Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers out there today. Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are constantly competing with Google’s browser for top spot amongst the most used when surfing the Internet. Chrome was first released in 2008 and is based on the WebKit layout engine.
Google decided to release a large chunk of the source code for its web browser which they title Chromium. This has allowed a multitude of developers to tweak, change and modify Chrome in such a way to make it accessible on the Mac OS and Linux operating systems as well as making native improvements to the Windows-based version.
Let’s take a look at the top five reasons why Google Chrome should be your one and only browser. If you are not already using Chrome, you’re missing out on a lot of great features. There are five top reasons why Chrome is the best, and if these features do not sway you to give it a try, we do not know what will.
Chrome’s 5 Most Attractive Features
Large library of extensions and add-ons
Chrome has one of the largest libraries of extensions, add-ons and built-in applications that enhance the browser’s ability to do what you want it to do.
While Firefox and Internet Explorer boast impressive extensions as well, they cannot even come close to the amount of encouragement Google gives to developers to change the way Chrome works. Google themselves release official Chrome extensions, add-ons and more to make the browser more functional for its users.
Clean, simple user interface
One of the biggest complaints about Internet Explorer back when it was one of the only browsers available was how clunky it made users feel. After Firefox’s release, many flocked to what Mozilla released because of how they revamped what a browser should look like. Then, Chrome hit the web and more users jumped ship to its simple, clean user interface.
Searching from the address bar
Typing in Google.com in your address bar, waiting for it to load and then typing what you want to look for online is not a terribly difficult process. However, Chrome takes those three steps and combines them into one with the use of its address bar. Simply type in what you want to look for.
Chrome’s Task Manager
Have you ever clicked “Shift + ESC” in Google Chrome? Give it a try.
Chrome’s built-in Task Manager should pop-up in the middle of your screen. This gives you a list of all the tabs opened, along with the memory, CPU, Network and FPS resources it is using. If a particular tab is giving you issue, you can close it by clicking “End Process.” Since Chrome opens every web page as its own tab, you can narrow down what pages are giving you problems instead of having to close the entire browser and lose what you are working for.
If you right-click on any task, you will be given options as to what other statistics you can display to see what resources it is using while open
Clicking on “Stats for Nerds” will give you an analysis of memory used, including the virtual memory used for each tab.
The most underused but most amazing feature of Google Chrome often gets ignored by its users. Do you know what it is? It is Incognito Mode, and if you have not used it, yet, you are missing out. Incognito Mode allows you to surf the web without worrying about browsing history, download history or cookies. These are all deleted when you close the browser.
Any changes you make to settings or bookmarks are saved for you. You just do not have to worry about others seeing where you are surfing, what you are downloading and whether or not your cookies are being stored.
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