Browsers offer us a window into the magical world of the internet, and they do far more than you realize. It’s not just about visiting webpages anymore— browsers function as something of an operating system in their own right, which is really not all that far off with Chrome OS now powering Google’s Chromebooks.
While there is still plenty of debate over which web browser is the best, there’s certainly something special about the sleek, minimalist package known as Google Chrome. And the data show that most users agree: According to the latest numbers from W3Schools, most internet users are on Chrome, and it’s not particularly close.
These numbers are based on visitors to W3’s site, so they aren’t a definitive representation of the greater population; Net Applications has things slightly more equal, for example. However, regardless of the final tally, Chrome is still a wildly popular browser, and if you’re not using it, you should at least consider checking it out.
One of the reasons for Chrome’s popularity is its clean, polished UI and its versatility. While Chrome’s abilities multiply greatly when you consider the near-bottomless library of extensions, there’s a bounty of stock functionality embedded all throughout Chrome’s guts that you may not even know about.
Check out the list below for tricks hidden inside Chrome that you really need to be using.