Google Chrome Browser

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Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. Chrome was released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008 and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008.

According to StatCounter, as of September 2012 Google Chrome had a 34% worldwide usage share of web browsers making it the most widely used web browser. W3Counter indicated that Chrome became the leading browser globally in August 2012 with a 28% market share. Net Applications, however, indicates that Chrome is third behind browser competitors Internet Explorer and Firefox when it comes to the size of its user base.

In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source code as an open source project called Chromium, which Chrome releases continue to be based on.


In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source code as an open source project called Chromium. This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying source code and to help port the browser to the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license. Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open source licenses. Chromium is similar to Chrome but lacks built-in automatic updates, a built-in PDF reader and built-in Flash player, as well as not having Google branding. Chromium has a blue-colored logo instead of the multicolored Google logo and does not implement user RLZ tracking.

Because of the powerful features of Chromium, many companies use it as the core program for their own internal browser. These businesses try to make Chromium more useful and more accepted by people all around the world.

Cheetah is a new browser in China based on Chromium. Cheetah is taking great portions of the browser market in China in less than half a year's time because of its speed and stability as well as visual appeal.

Chrome Features

For a quick glimpse at some of Google Chrome's convenient feature offerings, check out this podcast:

More complete information about Google Chrome features continues below.

Fast to Launch

Chrome launches from your desktop within seconds

Fast to Run Web Applications

Chrome has a more powerful, always-improving JavaScript engine to run complex web applications with lightning speed

Fast and Easy to Search and Navigate

You can type both searches and web addresses in Chrome's combined search and address bar, known as the Omnibox. The Omnibox provides suggestions for searches and web addresses as you type, as well as auto-completion functionality to help you get to what you are looking for with just a few keystrokes

Fast to Load Web Pages

Chrome is powered by the WebKit open source rendering engine and loads web pages in a snap


Chrome is a browser that gets out of the way of the web so you can focus on what you care about most

Efficient with Managing Tabs

Chrome's snappy tabs are easy to drag, drop and rearrange, and thanks to Chrome's multi-process architecture, you can open a hundred tabs without slowing Chrome down. You can also pin your favorite tabs (like email) to the tabstrip so that they appear in the same place every time you launch Chrome

Tab to Search Capable

Just type a specific website into the Omnibox and hit tab to search the site directly. You can also set up custom keywords for your favorite sites

PDF Compatible

Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer, so you can load PDFs in a snap without needing to install software or a plug-in. It's also easy to resize, save and print PDFs

Easy to Start Where you Left Off

When you close Chrome it will remember the tabs you had open so you can pick up right where you left off

Safe for Browsing

Chrome enables Safe Browsing technology and will show you a warning message before you visit a site that is suspected of containing malware or phishing. A sandbox helps add an additional layer of protection against malicious web pages. Auto-updates make sure you are protected by the latest security features and fixes without any action required by you

Equipped with Incognito Mode

When you do not want your website visits or downloads to be recorded in your browsing and download histories, you can browse in incognito mode. Incognito mode is particularly handy since it is an easy way to browse the web in a private way without needing to change your privacy settings back and forth between browsing sessions. For example, you can have one regular session as well as one incognito session in separate windows at the same time

Able to Have Customized Privacy Preferences by Website

Under Chrome's content settings, you can control your privacy preferences for cookies, images, JavaScript and plugins on a site-by-site basis

Capable of Opting out of Ad Personalization

Advertisers use cookies to personalize your ads and improve your experience so that you see ads you are interested in. Advertising companies that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and other self-regulatory efforts allow you to opt out of this personalization. In Chrome, you can maintain your opt-out status for the browser permanently even when you clear all cookies by installing the “Keep My Opt-Outs” Chrome extension

Abundant with Apps

Apps from the Chrome Web Store use powerful new web technologies to give you the best productivity, education and gaming experiences and are always just a click away

Able to Allow Adding New Users

You can add new users to Chrome. Adding new users lets you each have your own personal Chrome experience and lets you each sign in to Chrome to sync your stuff

Equipped with Extensions and Themes

Extensions are custom tools that let you do more with Chrome, like control your music, take screenshots and share sites with friends, no matter where you are on the web. You can install themes made by top artists from the Chrome Web Store, or you can make your own theme on and share it with friends


Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, apps, history and other settings to all your devices. Anything you update on one device instantly updates everywhere else and your Chrome stuff is safe in case anything happens to your computer

Full of Other Little Surprises

Google Chrome also has autofill capabilities as well as saved password retrieval for whenever you need them, just a couple more examples of little things Chrome offers to make life a bit easier


Google Chrome web applications offer functionality similar to programs installed from a CD but they are always up to date with the latest web technology. Plus, if users are signed in to Chrome, they can access their favorite web apps anywhere.

