How to Use Internet Bookmarks and Tabs on the Nexus 7 Tablet

The Nexus 7 tablet includes features that allow you to save web pages and view multiple web pages at the same time, just like desktop computer browsers.

How to use bookmarks on the Nexus 7 tablet

Bookmarks are those electronic breadcrumbs you can drop as you wander the web. Need to revisit a website? Just look up its bookmark. This advice assumes, of course, that you bother to create (drop) a bookmark when you first visit the site.

The cinchy way to bookmark a page is to touch the Favorite (star) icon on the right end of the Address bar. Tap that icon, and you see the Add Bookmark window.

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You may wantto edit the label to make it shorter, especially if the web page’s title is long. Shorter names look better in the Bookmarks screen. Touch the Save button, and you’ve added the bookmark.

After the bookmark is set, it appears in Chrome’s list of bookmarks. To see the list, touch the Menu icon in the Chrome app’s main window and choose the Bookmarks command. Chrome has three categories for bookmarks: Desktop Bookmarks, Other Bookmarks, and Mobile Bookmarks. (You choose the category from the Add Bookmark window.)

The Desktop Bookmarks folder contains any bookmarks you’ve used on the desktop version of Chrome, which is a handy way to keep and use your computer’s bookmarks on the Nexus 7.

To browse bookmarks, open a bookmark folder. If necessary, touch a subfolder to open it. Then touch a bookmark to visit that page.

  • Remove a bookmark by long-pressing its entry on the Bookmarks screen. Choose the command Delete Bookmark. The bookmark is gone.

  • Bookmarked websites can also be placed on the Home screen: Long-press the bookmark thumbnail and choose the command Add to Home Screen.

  • If your desktop Chrome bookmarks aren’t coordinated with your Nexus 7, start Chrome on your desktop. Click the settings (wrench) icon and ensure that you’re signed in using your Google account.

  • The MyBookmarks app, available at the Google Play Store, can import your Internet Explorer and Firefox bookmarks from your Windows computer into the Nexus 7.

  • A handy way to create new bookmarks is to review the Most Visited sites in the Chrome app: When perusing your Bookmarks, touch the Most Visited tab at the bottom of the screen. Touch a web page thumbnail to view that page and then touch the star icon to bookmark that page.

How to manage web pages in multiple tabs

The Chrome app uses a tabbed interface to help you access more than one web page at a time. You can find the tabs marching across the Chrome app’s screen, just above the Address bar.

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Here’s how you work the tabbed interface:

  • To open a blank tab, touch the teeny tab stub to the right of the last tab.

  • To open a link in a new tab, long-press the link. Choose the command Open in New Tab from the menu that appears.

  • To open a bookmark in a new tab, long-press the bookmark and choose the command Open in New Tab.

You switch between tabs by choosing one from the top of the screen.

Close a tab by touching its Close (X) button. You can close only the tab you’re viewing.

  • The tabs continue marching across the screen, from left to right. You can scroll the tabs to view the ones that have scrolled off the screen.

  • If you close all the tabs, you see a blank screen in the Chrome app. The New Tab command appears atop the screen.

  • New tabs open to the last web page you viewed. Or if you were viewing the bookmarks, the tab opens with the bookmarks. (Bookmarks are web pages, organized internally by the Chrome app.)

  • For secure browsing, you can open an incognito tab: Touch the Menu icon and choose the command New Incognito Tab. When you go incognito, the Chrome app doesn’t track your history or leave cookies or any other evidence of which web pages you’ve visited on the incognito tab. A short description appears on the incognito tab page, explaining how it works.

  • To switch between your incognito tabs and regular tabs, touch the rectangle that appears in the upper-right corner of the Chrome app’s screen.

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