A Complete Guide to Managing Firefox Bookmarks

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Many people claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social bookmarking, speed dials, and features like that. But bookmarks are still useful if you learn how to manage and organize them. Today we’ll show you how to create, organize, and manage your bookmarks in Firefox so you don’t end up with a cluttered, chaotic collection. Show the Bookmarks Bar If you don’t see the Bookmarks bar in Firefox, that’s easy to fix. Right-click on the toolbar and select Bookmarks Toolbar. Add the Bookmarks Menu Button to the Toolbar If you want quick access to…

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Many people claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social bookmarking, speed dials, and features like that. But bookmarks are still useful if you learn how to manage and organize them.

Today we’ll show you how to create, organize, and manage your bookmarks in Firefox so you don’t end up with a cluttered, chaotic collection.

Show the Bookmarks Bar

If you don’t see the Bookmarks bar in Firefox, that’s easy to fix.

Right-click on the toolbar and select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Show the Bookmarks Toolbar in Firefox

Add the Bookmarks Menu Button to the Toolbar

If you want quick access to bookmarking tools, add the Bookmarks Menu button to the toolbar.

Click the library icon, go to Bookmarks > Bookmarking Tools, and then select Add Bookmarks Menu to Toolbar.

Add Bookmarks Menu to the Toolbar in Firefox

The Bookmarks Menu icon (a star on a tray) button is displayed next to the library icon.

To remove the Bookmarks Menu button from the toolbar, go back to Bookmarks > Bookmarking Tools and select Remove Bookmarks Menu from Toolbar on the Bookmarking Tools menu.

Bookmarks Menu on Firefox toolbar

Add a Bookmark for a Web Page

To bookmark a web page, visit the web page and then click the star in the address bar.

Or you can press Ctrl + D.

The Bookmark this page star on the address bar in Firefox

If you don’t see the star on the address bar, click the Page actions menu (three horizontal dots) on the right side of the address bar.

Then, right-click on the Bookmark This Page option and select Add to Address Bar.

Add the star back to the address bar in Firefox

When you click the star, it turns blue and the New Bookmark dialog box pops up.

A default Name is assigned to the bookmark, but you can change it. This name is used for the bookmark in menus.

Select the Folder where you want to store the bookmark. If you want it displayed on the Bookmarks bar, select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Tags help you categorize your bookmarks to make them easier to find. Enter tags for the new bookmark in the Tags box, separated by commas. Use the down arrow button to the right of the Tags box to assign existing tags to the bookmark.

New Bookmark popup dialog box in Firefox

The new bookmark is added to the Bookmarks bar (if that’s where you chose to save it).

Clicking on a bookmark opens that web page on the current tab.

A bookmark on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

Bookmark All Open Tabs

Bookmarking all open tabs is useful if you need to close Firefox, but you want to preserve the web pages you have open. Or maybe you have a certain set of web pages you want to be able to open with one click.

Open all the web pages you want to bookmark on separate tabs. Then, right-click on any tab and select Bookmark All Tabs.

Bookmark all tabs in Firefox

In the Name box on the New Bookmarks dialog box, enter a name for the folder that will contain the bookmarks for all the open tabs.

Select the Folder where you want to store the new folder of bookmarks. Again, if you want the folder available on the Bookmarks bar, select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Then, click Add Bookmarks.

New Bookmarks dialog box in Firefox

To open all the bookmarks at once on separate tabs, click the folder and select Open All in Tabs.

All the web pages in the folder are opened on new tabs, preserving any tabs currently open.

Open all Bookmarks in tabs in Firefox

Rename and Edit a Bookmark

You can rename a bookmark and change its location and tags using the star icon on the address bar.

First, visit the bookmarked site. Then, click the blue star icon to open the Edit This Bookmark popup dialog box. This dialog box is just like the New Bookmark dialog box. You can change the Name, the Folder where the bookmark is stored, and the Tags assigned to the bookmark.

To change the URL for the bookmark, see the next section.

Click Done once you’ve made your changes.

Click Edit this bookmark (blue star icon) in Firefox

Add a Keyword to a Bookmark and Change a Bookmark’s URL

Keywords are abbreviations for bookmarks you can type into the address bar to quickly go the bookmarked web page.

To add a keyword to a bookmark, right-click on the bookmark and select Properties.

Get the Properties of a bookmark in Firefox

On the Properties dialog box, enter the keyword you want to use for the bookmark in the Keyword box.

You can also change the URL for the bookmark in the Location box.

Click Save.

Add a keyword to a bookmark in Firefox

To visit a bookmarked web page using a keyword, type the keyword into the address bar. Bookmarks that match the keyword display in a dropdown list below the address bar.

Click the URL for the page in the results.

Use a keyword to visit a bookmarked site in Firefox

Delete a Bookmark

You can delete a bookmark in two ways.

If you’re on the web page for the bookmark you want to delete, click the blue star on the address bar. Then, click Remove Bookmark.

No confirmation dialog box displays when deleting a bookmark.

Click Remove Bookmark on the Edit This Bookmark dialog box in Firefox

If you’re not on the web page for the bookmark you want to delete, you can right-click on the bookmark and select Delete.

