few apps for Note-taking and creating sticky notes (checkout 11 Sticky notes software for your desktop). First off, you might spend a lot of time on the browser, researching content or discovering new content on an everyday basis. Having a handy notepad to take notes is definitely one of the most important things for researching and taking notes which you can refer back to later .
The Quick Note app for Chrome is a simple and easy to use Note-Taking app for Chrome which you will definitely come to love. It has simplicity written all over it but it really good. The app allows you to create multiple notes and search within notes. You can also easily copy and paste images into your notes which makes it pretty powerful.
Quick Note also allows you to create a new note while browsing a website through the context menu, you can then toggle the note and continue reading the content while you continue with your work. Whenever you want to add some more notes, just click on the note in the right hand side again.
All of the notes are saved locally, so you will have access to them even if you close the application. Overall, if you are looking to take notes in Chrome, the Quick Note is the app I recommend. Download Quick Note app for Chrome.
My second favorite app is the Stickies app for Chrome which allows you to create Sticky notes and stack them up in the browser. You can create as many sticky notes as you want and also recycle them after you are done with.
Creating Sticky notes is pretty easy too, just double click anywhere on the Stickies window and your sticky note is ready to be used. Once you are done with the Sticky note, just drag it to the recycle bin to get rid of it. However, disposed sticky notes can no longer be recovered. Download Stickies app for Chrome.
Did you find any other app that does the same job? Do let me know through your comments.
Google Chrome recently got the ability to display notifications from extensions on the desktop and there are several extensions out there which display notifications now.
If you are a Twitter user, you can now get Twitter notifications about new tweets, replies and direct messages right on your desktop with a Google Chrome extension. Using Twitter Notifier for Chrome will allow you to get rid of desktop clients, however, you have to remember that this extension will only display those tweets and not allow you to do anything else like replying or viewing it on Twitter.
I ran a few tests to check for DM and replies notifications and they were almost instantaneous. By default the extension is set to display all the tweets along with replies and DMs, so you might want to visit chrome://extensions to change the settings for it to only display @reply and DMs if you want.
The name of this web browser addon tells you who it helps. If you are addicted to sharing cool links or awesome images in Twitter, Facebook or any other social web service, Shareaholic could help.
I tried it out, and it’s helped my sharing output already. Shareaholic supports sending content to over 100 different services.
It’s easy to install and use. Just point your web browser to the Shareaholic home page, and install the plugin. They support Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera, Flock and Songbird.
Once installed, you’ll be prompted to customize it, so that it shows only the services that you use. Clicking on he Shareaholic icon in your browser will bring up the sharing menu.
You might have noticed from the image above, that you can assign keyboard shortcut keys for each service. You can also use it to shorten long URLs. That’s really handy. I also like the simple posts it creates.