Updated: Jan 24
Google’s Chrome has become one of the most popular web browsers thanks to its library of extensions that provide extra functionality. It’s often one of the first programs users download when they buy a new computer. While Chrome is popular among the masses, it boasts a number of advanced features that take time to learn and settings buried behind menus. We put together a list of how to, and tips to help you make the most of Google’s browser, including reducing its infamous memory usage, silencing tabs with background video and even adding an emergency button for when your boss comes around. Also, if you want to update your Chromebook or unlock Chrome's dark mode, we've got your back too. Today we have picked two important tips for you.
How to Reduce Memory Usage in Chrome
If you use Chrome and notice your computer slowing down, you're not alone — Google's browser has a bit of a reputation for eating up RAM. If you're anything like me and have multiple tabs open at a time, you may be wondering how to use Chrome without consuming all of your computer's memory. If you don't want to use Chrome's built-in task manager all the time, there are some extensions that can help you out. So, click Add to Chrome on OneTab in the Chrome Web Store. Simply follow the instruction after.
How to Enable Do Not Track in Chrome
You're tracked all over the Web, but sometimes asking politely will cause the behaviour to stop. Do Not Track is built into most major web browsers, signalling to web sites that you don't want your browsing history logged by advertisers or publishers. All it takes to communicate your anti-tracking preference is checking a box, but the option is buried in Chrome's settings. Checking the box doesn't guarantee that any site will listen to your request (Google says it doesn't), but it can't hurt to make your voice heard.
Here's how to enable Do Not Track in Chrome:
1. Open Chrome.
2. Type "chrome://settings" in the Omnibox.
3. Click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom.
4. Click the Do No Not Track check box in the "Privacy" section.
5. Click "OK" in the resulting pop-up.
From here on out, you are sending Do Not Track requests when using Chrome. Sites you visit may or may not listen to the request, but your voice is heard.
We will be adding more useful tips in the coming days – please get in touch if you require any help related to the internet.