Becoming comfortable with how a web browser works is a crucial digital literacy skill. This lesson introduces Chrome, a web browser created by Google. There are many other web browsers such as Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and many others. This lesson walks through the Chrome interface and shows basic skills such as creating and switching between browser tabs.
This activity walks through the Google Chrome interface and covers basic skills you should know for success with the Chrome browser.
Let’s start by opening up Chrome. You can do this by clicking on the Chrome icon. If you have Chrome in your dock, you can launch it from there. This opens up a new window in Chrome. Let’s take a look at the interface:
Let’s take a big picture view of the Chrome browser. Check out this image:
There are key more pieces of the interface that we should check out. Let’s dive deeper:
The main navigation buttons are back, forward, refresh, and home. These buttons are to the left of the URL bar:
You’re able to save websites you like by creating a bookmark. You can think of bookmarks the same way you would bookmark a page in a book. It’s a way to save a page so you can quickly jump to it later. To add a bookmark, click the star button to the right of the URL bar:
Once you click on the star button you can name the page you’re saving:
You’ll need to manage your bookmarks. To do this, you can use Chrome’s Bookmark Manager. To open this, click on the Bookmarks menu and choose Bookmark Manager:
Chrome has tabs and windows. The main view you’re working in is called the window. Opening a new window is like opening Chrome again without losing your previous work.
To add a new window, go to the File menu and click New Window:
If you prefer to only use a single window of Chrome, you’re able to add new tabs. Tabs are new pages but within a single view of Chrome. To open a new tab, click the + button next to your current tab:
You can now switch between tabs!
You may be wondering why you’d want to use tabs instead of windows. This is personal preference, but tabs are nice when you’re opening related web pages (such as if you’re working on a project) and want them to be in the same Chrome window. Be careful though, if you close the window, you’ll lose all your open tabs!
Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts: Here is a collection of useful keyboard shortcuts that will save you lots of time when using Chrome. They’re listed for Mac, Windows, and Linux.