Google Chrome: Optimization Guide

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kdttaz

I think you're missing some of the best extensions. My favorites:

-- Drag and Go (open links foreground/background and left/right by dragging in page)
-- Evernote Web Clipper
-- Google Dictionary (double-click word for definition)
-- Google Quick Scroll (jump in page to search result from Google search)
-- LastPass (awesome free password tool)
-- PriceBlink (great if you shop much - auto price compare across multiple sites without leaving the page you're on, plus coupons)
-- Side Tabs (this one is a little kludgy, but gives a side tabs window)
-- Xmarks Bookmark Sync (sync bookmarks across browsers, but disable bookmark syncing in Chrome if you do this)

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xmichaelx

My favorite non-dev add-on in Firefox is Samfind Bookmarks, which just makes a nice bookmarks bar with icons. It's a big reason I sometimes surf with FF rather than Chrome.

Until now, the only similar thing I'd found in Chrome was an add-on that added an overlay -- so I had the functionality, but it sometimes obscured the page I was looking at.

Your tip "Get Freaky with Favicons!" is EXACTLY what I wanted. Can't thank you enough!

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sdcat

Does Google Chrome have function(build-in, extension or add-on) like "no script"?

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Neufeldt2002

@ sdcat: No NoScript, but there is ScriptNo and NotScript. Although I doubt they are as good, but make your own judgement. Not even sure if Notscript is supported anymore as it wasn't updated for a very long time and I didn't check when looking this up.

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warptek2010

The only feature that I miss that is preventing me from adopting Chrome full time instead of just part time is the ability to open a new tab and have the browser GO to that tab immediately. Something as foolishly simple that Firefox and even IE has had for years seems to be missing from a very advanced browser such as Chrome. I know you can get an add-on for it but I can never find nor remember the name of it.
Google listen up: it's a check box that reads something like:

When I open a new tab immediately go to the new tab.

Now rinse and repeat.

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Nyarlathotep

Whoops I misunderstood your comment when I replied earlier. I still agree with you. This should be a built in option.

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kdttaz

If you hit the new tab button or Ctrl+T it should go straight to the new tab. If you're talking about right-clicking a link in a page and choosing "open link in new tab" you're right it does not open the tab immediately.

However, if you hold down Ctrl+Shift and click on the link, it will open the link in a new tab AND make that tab active.

I use extension called "Drag and Go" from e-intuit.hk (in the Chrome extension store) to allow me to simply drag a link with my mouse to open it to the left or right and background or foreground depending on where you drag it. One of my most favorite extensions!

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Nyarlathotep

You're thinking of "new tab redirect."

I agree it should be part of Chrome's built in functionality.

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illusionslayer

Chrome brings me to my new tabs and windows.

Not sure what you're doing wrong.

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zepolnavi

Canary rules!!!!!.....

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Mortal_M

If you use Twitter, "Twitter Notifier" is a great add-on, it even works when Chrome is not running

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thesaltydalty

Is there a way to make and add your own custom favicon to a bookmark?

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kdttaz

Yes - try the extension "I hate your favicon".

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gmvolk

Google Chrome browser is the only way to surf the web---NOT. How could you say such a thing? It's not as customizable as Firefox, I can make more use of the real estate with in Firefox than in Chrome. For example I have the navigation and add-on icons stuffed into the title bar, the tabs also reside on the title bar. The bookmarks and address bar are on the next and only other toolbar. With Chrome, you are stuck with what Google wants you to have. Chrome had one of the worst download managers of any browser(not sure if that has been improved). And the latest versions of Chrome want you to log in so that Big Brother Google can track you all over the place. I do not like their new tab page nor the crApp store. Configuring Chrome was plain ugly too. The configuration page was horrendous to work with, granted trying to configure Firefox with about:config is terrible but you really don't need to unless your looking for something more advanced. Chrome is better than IE, but it is in no way the only way or the better way to surf the web.

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livebriand

Chrome is still plenty customizable, it works quite well, and they actually realize that a slow UI will make the entire browser feel slow - benchmarks aren't everything. (take a hint Mozilla...)

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CaptainFabulous

I see you're from 2008. Welcome to 2012! Enjoy your time here.

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SilverSurferNHS

awesome

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gmvolk

Yes, I guess I prefer a browser that can do what I want not what Google wants. The point is you can't make a statement like "Google Chrome browser is the only way to surf the web" in this day and age. It's not the be all end all of browsers. It is better than IE, but Firefox is still more customizable and I am not tracked by Google. If you prefer cookie-cutter browsers, good for you. If you prefer to be tracked by Google, that's good for you too. I prefer to make the browser work the way I want it too, and Firefox is the only one to give me that. Granted, Chrome did one thing and that was to show that you could surf the web in a minimalistic way and still get to everything you want.

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CaptainFabulous

Well you're entitled to believe what you want, but I dropped Firefox and haven't looked back. And while you don't like the idea of having to login I find the benefits of it to be highly useful. Syncing allows all of my bookmarks and recent tabs to be viewed on any device running Chrome such as my phone, tablet, and other PCs.

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tony2tonez

The same syncing function is in Firefox as well. Called pair a device. I use it on my PC and phone. It will show my browsing history and tabs I have open and all of my bookmarks.

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CaptainFabulous

Is there a way to turn that split screen java link into a button or bookmark?

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Paul_Lilly

Yes -- just click and drag the link to your bookmarks bar.

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CaptainFabulous

Cool, thanks Paul!

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livebriand

Inspect Element is one of Chrome's best features - I love playing around with it. :)

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tony2tonez

I love that feature as well. It was just added to Firefox as well.

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livebriand

Good to know! Off to do some more pranking... >:D

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jimmthang

Google Chrome Gold Icon FTW!

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