Right-click on a bookmark in Firefox and select Delete

Delete Multiple Bookmarks at Once

The methods in the previous section allow you to delete one bookmark at a time. But you can also delete multiple bookmarks at once.

Press Ctrl + Shift + B to open the Library dialog box. Use Shift and Ctrl while clicking on the bookmarks you want to delete, just like selecting files in File Explorer.

Then, right-click on the selected bookmarks and click Delete.

No confirmation dialog box displays when deleting multiple bookmarks either.

Delete multiple bookmarks in Firefox

Organize Your Bookmarks

Bookmarks are only useful if you keep them organized. If your bookmarks are cluttered and chaotic, you won’t be able to find what you need when you need it.

You can use folders and tags to organize your bookmarks. If you don’t like dealing with folders and subfolders to organize your bookmarks, we’ve discussed how to use tags on your Firefox bookmarks.

For those of you who like using folders, we’ll show you how to organize your Firefox bookmarks here using folders.

Create a New Folder on the Bookmarks Bar

To add a new folder directly on the Bookmarks bar, right-click on the bar and select New Folder.

Create a new bookmarks folder on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

On the New Folder dialog box, enter a Name for the folder and click Add.

Firefox adds the folder on the right end of the Bookmarks bar, but you can drag it to any other location on the bar.

New Folder dialog box in Firefox

Move Bookmarks into Folders on the Bookmarks Bar

To add a bookmark to the new folder using the Bookmarks bar, drag the bookmark to the folder.

Drag a bookmark into a folder on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

Click the folder to open it and access the bookmarks in it.

You can also drag bookmarks around in folders to rearrange them.

Access bookmarks in a folder on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

Use the Library Dialog Box to Create New Folders

If you prefer using the Library dialog box to manage your bookmarks, press Ctrl + Shift + B.

Right-click in an empty area in the right pane, select New Folder and enter a name for the folder.

Create a new folder on the Library dialog box in Firefox

Move Bookmarks into Folders on the Library Dialog Box

Drag bookmarks into the new folder. You can select multiple bookmarks using the Shift and Ctrl keys and drag them into the folder at one time.

Drag a bookmark into a folder on the Library dialog box in Firefox

View Your Bookmarks in Different Sorted Views

On the Library dialog box, you can temporarily view your bookmarks and folders in different sorted views.

Press Ctrl + Shift + B. Select the group of bookmarks and folders you want to sort under All Bookmarks. Or select a tag under Tags to sort all bookmarks with the same tag.

Then, go to Views > Sort and select a sorting method from the submenu. for example, Sort by Name.

Sort bookmarks by name on the Library dialog box in Firefox

You can only sort on one level of bookmarks and folders, whether it be the top level or inside a folder. Once you sort a different level, the previous level you sorted becomes unsorted.

For example, we sorted on the Bookmarks Toolbar. But if we go into a folder, like Tech Sites, and sort there, the Bookmarks Toolbar is no longer sorted.

The sorting feature only sorts bookmarks and folders on the Library dialog box. Bookmarks and folders on the Bookmarks Toolbar or the Bookmarks Menu are not affected.

Sorted bookmarks and folders on the Library dialog box in Firefox

Rearrange Your Bookmarks on the Library Dialog Box Manually

You can manually rearrange your bookmarks and folders on the Library dialog box.

Press Ctrl + Shift + B. Use the left pane to navigate to the Bookmarks Toolbar or the Bookmarks Menu, and then to the folder you want if you want to rearrange the bookmarks inside a folder.

Click and drag a bookmark in the right pane to another location in the list to move it. To move the bookmark into a subfolder, drag the bookmark on top of that subfolder.

When you sort your bookmarks manually, the sorted order is reflected on the Bookmarks Toolbar, the Bookmarks Menu, and on the sidebar.

Sort bookmarks manually on the Library dialog box in Firefox

Back Up and Restore Bookmarks in Firefox

The Library dialog box also allows you to back up your bookmarks and import and export bookmarks to and from other browsers.

The Backup option on the Import and Backup menu saves the JSON file Firefox uses to store the bookmarks. You can use the JSON file to Restore your bookmarks if you need to reinstall Firefox. Restoring bookmarks will replace all current bookmarks in Firefox.

The Import Bookmarks from HTML and Export Bookmarks to HTML options allow you to save your bookmarks in HTML format. You can open the exported HTML file in any browser and click the links to access your bookmarks. And you can use the exported HTML file to import your Firefox bookmarks into other browsers that may not support direct transfer of bookmarks.

You can import bookmarks from Edge, Chrome, and Internet Explorer using the Import Data from Another Browser option.

Import and backup bookmarks in Firefox

Organize Bookmarks in More Than Just Firefox

Browsers still pay attention to bookmarks. And you should too. A well-organized bookmarks folder saves you the bother of installing any third-party apps with doubtful futures. If you’re looking to sync bookmarks with other browsers, like Chrome and Edge, we’ve covered the best alternatives to Xmarks.

