These are the best Google Chrome experimental features, many of which are hidden inside Chrome’s flag menu. In this article, I will go over the experimental features located in the flags menu that you can apply for a better Google Chrome browsing experience.
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To access any of the Chrome Flags go to your address bar and type chrome://flags/ and confirm with entering on your keyboard. You’ll get this warning regarding enabling these experimental features, you could end up with data loss or had your security or privacy compromised.
When you have any issues with any of these settings, you can change back in 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. I could scroll through the list to find what you’re looking for, but that’s not very practical. I’d recommend using the search bar at the top to quickly find the features that I’ll be showing you.
Enable 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 QUIK protocol to try it out. It really feels faster, try it for yourself.
Many times we have so many tabs open that the scrolling experience becomes sluggish. Enabling smooth scrolling may give you a better scrolling experience with less lag when navigating web pages.
Automatic Tab Discarding
There is no denying that Chrome is a giant resource hog. 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.
The tabs still appear in your browser and we’ll reload whenever you click on them if you have a lower end computer, but low system Ram. This is a feature that you should enable.
Show autofill signatures.
When you start typing into a registration form crumble, enabling show autofill signatures speeds up the registration process. There is no need to start typing into a form to fill it out, a single click into a password form will bring up a list of suggested auto-generated passwords.
You might have noticed that when you visit a webpage a video starts playing in the background with sound enabled? When you enable autoplay policy, Google Chrome will recognize using media engagement index that you might be new or a returning visitor to that website and will mute or allow the autoplay of the media accordingly.
Read more about Media Engagement Index by Google to understand the autoplay policy.
New history entries to require 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 that it ends up keeping you on the same page.
Websites are abusing the history feature there for hijacking your browsing experience. Enabling new history entries to require a user gesture makes it more difficult for websites to abuse the history feature in your browser.
Offline Auto-Reload Mode
We have all experienced the dreaded error page with our internet goes offline. Offline Auto-Reload mode is a cool feature when enabled it will auto reload pages that fail to load when you get back online again.
WebRTC Echo canceller 3
If you use Google Chrome to voice chat on a number of web sites, for example, Facebook. One issue many users experience is the echo picked up by their microphone enabling WebRTC Echo canceller 3 will help to reduce the echo and making it sound better.
Do not expect any Wonders, enabling this feature will not eliminate all the external sounds picked up by your microphone.
Media Router Component
If you enable load media router component extension. It will load the media router component at startup to immediately share your Google Chrome browser tabs to any Google Cast device connected to your network.
HDR which stands for high dynamic range allows for higher contrast and more Vivid colors. It’s been a TVs for a while and more recently. There’s been an increase in the number of computer monitors being produced that support HDR.
When you own an HDR supported computer display. You should enable HDR mode, however, 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.
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 Google Chrome restarts.
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