Google is working on one minor change in Chrome's password manager to make your digital life a bit easier. Chrome Canary recently received a new experimental flag that allows dismissing warnings about specific breached passwords.
In future updates, Google Chrome will get an improved extensions flyout. It will let users better understand how third-party extensions from the Chrome Web Store and other sources access and modify websites.
Google is testing a number of improvements to its world's most popular web browser. In the current stable Chrome version, the Downloads option is buried in the main menu. To open it faster, it only offers you the Ctrl + J shortcut. Google wants to save you a couple of clicks by adding a new toolbar button.
Eight years since the last redesign, Google changes the Chrome logo once again. Unlike the previous update, where changes were more apparent, it might take a minute or two for users to notice the difference between the current and the upcoming icon.
Google is working on bringing a tab mute button to its browser, similar to how Microsoft Edge allows its users to disable the sound on a web page by clicking a speaker button on the tab strip. Currently, the mute button is available behind an experimental flag in the Canary channel, which is off by default. Google wants to improve feature discoverability in Chrome by adding a special banner. It will let users know that they can mute a tab with a single click.
Google Chrome 98 has reached the stable branch. It is mostly a security update rather than major feature release. However, it is notable for adding support for COLRv1 Color Gradient vector fonts. The latter addresses font scaling issues and allows producing much smaller font files.
To make life easier for those who never close tabs in their browsers, Google introduced a "Close all tabs" button in Chrome on Android and iOS. It sits in a context menu you can invoke by pressing a button with three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen.
A few years ago, Google was about to add the tab muting feature to Chrome. The implementation was very simple. To mute a tab, you could click the speaker icon next to the tab's title. The option didn't come to the stable branch, perhaps due to the addition of Global Media Controls. But now, Tab Muting has returned to Chrome.
As you may remember, recently Google introduced a new user tracking technology called FLoC as a replacement for classic cookies. The technology has been criticized by major browser vendors. Still, Mozilla, Vivaldi, Brave, and other browsers aren't going to implement FloC. So Google is here with a different solution called Topics API.
You can enable the Screenshot tool in Google Chrome. It will appear under the "Share" menu in the address bar. The tool allows capturing a user-defined area of the open website in the current tab.