10 little-known features of the Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Browser
Many software products have curious features that even the most experienced users sometimes do not know about. "Chrome," in this case, is no exception and is fraught with many exciting features. What exactly - about this in the new issue of our software section
Google Chrome needs no introduction. Over 12 years of development, he earned the trust of the network audience and became the most popular browser in the world, and managed to set new standards for quality, performance, reliability, and security in its segment. It is not surprising that the web browser attracts the attention of millions of users, often unaware of the presence of many valuable features in it. Today's publication is devoted to a brief review of the latter.

Creation of user-profiles and guest mode. Chrome allows you to store each user's data separately, whether bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and browser settings. This feature can be helpful if you share a computer with other people (for example, different family members) or if you have several accounts (for example, personal and work), access to which must be differentiated.

Chrome also supports guest mode. When this feature is activated, the pages you view are not stored in your browser history and do not leave any traces on your computer, such as cookies. When you exit this mode, all information about the user's actions in the browser is automatically deleted. The guest mode may be required when using someone else's or public PC, such as in a library or cafe.

An essential feature of profiles in Chrome is that they cannot be password protected, and any user can switch between them. That is why creating additional accounts in the browser makes sense only for trusted persons or for personal purposes. For more reliable protection of user data, it is recommended to use the account and access controls available in all modern operating systems.

Play audio and video files without third-party programs and extensions. With the implementation of support for the HTML5 standard, the Chrome browser received built-in playback of multimedia content in MP3, MP4, and WebM formats. Just drag and drop the file into the web browser window to view video or listen to audio. The player interface is straightforward and does not require additional explanations. Picture-in-picture mode is supported.

Automatic transcription of audio and video recordings. The Chrome browser can recognize speech in any media content and add subtitles to it in real-time, thanks to the Live Caption feature. Accurate, so far, only in English. This tool can be helpful for people with hearing impairments and in cases where the environment is not conducive to listening to anything. It can also serve as excellent service to those who study a foreign language.

Live Caption can be enabled in your browser settings. To do this, go to the "Accessibility" section, switch the slider "Automatic subtitles," and wait for the files necessary for work to load. After that, it remains to restart Chrome and make sure that a switch appears in the multimedia content management menu, located to the right of the address bar, allowing you to activate speech transcription. In the future, videos or video chats played on the device will be accompanied by subtitles.

Built-in task manager. Google Chrome was initially designed as a user-friendly and high-performance web application platform equally well suited for users and developers alike. For this reason, Chrome has a full-fledged task manager that allows you to take on a pencil all the processes processed by the web browser. With its help, you can control the number of system resources consumed by tabs and extensions, monitor browser access to the Web and file cache, unload "hung" processes from memory, and solve other relevant tasks in a professional environment.

Built-in antivirus. Google Chrome has an impressive arsenal of security tools. In addition to protection against phishing and potentially dangerous resources. It blocks the download to a computer or mobile device of malicious files with programs that may contain viruses, collect personal user data, change the operating system and browser settings, and force the installation of extensions. The built-in antivirus in Chrome works automatically and periodically scans the device for malicious software. If necessary, the scan can be initiated manually in the browser settings (menu "Reset settings and remove malware").

Checking the security of saved passwords. With Chrome, you don't have to worry about the strength of the passwords when working with network resources. Built-in browser tools allow you to identify compromised user accounts and "weak" passwords that attackers can easily crack. To check the security of saved passwords, you need to go to the settings, and in the "Autofill > Passwords" menu, click on the "Check passwords" button.

In addition, it is recommended that you enable pop-up notifications for exposed passwords. You can do this in the program settings in the "Privacy and security -> Report if passwords were disclosed as a result of a data leak" section.

Grouping tabs. This feature is helpful for users who interact with a large number of sites. With its help, you can combine bills into groups, assigning each of them its own color and title (for example, "News," "Social networks," etc.). This approach dramatically simplifies working with heterogeneous web content and large amounts of information. To create a new group, just right-click on any tab, select the appropriate option, set a name, and select a color scheme. In addition, it supports creating any number of groups, so you can distribute and conveniently organize all the tabs open in the browser.

Cast tabs, media content, and PC screen to the TV screen. This feature can be used by those with a set-top box or Smart TV that supports Chromecast technology. You can broadcast Chrome browser tabs, audio and video files, and the contents of your computer desktop. Thus, for example, you can show presentations on the big screen for a broad audience or watch movies in the family circle. The TV and PC must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for the Chromecast feature to work correctly and pair devices.

Setting permissions for sites. Chrome allows you to manage permissions for specific network resources and delete the data saved by them. Using this feature is very simple: just go to the desired web page, click on the icon located to the left of the web address, and select Site Settings.

You can allow or block images, insecure content, JavaScript, cookies, intrusive advertising banners, sound, pop-ups, and notifications in the site settings. In addition, you can manage access to your computer's camera and microphone, location data and clipboard, and other permission settings for selected online sites.

Quickly send links, tabs, and phone numbers to your smartphone. Thanks to the built-in synchronization tools, Chrome allows you to send various data to your mobile device with one click through the context menu. At the same time, Chrome must also be installed on the latter with a similar Google account.

At the end of the review, we note that you can send data to a smartphone or tablet without Chrome installed on a mobile gadget - using QR codes, the creation of which can also be performed from the browser's context menu.

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