This post contains a list of tricks I employ to make my browser usage more efficient. All of these should work on Chromium (and thus Chrome) as it is my primary browser and I use these there (I was a Firefox user until it started using noticeably more resources, if anybody knows how to improve Firefox’s performance please let me know), however most of them will work on Firefox (and most likely, other browsers) as well. They take barely ~15 minutes to set up but have saved me a lot of time, so it is definitely worth investing those 15 minutes.
Browser keyboard shortcuts
Here are my top 5 most used ones
Ctrl+l: switching to url bar from content
Ctrl+t: open new tab
Ctrl+w: close current tab
Ctrt+Shift+t: reopen last closed tab
Ctrl/Alt+<number>: switch to tab
A full list can be found here
Now if I wanted to go to the Wikipedia page on Red Hot Chilli Peppers, I’d have to enter
w Red Hot Chilli Peppers
in the url bar instead of going to Wikipedia, clicking the search bar and entering my query.
I’ve also found having a
leaveAddressBar engine to be very useful. This is to
switch back to the webpage from the url bar, without having to click or press
tab multiple times (taken from here).
This plugin lets me use Vim bindings inside Chromium, making it convenient to employ my vim muscle memory. It has keyboard bindings for almost everything - scrolling, navigating tabs, opening links, inserting text in forms, searching etc. The GitHub README lists all features.
This blocks most ads
This allows me to enforce my own content filtering choices - I can hide things I don’t want to see etc