As a student, you’ve probably found that your days are dominated by browsing the internet. Therefore, it is necessary to have a reliable navigator to work properly on our projects or study for exams.
Although Chrome has been one of the best browsers for students around the world, not everyone uses it to its full potential. If you use Chrome as your primary browser, we’ll show you how to set it up, so you can take full advantage of its features.
1. Create a dedicated Chrome profile
The first step in setting up your browser is to create a separate Chrome profile for studying. This way, you can only install relevant extensions, organize your bookmarks and optimize browser settings, which will improve your productivity.
Also, when you keep all personal browsing and information on separate profiles, you won’t run the risk of sharing anything personal while sharing the browser screen in virtual meetings, thus ensuring your privacy.
Follow the steps below to create a new profile:
- In the upper right corner, click the profile icon.
- Below Other profilesclick on To add.
- Login with your email or click Continue without account.
- Choose one username And one avatar for your profile, then click Do.
When creating a Chrome profile, you must also check the box to Create desktop shortcut, which creates a shortcut on your desktop. It can help you access your browser directly after startup with your profile already logged in.
2. Install relevant extensions
After creating a Chrome profile, you should install relevant extensions to get the most out of the browser. You should read our article on extensions to install to make your studies easier. However, avoid overloading the browser with too many extensions when doing so.
Follow the steps below to install any extension:
- Visit the Chrome Web Store.
- Type the name of the extension in the field Search bar in the upper left corner.
- From the search results, choose the appropriate extension.
- Then click on the Add to Chrome button.
- In the popup, click Add extension.
3. Take Advantage of Chrome’s Bookmarks Bar
Next, you should make full use of Chrome’s bookmarks bar when setting up the browser to streamline your work management.
So start collecting the sources you consult most often and add them to your bookmarks bar. With this, you can access your most frequently visited websites with just one click, which saves you a lot of time.
You can bookmark a page by clicking on the star to the right of the Chrome search field or by clicking on the icon three vertical dots in the upper right corner, then click Bookmarks > Bookmark this tab… After that, drag and drop a bookmarked page to the bookmark bar.
Moreover, you can also create dedicated folders for different projects and keep bookmarks of relevant sources in these folders. Then you can add these folders to the favorites bar to manage everything from one place.
4. Take Advantage of Chrome’s Tab Groups
Next, you need to organize your frequently used tabs into separate groups. The tab groups feature works similarly to bookmarks and allows you to open all the tabs included in a group at once.
Therefore, create multiple tab groups for your school projects and add relevant links and sources. To create a group, right-click on any tab and navigate to Add tab to group > New group. Then name a group, select the color of the group and press Walk in.
Once the group is created, you can add tabs to it by clicking Add tab to group and selecting the appropriate group.
5. Enable Sync in Chrome
The next step is to enable sync in Chrome. It allows you to keep your browser data consistent across all your devices, such as installed extensions, bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history, and more.
Therefore, even if you want to temporarily use a university computer, you will only need to log in using your account and you will be able to use a browser configuration similar to what you are used to. Any changes you make in the browser will update on any subsequent device you use with the same account.
To enable sync in Chrome, follow these steps:
- Click on three vertical dots in the upper right corner and navigate to Settings.
- In the left sidebar, click the You and Google menu.
- On the right side, click Sync Services and Google.
- Click on Enable Sync…
- Add your email account.
6. Activate the option “Continue where you left off”
It is quite common for the browser to crash or your computer to restart without warning. When this happens, all of your open tabs close at once and you have to reopen them all from scratch. It’s painful, especially when a tight deadline looms over your head.
To prevent this from happening, you need to enable a Chrome setting that automatically reopens all the tabs you were working on when you accidentally close the browser. Follow the steps below to enable this setting:
- Click on three vertical dots and access Settings.
- In the left sidebar, click the When the engine starts menu.
- Click on the circle that says Continue where you left off.
7. Enable Parallel Downloads in Chrome
Student life is not complete without downloading files from time to time. Unless you have a fairly decent internet connection with good speed, you should enable parallel download to speed up the download process.
When enabled, your downloads will occur in multiple threads rather than just one, which dramatically improves download speeds.
To enable it, follow these steps:
- Type chrome://flags/ in Chrome’s address bar and press Walk in go to The Chrome Flags Page.
- To research Parallel Download.
- From the drop-down menu next to this experimental feature, select Enabled.
8. Make your security foolproof
You may come across a potentially dangerous website, download a malicious file, or install a malicious extension while working on a project. Moreover, you are vulnerable to data breaches and virus attacks.
Therefore, to avoid compromising your security, you should set your security setting to Reinforced protection, a built-in security feature that you can enable to keep your data safe. You can enable it by following the steps below:
- Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
- Go to Settings.
- In the left sidebar, click Privacy and Security.
- In the right pane, click Security.
- Check the box to enable Reinforced protection.
Get the most out of Chrome as a student
With this guide, you should be able to set up your browser to study the right way. Apart from the features and settings mentioned above, Chrome allows you to customize its appearance, change the language, and align accessibility settings according to your preferences. Therefore, try them all and keep the ones that work best for you.