The Google Chrome browser has a ton of features many of which are hidden inside Google Chrome’s flag menu. I will go over the experimental features located in the flags menu that you can tweak for a better browsing experience.
12 Hidden Google Chrome Features You Should Enable
To access any of the Google Chrome Flags go to your address bar and type “Chrome://flags” and hit enter on your keyboard. You’ll get a warning regarding enabling these experimental features you could end up with data loss and have your security or privacy compromised. If you have any issues with any of these you can change back at any time or hit the reset button at the top of the screen to change all the flags back to their original settings. The flags listed are not in any sort of order, use the search bar at the top to quickly find the features that I’m mentioning below.
Automatic Tab Discarding
There is no denying that Google Chrome is a giant resource HUB, Enabling Automatic Tab Discarding will help to conserve memory by disabling tabs that you haven’t used in a while. When your system runs low on memory they’ll still appear in your browser and will reload whenever you click on them. If you have a lower end computer with low system RAM, it is a feature that you should enable.
WebRTC Echo Canceller 3
If you use Google Chrome voice chat on a number of websites including Facebook, An issue many users experience is the echo picked up by their microphone. Enabling WebRTC Echo Canceller 3 will help to reduce the echo making it sound better. Don’t expect any miracles enabling this feature will not eliminate all the external sounds picked up by your microphone.
Tab Audio Muting UI Control
If you enable Tab Audio Muting UI Control, It allows you to quickly mute a site without having to go to the audio or video source manually. In the tab making noise, Clicking on the sound icon will mute it. Even if you don’t enable this feature you can still right-click on the tab and select Mute Site.
There may be times when you have several tabs opened that the scrolling experience becomes sluggish. Enabling smooth scrolling may give you a better scrolling experience with less lag when navigating web pages.
Number of Raster Threads
Most websites these days use Raster Images, Raster Threads are responsible for faster rendering of those images. If you find that images are loading slowly for you on the sites you visit, You’ll want to change the number of raster threads from the drop-down menu. Select the number 4, Now on the sites you visit you should notice an increase to the rendering speed of those images.
New History Entries Requires a User Gesture
You’ve probably encountered websites that when you go to use your back button to return to a previous page or site, it ends up keeping you on the same page. These websites are abusing the History Feature, therefore, Hijacking your browsing experience. Enabling New History Entries Requires a User Gesture makes it more difficult for websites to abuse the history feature in your browser.
When you start typing into a form, crumble attempts to autofill your data including your address, phone number, and other information. Enabling Single-Click Autofill speeds up the process, Now there is no need to start typing into a form to fill it out. A single-click into the form will bring up a list of autocomplete options.
Offline Auto-Reload Mode
We’ve all experienced the dreaded error page when our internet goes offline suddenly. Offline Auto-Reload Mode is a cool feature when enabled, It will auto reload pages that failed to load when you get back online again.
Only Auto-Reload Visible Tabs
If you don’t want all your pages reloading when you get back online after enabling the previous flag. If you have Only Auto-Reload Visible Tabs enabled, when you get back online it will only reload the tab that you’re currently looking at.
Fast Tab/Window Close
A lot of users have complained that Google Chrome is sluggish while closing tabs when multiple tabs are open. Enabling Fast Tab/Window Close will exit those tabs and the Google Chrome window faster than before.
HDR which stands for High Dynamic Range allows for higher contrast and more vivid colors. It’s been in TVs for a while and more recently there’s been an increase in the number of computer monitors being produced that support HDR. If you own an HDR supported display, You should enable HDR mode. HDR content on the web is limited right now but if you have a monitor that supports HDR, there’s no reason not to enable this feature with more content expected in the future.
Experimental QUIC Protocol
Google has created a New-Connection Protocol called QUIC which is a combination of the TCP and UDP protocols, with the goal of creating a faster and more secure Internet at the same time. You will need to enable the Experimental QUIC Protocol to try it out, I’ve been testing this feature for the past few weeks and the browsing speeds do appear to be faster.
Whenever you make any changes to any of the flags, Google Chrome will need to be rebooted for the changes to take effect. At the bottom of the screen, just click on Relaunch Now. All the pages you had open will automatically reload when Chrome restarts. These are just some of the chrome flags that can give you a better browsing experience. If you use any others let us know about them in the comments below.