There are thousands of apps to choose from. A few of the more popular apps are listed and described below:

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Adblock Plus is an app that blocks annoying ads on the web: video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more, allowing users to enjoy surfing the web without obtrusive adds cluttering the screen!

Adblock Plus for Google Chrome blocks:

· Banners · YouTube video ads · Facebook advertisements · Pop-ups · All other obtrusive ads

Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular browser extension and is used by millions of users worldwide. It is a community-driven open source project with hundreds of volunteers contributing to make sure that all annoying ads are automatically blocked.

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Google Drive gives users access to all files, even the large ones, from wherever they are, enables users to share those files with whomever they want and edit them together in real time.

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The Screen Capture app is an easy way for the visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page to be captured as a PNG image. You can also edit your captured image before saving it as a PNG image. Highlighting, redacting and adding text are supported as well.

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Shopping Assistant is a featured extension on Chrome, Opera and Firefox. When you search a product on a retailer's website, Shopping Assistant automatically shows you similar products from popular shopping websites, such as Amazon and eBay. What is more, it includes price history for each product sold on Amazon.

"Hidden" Chrome Features to Know

Google Chrome has been steadily gaining in the browser market share since its launch two years ago. Chrome's simplicity and minimalistic, yet feature-rich, interface caused a lot of users to ditch their old and trusted browser in favor of this new tool.

Chrome has a lot of obscure features that could immensely enhance one’s browsing productivity if they were to know about them. Below are a few examples of some handy tips and tricks for Google Chrome that you may not be aware of...yet.

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1. Pin Tab--With Chrome's cool pin tab feature, just right click on a tab, hit “Pin tab” and the tab converts into a favicon and sticks itself permanently to the extreme left. Use this on those tabs that you never close (Gmail, for instance).

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2. Paste and Go / Paste and Search--If you copy any URL outside Chrome and intend to visit that site on Chrome, then instead of doing Ctrl+V and Enter on the address bar, you could just right click and click “Paste and go.” Same for text that you want to search using Chrome’s address bar. Right click and “Paste and search.” Saves time in the long run.

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3. Drag and Drop Downloads--You can easily drag downloaded files from Chrome to your desktop or any other folder on your computer. That means, from now on, you don’t need to go and change the download location each time you want the files to be downloaded in a separate place other than desktop (or downloads folder).

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4. Resources Page--While the entire Developer tools feature that Chrome offers (you can access it by pressingCtrl+Shift+I ) is unique and amazing, the Resources section is particularly useful for webmasters and anyone who owns a site and wants to know how fast this site loads on the browser. As you can see in the above screenshot, there are various options available to explore.

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5. Task Manager--Chrome treats each tab as a separate process so that if one of them starts creating a problem, it can be killed and a browser crash can be prevented. It offers a built-in task manager to let you see the memory and CPU resources consumed by each tab. You can access it through Tools –> Task Manager or by pressing Shift+Esc.

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6. Quick Calculation Results from Address Bar--You know that Chrome’s address bar doubles up as Google search bar too, but did you know that it could be used to make simple calculations? Yep, just type in 12*50 and wait a sec. The result will come up automatically.

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7. Drag and Resize Text Box on a Webpage--Most of the time text boxes on webpages are annoying. They are too small and after you have typed a few lines, you get a scroll bar which is irritating. On Chrome, you can actually drag that box from the corner and make it bigger.

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8. Site search from Address bar--If you have performed a search on a website then next time you can search it directly from Chrome’s address bar. Here’s how: lets say you have used this site’s custom Google search bar (located at the top right of this page) to look up something before. Now, if you want to do it again, just type a few letters of the site in the address bar, like guid.. and hit Tab. You will get a “Search” option that will allow you to search this site directly from the address bar.


9. About:memory--For the geeks among you, Chrome provides an “About memory” page that can be accessed by typing about:memory in the address bar. This gives detailed insights into how different processes in the browser are consuming memory.

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11. Sync Bookmarks (and AutoFills, Extensions) To Google Account--This could prove to be a very useful feature, especially after Xmarks, the daddy of bookmark sync tools, decided to shut down. This feature can now also sync your autofills, extensions and more.

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12. Get iPad Interface--Yes, you don’t need the iPad to see how your favorite sites look in the iPad. You could check it right on your computer, in Chrome.

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13. Select Reopen All Tabs--Chrome has an option that lets you reopen previously opened pages before you closed the browser. This comes in handy if the browser crashes for some reason and you had a lot of tabs open. I recommend that you make sure this option is checked.

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14. Organize Thumbnails Using Full Screen Key--This tip was contributed by a reader over at Lifehacker. You might not have noticed this but if you have more than one Chrome window open and you are using Windows 7, their thumbnails interchange positions if you do a full screen (F11) on any one of them. So, if you want to arrange the thumbnails in a specific order, you can use the same F11 key to do it.

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