#412 Tap Into the Power of Chrome’s Address Bar

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never given much thought to your browsers address bar beyond entering a URL and going to a website.  If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, there are a lot more things you can do with your humble address bar (also known as the Omnibox in Chrome). Let’s take a look at some of the things you’ve been missing.

Quick Math & Conversions

Need a little math or unit conversion help on the quick? Just use the address bar for the job. Enter a calculation and get the answer without even needing to hit the enter key. How is that for fast!? You can also get basic unit conversions this way. Just add an equal sign after your query. Give it a try with something like this:  50 c = f for temperatures, or 50 feet = inches

Use Google Search Operators

We’ve previously covered how useful the Google Search Operators are before. You can use them directly in your address bar and skip the need to actually visit Google.com


Create a Quick Email

Type mailto: into your address bar and you’ll get a new blank email ready for you to complete and send in whatever your default email client is.

If you’re a Google Chrome user, give those a try. If you’re not, go download Chrome and see what you’re missing.

More Chrome Tips & Tricks:

If you’re looking for even more tips & tricks for working in Google Chrome you might also be interested in:

How to Save & Restore Multiple Tabs in Chrome

How to Print Wirelessly to Any Printer with Chrome & Cloud Print

How To Get Instant Answers From Google

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