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How the Chrome team uses Chrome

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Before Chrome browser was even launched, the Chrome team was working behind the scenes to create a different browsing experience: one that was both personalized and helpful. This mission has remained central to the Chrome team’s values as we continuously strive to make the web work better for you, building a browser to make your daily life more simple, efficient, and organized. As Chrome celebrated its 100th update earlier this year, we thought it fitting to honor this milestone by asking the people who make Chrome to share how their own innovations are helpful in their daily lives.

Commuting smarter with recent tabs

My team is constantly thinking of ways to make sure Chrome meets the needs of iPhone users, no matter where they are. Chrome on iPhone is essential to my daily routine, when I use my pesky metro commute to get some quick, simple to-dos out of the way before arriving at the office. Many of these tasks are continuation of what I started on desktop, and Chrome’s "recent tabs" feature allows me easy access on my iPhone. When I’m signed in and syncing, my in-office work blends seamlessly into my commute, without the stress of trying to remember what I was doing or hunting down URLs.

- Nasim Sedeghat, Chrome iOS product lead

Chrome browser on desktop is shown with a Google Slides presentation named “M+M Chrome Feature Launch Review” pulled up. An iPhone comes into view from the right, and the three dot menu on the bottom right corner of the iPhone is pressed. A menu is pulled up where a button labeled “recent tabs” is pushed. A menu showing the user’s recently accessed tabs comes up, the Google Slides tab “M+M Chrome Feature Launch Review” is selected, and the same Google slide presentation from the computer is pulled up on the iPhone.

Using tab groups…to make tab groups

My open tabs are often a direct reflection of my state of mind: the messier they are, the more I've got going on. Tab groups help me organize my thoughts, where I use titles to give context and color schemes to find where I left off. I started using tab groups before we had even finished developing them, in an effort to coordinate the project. In many ways, tab groups were responsible for their own creation, since we wouldn't have made it to launch without them!

- Connie Wan, software engineering manager, Chrome desktop user interface

A Chrome browser is shown with tab groups labeled “Sprint Planning” and “Bug Triage” shown at the top of the page. A cursor is hovering over a new tab, it travels through a menu of options,  stops on “Add tab to group”, and selects “New Group”.  A new tab group is shown, and the cursor types in “Team Management” to name the group and selects a pink color for the group.

Tracking down tabs with Tab Search

While I aspire to keep things neat and tidy in Chrome, the reality is that after a day of back-to-back meetings and checking up on Chrome engineering projects, my tabs accumulate faster than I can organize them into groups (Though I love using tab groups, too!). Tab Search comes to my rescue by allowing me to directly look up an existing tab. It instantly narrows the list as you type — and it includes not only open tabs, but also the tabs I closed just a few moments ago.

- Max Christoff, senior director of Chrome browser engineering

A Chrome browser is shown with more than 20 tabs opened. A cursor navigates to the top right of the screen, clicks on a downfacing arrow, and brings up a search bar where the text reads “Search Tabs” and displays a list of the opened tabs.  “Design reviews” is typed into the search bar, and the list of tabs narrows down to only those with that text in the title. The cursor selects a tab containing a Google Drive page with “Design reviews” results displayed

Getting faster results with Site Search

As a user experience (UX) designer, much of my role is centered around making sure Chrome is accessible and enjoyable. I spend a lot of time jumping across multiple files or conducting quick website searches, making Chrome’s site search one of my personal favorite features. Rather than first navigating to a specific site, and then clicking into the site’s search field, site search gives me faster access by letting me start my search from the Chrome address bar. I type the site shortcut, press tab then add my search term so the page loads with exactly what I want to find.

- Elvin Hu, Chrome UX interaction designer

A cursor navigates to the Chrome search bar on an open window. “Drive” is typed into the address bar, and the search bar changes to show “Search Google Drive”  in blue lettering within the search bar. Then “chrome logo” is typed in and the cursor clicks on the option to display search results for this term from within Google Drive. The page then opens to display a Google Drive page with the results for files containing the words “chrome logo” already shown.

Troubleshooting video calls with site permissions

Over the last few years, I've spent a lot of time on video calls, and I'm so glad I can stay in touch with my loved ones this way. When video calls don't go quite as planned, I troubleshoot by having everyone check their site permissions. You can access this easily on Chrome through the lock icon, located in the address bar. From here, make sure that "Microphone" and "Camera" are turned on. And if a website has been bugging you with too many notifications, this is the same place where you can turn those off. The lock icon remains a favorite feature of mine, especially since my team has always celebrated giving users control over their settings.

- Meggyn Watkins, senior UX writer, trust and safety

A Chrome browser window is shown with a Google Meet tab titled “Family Catch Up!” on the screen. The camera and microphone are turned off.  A cursor navigates to the Chrome search bar, and clicks on the lock icon on the left. The site permissions menu is opened and the cursor toggles on the settings for camera, microphone, and notifications.

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