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5 Google Chrome Alternatives for a Better Browser on Desktop or Mobile

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When Google Chrome turned 10 years old, it launched a new version of its browser, Chrome 69. While there are some cool new features, it also added a bit of a privacy issue by automatically signing you into Chrome when you use a Google account on any site. It might be time to look beyond Chrome… Right now, Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, on both desktop and mobile. But even after 10 years, it has its share of problems. Chrome still hogs a lot of memory and resources, it continues to be a privacy nightmare, and…

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When Google Chrome turned 10 years old, it launched a new version of its browser, Chrome 69. While there are some cool new features, it also added a bit of a privacy issue by automatically signing you into Chrome when you use a Google account on any site. It might be time to look beyond Chrome…

Right now, Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, on both desktop and mobile. But even after 10 years, it has its share of problems. Chrome still hogs a lot of memory and resources, it continues to be a privacy nightmare, and there are other issues because of which you should seriously think it’s time to break up with Google Chrome.

So which browser should you consider as a good alternative for Chrome? Here are some of your latest and greatest options.

Vivaldi 2.0 (Windows, macOS, Linux): New and Improved, With Chrome Extensions

Vivaldi, made by one of the co-founders of Opera, has gained a lot of supporters since it launched in 2016. The company has now released a major update, Vivaldi 2.0, with a bunch of new features that should be enough reasons to switch to Vivaldi.

The biggest improvement is in tab management, the bane of the modern browser. Vivaldi now lets you have a vertical tab bar, shift the address bar to the bottom, and customize every part of the look and feel of the browser. There’s even a split-screen view now to look at two tabs side-by-side, while the famous Vivaldi sidebar can now float anywhere on the screen. And it still works with all of Chrome’s extensions.

Vivaldi has also focused on privacy, adding encryption to its data syncing. It’s a big step away from Google’s new system of signing you into the browser.

Apart from these highlights, there are plenty of improvements under the hood that make the browser faster than ever before. The video above should give you anything else you need to know about the new features in Vivaldi. Install it, use our favorite tips and tricks for speed and productivity, and it’ll be your favorite browser in no time.

Download: Vivaldi for Windows | macOS | Linux DEB | Other Versions (Free)

Ungoogled Chromium (Windows, macOS, Linux): Chrome Without Google

Chrome is based on the open-source Chromium project, which several other browsers are based on. If you like Chrome but don’t like how it forces you to incorporate privacy-violating Google into your life, this is the browser for you. Ungoogled Chromium’s motto is: “Bringing back the ‘Don’t’ in “Don’t be evil.” Perfect, right?

Ungoogled Chromium removes all of the Google-centric features and under-the-hood tracking in Chrome. For example, the powerful Chrome omnibox is no longer a search box for Google, it uses DuckDuckGo by default. But the bigger changes are behind the scenes, where the browser won’t communicate with Google servers constantly, telling them about your browsing patterns.

When you actually use the browser, it feels remarkably a lot like Google Chrome. All your favorite Chrome extensions work perfectly too. The only thing you’ll miss is syncing between your mobile and desktop browsers since Ungoogled Chromium isn’t available for phones.

Download: Ungoogled Chromium for Windows | macOS | Linux DEB | Other Versions (Free)

Keepsafe Browser (Android, iOS): PIN-Protected Private Browser

Keepsafe has earned a few fans for its privacy-focused apps, like Keepsafe Vault to hide or store pictures privately. It has a new app now, Keepsafe Browser, to similarly protect what you do on the internet.

The biggest privacy protection measure is a simple PIN password lock. So even if you let someone borrow your phone, they can’t snoop on your browsing history. It also disallows screenshots while the app is open. Apart from that, Keepsafe Browser has the basic privacy-protecting features you expect, like blocking trackers, an incognito mode (which is called “Secret Tabs” here), and basic ad-blocking for malicious ads.

Keepsafe Browser also has a Pro mode, starting at $10 per month for VPN support and the ability to use Keepsafe Vault. I don’t think that is worth it though. You’re better off getting one of the best VPN services instead, which works across platforms.

Download: Keepsafe Browser for Android | iOS (Free)

Falkon (Windows, Linux): Fast, Lightweight KDE Browser

Falkon is one of the lightest and fastest browsers for Windows and Linux

QupZilla, one of the best open source browsers you can find, is no more. It has been turned into a new project, Falkon, which will improve on the classic KDE browser.

Falkon’s claim-to-fame is that it is light and fast. Install and fire it up, and you’ll know why in a second. It feels much faster than any other browser you have used, especially in the interface. These days, page loading speeds are almost the same in every browser, so that doesn’t matter. And Falkon is lightweight, which is a major respite from Chrome’s persistent RAM problems.

Right now, there is no macOS version and the developers suggest that due to a few problems, it won’t be coming for some time.

Download: Falkon for Windows | Linux (Free)

Otter (Windows, macOS, Linux): Old-School Classic Opera Recreation

Otter recreates old-school Opera 12 in a modern browser

One of the best alternatives to Chrome is Opera, especially after all the changes that Opera has had in the recent past. But if you like the old version of Opera more, Otter is looking to recreate that.

Otter actually looks and feels a little dated, but that’s the point. If you’re missing classic Opera features, you’ll love it. For example, you can get the view you see in the screenshot above, where multiple tabs become their own windows inside the browser. You can also get vertical tabs in Otter’s sidebar.

There’s a lot to like about Otter and its QtWebkit rendering engine. It might not be for everyone, but old-school users will love the nostalgic feel.

