All variants of the popular browser have a bunch of hidden features in Google Chrome’s code that can be enabled. In case you didn’t know, they’ve been dubbed “flags,” feature still under development. You can activate the functions only if you want to test them. Here are some tips and tricks that you might want to try.
Enable the Flags via the Address Bar
Open the Google Chrome browser and type “chrome://flags. The message: “WARNING: EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES AHEAD! By enabling these features, you could lose browser data or compromise your security or privacy” will appear.
On the “Experiments” page, you will see two columns of Available and Unavailable features. Notably, some of the functions are set by default or already enabled. Choose between Enable or Disable, but only before you read the feature’s description. Accept by clicking on the “Relaunch” button, Google Chrome will restart, and your selection will be saved.
Remember that you can always reset all to default, in case you mess it up. Playing with the flags might trouble your browser experience, so be careful.
The Best Hidden Features in Google Chrome
As you’ve been noticed, the amount of hidden features or “flags” is immense. You can check them one by one, or you might as well try the following. Type the name of the feature you want to enable in the “Search flags” area:
- Smoother scrolling: enable the smooth scrolling; search “Smooth scrolling.”
- Dark mode forced: dark mode for all the web pages; search “Force dark Mode for web contents.”
- Improved sharing menu: search “Chrome Sharing Hub.”
- Parallel downloads: download more files at the same time; search “Parallel downloading.”
- Floating window playback: allows video playback to continue (activate it with ‘Picture in picture web API for Android, too).
- Offline page preview: your browser will load the saved variant of the page if it’s available; search “Offline page previews.”
- Google Chrome menu at the bottom of the screen: search “Chrome Duet.”
Patricia Smead is The Trending Times’s senior contributor covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Patricia graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.