Google Chrome is now a very popular browser offering from the search engine giant Google. There a re a number of tricks that will help you unleash the most of this browsers potentials.
about:flags is quite similar to Firefox about:config. Simply type about:flags in a tab as URL and you would be provided with a list of flags that are actually some of the hidden features of Google Chrome which now you can toggle on or off at your will.For the settings to take place you may need to restart the browser.
Using multiple Profiles
Multiple profiles allow you to share your computers with others with ease without the fearing that all your past interactions are exposed to him or her. Creating multiple profiles in Google Chrome unlike Firefox is not a one click process to do so follow these steps.
- Open your Google Chrome installation folder that is available at: C:Users<username>AppDataLocalGoogleChrome
- Now we will create a folder to hold all your profile data. navigate to folder User Data and copy the sub-folder named Default in the same directory and rename it any thing you may want,say,Profile2.
- Open “Command Prompt”, switch to the Chrome Application folder and run the following command:
chrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..User DataProfile_2” -first-run
- To run Google Chrome using this profile instead of the default profile, just create a shortcut on your desktop as folllows:
C:UsersAryamanAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe –user-data-dir=”..User DataProfile_2″
Now whenever you want to use this profile simply click on this shortcut to launch this profile.
Run Greasemonkey scripts
Greasemonkey is an add-on that enables you to take your browsers potentials to an all together new heights by enabling you to run java-scripts. These scripts can run on webpages that can add features that are not available by default. The best part about Greasemonkey is that Greasemonkey scripts are natively supported by Google Chrome without installing any Add-on. To use scripts navigate to www.userscripts.org and navigate to script of your choice and, just click install. Your installed Greasemonkey scripts would be shown as extensions.
Enable Private Browsing
Private browsing helps users to keep the trace of their web activity a secret. Google Chrome users can use Incognito window to do so.The best part about using the Incognito window is that it automatically disables all the extensions so there is no chance that some your extensions sneaks into your privacy.Opening an Incognito window is quite simple as an option to do so is already available. Alternatively use the keyboard shortcuts [Ctrl]+ [Shift]+ [N]
Add RSS Support
By default Google Chrome doesn’t support RSS and it may not even detect RSS feeds.But the the chrome team came with a solution to this problem also in the form of RSS Subscription Extension. This extension enables its users to auto-detects RSS feeds on the page and upon finding one will display an RSS icon in the Omnibox, clicking on which will preview the feed content and subscribe.The extension comes with 4 feed readers predefined (Google Reader, iGoogle, Bloglines and My Yahoo) but also allows you to add any web-based feed reader of your choice to the list.