Blog‎ > ‎

Google Chrome Tips!

posted Oct 6, 2013, 3:26 PM by Abhishek Girish   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 11:24 PM ]


Opening a new tab and hitting chrome://flags  opens the Chrome Experiments page, where you can enable few cool features. 
But as Chrome puts it, "Careful, these experiments may bite", you may want to be sure of what you are doing. 

There were certain things that I tried out first from here, such as Sync tabs open on other devices, before they were included by default on the next Chrome update.

You can make use of hardware acceleration and GPU rendering, you can find some Frame rate statistics if you are into numbers, some touch screen optimizations, some new UI stuff such as a new Downloads UI.

Some cool ones i like include the one on Mac where you can use the 3 finger swipe gesture to see open tabs. And by enabling Focus existing tab on open, typing a URL of an existing tab into the omnibox results in viewing the already open tab instead of loading a new one.

There are lots and lots of them, with some being specific to certain platforms. Just try them out.

Updates
Relaunch an Accidentally Closed Tab
If you closed a tab by mistake, you can quickly open it thru the key combo CTRL+SHIFT+T

Google Chrome Canary
Find it here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/canary.html  
Think of it as a beta release - you could try out many of the in-development features in advance. 
Once again, note the disclaimer by Google: "Not for the faint of heart | Canary is designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely."
You can use the canary build alongside the stable version of Google Chrome, and hence afford to take more risks, experimenting!

Recent experiments that I came across:
1. On enabling the "Action box" experiment, the Actions drop-down menu is displayed on clicking the "+" sign at the end of the omnibox - as shown below:

This would replace the default star button to add a bookmark and instead provide options to bookmark, share or send the page to a mobile device.

2. On enabling the "Enable Rich Notifications" experiment, a new notification center is made available. It lists email, chat and other notifications.

3. On enabling the "Show Chrome Apps Launcher" experiment, a shortcut to the Chrome Apps Launcher is created in the Windows TaskBar.