Thursday, 11 September 2008

Keyboard shortcut of the week: Chrome

Regular readers will know that I have recently started falling out of love with Mozilla Firefox (but not enough to switch back to Internet Explorer). The latest version does not seem to have addressed any of my gripes, and actually appears to have made many of matters worse. Not only is Firefox's memory handling still very poor but it can hog the CPU and frequently locks up for seconds at a time. I have also had problems with staying logged in to Netvibes and other password protected sites.

Consequently, I was excited by the news that Google had released their own browser, called Chrome. It is still in beta testing at the moment and is somewhat lacking in features but it appears to be quicker and more efficient than Firefox and IE, although this may be because of the aforementioned lack of features. Chrome does include an 'incognito' function that allows you to browse pages without your actions being recorded by the browser.

Time will tell if it will be a serious challenge to Firefox and IE. There are a number of reviews of Chrome on various blogs, and I have no wish to add another one. Instead, I have found a list of the keyboard shortcuts work on Chrome.

As you will see, these shortcuts match those that already work on Firefox and IE, but I did notice that this page does not mention the following:-

Increase text size: Ctrl & roll mouse wheel up
Decrease text size: Ctrl & roll mouse wheel down
Open link in new tab and maintain focus on current tab: Click with middle mouse button

If you have reviewed Chrome on your blog, feel free to leave a comment with a link to the appropriate post(s).


Anonymous said...

Chome? :) Check post title.

And I agree that there are bit too many reviews of Chrome already.

Borkiman said...

Gah!! Well spotted... will make appropriate changes

Thanks for the comment

Anonymous said...

This is my wanted.Normally i use keyboard shortcut to access any application in computer.

Chrome review ?i just have one in my blog.Google Chrome updater.

Anonymous said...

I was really excited after reading all the positive reviews for Chrome, so I have installed it yesterday. I must say that I'm not that impressed... I know I should give it some time to get familiar with it, but right now I'm too used to Firefox to give it up.

Anonymous said...

I'm still dithering about whether to try Chrome or not - there are such varying views about it. I'm a relatively recent convert to Firefox and not 100% sure it's as wonderful as everyone says, even though saying that seems to be sacrilege in some quarters. I'm sitting on the fence for a while.

Borkiman said...

Thank you all for your comments.

I think many people are taking a wait-and-see stance with Chrome at the moment. I know I am.

I will keep updating it to see if Google have added any extra features and will let everybody know when and if I move from Firefox to Chrome.