How to make better decisions 1

"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us" - Ken Levine. Whether it's moving to a new city, taking up a job offer or even quitting to start your own business, at some point in our lives we'll have to make difficult choices. How do we know which is the right choice for us - the one that will bring us happiness and success instead of doom and peril? Alright, we might have been a bit dramatic there.

On a more serious note, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. Helpmydecision.com is a great, free online tool we discovered that will help you distill the considerations important to you, when making a tough decision.

The Internet is all about speed and while we've come a long way from the dark dial-up days of 33.6 kbps and 56 kbps, it could be even faster still. One of the most common complaints we hear is that the actual speed we get is much slower than what was subscribed for from the Internet Service Provider. Now, there could be a whole host of reasons for the slow speeds such as modem and router issues, problems with a specific website and throttling by your ISP. The first step to solving the problem is always to test your speed and find out where you stand.


Color blindness or Color Vision Deficiency, is a condition that affects many more men than women. An estimated 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women (0.5%) are color blind. Contrary to its name, 99% of all colorblind people are not really color blind but color deficient. It's a big misconception that color blind people see the world in black and white or greyscale. If you are affected by color blindness, you would see less colors than someone without the condition, but not none.

Donald Trump Face at the Urinal

It's a feeling that all guys are familiar with - the awkwardness at the urinal. You step into the toilet and quickly scan the scene, spotting 2 available urinals, but you're unsure which one to pick. Our usual advice would be to go for a toilet cubicle or turn around and leave but sometimes there are either no available cubicles and you can't hold it in any longer.

With an estimated 1 billion users, Google's Chrome browser is the undisputed king of browsers at the moment, in 2015. That said, many users aren't familiar with some of the basic features and cool things that Chrome allows you to do. Here are ten not so well known Chrome tips that we feel every user should know. Now, you could keep them to yourself and feel smug every time a noob comes to you for help, but we hope you share them so that everyone can have a better surfing experience. With that said, here are ten tips we feel every Chrome user should know:    

1. Convert units directly in the Omnibox



So first things first. You must be wondering what is this "Omnibox"? Well the Omnibox is the fancy name for the Google Chrome's address bar. It is similar to a traditional browser address bar, but it also allows you to perform other functions such as "search", calculations and conversions as well as we shall see.

Let's say we want to find out what 120 square meters is in square feet. Simply type 120 square meters = square feet in the address bar and you'll see your answer. The format is as follows:

X Unit 1 = Unit 2

2. Use Omnibox to search within a site




If you've visited a page on your Chrome browser before, you can search within that site direct from the Omnibox, without having to visit the site again. For example, to search for the new Star Wars movie on IMDB, type IMDB.com and press the tab key. Now you can enter "Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens" and hit enter. Your results will show matching search results from IMDB.com.

3. Open search results in a new tab

If you want to open your search results in a new tab instead of the current one, hold down the alt key and hit enter to search. Your search results will now open in a new tab. This works whether searching using the Omnibox.

4. Re-open a Closed Tab

It happens to the best of us - accidentally closing a tab. Not to worry, if you closed a tab by mistake, you can open it again using CTRL+SHIFT+T. The hotkey will cycle through your closed tabs so hitting it again will relaunch the tab you closed before the last one and so on.  

5. Save web pages as PDFs


If you want to save a page for offline reading, Google Chrome has a built-in PDF writer that comes in very handy. On any webpage, press Ctrl+P and choose the “Save as PDF” option from the list of available printers.

6. Incognito Window


Press Control + Shift + "N"  to open Chrome window in incognito mode. Sites you visit in incognito mode won't appear in your history and any cookies from the sites opened in this browser window will be deleted when the window is closed. Very useful if you share your computer and don't want embarrassing sites popping up in your search history.

It's important to note that although your browser history and cookies are deleted, your web surfing tracks are still visible to your network provider, such as your employer or ISP via the network logs. There are other practical uses for incognito mode as well, other than keeping your surfing history private (somewhat). 

Using Incognito mode, you can log in to multiple accounts on Facebook, Gmail and other sites from the same device. It also allows you to get unbiased search results as Google will not base your search results on prior search history and cookies.    

7. Chrome Task Manager


Everyone knows the Windows Task Manager but do you know that Google Chrome has it's own Task Manager as well? Pressing  Shift + Esc in Chrome brings up the Chrome task manager which you can then use to end any process running in Chrome that is eating up memory. To do so, click on the process you want to close followed by "End process" at the bottom right of the dialog box.

8. Switch to Google's cached version of a page


Looking for a post or article that got taken down? Google caches many of the pages on the Internet as a record to bring you search results faster. Because of this, you might still be able to retrieve sites or posts that have been taken down. In the address bar, type "cache:" before the URL of the page and hit enter. You'll be taken to the last cached page of that URL by Google, if one is available. In the above image, we looked up the cache for CNN.com and Google retrieved the cache it had of the page from the previous night instead. 

9. Chrome Experiments


Type "chrome://flags" in the address bar to open the Chrome Experiments page. Here you can test out some cool, new and experimental Chrome features before they get deployed in production for the wider audience. As these features are still in the experimental stage and haven't been certified safe for the wider audience, they come with a warning that your browser may delete all your data, or your security and privacy could be compromised in unexpected ways. Proceed with caution!

10. Mute audio of an individual Chrome tab


Here's a cool experimental feature we found in the Chrome flags list. Search for Enable tab audio muting UI control" in the Chrome flags list and click "enable". After restarting your Chrome browser, you will be able to mute the audio of an individual Chrome Tab directly from the audio indicators on the tab strip as we've shown in the above picture. Pretty cool and convenient when you have many tabs open!

Conclusion

So these are our top ten lesser known Google Chrome tips that will take your surfing experience to the next level. We hope you've enjoyed them and will find them useful. Do like and share them on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter using the links below.

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