Google Chrome tip: Set a timer from your omnibar

Chrome timer

Google’s products are full of hidden gems and Easter eggs, and here’s another that I just happened to stumble across: it’s possible to set a timer for any length of time you choose from your Google Chrome omnibar. Simply open a new tab in Chrome, and type:

  • Set timer for 30 seconds.
  • Set timer for 10 minutes.
  • Set timer for 1 hour.
  • Set timer for 3 hours 30 minutes.

You can use any combination of seconds, minutes, and hours, although I noticed that it will not work at 24 hours and above.

Still, this is a great little tool that you can use when baking, to time your Facebook breaks, or even to sneak a quick nap at work while your boss is at lunch. The timer includes a start/stop, reset, and mute button – in other words, everything that most people need in a simple timer app. Plus, there’s nothing extra to download, and it should even work with Google’s new desktop voice search.

Just don’t accidentally close your browser after starting the timer.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.