The Advanced Chrome Settings You Should Be Using

Sandy Writtenhouse 01-05-2015

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.


Advanced Settings

To access your Chrome Privacy 7 Essential Privacy Settings for Chrome OS and Google Chrome Using a Chromebook, but concerned about privacy? Tweak these 7 settings in the Chrome browser on Chrome OS to stay secure online. Read More 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.


The Content Settings button displays a pop-up screen where you can change settings for Cookies, Images, JavaScript, Automatic Downloads, and much more. Each of these allows you to Manage Exceptions which is helpful for those sites which you want to behave in a specific way. For example, you may have set pop-ups to always be allowed How To Permanently Allow Pop-ups In Chrome Pop-ups are traditionally viewed as one of the most annoying and frustrating aspects of Internet browsing. Not all pop-ups are bad, however, and there might be occasions where you want to enable them. Read More , but would prefer no pop-ups at all for a certain site that has too many.

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 WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform] Have you ever been on a website and wondered “What type of font is that?!” I have. And depending on your interests and area of focus, you may even do it more than the typical... Read More 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 Sync Your Google Chrome Bookmarks With Your Android Device Using ChromeMarks Lite ChromeMarks Lite for Android can sync your Google Chrome bookmarks with your Android device. The tool supports syncing bookmarks in both ways between Google Chrome on your desktop and the Android app. Limitations of the... Read More 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 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 The Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet Every Google Chrome user must know some of the best keyboard shortcuts to get around the browser faster. Read More , too.

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  1. GGnoscope
    May 4, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Woman shouldn't write about advanced settings.

    • Ed
      May 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      i presume having a certain hanging member enables you to really understand advanced settings. what do you do? using it to type articles on advanced settings?

  2. ksavai
    May 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I was expecting some tweaks in flags

  3. Sam
    May 3, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Should have told more about power user setting like chrome://flags/ any ways thanks for info

  4. Mi Pi
    May 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Wow ... did you just encourage people to use the browser's password manager ... then to make things worse, also encourage users to add their credit card information? Sure they add convenience but the fact that you didn't mention anything, nothing, nada about security around this .... wow is all I can say.

  5. Unknown
    May 2, 2015 at 12:12 am


  6. Kara16
    May 2, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Thanks for the article.

  7. Seba
    May 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    One of the most useless articles I've ever read on MUO. All the tips are really obvious, I'm sure you can do better!

    • alex
      May 1, 2015 at 8:12 pm


    • Happy
      May 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Seba, you are vile human. Please think through your comments before typing them. Then think through them a second time. Please stop wasting this space with your pathetic need to elevate yourself by putting someone else down.

      I am glad the article is here, it is great information for those of us that are not nearly as smart as you regarding the Chrome browser. Try getting away from the computer for just an hour a day. One last should not be browsing the internet with your pants around your ankles...pull em up.

    • peter
      May 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      I enjoyed this article. There are things some people already know and use and there will be advice for those who know nothing about settings.
      Some of these things I knew of already but there is always something new to learn.
      Although I already knew about some of these, I had no idea about the fonts, for example and am currently experimenting with those.