Monthly Archives: November 2014

Use Incognito Windows With Chrome Browser

From time to time, you may wish to use the Chrome browser without leaving a record of your activities in your History. For instance, you might want to visit a banking or a financial site on a shared computer without leaving a record of it, or you might need to view confidential information and wish to leave no trace of it when you are done. This is where Chrome’s Incognito Window (or tab) feature comes in handy. When you open a new Incognito Window, any pages you store will not be recorded in the Chrome browser’s history, nor will any cookies be kept after you close all of your Incognito tabs and windows. (Note that any files you download or bookmarks that you save will remain after you close your Incognito tabs.)

There are two different ways to open an Incognito Window. The first way is to go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, click on the New Incognito Window item. Chrome will immediately open up a new Incognito Window. The second way is to hit the CTRL+SHIFT+N keys simultaneously, which will also open up a new Incognito Window.

Once you have an Incognito Window open, you can open additional tabs within it, and Chrome will not track any activity within those tabs. Once you have finished, close your Incognito Window, and Chrome will not retain any record of it.

Note that an Incognito Window does not hide your Internet usage from your Internet Service Provider or from your employer (and any website you visit will likely also be able to keep track of your visit), so only use Incognito Windows for reasons that are both legal and moral.

-JM

Access Chrome Bookmarks With chrome://bookmarks

The Chrome browser offers many different ways to view your Bookmarks. You can click on the menu button, then on the Bookmarks category, and then select Bookmarks Manager. You can also open the Bookmarks Manager directly by hitting the CTRL+SHIFT+O keys simultaneously. The Bookmarks Bar also can store your most commonly accessed Bookmarks, and you can enable it by clicking on the menu button, then on Bookmarks, and then on the Bookmarks Bar, or you can summon it by hitting the CTRL+SHIFT+B keys simultaneously.

However, the fastest way to access your bookmarks is to use the Omnibox and the chrome:// menu. The chrome:// menu provides quick access to a variety of Chrome settings, and you can use it to quickly access your bookmarks by typing this address into your Omnibox:

chrome://bookmarks

The Chrome browser will then immediately take you to the Bookmarks Manager.

-JM

Import Bookmarks Into The Chrome Browser

By default, if you are signed into Chrome the browser backs up your bookmarks to your Google account. This makes manually backing up your bookmarks unnecessary. However, there are several different scenarios where you might want to manually import your bookmarks into Chrome OS. For instance, you might wish to import your bookmarks from a Chrome OS computer to a different browser running on a Windows PC or a Mac OS X system, or you might want to import your bookmarks into a Chrome browser running on a different computer.

To import your bookmarks, first go to the Chrome browser’s Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, go to the Bookmarks submenu, and then click on the item for Bookmarks Manager, which will then open in a new tab. Once you are in Bookmarks Manager, click on the Organize drop-down menu, and then click on the Import Bookmarks To HTML File item.

A dialog box will allowing you to navigate to the location of your bookmarks’ import HTML file. Navigate to the location of the HTML, click on the Open button, and your bookmarks will be imported into the Chrome browser.

-JM