Download: Otter for Windows, macOS, or Linux (Free)

Note: To get the right version of Otter, click the latest folder in the link above, and then download EXE for Windows, DMG for macOS, and AppImage or zipped files for Linux.

Try Chromium to Go Beyond Chrome

Apart from Vivaldi and Ungoogled Chromium, there are several other browsers based on the same Chromium project. With almost all of these, you can use Chrome extensions too. It’s a good way to get rid of Chrome while still retaining the features and add-ons you love.

It can be difficult to figure out which Chromium-based browser is right for you. Try this handy list of Chromium alternatives to Chrome which tells you the major differences between them.

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5 WhatsApp Apps and Extensions You Didn’t Know You Need

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WhatsApp is a fantastic instant messenger, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. Whether it’s hiding media from snooping eyes on WhatsApp Web or using two WhatsApp accounts on the same phone, a few apps and extensions can make anything possible. To use any of the extensions, you’ll need to be running Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser like Opera. And of course, you have to use WhatsApp Web on the computer. Meanwhile, the apps in this list rely on Android. But the lone WhatsApp Messenger bot can be used with any device. WhatsApp Business (Android): Clone WhatsApp to…

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WhatsApp is a fantastic instant messenger, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. Whether it’s hiding media from snooping eyes on WhatsApp Web or using two WhatsApp accounts on the same phone, a few apps and extensions can make anything possible.

To use any of the extensions, you’ll need to be running Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser like Opera. And of course, you have to use WhatsApp Web on the computer. Meanwhile, the apps in this list rely on Android. But the lone WhatsApp Messenger bot can be used with any device.

WhatsApp Business (Android): Clone WhatsApp to Use Two Numbers on One Phone

Run Multiple WhatsApp with Dual-Sim by using WhatsApp Business

If you have a dual-SIM phone, you probably want a WhatsApp account for each of the numbers. There are cloning apps to use multiple accounts, but WhatsApp doesn’t work on most of them anymore. An easier option is to use WhatsApp Business.

WhatsApp Business is an official app from WhatsApp, which is basically another version of the messenger you are used to. It has a few additional features for businesses, like “quick replies” to send frequently written messages, labels to identify different chats, and so on.

But more than anything else, WhatsApp Business works perfectly with two different numbers. The contact list remains the same on both apps, but you get to decide which SIM you want to reply from by firing up either WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business.

Right now, WhatsApp Business is available only for Android and not on iOS. WhatsApp has said that it will soon be launching an iOS version for the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, which let you use two SIMS.

Download: WhatsApp Business for Android (Free)

WhatsAuto (Android): Send Auto-Replies When You’re Busy

Sometimes, you’re driving your car, studying for an exam, or are too busy to reply to incoming messages. You still don’t want to be rude though. WhatsAuto lets you set up auto-replies for any texts you get.

The app is easy to customize. You can choose from preset template auto-replies, or create a custom one. It works with formatting, so you can bold, italicize, or strikethrough any text. You can choose who to send auto-replies to, such as your whole contact list, only some people, or all people with the exception of your favorites. By default, there is an “Auto Reply” header on top of the reply, but you can remove that if you want.

WhatsAuto also lets you choose how often to send a message. You can reply to every message that a contact sends, or be less annoying by giving them a five-minute window before sending the auto-reply again to that contact.

While there’s a status saving feature in WhatsAuto, it didn’t work well for me.

Download: WhatsAuto for Android (Free)

WikiBot (Any): Look Up Wikipedia Explanations on Whatsapp

WikiBot looks up Wikipedia defnitions on Whatsapp

WhatsApp is more than just a chat app. There are some powerful services you can use in WhatsApp, like job alerts, news updates, and so on. One other service you probably didn’t know about is Wikipedia. Send a word to WikiBot, and it will show you the Wikipedia definition.

Here’s how it works. You will need to add WikiBot’s phone number to your contact list first, and ideally save it as WikiBot. Then send a message to the number that says:

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You will get a reply acknowledging that you have activated the service, and will also mention a method to unsubscribe if you ever want to.

That’s it, you’re set to use the bot. Send a word or a phrase, and WikiBot will reply with a few lines of definition. It’s a good way to look up the meanings of simple things or find out who a person is, without having to Google them.

Hide Media (Chrome): Hide Photos and Videos on WhatsApp Web

Hide Images and Videos on Whatsapp Web

WhatsApp Web auto-loads all the photos and videos anyone sends you. And on the big computer screen, that can be a privacy nightmare as anyone walking by can see what’s on your screen.

Hide Media is a simple extension that auto-hides all images on WhatsApp Web by default. The image is still downloaded, but it is blurred so that you can’t see it. To view the image or video, hover your mouse cursor over it to reveal. For a video, you can press the play button once you reveal it.

It’s a simple and efficient app to take back some control over your privacy while using WhatsApp Web. Of course, you should also be using other tips to maintain privacy while using WhatsApp.

Download: Hide Media for Chrome (Free)

WAToolkit (Chrome): Read Message Previews, Change Text Width

WAToolkit is the best Chrome extension for Whatsapp

WAToolkit is a must-have Chrome extension for anyone who uses WhatsApp Web. It adds two tricks that make WhatsApp Web so much better, along with a few other useful features.

