Now that Onshape delivers professional CAD online, you need to learn more about your web browser than just how to “clear history.” Here are ten Google Chrome tips every engineer should know:
1. Open Specific Pages on Startup. To have Chrome open specific pages on startup, use the customization menu (three vertical dots next to the search bar) and click Settings. Navigate to the On startup page and you can specify the address of the pages you want Chrome to present.
2. Enable the Home button. If you like the home button within the interface, you can enable it in Settings as well. Click on the Appearance page and enable the Show home button.
3. Duplicating tabs. You can easily duplicate a tab by right mouse clicking on it and choosing the Duplicate Tab option from the resulting menu. Onshape allows you to run multiple sessions simultaneously within separate tabs.
4. Reordering and opening a tab into its own window. You can reorder how tabs are presented in Chrome by clicking and dragging a tab within the tab strip. If you drag the tab outside the tab strip, Chrome will place the tab into a new browsing window.
5. Selecting multiple tabs. You can select multiple tabs by holding the Control key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) while selecting the tab. Once selected the tabs can be dragged together into another window.
6. Opening a link into its own tab. You can quickly open a link into a new tab by clicking and dragging the link to the tab strip, or clicking the link with a right mouse button, and selecting Open Link in New Tab. Middle mouse clicking a link will also load the page into its own window. The last two techniques are especially helpful, because they open the new tab in the background.
7. Pinning tabs. From the right mouse click menu, you can select and Pin Tab. When a tab is pinned it will be compressed in size and appear to the left of all other tabs. Pinned tabs enable you to find important tabs quickly, when many tabs are open.
8. Closing Tabs. You can quickly close a tab by middle mouse clicking on it within the tab strip.
9. Resurrecting a closed tab. When pressing Control Shift T (Windows) or Command Shift T (Mac), Chrome will open the last closed tab. This is especially useful when a tab is closed by mistake.
10. Saving Space on the Bookmark Bar. Google Chrome stores favorite links on its Bookmark Bar. You can save significant space if you delete the titles of the bookmarks. An icon will still appear, and usually this is enough to identify the link.