Top 10 Google Chrome settings you may consider changing

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Do you really need those settings in your Google Chrome browser?

Until you read through this page, you will not know the Chrome settings you should change and the ones you should keep.

Today we’re going to take a look at some settings in Google Chrome that you should probably change.

These may be things you’ll want to disable or cool stuff that is disabled by default that you’ll want to enable.

In the course of this article, I will be using version 65 of Chrome which is actually the current version as at the time of writing this article so if you’re reading this article at a later date or you’re not using the same Chrome version, things may look a little bit different so don’t be surprised at that.

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Let’s get started so to start off we have a feature that last I checked is enabled by default that you probably want to disable.

So go to settings click advanced and then under system look for the option called “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.Google chrome settings you may want to disable

I don’t know about you but when I close Google Chrome, I expect it to actually close and not have apps keep running in the background I don’t know about.

I mean really what browser apps do I really want to keep running if I’m not even using the browser?

So yeah! I would disable that if I were you and probably save some system resources.

Who knows? The first setting up there may contribute to your windows consuming data in the background.

2. This one is also on the settings page but this time under privacy and security.

Look for the setting that says:

“Automatically send some system information and page content to Google to help detect dangerous apps and sites”

This one is disabled by default but me personally I think it’s worth it to enable it actually.

If you’re very privacy conscious, you don’t have to obviously but there are so many malicious websites out there that if more people enable this setting, it’ll end up benefiting yourself in the future

It may make it more likely Chrome will detect a new malicious site you go on even if it hasn’t scanned it before so I think it’s worth it.

All right!

Now, all of the rest of the settings we’re going to go over is actually in a hidden settings menu called the Chrome Flags menu.

  • Chrome flags is where you turn on or off  “Reader mode” on your Chrome Android

Getting there is really simple if you’ve never been there before, you just go to the URL bar and type in Chrome://flags and hit enter.

It will warn you that these features are experimental so it’s best to not go randomly enabling and disabling features without knowing what they do.

Again, this menu might have a different design based on what version of Chrome you are using but the functionality is the same so let’s move on.


3. In this flags menu, do a search for a setting called “show saved copy button” you can either search for it at the top or hit Ctrl F and type it in there and it will find it.

What this does is it will allow you to load a cached version of a website if it’s available if that website either failed to load or you’re currently offline.

So to enable it, go to the drop-down and select “Primary” as the option, that way, you can at least look at a previous version of the website even if it’s not live which might still be helpful.

With this enabled, on the failed to load page, you’ll see a new button to load the saved copy.

If you’re wondering what the secondary option in the drop-down means, it just changes whether the load copy button is on the left or the right so it doesn’t really matter.

You can put it on the right if you want (personal preferences).

4. This one is really great!

It’s called “Parallel downloading” so search for that one and turn it to enabled.

This will let Chrome use multiple download threads to speed up downloading of a file.

This means if a website has a limit for how fast you can download a file, Chrome can basically download multiple parts of that file in parallel simultaneously.

So you can cut the download speed to a fraction of the download time.

There’s not really much documentation on this feature so I’m not really sure how well it works or how often it does it and if it does every time but I don’t see a reason to not enable it unless you’re having issues or something with it.

By the way, there are extensions that can do this as well, I’m not going to get into those because it’s beyond the scope of this article but you can look those up.

Hopefully, this feature will make those obsolete though and just work as well without any extension.

5. Look for a setting called “Smooth scrolling” which is on by default.

This is a personal preference but I really hate smooth scrolling so I disabled it.

It just changes the way it feels to scroll on a page and with smooth scrolling, it seems a lot slower and sluggish when scrolling.

You can turn it on and off and you can compare yourself but I find when smooth scrolling is disabled scrolling with the mouse wheel just feels so much more responsive and instant whereas there seems to be a bit of delay otherwise and that’s because to smooth out the scroll movement it has to slowly build up the speed then slow down to a halt

It’s not something you would really notice unless you compare it for yourself so try it out and see.

6. I really like this one I think you should enable it.

It also has to do with the omnibox and it’s a setting called “omnibox UI show suggestion favicons”

What this does is when you type something into the URL bar and it lists those suggestions it will now show the favicon or the site icon next to each result.

So this is really great if you’re searching for a website you visited previously and the results are from a bunch of different types of sites you can now more quickly identify the results by scanning and looking at which icon for the site you’re looking for.

I think just looks nicer because before it would just show little icons that didn’t mean anything and it was sometimes hard to sift through the results so this is definitely one of my favorites I’d even say.

7. This one is something you may or may not want to enable called automatic tab discarding what this will do is if you have a lot of Chrome tabs open and your computer starts to run slow on memory, it will stop running some tabs that you haven’t been using.

This way, those tabs are no longer using up the resources in the background obviously.

And if you do want to go back to each tab, Chrome will simply reload the page when you click on the tab again so it doesn’t close the tab it just kind of deactivates them.

The only downside I can see with this is if you have tabs running in the background that are actually doing something I don’t know like a game or something you don’t necessarily want to close those because if you refresh it’ll mess things up so you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to enable this based on if your computer runs out of memory a lot or if you use a ton of tabs and what you actually have running in those tabs.

8. This one is seriously one of my favorite features that as far as I know is not enabled by default for some reason and it’s called “Tab audio muting UI control” and this makes it really easy to mute annoying tabs that are playing sounds and beeps.

When something is playing a sound in a tab, Chrome by default will tell you which tab it is by showing a little speaker icon.

To mute that tab you can normally right-click on it and hit “Mute site” but if you enable this feature, you can mute the tab simply by clicking on the little speaker icon right away.

So sure! it saves you one click only but it’s so simple that it’s a no-brainer.

9. This one is called “Fast tab/window close”

This is another one I like to have enabled so normally when you go to close a tab Chrome will stop any JavaScript applets running or anything else running and once that’s all stopped it will only then actually close the tab.

But sometimes that might take a second which will seem like a delay when you’re closing the tab and can get annoying if you’re closing a bunch of tabs at once it seems like it’ll take forever to do these.

With this though, according to the limited documentation list Chrome will immediately close the tab visually and then shut down anything running from the tab in the background.

I like this because if I close a tab I just want it to disappear because it’s taking up space on my Screen.

I don’t care if Chrome has to take an extra second for it to close in the background so this is nice.

10. This feature is really amazing to enable. It’s called “Scroll anchoring” now it does technically work on desktop I guess, but if you’re on Android you can also enable this and that is where it really shines.

Basically, Scroll anchoring can help prevent the page from jumping whenever you go on a site and it keeps loading new stuff after you’ve gone to the bottom of it.

For example, how many times have you gone to a site and you start reading it on your phone and the stupid frickin ads start loading and pushing everything out of the way so you can’t read?

It’s so obnoxious.

When scroll anchoring is working, you won’t actually notice because it simply stops the page from doing that.

It keeps you in the same spot when it does work it might not work all the time it’s a relatively new feature but it’s still better.

But over time you will start to take note that it happens less and less often and I guess it does happen on desktop every once in a while just less often so it’s still worth it to keep enabled.

Meanwhile, here is how to rest Chrome flags settings to default should in case you messed with your browser settings.

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