First, WAToolkit fixes the width of chat bubbles. For some reason, WhatsApp doesn’t stretch chat bubbles across the entire screen, not utilizing the extent of your wide monitor. WAToolkit makes chat bubbles full-width to optimize screen space.

Second, you get a WAToolkit icon in Chrome’s toolbar. When you get a new message, the icon will add a badge for unread messages. Hover over the icon to read all your incoming messages without ever switching to the WhatsApp Web window. It’s not only a time-saver, but it’s also a sneaky WhatsApp Web trick to read messages without them getting the two blue ticks for “Seen”.

The aforementioned icon also turns orange if there’s a connectivity issue with your phone, which happens quite often with WhatsApp Web. WAToolkit also adds always-on desktop notifications, so that even when you close Chrome, you get WhatsApp Web notifications.

Download: WAToolkit for Chrome (Free)

WhatsApp Can Do a Lot Without Add-Ons

These apps and extensions are an excellent way to power up your WhatsApp experience. Right now, there isn’t much love for iOS, but hopefully that will change over time. Still, you don’t always need to rely on add-ons.

In fact, WhatsApp introduces new features all the time, making many of these tools redundant. For example, you can now check which chats are using up the most amount of storage space, or change numbers while still keeping your WhatsApp data intact.

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How to add and use additional search engines in Firefox for Mac

Narrow down your searches quicker when you use Firefox on you Mac. Here’s how to add and use additional Firefox search engines.

Is Firefox your browser of choice when accessing the internet on your Mac? If so, then make sure you have the search engines installed that you like and use most. You can add more from the Firefox Add-ons store and then use the one you want easily when typing in a keyword.  ... Read the rest of this post here


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Google Chrome Isn’t Responding or Keeps Crashing or Freezing?

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It’s frustrating when Chrome keeps crashing. Whether you can’t even get it open or Chrome crashes on certain websites, you might be tempted to switch to another browser. But don’t do that just yet. We’ll show you fixes for common Chrome crashes and how to get your browser back to a stable state. Google Chrome Not Responding: Troubleshooting When Chrome starts crashing or freezing, first try completely restarting it. To do so, go to Menu > Exit or press Ctrl + Shift + Q. Then re-open Chrome and see if the issue improves. If you just click the X in…

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It’s frustrating when Chrome keeps crashing. Whether you can’t even get it open or Chrome crashes on certain websites, you might be tempted to switch to another browser.

But don’t do that just yet. We’ll show you fixes for common Chrome crashes and how to get your browser back to a stable state.

Google Chrome Not Responding: Troubleshooting

When Chrome starts crashing or freezing, first try completely restarting it.

To do so, go to Menu > Exit or press Ctrl + Shift + Q. Then re-open Chrome and see if the issue improves. If you just click the X in the top-right corner, Chrome will continue running in the background if you’ve enabled that option.

Next, you should look at how much you have open in Chrome. If your computer is low on RAM (often a problem with Chrome due to its high memory usage), it may cause websites to crash. Try closing all tabs you’re not using, pausing any Chrome downloads, and quitting other programs running on your computer.

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If none of the above fixes seem to work, you should restart your computer. As you may know, rebooting fixes a lot of issues, and could clear up any temporary quirks with Chrome.

Finally, it’s a good idea to check for Chrome updates at Menu > Help > About Google Chrome. New versions can patch up glitches.

Google Chrome Keeps Crashing: Advanced Fixes

If the first steps above didn’t clear up your problem, continue on to some further troubleshooting methods.

Disable Extensions

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You should next check your installed extensions on the Menu > More tools > Extensions page. Disable or remove anything that you don’t actively use. And make sure to toss anything that’s on our list of Chrome extensions you should remove.

Having too many extensions can bog down your browser, while malicious extensions can interfere with Chrome’s operation.

If you have a lot of extensions and don’t want to disable them all manually, try opening an incognito window. By default, this disables all extensions. Visiting the website in question while incognito makes it easier to determine if an extension is at fault.

Scan for Malware

While not all Chrome issues are caused by malware, it’s worth ruling out before you proceed. A malicious program could mess with your browser’s security or network settings and cause connection problems.

Chrome has a built-in malware scanner, but you’re better off scanning with Malwarebytes for a more thorough check.

Check App Conflicts

Chrome has a newer feature that lets you know if other apps on your PC might interrupt its functionality. To access it, go to Menu > Settings and click Advanced at the bottom of this page.

Scroll all the way down to Update or remove incompatible applications, and Chrome will show you problematic apps.

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Whether you remove these or not is up to you. For example, it’s not worth removing Malwarebytes Premium even though Chrome says it can cause problems. Malwarebytes blocks dangerous websites to keep you safe, which may result in Chrome errors.

Try Another Browser

If you can’t get a specific site to load, you should confirm whether the issue is only in Chrome or across all browsers. Open another browser, like Firefox or Edge, and see if that website gives a similar error.

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If it does, that specific site is probably having issues. You’ll need to wait for it to fix the problems; perhaps contacting the website owner via social media to let them know.

