Three Google Chrome Hacks for Better Productivity

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” By Paul J. Meyer

As I have been working with educators the last several months, these three hacks have helped central office educators to teachers with productivity when using Google Chrome. I thought I would share here to help others as well:

1. Chrome Browser Start Up: As educators we need to launch a lot of sites to start our days. The average teacher I work with opens up a minimum of four tabs usually, email, Google Drive, what every LMS they are using and Zoom. An easy hack to save you time is to get the chrome tabs you use to open up upon starting your browser. To do this you can…

  • Click on the ellipsis icon on the top right of your chrome browser window
  • Select “settings” and scroll to the bottom until you see “On Startup”
  • Click “Open a specific page or set of pages”
  • Click “Add new page” and you can manually enter a URLs you would like to start up on the page.

2. Chrome Grouping Tabs: Tab groups in Google Chrome give educators the ability to put collections of tabs together into a group that can be organized with names and colors. This allows educators to organize their various subjects or block classes easier. To do this…

  • Right-click on a tab and a drop down will appear
  • Click on create that group
  • Add a name for your groups (Example: Reading or Block 1) and if you want chose a color to help differentiate them. You can create as many groups as you want.

3. Chrome Speed: Teachers often say that their browser is going slow. Here are a few things you can do to speed up your browser:

  • Update Chrome as it works best with the latest version.
  • Close unused tabs. The more tabs you have open, the harder Chrome has to work.
  • Clean up your extensions. The more extensions you have, the hard Chrome has to work too.

If you have chrome hacks I would love to hear them. Share in the chat!

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