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Hiding a browser tab while keeping it active
Multiple tabs are typically handled in Chrome in one window. That works most of the time but those who have a lot of tabs open at once may find it useful to have one or two web sites separate from the others.
This is easy to do and has advantages we'll cover. First of all, there may be a web site that you wish to have active in the background but hidden from all the other pages open. Secondly, web sites open in their own windows display separately in the Task Manager previously covered. This makes it easy to jump to that site by tapping it in the manager.
To get a web page displayed in its own window just drag the tab at the top to the desktop. That site will display like a separate browser instance.
One great use for this method is to keep the Gmail tab in its own window. That keeps it off the screen and hidden from prying eyes when minimized yet easily accessible in the manner indicated above. I also have the Gmail icon pinned to the taskbar so I can also access and hide my email by tapping the icon.
Zooming any browser page or web app
Many Chrome users may be familiar with this old standby but it's worth mentioning. Chrome makes it easy to zoom pages up and down with a simple key combination.
For pages that display too small, zoom it up by hitting the Ctrl-+ key combination. It will blow the page up incrementally with each press of the key combo until it's the right size.
You can scale pages back down the same way by using the Ctrl-- (minus key).
Pages will always display at the last zoom setting when revisited so different pages can have a unique zoom setting that only needs to be set once.
VNC Viewer to securely access work systems (free)
Google has the Chrome Remote Desktop extension to access remote computer and it works great. Those who need to access systems secured through VNC swear by the VNC Viewer web app in the Chrome store.
It can access remote Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX systems using VNC technology from RealVNC. The free app has good features including a virtual keyboard for entering special characters required by the remote system.