A little tweak to a digital tool we use all the time can be a big thing. Would you agree? Today, we’ll look at three new features in Google Chrome.

Search Image with Google Lens

The first feature helps you search using images rather than pictures.

Let’s say you are shopping for faucets for a home renovation project. We would likely put the term “faucets’ in a Google search.

But if we happen to have a relevant image on the screen, there is something else we can do.

  1. Right-click the image.
  2. Select “Search image with Google Lens.”

What you see are images of other similar items. Click on any one of them to go to that site.

Google Lens is a great tool. In this video, I showed you how to use Google Lens on your phone. It’s like doing a Google search from the environment, allowing you to point your phone at any object and perform a search related to that object.

Can you think of a time recently when you saw an image and wished you could search based on the image instead of the words? Let me know in the comments.

Present mode for PDFs

Next up is “Present Mode” for PDFs. When showing a PDF to others, this feature makes it easier to show the details. It also makes it easier for you to read by simplifying the look.

  1. Open a PDF in your browser.
  2. Click the three dots in the upper right of the PDF…not the three dots in the browser, but the dots just below that.
  3. Select “Present.”
  4. Navigate from page to page with the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  5. When you have finished viewing, press the “Escape” key to return to the standard view.

Continue browsing where you left off

You always have options for what pages display when you open your browser.

What if you closed your entire browser by mistake?

What if you need to leave your computer but have several browser tabs open because of a project in the works? You want to return to that project and pick up where you left off.

If what I described sounds good, you can select “Continue where you left off” as your browser startup setting.

  1. In the upper right corner, click the three dots.
  2. Choose “Settings.”
  3. In the left-hand pane, choose On startup.
  4. Click the bullet for “Continue where you left off.”

Is this a technique…starting your session where you ended your last session…going to be a better option for you? In the comments, tell me how it will help you.

A little tweak to a digital tool we use all the time can be a big thing.

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