But if the website loads fine in other browsers, the issue lies with Chrome. Continue the steps below for more troubleshooting.

Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware acceleration is a feature that offloads heavy work to another component instead of your CPU. Often, this hands graphical tasks off to your GPU. Enabling this can help Chrome run more smoothly, but it can also cause issues in some cases.

If you’re still experiencing Google Chrome freezes after trying the above fixes, you should disable hardware acceleration and see if it makes a difference. To do so, go to Menu > Settings > Advanced and disable Use hardware acceleration where available.

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Try Another Profile and Reinstall Chrome

At this point, your copy of Chrome may have serious issues that cause it to keep crashing. Try creating a new browser profile to check for corruption. If that doesn’t fix anything, you should reset or reinstall Chrome.

You can use Chrome’s built-in reset function to get to a fresh state without reinstalling. Head to Menu > Settings > Advanced > Restore settings to their original defaults to use this tool. As Chrome says, this will reset everything aside from bookmarks, history, and saved passwords.

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For a complete removal of Chrome, you should properly reinstall it. Head to Settings > Apps > Apps & features and find Google Chrome in the list. Click it and choose Uninstall. Then download a fresh copy of Chrome.

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Google Chrome Keeps Freezing for Every Website

If Chrome displays an error for every website you try to access, you likely have an issue with your internet connection. For that, we recommend following our simple steps to diagnose network problems.

Google Chrome Not Responding: Won’t Start at All

Chrome won’t start in the first place? First, make sure it’s not open already by checking the Task Manager. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it. If you see Google Chrome or chrome.exe listed, right-click that entry and choose End task. Then try to open Chrome again.

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If this isn’t the problem, your antivirus or some malware might be blocking Chrome. Try temporarily disabling your antivirus to see if that lets Chrome open. See the “Scan for Malware” section above for suggestions on that, and follow the complete malware removal guide if you need more help.

Should Chrome still fail to open, try restarting your PC. After that, your best bet is to uninstall and reinstall Chrome per the above instructions.

Chrome Crashing: Specific Errors

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The above troubleshooting tips should work for the majority of Chrome issues. For other cases, let’s discuss a few common Chrome error messages and what you can do to fix them.

Some common Chrome errors include:

  • ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED: The web address doesn’t exist. Check for typos in the URL.
  • ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED: The website didn’t let your browser connect. This may be caused by using a VPN.
  • ERR_CONNECTION_RESET: Your connection was interrupted mid-load. Try refreshing the page.
  • ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT: The page took too long to load. This is either because it’s exceptionally busy, or your connection is too slow.
  • Aw, Snap!: This usually displays when a webpage caused Chrome to crash for some reason. It may be due to a plugin issue.

Always try refreshing the page with Ctrl + R or the Refresh icon to the left of the address bar when you see these messages. You can also use Ctrl + Shift + R to ignore the cache and reload a fresh copy from the website.

As mentioned above, you should try an incognito window to open websites that display errors. Because these don’t save cookies or other browsing information, they’re a useful troubleshooting tool. If a site works in incognito but not normally, clear your browsing data.

When Chrome crashes, you can enter chrome://crashes/ into your address bar to view information about them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t provide any useful information to you, but you can send the crashes to Google for investigation.

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Chrome Crashing and Freezing Issues Solved!

Since you do a lot in your browser, it’s incredibly frustrating when it doesn’t respond. No matter the cause of your issue, hopefully these troubleshooting instructions helped you solve it. You might also look at solving other annoying Chrome issues while you’re at it.

If Chrome still runs into issues after all this, you should look into troubleshooting Windows for deeper problems.

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8 Quick Ways to Use Your Browser as a Notepad

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When you’re surfing the web or working inside a browser, it’s useful to have a notepad to scribble down ideas and information, or even to compose an email. Here, a browser-based notepad can work beautifully. You can move its contents to your regular note-taking application or notebook later. So, how can you turn your browser into a notepad? Let’s find out. (We’re going for minimal, stopgap solutions instead of full-fledged note-taking apps that need an account.) 1. A Small Piece of Code Type this simple code snippet in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter to get an…

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When you’re surfing the web or working inside a browser, it’s useful to have a notepad to scribble down ideas and information, or even to compose an email. Here, a browser-based notepad can work beautifully. You can move its contents to your regular note-taking application or notebook later.

So, how can you turn your browser into a notepad? Let’s find out.

(We’re going for minimal, stopgap solutions instead of full-fledged note-taking apps that need an account.)

1. A Small Piece of Code

Type this simple code snippet in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter to get an instant notepad in the active tab:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

The code works with most browsers and the notepad itself works offline. It’s best to use this one as a temporary solution because your notes will disappear when you close the tab.

2. Notepin

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Try Notepin if you want a notepad with basic formatting and table creation options. It allows you to publish your notes anonymously.

Once you open the app’s URL, you can start typing a note right away. While your notes get saved automatically, they don’t persist between browser sessions. But you can get a dedicated notebook at a URL of your choice without signing up.

Download: Notepin

3. Litewrite

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This plain-text note-taking app is one of our favorites. It’s free from distractions, works offline, and supports multiple notes. It’s also open source!

