Google Chrome on Windows was criticized many times for its enormous RAM usage and crashes when there were a lot tabs open. Moreover Google never admitted the problem and continued to improve other aspects of the browser not taking into account the performance, and making only small changes and optimizations that weren't enough. However, with the recent releases of Chrome 53 for 64-bit Windows systems and Chrome 54 for 32-bit Windows, Google claims to have finally improved its performance significantly.
Continue reading "Chrome becomes faster on Windows with Profile Guided Optimization"
A significant change is coming to the popular Google Chrome browser. Google has decided to end Chrome support for two versions of Windows. These include the venerable Windows XP as well as Windows Vista.
Continue reading "Google Chrome will not support Windows XP and Vista after April 2016"
Recently we covered how to mute the audio of a tab in Google Chrome. Read this article if you are interested to know how to do that: How to mute audio for a tab in Google Chrome. Today, I would like to share with you a simple tip to mute the sound from several tabs at once. This can be useful if you have opened two or more YouTube videos. Let's see how it can be done.
Continue reading "Tip: Mute several tabs at once in Google Chrome"
Google continually improves their Chrome browser. Here is good news for all Google Chrome users regarding audio. The latest release from the Canary branch of Chrome features a new useful option - the ability to mute the audio of a specific tab. At this moment, this option is experimental and can be turned on with the flags editor. Let's see how to turn on and try this feature.
Continue reading "How to mute audio for a tab in Google Chrome"
Google Chrome is very popular web browser, which comes with interesting features and extensions. Like any other browser, it has a set of useful shortcut keys. In the upcoming versions of Google Chrome, two additional useful keyboard shortcuts have been added. This change is available in the Canary build only at this moment, but it will appear in the stable builds in the near future. Let's take a closer look at what these hotkeys do.
Continue reading "Hotkeys to clear download history and rotate PDF in Google Chrome"
In this article I would like to show you how to change the default download location in popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Most of the mainstream browsers keep downloaded files in the user's Downloads folder, located at C:\Users\<Your User name>\Downloads. If you would like to set some other location for downloaded files, i.e. change it to the Desktop folder for faster access, then read the rest of this article.
Continue reading "Change the download location in IE, Chrome, Firefox and Opera"
In June, Google began testing the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows. It was available only in the beta channel (Dev and Canary branch) users. Today it became available to the rest of Chrome users. With version 37 of Chrome, there is now a native 64-bit stable build available for Windows. Google claims several benefits of running a 64-bit browser over the regular 32-bit version.
Continue reading "Tip: Now you can run Chrome 64-bit stable on Windows"
Incognito mode is a feature of Google Chrome designed to not record the history of your web surfing. It is similar to the Private browsing mode in Firefox and Internet Explorer. When you open a new Incognito window, Chrome does not retain cookies, temporary internet files, history, and other data related to your browsing activities. When the Incognito mode session window is closed, this data is cleared. Incognito mode can be started via the sandwich menu button or using the keyboard by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut keys. However, you might want to run Chrome directly in incognito mode via a shortcut or command line. Here's how to do it.
Continue reading "How to run Google Chrome in incognito mode from the command line or a shortcut"
After the latest update to Google Chrome, it has started preventing users from installing extensions from any other place except the official Chrome Web Store. Also, if you have some extensions installed which are not from the Store, the browser will block them too. The primary reason why Google made these changes is security: they want to protect their users from malicious extensions. However, if you are sure that an extension you downloaded previously is safe to install, here is how you can bypass the restrictions.
Continue reading "How to install a blocked extension in Google Chrome"
Ever since Google announced that add-ons for Google Chrome can only be installed from their web store, many users want to know how they can obtain *.crx files directly for their favorite Google Chrome extensions. CRX files are the packed version of the extensions and can be used to install them offline, without visiting the Google Chrome web store. In this article, I would like to share a very simple way to obtain the crx file for any Chrome extension quickly.
Continue reading "How to get the CRX file for Google Chrome extensions"