Guy’s Guides – The Basics of Google Chrome

A web browser is the most important tool on your computer.  There are many web browsers out there, including Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.  A web browser has many different features and tools within it, and in this video we’re going to start the series with the basics to get you going.  We’re going to use Google Chrome as it is the most popular browser.  However, don’t worry if you usually use a different web browser, as you can find out how to download and install Google Chrome in our first guide.

Using tabs in Google Chrome

Tabs are a useful tool in Google Chrome, as they allow us to keep more than one website available and open at the same time.  Sometimes, when you click on a link, a new tab will open automatically so it is important to understand how they work and know where to find them. 

Here, I have 2 tabs open and they are highlighted in red above.  A tab will always have a name, like Web of the Week Community, and a small icon.  If you wish to view another website whilst keeping the other 2 open, you can open another tab by clicking on the + button on the right of the red box above.  To close a tab you no longer need, just click on the x on the right of each tab.  Finally, in order to move from one tab to another, just click on the one that you would like to see. 

Finding a new website using the URL bar

To find a website, you can use the URL bar as highlighted in red below. 

If you know the website that you would like to visit, you may be able to type in the exact website address, that looks something like  However, frequently we don’t actually know the address.  No need to worry though, just type in what you’re looking for, as this bar also works just like a search bar.  I can type in whatever I’m looking for, whether it be a question, the name of a company, someone’s name or whatever I’m looking for.  Then just hit the Enter key on your keyboard, and your search results will appear.  Final fact, the Chrome URL bar is intelligent and remembers what you have already searched for, or proposes suggestions based on what is popular on the internet.  So when you start typing what you’re looking for, look at what Google is suggesting too!

Using the navigation buttons Back and Forward

On a particular tab, you can visit different pages of a single website or maybe even go onto another website.  However, you may want to come back to the previous page.  This could be because the link that you clicked on didn’t interest you in the end.  You can use the Back button to come back to the previous page you visited.  And of course, if you click on back, then it means that you can also go forward!

Solving issues with the Refresh button

The refresh button can be found to the right of the search bar and is a really helpful button on your browser.  When you click refresh, you’re asking Google Chrome to show you the latest version of the web page you are on.  This can be useful on sites like Web of the Week where content is updated frequently, or on news sites if you want to see the current news after having left the page open for a long time.  
The refresh button should also be the first button that you try when you encounter an issue on the web.  If you’re not seeing what you expect to see, or a button on a website isn’t working, always start by clicking on refresh to see whether that solves the issue.  I promise you, it works 9 times out of 10!


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