The Better Browser With Great Features – Google Chrome

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Google Chrome presently is the most popular browser on the planet. It took Chrome less than 4 years to rise from barely 1% market share to where it is now. Globally, more than one out of three Internet users browse with Chrome. In some countries you will find as much as half the population with access to the Internet using Chrome. Apparently, Chrome has managed to deliver on its selling points and users everywhere have switched. So should you consider switching?

Google Chrome prides itself to run websites and applications with lightning speed. And much like all Google products, the browser provides a clean interface, smart features, and simple solutions that no one had thought of before. If you haven’t tried Chrome recently, you should give it a spin and see how it goes.

What Makes Chrome Better?

Chrome basically works like any other browser. You enter a URL, open websites in multiple windows or tabs, and make bookmarks. But even if you are only using Chrome for these basic features only, a lot is happening in the background.

Every tab is its own process. When you open the Windows Task Manager, you’ll notice that there is one entry for every Chrome tab. This makes each individual tab faster and if one tab crashes, it doesn’t affect the whole browser, making it much more stable and reliable.

Google’s New Tab Page shows your most visited websites and installed apps. As you are browsing the web, Google pays attention and lists the websites you visit most often in the New Tab page. You can remove single pages, however, you cannot add your favorites.

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Chrome also updates automatically and in the background, so you don’t even notice it. For most users, this is very convenient. But if you ever do run into issues with Chrome, keep in mind that it could be due to a recent browser upgrade. You can check which version you are running and report an issue by typing chome://chrome into the URL bar or by clicking the Settings icon in the top right and selecting About Google Chrome.

What Makes Chrome Great?

Frankly, there is too much to be covered in one article. So I’ll highlight two key features for you: managing tabs and user login.

Chrome has some nifty default features and several have to do with managing tabs. Generally speaking, tabs are super flexible. You can drag tabs around and re-order them within one window or you can drag a tab out of its window to create a new window. Right-click on a tab to open a menu that lets you reload, duplicate, or pin a tab, to just mention a few options. Admitted, those are old tricks. But try to right-click a tab and see what happens when you hover over close other tabs or close tabs to the right. Simplicity with style. Now here comes the killer feature: you can [CTRL] or [SHIFT] select multiple tabs and move them around or drag them to a new window as a group. So simple and yet so cool.

Chrome offers advanced user profiles. If you have a Google account, you can sign in and enjoy many advanced profile features. Chrome can automatically save your bookmarks, apps, extensions, theme, and other browser preferences to your Google account. When you sign into Chrome with that account on another computer, your personal data will already be there.

To sign in, go to Settings. Before Chrome can back up your data, you need to confirm the sync settings. And you can customize them by clicking on Advanced in the bottom left of the respective confirmation window. Later, you can see what Chrome has been been syncing in the background and reset it via your Google Dashboard.

By the way, you can change the user icon in the top left, by clicking the icon and selecting edit.

And The Rest?

Well, as I mentioned above, there is so much more about Chrome that doesn’t fit into a single article. I recommend you to look into our Chrome Guide, download our Google Chrome Shortcuts cheat sheet, or pick what interests you from the following articles:

Conclusion

Chrome is a fantastic browser with almost no drawbacks on the functional side. One huge concern on the ideological side, however, is that Chrome effectively lures its users into the world of Google. Is it too good to be free? Do you wonder how you will end up paying?

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Comments (81)
  • Browser User X (Jawn Sniff)

    Frankly, I think that Chrome sometimes tend to show something like “Webpage Is Not Available” for me every time, and I am forced to reload the page in order to load the page. I like how Chrome looks and starts up fast, but Firefox just has more features, and advanced stuff. If there was something like Fireome or Chrofox or something, it would be great. The speed and looks of simplicity from Chrome, and the advanced features and add-ons from Firefox.

  • Andreas Athanasoulas

    I had tried a lot of browsers but i had finally reach to chrome so this is what i am using so far !

  • Caroline West

    I just love Chrome. For extra security, I used ‘Comodo Dragon’ for a bit, and the look is slightly different but has the majority of features as Chrome including the app store. But…. I have just reverted back to Chrome for its looks and familiarity. They’ve done a good job reaching the #1 spot having tried it and disliked it in its infancy, I am a firm Chrome user now.

    I read an article about Firefox and it was quite sad. FF is ‘apparently’ losing many users and one guy actually wrote that he thinks it won’t last in a few years time. I love FF too but they really need to catch up and have an overhaul of some sort to keep up. If that happened and was a good match for Chrome, due to it being opensource I’d go back.

    But for now, Chrome all the way.

  • Reuben

    I think the best things Chrome has going for it are performance (it’s javascript performance is way ahead of Firefox) and sync.

    The separate processes feature has its good points but that was more of a benefit when browsers used to crash more often. Firefox pretty much never crashes for me any more (also, chrome still crashes too).

    IE also has a similar process usage system that it has been using for longer than chrome.

    The tabs argument is what made me laugh though.
    There are countless discussions around the web about how people would love to use chrome but won’t until they fix they tab system.
    The problem is when you have multiple tabs open they get so small that you cannot see what they are. There are some plugins that try to make this a bit friendlier but they are all pretty poor unfortunately. This is not entirely the plugin developers fault though as google have restricted the ability for plugins to mess with the tab area in chrome. They know that people want it but won’t allow it and in my opinion have no good reason to restrict it.

    If chrome could have a plugin like tab mix plus in firefox, they would immediately snap up a decent amount of new users I would say.

    Generally speaking, most of the things you have mentioned are either available in other browsers or just aren’t that special and you didn’t mention it’s greatest advantage – speed.
    (well it is briefly mentioned, but not as a greatness.)

    Also, if you a developer then firefox’s development tools are still the best of any browser (in my opinion at least).

  • Chris Powell

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