[HOWTO] Fix Chrome Annoyances
Google Chrome is the leading web browser by a good margin. It’s been around since 2008 and is now on version 56. But it still has some rough edges and annoying “features.” Read on to learn how to smooth out those rough edges and tweak Chrome to your liking...
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Chrome is my favorite web browser, by a long shot. For ease of use, features, security and extensibility, it gets my vote over Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, and the also-rans. But there are some things that I (and perhaps you also) find puzzling and/or annoying. Let's look at those, and pick up some tips and tricks to make Chrome even better.
A HISTORY LESSON -- My first annoyance is that Chrome does not warn you when you are about to close the browser with multiple tabs open, unlike every other browser. If you don’t want to lose all those open tabs, open Chrome’s Settings and under “On Startup…” check the radio button next to “continue where you left off.” All of your tabs will re-open the next time you launch Chrome. Note that if you had many tabs open, it may take a minute or two for Chrome to download all of the pages and display them.
Another way to recover all of your tabs lies under the History option of the “three dots” icon’s dropdown menu. Hover your cursor over the word “History” and another submenu opens. One of the items on the menu will be “5 tabs” or whatever number of tabs you had open the last time you closed Chrome. Click on that item and all of the tabs will be opened.
Oh, and here's a life-saver for me. When you click that little red X on a tab, Chrome will dutifully close the tab without asking "Are You Sure?" to confirm. But what if you accidentally close the wrong tab? Also on that History menu, you'll find a list of recently closed tabs. You can click any one of them to re-open just that tab. Even quicker, just press Ctrl-Shift-T and the most recently closed tab will reappear. Chrome remembers exactly where you left off, even if you were logged in to a website.
JUST SAY NO -- Chrome asks your permission before allowing any site to learn your location or show you popup notifications. That’s nice, but if you always say “no” to such popup inquiries, you may as well make “no” the default setting. To do so, click on the 3-dots icon, then Settings, then Show Advanced Settings at the bottom of the Settings page. Now click the Content Settings button in the Privacy section. On the resulting page, select “Do not allow any site to show notifications option” and “Do not allow any site to track your physical location.” You won’t have to answer questions about those things again.
Some sites will not function properly if they can’t know your location. If that’s a problem, you can always create an exception to the “do not allow rule” for a given site via the “Manage exceptions” button in the Location section of the Content Settings page.
KEEPING CURRENT -- It’s important to keep your Chrome extensions up to date, but Chrome does not provide an obvious way to update all extensions at once. The secret is the “Developer Mode” button on the Extensions page. To get to that page, click on the 3-dots icon, then “More Tools, and finally “Extensions. Check the box next to “Developer Mode” and you will see the hidden “Update Extensions Now” button. Clicking on it will check for updates and install any found.
LET'S (NOT) GO TO THE MOVIES -- Auto-playing videos are the bane of the Web. Chrome does not have a “block auto-playing content” option, but you can block auto-playing videos permanently with a bit of work. First, go to Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings… (in the Privacy section). In the Flash section of Content Settings, select “Block sites from running Flash.” Now Flash videos won’t automatically play; you will have to give explicit permission to run Flash by clicking on the “run this plugin” option that appears in lieu of the Flash video.
However, an increasing number of sites are switching to HTML5 for video presentations. To prevent auto-play of HTML5 videos, install the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension. Now the HTML5 content won’t play until you click the big “Play” icon that this extension displays.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORY -- If you open lots of tabs, you may run into a situation where Chrome complains that your computer is low on memory. One handy solution to this problem is a Chrome Extension called The Great Suspender. After installing this extension, tabs that are left untouched for a period of time will be suspended, freeing up memory for Chrome to devote to other tabs. Just click once to un-suspend a tab that's been suspended.
CLEANUP IN AISLE 56 -- If you tinker with Chrome’s settings or add lots of extensions, you may run into performance problems. Then it’s time to run the free Chrome Cleanup Tool. It will scan your Chrome installation for programs that may be causing problems and offer to delete them. It wraps up by offering to reset your Chrome installation to default settings: no extensions will be retained, but your bookmarks and history will be kept.
Speaking of extensions, I use Roboform to manage my passwords. But recently, I often find that Chrome has disabled Roboform, and I have to click Settings -> More Tools -> Extensions to re-enable it. That happens several times day, and that's annoying. I haven't yet figured out why, or how to fix this. Anyone else having this problem?
These are the major annoyances that I have had with Chrome. What’s your pet peeve or favorite tweak for Chrome? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 6 Mar 2017
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