From checking your password to making video content load faster, here are five hidden features that will help you use your browser more efficiently.
Google Chrome has a hidden list of experimental features that you can enable to improve the browser’s functionality. Type in the address bar
chrome://flagsand you’ll find dozens of experimental features in various stages of development.
Google warns that after activating some of them, the browser may lose your data and your security may be compromised. It is not uncommon for these features to cause browser crashes, but not all.
With that said, we’ve tried to pick out a few features that seem relatively safe, yet useful for the average Chrome user. If you’re afraid of the repercussions or don’t want to risk the main version of the browser, the beta version of Chrome or the Chrome Canary version, which is updated almost every day, may be suitable for you.
Speed up file downloads
Downloading files in Chrome isn’t always the fastest, but enabling a flag
#enable-parallel-downloadingcan help fix that. Once activated, Chrome will split any incomplete downloads into smaller pieces that will download at the same time, which speeds up your connection and speeds up your file downloads.
#tab-groupsallows you to create groups of tabs for different tasks. The group name and color can be customized, and the entire group can be closed with one click.
This is another feature that will help improve the performance of Chrome.
#enable-reader-modeactivates reading mode, which loads a simplified version of the page that contains less distracting elements and allows you to focus on the text.
Password strength check
If you enable
#passwords-weakness-check, then Chrome will start checking the strength of passwords when you create them. If the password is weak, Chrome will offer to change it to another one or generate a stronger one itself. The browser will save all generated passwords, so you won’t lose them later.
#enable-gpu-rasterizationshifts page rendering from the CPU to the GPU. This possibly makes this feature more risky depending on what you are doing online. Graphics-heavy content will load better.
This can be checked with the frame counter, which can be found in the browser if you go to the developer tools: Ctrl + Shift + J -> Console panel -> Three-dot menu -> Rendering -> FPS meter.