Today, I got my hands on a Macbook, installed Chrome, and played around with it for a good solid hour, trying to cram in as much stuff as I could in the time I had with it. Man, I seriously need a virtual Mac or something.
Probably the absolute best feature in Chrome is its “Omnibox,” the word for Google’s new address bar. You can search almost any site from it. Try it out; Type something random into it, and it’ll search it with whatever your search engine is (Of course, Google by default). But wait, there’s more! Type in any website you’ve visited and searched something on, and after typing it in, hit tab; then, just type whatever you want, and it will search the site for it. It’s really, really helpful.
Chrome still has its famous site-specific browser feature available, making webapps ridiculously easy to access; just hit “File,” and select “Create Application Shortcut” to pin any webapp to your desktop. How easy is that? Now, Pixlr.com, Google Docs, and ScreenToaster are all available, right from my laptop, in a nice, discreet window.
Make sure to check out the Google Chrome videos, explaining its features with a variety of interesting personifications.
Finally, finally, you can use ctrl+tab to switch between tabs. I’ve been waiting so long for this shortcut, it’s not even funny. Safari has yet to add it, which is a huge bummer; I think the only way to switch between tabs is command+shift+left/right, which is really annoying, especially since I’m so used to just ctrl+tabbing through my web pages. You should see my computer; at any given time, I have something like 10 or 11 tabs open, although recently I’ve been keeping it down around 5.
Also, check this out; close a tab, and then hit command+shift+t; it pulls up the tab you just closed. I use that SO often. There are so may times that I’ve closed tabs on myself, its not even funny.
While Chrome for Mac doesn’t support themes or plugins, like the Windows version does, Google has promised to roll out updates for plugin support, as well as things like themes and speed increases. After all, their ultimate goal is to create the fastest, easiest to use browser. Because of restrictions in Apple’s software platform, we might never get to see little interface things, like having all the menu items contained in a “Pages” or “Tools” icon, as in the Windows version. I highly recommend downloading it. In fact…