What can you do with Chrome Browser?

When you use G Suite products, such as Gmail and Google Calendar, for work or school, you usually work in a web browser.

With Chrome Browser, you can:

  • Get personalized search results that appear instantly as you enter text.
  • Synchronize bookmarks and settings across all your devices.
  • Use G Suite products, such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.
  • Add to your browser’s functionality with Chrome Web Store extensions, such as photo editors and project-management tools.

Note: Your IT administrator might apply Chrome policies to manage Chrome Browser for your organization. To see if your admin is managing Chrome Browser, in your address bar, enter chrome://settings. Next to a setting, you’ll see Managed business if it's being managed by your admin.

What you need:

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Access Chrome Browser

Start by installing the browser.

1.1

Download Chrome Browser

You can install Chrome Browser on Windows®, Mac®, Linux®, and on your Android or Apple® iOS® devices.

On Windows:

  1. Download the installation file.
  2. If prompted, click Run or Save.
  3. If you chose Save, double-click the download file to start installing.
    A Chrome Browser window opens when the installation is complete.

On Mac:

  1. Download the installation file.
  2. Open the googlechrome.dmg file.
  3. In the window that opens, drag Chrome chrome icon to the Applications folder.
  4. If prompted, enter the administrator password. If you don't know the administrator password, drag Chrome chrome icon to a place on your computer where you can make edits, such as your desktop.
  5. Go to Chrome > Finder.
  6. In the sidebar to the right of Chrome, click Eject eject.

On Linux:

Use the same software that installs programs on your computer to install Chrome Browser. You need to enter the administrator account password. Chrome Browser is added to your software manager so it stays up to date.

  1. To open the package, click OK.
  2. Click Install Package.

On Android devices:

  1. Tap Play Store Google Play store icon to open Google Play.
  2. Install the Chrome app.

On iOS devices:

Install the Chrome app for Apple iPhone® or iPad®.

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Set up Chrome Browser

2.1

Create Chrome Browser profiles

Creating different Chrome profiles lets you switch between your work account and your other Google accounts, such as personal or test accounts, without signing out each time.

Add a Chrome profile:

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Settings.
  2. In the People section, click Manage other people.
  3. At the bottom, click Add Person.
  4. Enter a name, choose an image, and click Add.
  5. In the new window that opens, sign in with a Google Account for your new profile.

Switch to another profile:

  1. In the top-right corner, click your name or People person.
  2. Click the profile you want to switch to.

Remove a profile:

If you remove a profile from Chrome Browser, your profile bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings are removed from your computer.

  1. At the top right, click Moremore_vert > Settings.
  2. In the People section, click Manage other people and hover over the person you want to remove.
  3. Click More more_vert > Remove this person.
  4. Click Remove this person again to confirm.
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2.2

Set your homepage and startup page

You can customize Chrome Browser to open a specific page for your homepage and startup page.

  • Your homepage appears when you click Home chrome home.
  • Your startup page appears when you open Chrome Browser on your computer. You can have more than one page open.

Set your homepage:

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Settings.

    Note: If you don’t see More more_vert, you might need to restart Chrome Browser to update it.

  2. Go to the Appearance section and next to Show home button, click Turn on slider-on.
  3. Choose an option:
    • To specify a custom page, select Enter custom web address and enter a URL.
    • To open a new tab, select New Tab page.
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Set your startup page:

  1. Click More more_vert > Settings.
  2. In the On startup section, choose an option:
    • Select Open the New Tab page to have a new tab open.
    • Select Continue where you left off to have the last open tabs appear.
    • Select Open a specific page or a set of pages and specify the page or pages you want to open.
      • To remove or edit a page, next to it, click More more_vert > Edit or Remove.
      • Click Add a new page to add another page.
      • Click Use current page to use the page you have open.
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2.3

Import and manage your bookmarks

Migrate your bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords from any other browser to Chrome Browser.

Import your bookmarks:

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings.
  2. Select the program that contains the bookmarks you want to import.
  3. Click Import > Done.

Manage your bookmarks:

  1. At the top right, click More more_vert > Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager.
  2. On the left, click a folder to see its contents.
  3. Drag to reorder a folder or bookmark.
  4. Next to a bookmark, click More more_vert and select an option to edit, delete, or customize.
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2.4

Sync Chrome settings to your Google Account

Your preferences and settings are saved in Chrome Browser, not on a computer. By syncing your Chrome settings, you'll see your preferences when you sign in to your account on any device and open Chrome Browser.

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Settings.
  2. Go to the People section and next to Sync, click the Right arrow arrow_right.
  3. Choose an option:
    • To sync all your settings, turn on Sync everything.
    • To sync one or more of your settings, turn on an individual setting.
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2.5

Manage personal data

If you sync your data, deleting browsing data on your computer will delete it everywhere it's synced, including your other devices and your Google Account.

Delete your browsing data:

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data.
  2. Depending on the content you want to clear, select the Basic or Advanced tab and then a time range to clear data, such as Last hour or All time.
  3. Select the data you want to remove and click Clear Data.
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2.6

Turn notifications on or off

Chrome Browser alerts you whenever websites, apps, or extensions try to send you notifications. You can change your settings if you don’t want to get notifications.

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  3. In the Privacy and security section, next to Content settings, click the Right arrow arrow_right.
  4. Next to Notifications, click the Right arrow arrow_right.
  5. Choose an option:
    • To block all notifications, next to Ask before sending (recommended), click Turn off slider-off.
    • To block a notification from a site, next to Block, click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
    • To allow a site, next to Allow, click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
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Use Chrome Browser

After you set up Chrome, start browsing the web.

