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How much do you really know about your privacy, autofill, and history settings in Chrome? You may not use these settings often, but they have options that can help improve your browsing experience. Here are some of these useful sections and their features.
To access your Chrome Privacy and Autofill Settings navigate to your browser settings and then click the link labeled Show Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page. Once the page expands you will see a whole new host of options that you may not have known were there.
You can choose to use a handy prediction service for searching, automatically report security incidents, and send statistics and crash reports to Google. Choosing to use a Web service for spelling errors allows Chrome to use the same technology as Google Search. Note that using this option sends the text you type to Google’s servers.
Passwords and Forms
There are great Chrome features to save you time filling out forms and entering passwords. If you enable Autofill, Chrome will capture your address information the first time you use it. You can then Manage Autofill Settings by editing, removing, or adding more addresses. This can be really helpful if you often use separate personal and work addresses on forms. Autofill can also capture credit card information that you would like to store with Chrome. You will be asked the first time you enter these details if you would like to save them. You can always go back to edit, remove, or add more later.
Any time that you enter a password in Chrome, you may notice an option pop up asking if you would like to save it. Those saved passwords are stored for you to view at any time by clicking Manage Passwords. You can also remove those that are no longer needed, but passwords cannot be edited in this area. At the very bottom you can also see those locations for which you chose not to save your passwords.
Web Content and Downloads
Remember that you can change the default font styles and sizes along with zoom for pages under Web Content. You can also adjust where your downloads go by entering a new folder location under Downloads.
The remaining Advanced Settings sections are pretty self-explanatory, the trick is just to remember that they are there for you.
All of your browsing history exists within your main Chrome settings. But are you aware of the options you have with your history?
A major benefit of syncing Chrome across other devices is that you can access history from any of those locations as long as you are logged in to Chrome. So, when you open your browser at home in the evening you can access the same websites that you browsed while in the office that morning. This is useful on those occasions where you forgot to bookmark a site that you would like to revisit.
Each website that you visit is listed by date and each comes with its own options. You can easily check boxes for sites and remove them from your history with a click of the button. You can also select the arrow next to the website to just remove that one or see other links within your history related to it. So, if you know you read an awesome Browser article on MakeUseOf.com a week or two ago and want to go back to it easily, using this feature will help you find it.
If you choose to wipe out all of your history, download history, or even just cookies you can do that in either the History or Privacy settings. Options to clear the data can be for the past hour, past day or week, or all the way back to the beginning of time.
There are plenty of other Chrome settings aside from these that can be very useful. The trick is to remember that they are there and that you can also click the available Learn More links for more details on what they mean.
Which Advanced Chrome Settings Do You Use?
Are there certain settings that you absolutely must turn on or off for a specific reason? Have you used the Autofill settings to speed up using order forms? Or do you just set up all of your pages to have larger font?
After you’ve changed these settings, make sure you’ve mastered some useful Chrome keyboard shortcuts, too.
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