Google never fails to amuse its users. By Recursion trap, Doodles and Easter Eggs Google always have some interesting stuff to keep its users happy. This time, Matt Cutts shares latest Easter egg in Reader.
Most people love the fact that Chrome is faster and lighter than any other browser. Infact it takes 1/4th memory than Firefox on my machine. Use these tips to save time and amuse yourself on Google’s browser.
List Of Special about: Pages In Google Chrome
|about:memory||Measures and compares memory used by all the active browsers and by Google Chrome’s tabs.|
|about:stats||Lists internal counters and timers with amusing subtitle “”Shhh! This page is secret!”|
|about:network||To track current network|
|about:internets||Easter Egg. Displays 3D pipes screensaver|
|about:histograms||Lists Chrome’s Internal Histograms|
|about:dns||Prefetched DNS records for most visited pages|
|about:cache||Lists the web pages that are cached by chrome|
|about:crash||To crash current tab|
|about:plugins||List of installed plugins|
|about:credits||Shows various authors and their licenses who have helped in Chrome development|
Window And Tab Shortcuts
|Ctrl+N||Open a new window|
|Ctrl+T||Open a new tab|
|Ctrl+Shift+N||Open a new window in incognito mode|
|Ctrl+O, then select file||Open a file from your computer in Google Chrome|
|Press Ctrl, and click a link||Open link in a new tab in the background while remaining on the current tab|
|Press Ctrl+Shift, and click a link||Open link in a new tab and switch to the newly opened tab|
|Press Shift, and click a link||Open link in a new window|
|Alt+F4||Close current window|
|Ctrl+Shift+T||Reopen the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.|
|Drag link to tab||Open link in specified tab|
|Drag link to space between tabs||Open link in a new tab in the specified position on the tab strip|
|Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+8||Switch to the tab at the specified position number. The number you press represents the position of the tab on the tab strip.|
|Ctrl+9||Switch to the last tab|
|Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+PgDown||Switch to the next tab|
|Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+PgUp||Switch to the previous tab|
|Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4||Close current tab or pop-up|
|Alt+Home||Open your homepage|
Address bar shortcuts
|Type a search term||Perform a search using your default search engine|
|Type the part of the web address that’s between ‘www.’ and ‘.com’, then press Ctrl+Enter||Add www.and .com to your input in the address bar and open the web address|
|Type a search engine keyword or URL, press Tab, then type a search term||Perform a search using the search engine associated with the keyword or the URL. Google Chrome prompts you to press Tab if it recognizes the search engine you’re trying to use.|
|F6 or Ctrl+L or Alt+D||Highlight content in the web address area|
|Type a web address, then press Alt+Enter||Open your web address in a new tab|
Shortcuts To Open Google Chrome Features
|Ctrl+B||Toggle bookmarks bar on and off|
|Ctrl+Shift+B||Open the Bookmark manager|
|Ctrl+H||View the History page|
|Ctrl+J||View the Downloads page|
|Shift+Escape||View the Task manager|
|Shift+Alt+T||Set focus on the toolbar. Use right and left arrows on the keyboard to navigate to different buttons on the toolbar.|
|Ctrl+P||Print your current page|
|Ctrl+S||Save your current page|
|F5||Reload current page|
|Esc||Stop the loading of current page|
|Ctrl+F||Open find-in-page box|
|Click the middle button or mousewheel on the mouse||Activate auto-scrolling. As you move your mouse, the page automatically scrolls according to the direction of the mouse.|
|Ctrl+F5 or Shift+F5||Reload current page, ignoring cached content|
|Press Alt and click a link||Download link|
|Ctrl+G or F3||Find next match for your input in the find-in-page box|
|Ctrl+Shift+G or Shift+F3||Find previous match for your input in the find-in-page box|
|Drag link to bookmarks bar||Bookmark the link|
|Ctrl+D||Bookmark your current webpage|
|F11||Go full-screen. Press F11 again to exit full-screen.|
|Ctrl++, or press Ctrl and scroll mousewheel up||Enlarge everything on the page|
|Ctrl+-, or oress Ctrl and scroll mousewheel down||Make everything on the page smaller|
|Ctrl+0||Return everything on the page to normal size|
|Highlight content, then press Ctrl+C||Copy content to the clipboard|
|Place your cursor in a text field, then press Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert||Paste current content from the clipboard|
|Place your cursor in a text field, then press Ctrl+Shift+V||Paste current content from the clipboard without formatting|
|Highlight content in a text field, then press Ctrl+X or Shift+Delete||Delete the content and copy it to the clipboard|
Additional Shortcuts for Google Chrome
|Backspace, or press Alt and the left arrow together||Go to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab|
|Shift+Backspace, or press Alt and the right arrow together||Go to the next page in your browsing history for the tab|
|Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E||Places a ‘?’ in the address bar. Type a search term after the ‘?’ to perform a search using your default search engine.|
|Place your cursor in the address bar, then press Ctrl and the left arrow together||Jump to the previous word in the address bar|
|Place your cursor in the address bar, then press Ctrl and the right arrow together||Jump to the next word in the address bar|
|Place your cursor in the address bar, then press Ctrl+Backspace||Delete the previous word in the address bar|
|Space bar||Scroll down the web page|
|Home||Go to the top of the page|
|End||Go to the bottom of the page|
|Press Shift and scroll mousewheel||Scroll horizontally on the page|
Source : Google Support
Though this is something useless but hilarious about Google dropping their O when asked results starting from page 990.
