Google Chrome Tips Beta Extension

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 17, 2011
Updated • Apr 27, 2015
Google Chrome

If you are a new Chrome user, or an old one who uses the browser in a certain way, you may be interested in tips to get the most (or more) out of the web browser. Maybe it is basic tips that can really help you improve your workflow, for instance by searching websites directly from Chrome's address bar instead of loading a search engine's website first to do that, or more advanced tips that involve keyboard shortcuts.

Google recently released a first party extension for the Chrome browser with the purpose of providing Chrome users with tips to use the web browser more efficiently.

The extension displays tips when it recognizes ineffective behavior, for instance if you only use windows and no tabs to browse multiple websites.

The core question here is if inexperienced users would find and install the Chrome Tips extension in first place and the answer is probably no.

Regardless of that oversight, it can be handy if you do not mind running the extension in the background while working with the browser.

The extension displays tips in a small toolbar on top. The core issue that I have with the extension is that the tips are time and action based, which means that you may never see a tip coming up if you are an advanced user.

I tested the extension for a long time and did not see a single tip come up, hence the lack of a screenshot.

If you open the constants.js file of the extension you will see all tips listed in the interface. Here are a few examples of the tips listed:

  • Key for tip when user needs to be educated about switching between tabs.
  • Key for tip when the user needs to be educated about pinned tab feature.
  • Key for tip when user needs to be educated about browsing in private.
  • Key for tip when the user needs to be educated about search from omnibox.

The extension in its current state offers 13 different tips. That's not a lot and explains why some users may never see tips displayed in the browser. I personally would have preferred a link somewhere in the browser user interface to a static page that lists all the tips.

The idea is interesting especially since the extension can display tips whenever it recognizes ineffective user behavior. Still, more tips and the option to display them directly would go along way.

Chrome users can install Chrome Tips from the official Chrome Web Store.

I also noticed a new design of the extensions listing in Chrome Dev. Not sure for how long it has been there but it looks clean and really nice.

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