If you are on the Internet for several hours a day, probably one of the most used applications / services is your browser. If your browser of choice is Chrome, there is a new update that will give you a productivity boost. There are minor but useful features that come with this update, like sending links to highlighted text, new PDF features, naming your windows, etc. More importantly, this update also comes with a performance boost, so your Chrome browser should run faster and not take up as much RAM, hopefully.
When you want to send a specific text or part of an article to a friend, you will usually just copy the link from the address bar or use a website share button, if you have one. But with the new Chrome, you can highlight the text you want to share, right-click, and then choose the new “copy link to highlight” feature. Paste it into the messaging app or wherever you want to send the link and when the recipient clicks on it, they will be directed to the exact section of the article you want them to see.
There are also new PDF reader features in Chrome that allow you to easily jump to the section you want to read via the side thumbnails. There is also a presentation mode, a distraction-free mode that removes toolbars, address bars, etc., document properties, a two-page view, updated toolbars to make important actions accessible with a single click. This means that you don’t need other third-party PDF readers to help you read PDF files.
The update also brings performance improvements that decrease Chrome’s CPU usage, so it consumes less battery power and lowers fan noise and heat levels. Now you can recover up to 100MB per tab. It also provides a 65% improvement in energy impact, as it can prioritize active tabs over those that are open but are not using. They will also soon release tab freeze for collapsed groups, which will allow the tabs within those groups to use less memory and CPU.
When you are presenting or sharing something through Chrome windows, it will mute all notifications so there are no distractions. Now you can also rename your tab groups to make it easier to navigate through them. These new Chrome features It should be rolled out to mobile devices and desktops, so expect to see them soon.