Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome’

How to Disable the New Tab Page in Chrome

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Here’s an interesting trick; for some reason, I get a huge kick out of the fact that so many people want to undo the effects of browser upgrades.

If you are on the Google Chrome Stable channel you may have noticed that Google recently changed the new tab page in the web browser. The page now opens with the most visited sites and navigational elements on the right and bottom of the screen to switch to the web apps listing or bookmarks. The Internet and especially Google’s Help forum is full of users who want their old new tab page back and disable the new one.

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Disable Google Chrome’s Native PDF Viewer and Flash Plugin

Monday, November 7th, 2011

If you’re not all that fond of Chrome’s native PDF view or flash plug-in, here’s how to get rid of them …

When you look at Google Chrome’s feature set and compare it to that of other browsers like Opera, Internet Explorer or Firefox, you will come to the conclusion that web browsers are more alike than they are different. Two items that will definitely be on the list are the built-in PDF viewer and the native Adobe Flash plugin. (Firefox may get a native pdf viewer in future versions)

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Tab Position Customizer for Google Chrome

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This isn’t exactly a life-saving/world-shaking add-on … but it would come in handy for folks like me who usually have a dozen tabs open and sometimes get confused as to which tab is which.

Tabbed web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer have specific orders in which tabs are opened and closed. Developers have to configure orders for opening blank pages and links as well as activation rules when users close tabs. The default behavior of most browsers opens blank tabs on the rightmost side of the tabbar, links to the right of the active tab and activate the last used tab after closing a tab.

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Advanced Find for Chrome, Include Inflections in Search

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Here’s a helpful search extension for Google Chrome … it’s kind of surprising that more browsers don’t offer this capability.

All modern web browsers come with options to search the active web page for specific words or phrases. None as far as I know support wildcard searches or the inclusion of inflections. The Google Chrome extension efTwo Advanced Find on Page adds support for the latter to the Chrome web browser.

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Why are Two Flash Player Plugins Running in Google Chrome?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Here’s an interesting security tip for Google Chrome users …

Most users of the Google Chrome web browser know that Google has integrated Adobe’s Flash Player in cooperation with Adobe into the web browser. The core advantage here is that Google can update the Flash plugin in the browser for its users. That’s a stark contrast to other web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera, where the user has to make sure that Flash updates are installed in a timely manner to protect the computer system from possible exploits and attacks.

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Hear Web Text with Google Chrome Speak

Friday, October 21st, 2011

This extension sounds like it would be very helpful for people with bad eyesight … and/or hours of fun for teenagers who enjoy hearing their computers curse out loud.

Google Chrome has just fronted a new extension called Chrome Speak; a text reader for web content on the Google Chrome search engine. This will read highlighted text out loud. Whether from sheer laziness, bad eyesight, or just a desire to have a text reader on your browser, it is an interestingly accurate feature. You could easily listen to a Wikipedia entry while getting ready for work or entertain a room of friends with the feature so that you don’t have to read interesting tidbits aloud or have everyone crowd around the screen. These are hypothetical scenarios, of course. The ultimate point is that Chrome Speak works and it works fairly well.

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27 Out of 100 Chrome Extensions Insecure

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Here’s something to keep in mind when shopping for extensions for Google Chrome …

Security researchers Nicholas Carlini, Adrienne Porter Felt, and Prateek Saxena reviewed 50 popular and 50 random Chrome extensions from the official Chrome Web Store for security vulnerabilities and discovered that 27 of the 100 extensions “leak all of their privileges to a web or WiFi attacker”. These 27 extensions account for a total of 51 vulnerabilities. Seven of the vulnerable extensions have more than 300k users each according to data provided by the Chrome Web store.

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PlainClothes – Use Default Web Styles in Google Chrome

Monday, September 19th, 2011

If you do a lot of online reading, here’s a trick for Chrome that will make reading a little bit easier on your eyes …

I’m not a fan of blue on black text, or link colors that are barely distinguishable from a website’s background. While it is still possible to use a site that uses hard to read color sets, it is usually a lot easier to turn that color set into one that is more pleasing to the eye.

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How to Run Portable Google Chrome from a USB Flash Drive

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

This is a pretty cool trick … I’m not sure if I’d ever have a reason to use it, but it’s still a pretty cool trick.

It just takes a quick download, a few steps and one USB flash drive to run Google Chrome with your personal extensions and settings on any Windows computer. This article will demonstrate how to setup portable Google Chrome on a flash drive and take it to any PC to use.

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Google Translate for Google+

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

In the past, machine translation has always left a lot to be desired … but what the heck, maybe Google got it right this time …

I have been using Google’s new social networking site Google Plus ever since I received my invitation. To be honest, I have been spending more site on the site than I have on Facebook or Twitter combined. That’s still not much compared to social networking geeks who spend hours on those sites.

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