Chrome is one of the most feature rich browsers out there with an extensive range of extensions and customizations available. However, Google has additionally hidden a bunch of experimental flags that can be tweaked to make some significant enhancements. Hence, here are top 5 Chrome flag settings that you need to aware of.
To activate any flags, head over to chrome://flags and consequently, search for the desired feature or you can click the links throughout this article. Do note, however, you must have the latest updated version in order to access all of these. For completing the process, you’ll need to restart Chrome.
1. Smooth Scrolling
Chrome’s frameworks by default, do support smooth scrolling, but in case you’re having issues, Google allows users to manually enable this on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and Android. Additionally, you can even disable smooth scrolling if your machine is unable to handle the added animations.
2. Get Back the Old Design on Chrome
In a recent update, Google finally overhauled its Chrome browser with the material theme. However, if you would like to get the old non-material theme back, head over to this page and select “non-material” under “Material Design in the browser’s top chrome” section. Restart and there you have it.
3. Resume Downloads
Yes, you read that right, Chrome also contains a hidden setting that adds a neat pause and resume buttons for downloads. Hence, from now you won’t have to start all over again when the internet unexpectedly goes down. This, although, doesn’t usually work for untrusted or poor sources.
4. Automatic Password Generation
Due to the recent rise in online thefts and break-ins, having a strong and unique password across all accounts is getting utterly necessary. Thankfully, Chrome has got you covered. You can enable an “automatic password generation” tool in the flags section that promptly suggests an impenetrable password whenever it detects you’re typing one.
That’s fine, but how do I remember these complicated codes? In my opinion, bundle this tool with a password manager like Dashlane to achieve the highest level of personal privacy.
5. Faster Tab Closing
While dealing with a series of tabs concurrently, you might have noticed that it takes an extra second or two for closing any particular website. That’s because Chrome is handling a lot of stressful resources at once and terminating them on a single click invites that additional time. However, if your computer is capable enough, Chrome can run an individual handler for suspending tabs resulting in better response periods. Locate “Fast Tab” on the flags page, it is even present on Android.
That was all, it is definitely worth looking into these settings and more while browsing the experimental flags Chrome has hidden. I do hope Google rolls them out on the stable channel as soon as possible because in my usage, I never really encountered any serious bugs or crashes at all.