As browsers go, Google Chrome is the one with a ton of prominent features, though it can be easy to overlook them. Some of these features are right in the address bar. This guide will walk you through the many icons you might find to the right of the address bar, and what they mean and do.
Icons in Google Chrome
As with most browsers, many of your preferences and settings find their way to the top of the screen. In Chrome, your homepage, extensions, and more are at the top of the browser. The icons referred to in this guide are all on the right side of the address bar. Here are some icons you might find:
- To share
- Cookies blocked
- Download extension
Each of them has a separate purpose and can notify you of certain statuses and help you better use Google Chrome. Some of these icons only appear under certain circumstances, so you’ll probably never see them all at once.
Chrome bookmark icon
The Google Chrome bookmark icon is one that will always be a constant in your Chrome experience. It looks like a little star and lives on the far right of the address bar. Bookmarks are a way to keep track of sites you want to remember and categorize for later.
To add a bookmark to Chrome, all you need to do is go to the site you want to bookmark by entering its URL in the address bar. When you are there, click on the bookmark icon to the right of the address bar. A dialog box will appear asking you to name the bookmark and choose a location. Name it whatever you want, and choose a folder for him to live there.
Google Chrome share icon
We have written a complete guide on the share icon because there are so many of them. It’s basically a tool that allows you to share the website you’re currently on with yourself or others in multiple ways. You can also use Google Cast to share your screen with another device, like a TV.
Simply go to the site you want to shareand click the share icon. After that, choose how you want to share it. You can find our guide to sharing in Google Chrome here.
Unlike the icons we’ve mentioned so far, the translate icon is the one you’ll only see if the webpage you’re viewing is in a different language than the default one in Google Chrome. The translation is also done automatically. If you don’t want Google Chrome to translate the entire webpage, you can go to the popup after it appears and select the language the page is originally in.
In the pop-up window, a checkbox will ask if you want Chrome to always translate this language. Selecting this option will not prevent the pop-up from appearing every time you access this website, but it does make it easier to switch between sites, even if they are not in your native language .
Blocked cookies icon
If you go to Choice in Google Chrome and go to Security and privacy, you will find cookie options. Here you can adjust the types of information sites can access or block all cookies. If you do, when you come across websites that normally contain cookies, you’ll see a small icon that looks like a crossed-out eye. This is the blocked cookies icon.
When you see this icon, you know that Chrome has successfully blocked cookies from this website and is taking an extra step to protect your data. Sometimes if cookies are blocked, the site will not work. If a website doesn’t seem to be working and you see the blocked cookies icon, you can try disabling that feature to see if that fixes the problem.
If you ever need to magnify the website you’re browsing in Chrome, you can always zoom in or out. One way to do it is ctrl + scroll up/down. After that, you’ll notice a magnifying glass appear to the right of your address bar, along with the current magnification level in a small pop-up window.
After a few seconds, the popup will disappear, which means if you want to change the level or reset, you will have to click on the magnifying glass. There are plus and minus icons, which work to zoom in and out respectively. Below is a reset button, which will zoom in/out to 100% magnification.
This icon is handy for changing Chrome’s magnification and also for reminding you that you are, in fact, zooming in/out. You might often forget you’re zooming because your eyes adjust a few minutes after the change. If you see the magnifying glass, know that you zoomed in/out.
Install Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)
Finally, the PWA extension install icon is the one that appears under certain circumstances. It appears when a website wants you to download an associated web application. For example, if you head to Stadia on Chrome, you’ll find that Google wants you to install Stadia on your device as a separate program.
You never have to accept the installation of a PWA as it is rather a recommendation directly from a website. If you want, just click on the install PWA iconand click install. Chrome web apps like the one offered by Stadia only take a few seconds to install and are usually available for immediate use.
Knowing what the icons mean in Google Chrome will lend itself to a better Chrome experience. Using tools like the share tool, translate, and bookmarks — while simple tools — have a big impact on how Chrome works for you.
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