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Hidden Pages and Chrome Features That You Should Know About

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The browser can do much more than it seems at first glance. Here’s how to take full advantage of its features.

Hidden Pages

Chrome has many hidden pages that provide access to browser service information or experimental settings. To see them, type in the address bar the following command: chrome://about.

Here are the most useful of Chrome’s hidden pages.

1. Experimental Functions

The Chrome Flags page provides access to Chrome’s experimental features and settings – around 120 in total. Please note that some of these settings may cause the browser to become unstable. In this case, you can disable all of these experimental functions by clicking the “Reset” button.

chrome://flags/

2. Search History

The Omnibox page contains a history of all the requests you entered in the Chrome address bar. Type a word or phrase in the search bar and press Enter. You will see all records from the history of visits matching your request.

chrome://omnibox/

3. Chrome Extensions

Of course, you can access your extensions through the browser menu. But the fastest way to do this is directly through the address bar.

chrome://extensions/

4. Chrome apps

A page with your apps installed in Chrome. You can open it directly, bypassing your home page.

chrome://apps/

5. Failure reports

This page displays information about failures that have occurred. Please note that for this you need to enable the option “Automatically send usage statistics and emergency reports to Google” in the Chrome settings.

chrome://crashes/

6. Chrome bookmarks

Here you can manage your bookmarks and sort them into folders. You can also import bookmarks from other browsers or export Chrome bookmarks.

chrome://bookmarks/

7. Download Manager

Built-in Chrome download manager, where you can see all the files you downloaded from the web.

chrome://downloads

8. AutoFill

This page displays a list of words and phrases that Chrome uses to autocomplete. The list is generated by the browser based on your search history and views.

chrome://predictors/

9. Unloading tabs

Chrome can automatically unload unused tabs from memory to save it. This helps improve browser performance. On this tab, you can configure which tabs to unload and which not.

chrome://discards/

10. License Agreement

If you haven’t read the license agreement when installing Chrome (as everyone usually does), and now you want to catch up, just open this page.

chrome://terms/

11. The jumping tyrannosaurus

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When Chrome cannot load the page, it displays a sad pixel tyrannosaurus. If you press the spacebar at this moment, then you can play a mini-game in which a tyrannosaurus will have to jump over cacti. So you can pass the time until the Internet connection is restored. And to start the game manually, simply open this page.

chrome://dino/

Useful settings

To see all the settings, enter chrome://flags/. The built-in search will help you navigate them. Here are the most useful experimental features you might find useful.

1. Search suggestions in the address bar

When you enter something into the Chrome’s address bar, it displays the appropriate addresses from your browsing history. In this case, only URLs are displayed, and it can be difficult to determine which site offers you to open a browser. Activate this option, and the browser will display not only addresses, but also site headers.

omnibox-ui-vertical-layout

2. Automatic password creation

When this option is enabled, Chrome automatically generates random passwords when you are on the registration pages. This convenient feature will help you create a strong password without the help of third-party extensions.

enable-password-generation

3. Prevent page hijacking

Surely you often found yourself on advertising pages, creeping out on questionable sites. No matter how much you click the “Back” button, trying to return to the previous page, you remain on the page with the advertisement. Turn this option on, and Chrome will prevent pages from managing the back button.

enable-history-entry-require-user-gesture

4. Smooth scrolling

As the name implies, this option allows you to scroll web pages not jerkily, but smoothly. With smooth scrolling, web browsing becomes much more convenient, especially if you use a touchpad to scroll.

smooth-scrolling

5. Sound control on web pages

This feature adds an icon for managing sounds to tabs. Now, to turn off annoying sound from a web page in the background, you don’t have to switch to it. Just click on the icon on the tab.

enable-tab-audio-muting

6. Quickly close tabs

Surely from time to time you noticed that the tabs in the Chrome browser close with some delay, especially if there are a lot of them. You can enable this option to reduce latency and close tabs faster.

enable-fast-unload

7. Restore tabs

This option allows the browser to automatically restore tabs after a loss of connection. So you don’t have to click the Refresh button.

enable-offline-auto-reload

8. View saved copies of sites

If the page does not load, you can download a copy of it from the cache, if it is there. Useful for unstable connection.

show-saved-copy

9. Prohibition to turn over contents

You open a web page, start reading, and then the page is rewound to another place to show you ads or comments. To stop such tricks, enable this option.

enable-scroll-anchoring

10. Video in a separate window

If you want to watch a video and work with another page at the same time, enable this function. Then right-click on the video and in the context menu find the item Picture In Picture. Once you select it, you’ll see your video in a pop-up window.

enable-picture-in-picture

Task Manager

Chrome has a “Task Manager.” With it, you can see how much memory each open tab takes and close the hanging tabs. To open the “Task Manager”, press Shift + Esc or open “Menu” → “Advanced Tools” → “Task Manager”. You will see all your extensions, tabs and pages and evaluate the browser resources they spend.

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