To drop an O you will have to append #=100&start;=990 to the search query.
Example: Normal search query to send free sms would look like:
This might be a CSS flaw in handling a large number of queries. Even the Next button disappears making any further search impossible.
Google search box not only analyze our search string and display perfect results but also provide variety of features such as currency conversions, movie timings, weather forecasts, calculator etc.
However, there is something funny about Google Calculator. Look at these screen-shots :
- What’s the answer to life, the universe and everything multiplied by the speed of light divided by three teaspoons?
- How many seconds in a decade?
- What’s 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit in Celsius?
- How many feet in a smoot?
- Number of horns on a unicorn?
- What is a googol?
- What is 1.21 gigawatts divided by 88 miles per hour?
- What is 1.21 gigawatts multiplied by 88 miles per hour?
- What is 1 hogshead in litres?
- What is 30 gigabytes divided by 192kbps?
- What is 1 furlong per minute?
- What is 13000 watts to horsepower?
- How many km in a light year?
- How many teaspoons in a pint?
- How many megabytes in an exabyte?
- What is 125444987 in binary?
- What is 2008 in roman numerals?
- What is 100 USD to AUD?
- What is the mass of the Sun in pounds?
- What is the square root of 123456789?
- What is square root of 123456789?
Google is again playing hide and seek with gtalk emoticons. Last time, I gave you list for Google Talk Secret Emoticons but that was some 8 months ago. Since then, there have been many changes in the system but still few emoticons remains undocumented.
Important Update: More secret emoticon can be found by incrementing the end number by this URL – http://mail.google.com/mail/e/350
And the list goes on …
Here’s a list of utterly new emoticons/smileys:
Beneath are emoticons from my previous post. For reference I am again displaying them here.
It’s a monkey!
It’s a monkey!
It’s a monkey!
Big nose wink
Big nose wink
Big nose wink
Remember that these secret emoticons works for only following flavors of gtalk:
2) Gmail integrated chat application
You can select either of three Classic, Round or Square shape of the emoticon by clicking the blue smiley-face button at the right side of the text-entry field and selecting the appropriate shape. If you move mouse arrow over them, they again re-animate to create lovely effect.
Update 1: Our loyal reader Jared has left a comment notifying about awesome robot emoticon. Try it out with [:|]
Update 2: An Annonymous reader has left a comment with another secret smiley to express something really bad i.e. poo . Try it out with ~@~
First things first. type ‘about:robots’ and ‘about:mozilla’ in FireFox address bar to get some strange pages. Firefox 3 have these two hidden pages and may be more but yet to be discovered.
Firefox 3 also holds the record for 8 million downloads within 24 hours. The total count is now more than 29 million downloads.[source spreadfirefox]
Try typing ‘about:robots’ and you will discover this funny page.
This page has got title – Gort! klaatu barada nikto! The title is some old science-fiction movie (view more information). This hidden page has some robotics commandments :
- Robots may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- Robots have seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
Robots are Your Plastic Pal Who’s Fun To Be With.
Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten.
Interestingly, when you press ‘try again’ button you get another button saying, “Please do not press this button again.”I bet even after this warning message, most of you have clicked that button.
Type “about:mozilla” in FireFox address bar and you get to see some writings from Mozilla book.
Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was caught but a follower.
from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9
Since Firefox is open source browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, its contributors must have created these pages for fun. Easter eggs are made intentionally to surprise often containing bonus or hidden feature.
Unknown Inbuilt Pages of Firefox
Most instant messengers are very user friendly. They have a toolbar to format your text into different fonts, colors and sizes. You can also convert your important text into bold, italicized or underlined.
Google talk provides some basic features but unexpectedly few things are hidden. I have already told you about hidden emoticons (smileys) in Gtalk and now I will tell you about hidden text formatting techniques in Gtalk.
This feature can be used in both google talk and Gmail embedded chat.
- To type your message in bold, encapsulate it in asterisks (*).
These have been around for quite sometime now but you might want to check them out again. For newer Mozilla Firefox users, these are quite interesting. Firefox does actually have these so-called hidden pages or secret inbuilt pages. Call them easter eggs if you want but a bunch of these hidden pages are quite useful.
You can just type these in the address bar and press enter to access the pages. Here are the magnificent seven:
about: – The same as the one under the Help menu. So I’m not sure if this is exactly hidden. Shows the same thing.
about:buildconfig – Shows the build configurations and some parameters.
about:cache – Shows you some detailed stats on your disk and memory cache which includes the directory and the list of files/web pages accessed and stored there.
about:config – Allows you to configure Firefox in-depth.
about:plugins – Lists all the installed plug-ins in your browser.
about:credits – The long-ish list of people who have helped in building our favorite browser.
about:Mozilla – Freaky if you ask me. And very cryptic. It seems to be a quote from a passage in “The Book of Mozilla.” You can’t find that anywhere though. Reads:
And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.