Anything you write in Litewrite gets backed up to your browser, meaning it’s all there even if you restart your browser or if it happens to crash. Click on the Connect your storage widget at the top right in the app to enable backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, or remoteStorage-enabled apps. Your notes will then remain accessible on the go.

If you want a notepad that supports rich text, try Wrish. You can create any number of notes with it, but you don’t get a dedicated interface to help you collate your notes. You’ll have to bookmark the URL for each note to access it again.

Download: Litewrite

4. Shrib

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Want a no-nonsense notepad with Markdown support? Try Shrib. It allows you to type notes and publish them as webpages. If you type a note using Markdown syntax, Shrib allows you to preview it as Markdown. It also lets you edit a note’s URL to make it more readable and easy to remember.

If you want to lock your notes with a password, try the encryption-based version of Shrib at secure.shrib.com.

Note: Unfortunately, there seem to be no useful note-taking extensions for Safari. So if you use Apple’s native browser, Shrib, along with Notepin, Litewrite, and Wrish are particularly useful.

Download: Shrib

5. Papier for Chrome

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Once you install the Papier extension, you get a Markdown notepad in every new tab. You don’t have to worry about signing up or even saving your notes. Papier does the saving for you.

The app lets you add checklists to your notes, which is perfect for keeping your MITs (Most Important Tasks) up front and visible. The extension also gives you a few font options and themes to customize the look and feel of the notepad. There’s a night mode too!

It’s a pity that while you can generate a character count for your notes, you don’t get a word count to match.

If Papier doesn’t work out for you, give Memo Notepad a shot.

Also, Beanote is great if you want to create sticky notes while you’re browsing or if you want to annotate webpages. Multiple color choices for highlighting text are a nice touch. You can search through all your notes via the extension’s toolbar button.

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If you’re a Vivaldi user, you can use the browser’s built-in tool for note-taking. If that’s not ideal for you, don’t worry. Since Vivaldi is a fork of the Chromium web browser that Chrome is built on, Chrome extensions also work on Vivaldi. So you can get yourself any note-taking extension from the Chrome Web Store, including Papier and Beanote.

Download: Papier

6. Note Taker for Firefox

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Note Taker gives you a simple notepad hidden inside a toolbar popup. While you can’t resize the popup, you can open the notepad as a sidebar panel or within a new tab. This gives you more room to work with.

Apart from general notes, you can create notes that reference particular domains or URLs. These elements show up as note titles, which makes it easy to find notes related to specific websites and webpages.

If you click on the gear icon in the popup, you can access the add-on’s settings. Head to this location if you want to tweak the visuals of the notepad.

You might also want to check out the Notes app included in Mozilla’s Test Pilot program, which is a testing ground for Firefox features.

Download: Note Taker

7. Quick Notes for Opera

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Quick Notes puts a notepad in Opera’s sidebar, which makes it easy to create notes from any webpage and also to hide them when you don’t need them. The notepad supports image attachments, by the way.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to save your notes manually with the Save button below each note. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to print your notes.

If you don’t like any of the notepad choices available for Opera, why not bring a notepad extension from Chrome to Opera?

Download: Quick Notes

8. Speechnotes for Chrome

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If you want a notepad that supports voice typing, Speechnotes is the perfect choice. Visit its website, hit the microphone button, and start dictating. You’ll need the Speechnotes Chrome extension only if you want to enable voice typing within text fields across the web.

The speech-to-text function works only in Chrome, but you can use the notepad in any browser. Speechnotes autosaves your notes. It also gives you a word counter, a dark theme, and a handful of export options.

Download: Speechnotes

Fire Up Your Browser Tab and Start Typing

Note-taking apps are not in short supply, but it can take a while to find one that’s perfect for your needs. If you’re looking for a browser-based solution to work side by side with your primary note-taking tool, the apps we have listed here are sure to help.

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On its tenth anniversary, Chrome rolls out Material Design overhaul across platforms

Google Chrome turned ten yesterday. To celebrate the anniversary, they’re refreshing the app across desktop and mobile platforms with an all-new look taking cues from Material Design and some new features and improvements, including a completely revamped password manager and updated autofill so you can get things done more easily and securely.

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Google Chrome Turns 10 With Chrome 69

Google first launched Chrome in September 2008. Which means Google Chrome is now 10 years old. These days, Google releases new versions of Chrome every couple of months, but to celebrate Chrome’s 10th birthday, the latest update is a doozy. The latest release is Chrome 69, and it has a new look, as well as several new features. These include a new and improved password manager, a new and improved Omnibox, and new ways to make personalize Google Chrome. So let’s take a closer look… What’s New in Google Chrome 69 Google Chrome has a bold new look which follows…

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Google first launched Chrome in September 2008. Which means Google Chrome is now 10 years old. These days, Google releases new versions of Chrome every couple of months, but to celebrate Chrome’s 10th birthday, the latest update is a doozy.

The latest release is Chrome 69, and it has a new look, as well as several new features. These include a new and improved password manager, a new and improved Omnibox, and new ways to make personalize Google Chrome. So let’s take a closer look…

What’s New in Google Chrome 69

Google Chrome has a bold new look which follows Google’s Material Design 2 guidelines. This means a modern feel, with soft, sleek lines, rounded corners, and subtle animations. The new user interface is being rolled out to all platforms as we speak.