In this section, you learn how to:

3.1

Search in Chrome

Use the address bar like a search box to look for content. You can also search for a specific word or phrase on a web page.

1Search the web:

  1. Open Chrome Browser and in the address bar, enter your search.
  2. Click a result or press Enter.

2Search a web page:

  1. Open a webpage in Chrome Browser.
  2. At the top right, click More more_vert > Find. Or, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS), or + f (Mac).
  3. At the top right, in the search bar, enter your search term.
  4. Press Enter. Matches are highlighted on the page.
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3.2

Open new tabs or windows

  1. In Chrome Browser, click File > New Tab or New Window.
  2. (Optional) To move a tab:
    • Drag it outside the existing window or into a new window.
    • Drag it to a different position in the window.

    Learn more about using tabs.

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3.3

Use apps

From Chrome Browser, you can run G Suite apps, such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Open an app:

  1. In Chrome Browser, open a new tab.
  2. Choose an option:
    • At the top right, click the App Launcher apps > the app you want to open.
    • In the address bar, enter chrome://apps and press Enter. Then, click the app you want to open.

Remove an app:

  1. Go to the G Suite Marketplace and sign in with your Google Account.
  2. On the left, click Manage Apps.
  3. You'll see a list of administrator-installed apps and any apps you installed.
  4. Locate the app you want to delete and click ManageRemove.
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3.4

Manage extensions

In Chrome Browser, you can add extensions to tailor Chrome to your needs or preferences. Add extensions, such as project-management tools and photo editors, from the Chrome Web Store.

Add an extension:

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store.
  2. On the left, click Extensions and find the extension you want.
  3. Click addADD TO CHROME.
  4. Some extensions might need certain permissions or data. To approve, click Add extension.
  5. To the right of your address bar, click the extension to open it.

    Note: Your organization might block some extensions. For help, ask your IT administrator.

Manage an extension:

  1. At the top right, click More more_vert > More Tools > Extensions.
  2. Choose an option:
    • Turn an extension on or off—On the extension, select On or Off.
    • Allow incognito—On the extension, click Details. Go to the Allow in incognito section and select On.
    • Fix corrupted extensions—Find the extension and click Repair. Click Repair extension again to confirm.

Remove an extension:

  1. To the right of your address bar, right-click the extension and select Remove from Chrome.
  2. If you don't see the extension next to the address bar:
    1. Click More more_vert > More Tools > Extensions.
    2. On the extension you want to remove, click Remove.
    3. Click Remove again to confirm.
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3.5

Download files

To save a file or image on your computer or device, download it. The file saves in your default download location.

Download a file:

  1. In Chrome Browser, go to the webpage where you want to download the file.
  2. For most files, you click the download link or right-click the file and select Save as.
  3. Sometimes, how you save a file depends on the file type:
    • Images—Right-click the image and select Save Image As.
    • Videos—Point to the video. Click Download file_download. If this action isn’t available, the video's owner or hosting site doesn’t allow downloads.
    • PDFs—Right-click the file and select Save Link As.
    • Webpages—At the top right, click More more_vert > More Tools > Save Page As.
  4. Downloads appear at the bottom of the Chrome Browser window. Click the download to open it.
  5. (Optional) To find a downloaded file on your computer, next to the filename, click the Down arrow arrow_drop_down > Show in folder, or More more_vert > Show in Finder. You can also see downloaded files on your Downloads page.
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Change your download location:

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  3. Go to the Downloads section and choose an option:
    • To change the default download location for all files, click Change and select where you want to save your files.
    • To choose a specific location for each download, check the Ask where to save each file before downloading box.
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3.6

Print files

With Chrome Browser, you can print from your computer or mobile device.

Use a printer:

  1. In Chrome Browser, open the page, image, or file you want to print.
  2. Choose an option:
    • On a computer—Click More more_vert > Print. Or, use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + p (Windows & Linux), or + p (Mac).
    • On a mobile device—Click More > SharePrint.
  3. Select the destination and change any print settings you want.
  4. Click Print.

Use Google Cloud Print:

With Google Cloud Print, you can print from any device to a cloud-connected printer. Learn more about using Google Cloud Print.

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Customize Chrome Browser

Personalize Chrome Browser by adding new features and background themes.

In this section, you learn how to:

4.1

Choose a background theme

Choose a background image that appears when you open a new tab.

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Settings.
  2. In the Appearance section, next to Themes, click Expand open_in_new to open the Chrome Web Store.
  3. On the left, click Themes and select a theme.
  4. Click addADD TO CHROME.
    When you open a new tab, the new theme appears.
  5. (Optional) To return to your default theme:
    1. Click More more_vert > Settings.
    2. In the Appearance section, next to Themes, click Reset To Default.
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4.2

Create app shortcuts

Windows and Linux only

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > Tools > Create Application shortcut.
  2. Select an app and location and click Create.
  3. Double-click the new icon to open the app in a new window.
4.3

Go incognito

If you don’t want Chrome Browser to record your browsing and search histories, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.

Note: You’ll know you’re in Incognito mode when you see Incognito incognito at the top of your browser.

  1. In Chrome Browser, at the top right, click More more_vert > New Incognito Window.
  2. Enter an address or search for a webpage.
  3. (Optional) To exit Incognito mode, close the tab.
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