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How to take advantage of Chrome’s side panel

When it comes to apps I’ve been using for over a year, like the Chrome browser, I can be very annoying. I get into the habit of using the app in a particular way, and then when cool new features appear, I often put them aside to try them “another time.” After all, if the app works for me as is, why bother?

The problem is that I should bother – because sometimes these features can be very useful. For example, when I started using and saving tab groups in Chrome, it became much easier to find the tabs associated with a project and temporarily group them under a single tab when I didn’t have any. no need. (Not that Chrome is the only browser that groups tabs these days; Safari and Edge, among other browsers, have them, too.)

So when Chrome added a side panel that would provide access to various features, I noted this new option, filed it away in the back of my brain, and ignored it for several weeks. But now I’ve taken another look – and I think it’s something I should try. Chrome’s sidebar provides immediate access to several useful apps, and it’s probably a good idea to explore what they are and whether the sidebar is a good way to access them.

How to find and adjust Chrome’s sidebar

Chrome’s sidebar offers several standard apps and can also add third-party options that you have installed on your system.

The sidebar is initially accessible on the right side of the screen. You open it via an icon at the top right of the screen that looks like a rectangle with a shaded column. (If you use Gmail or Calendar, you may already see a thin sidebar containing icons for various Google apps; in this case, the new sidebar will open alongside it.)

There are several ways to adjust the sidebar. First, if you think the sidebar is too wide or too narrow for your screen, click and hold the button two line move icon sideways to change the width. And if you prefer it to open on the left side of your screen rather than the right, click the button three dots icon at the top right of your screen, select Settings > Appearanceand search for the Side panel subtitle. Select Show right Or Show left.

What can you do with the sidebar?

You can access your favorites from the side panel.

As of this writing, there are five main apps you can use with the sidebar, not counting several others that might be accessible, depending on what third-party apps you use. You choose which one you want to use via a drop-down menu at the top of the sidebar.

Bookmarks: Yes, the sidebar can be used to access your favorites. Try; You may prefer it to the traditional bookmarks bar that stretches across the top of the screen. If you decide you prefer to use the new sidebar, you can remove the bookmarks bar from the top screen by left-clicking it and unchecking the box Show bookmarks baror hit Shift-Ctrl-B (on Windows), or Shift-Command-B (on macOS). If you want to restore the bookmarks bar, use the same key combination.

Reading list: Too often we see an article or other web page that we want to read, but we don’t have time at that moment. There are several apps that let you save sites for later, but Chrome has its own playlist (and so does Safari, by the way). To save a site to read later, simply choose Reading List from the sidebar drop-down menu and click the button +Add Current tab button.

History: How many times have you deleted a tab from your browser only to realize moments later that you still needed it? The History drop-down gives you the ability to immediately access your recent tabs (and recent searches) and put them back into active use. Scroll down to find tabs you used minutes, hours, or days ago.

The sidebar makes it easy to access your recent browsing history.

Reading mode: With all the advertisements (sometimes a lot and a lot ads), pop-ups and elaborate designs that can accompany a website, it can sometimes be difficult to just read the content. Reading mode simplifies the content, giving it to you with everything removed except the text. To be completely honest, although I really like using the reading mode on my Android phone, where the feature makes reading text much easier, simplifying the content into a column on the side of my laptop screen doesn’t doesn’t seem quite as practical. However, reading mode could be useful for an extremely busy site.

Research: That’s good East a Google app after all. You can use the search function to search. You can use Google’s Lens app (its icon is to the right of the search box). Simply click the icon and then drag and drop an image from a website to the search box. You can then search for similar images, extract text from the image or translate it, or see if other sites have exact matches to the image (which can help if you’re trying to find the original source).

Other apps: In addition to this, you may have additional options in the sidebar, depending on other applications installed on your computer. For example, I use a task app called TickTick, which also appears as an option in the drop-down menu.

Either way, I plan to try the sidebar and see if it makes my browsing life easier. Hopefully this will be as useful as it looks.

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