Google Chrome has a new and improved password manager. From now on, every time you sign up to a new website or online service, Chrome will generate a password for you. Then, the next time you sign in, the password will be available to you on your laptop or phone.

Google Chrome’s Omnibox is getting even more useful. The Omnibox being the combined address bar and search bar. With Chrome 69, the Omnibox can show you answers to your queries directly in the address bar, saving you from even opening a new tab.

Last but not least, Google Chrome is now easier to personalize. When it comes to bookmarks you can now create and manage shortcuts directly from the new tab page. And you can also customize what background will be displayed when you open a new tab.

You can find out more about Chrome 69 on The Keyword.

Google Keeps Improving Chrome

Over the past 10 years Google Chrome has grown from nothing to be the most popular web browser in the world. And Chrome 69 suggests that, far from resting on its laurels, Google is determined to keep on improving and innovating its web browser.

Assuming Google Chrome is your web browser of choice, you should check out our essential Google Chrome FAQ, read our easy guide to Google Chrome, and/or peruse our list of the best Chrome extensions made by Google. Unless you have better plans.

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Firefox will soon start blocking trackers by default

Mozilla today announced that its Firefox browser will soon automatically block all attempts at cross-site tracking by default. There’s three parts to this strategy. Starting with version 63, which is currently in testing in the browser’s nightly release channel, Firefox will block all slow-loading trackers (with ads being the biggest offender here). Those are trackers […]

Mozilla today announced that its Firefox browser will soon automatically block all attempts at cross-site tracking by default.

There’s three parts to this strategy. Starting with version 63, which is currently in testing in the browser’s nightly release channel, Firefox will block all slow-loading trackers (with ads being the biggest offender here). Those are trackers that take more than five seconds to load. Starting with Firefox 65, the browser will also strip all cookies and block all storage access from third-party trackers. In addition, Mozilla is also working on blocking cryptomining scripts and trackers that fingerprint users. As usual, the timeline could still change, depending on how these first tests work out.

“In the physical world, users wouldn’t expect hundreds of vendors to follow them from store to store, spying on the products they look at or purchase,” Mozilla’s Nick Nguyen writes today. “Users have the same expectations of privacy on the web, and yet in reality, they are tracked wherever they go. Most web browsers fail to help users get the level of privacy they expect and deserve.”

If you want to give these new features a try today, all you have to do is install the unstable Firefox Nightly release. There, in the privacy settings, you’ll find the new tracker blocking features under the “Content Blocking” header. Once you’ve turned that on, the browser will also walk you through how all of this works and highlights that some of the more aggressive settings may break a few sites.

In addition, Firefox’s private mode also uses the same kind of tracking protection already, as does Firefox for iOS.

Safari users, too, will have likely yawned while reading this. Apple, after all, already announced similar privacy features for its browser last year. The approach here is different, with Apple betting on machine learning and Firefox using more traditional block lists, but the intent is the same.

As Mozilla notes, the idea here is to give users choice. Sites can still ask for a user’s data but they’ll have to ask for consent before they get it. “Blocking pop-up ads in the original Firefox release was the right move in 2004, because it didn’t just make Firefox users happier, it gave the advertising platforms of the time a reason to care about their users’ experience. In 2018, we hope that our efforts to empower our users will have the same effect,” writes Nguyen.

How to Ask Cortana About Any Image to Learn More About It

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Cortana could become your virtual assistant for life if you stay loyal to Microsoft. But to get the most out of it, you have to remember all its commands and features. Some of its features work seamlessly with Microsoft Edge, and this particular one allows you to get help from Cortana when you need to find images. How to Get Instant Image Results Using Cortana You already know that Cortana can be an invaluable tool if you are boosting your vocabulary with unfamiliar words. When browsing in Microsoft Edge, you can right-click on a word and select Ask Cortana from…

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cortana-todo-tricks

Cortana could become your virtual assistant for life if you stay loyal to Microsoft. But to get the most out of it, you have to remember all its commands and features.

Some of its features work seamlessly with Microsoft Edge, and this particular one allows you to get help from Cortana when you need to find images.

How to Get Instant Image Results Using Cortana

Ask Cortana about an image

You already know that Cortana can be an invaluable tool if you are boosting your vocabulary with unfamiliar words. When browsing in Microsoft Edge, you can right-click on a word and select Ask Cortana from the menu.

A side panel displays the meaning, Wikipedia entry, and even images to cement your understanding. You can also ask Cortana if you want to know more about an image displayed in the browser.

  1. Right-click on an image.
  2. From the menu, select Ask Cortana about this picture (or “Bing Lookup” if Cortana is not enabled).
  3. The Instant Results are displayed on the right. You will see all the information Bing can pull on the image. For instance, you can check image dimensions and other sizes available, related images, and related searches etc. If the image is a product, it displays places to buy that product, and recipes are also displayed for food items.

The feature isn’t too different from Google’s “Search Google for image” in Chrome’s right-click menu. It is the same as Bing’s image search but just like Chrome’s image search in the context menu, this too can become a timesaver and part of your everyday browsing habits. But if you don’t like Bing, you can force Cortana to use Chrome and Google instead.

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