This Is The Quickest Way To Switch Chrome Profiles

Chrome supports multiple profiles. If you have multiple users logged into the same Windows or macOS account, they will likely share the Chrome browser. One simple way to keep everyone's auto-fill data and search history separate is to create different Chrome profiles for each user. The profiles are easy to create and we've detailed how you can switch between them via keyboard shortcuts. You can also create special desktop shortcuts to launch a particular profile. That said, the quickest way to switch between profiles isn't via the keyboard. The mouse is the superior tool in this regard. Read More

How To Restart Chrome

Browsers don't need to be restarted often. Chrome can be left to run for hours, or just left idle and it will not hang to the point where you need to restart it. Practically, there is only one case where restarting Chrome is needed; when you enable or disable a flag. Any changes made to the state of a Chrome flag requires you restart the browser for the changes to take effect. There is a 'Relaunch' button duly provided on the Flags page to do just that. Chrome doesn't make it difficult to restart the browser in this case and it restarts with your previous session intact. If you ever need to restart Chrome for any reason though, the browser has you covered. Read More

How To Scan A File Via VirusTotal Before You Download It

VirusTotal lets you scan a file for malicious programs that might come bundled with an otherwise trustworthy app. We normally download an app and then scan it via the VirusTotal website. The scan is accurate but if it could come before a file is downloaded, it can save us time. Download Virus Checker is a Firefox add-on and a Chrome extension that scans a file via the VirusTotal API before it begins to download. Read More

Block ‘Mailto:’ Links And Copy The Email Address To Your Clipboard [Chrome]

You will often find the 'Contact Us' button on many websites, particularly those meant to provide support or send feedback are in fact 'Mailto:' links. The Mailto: link automatically opens your default email client. For Windows users, this might be Outlook, Thunderbird, or the new Mail app in Windows 10. For macOS users, this might be the default email client Mail. If you prefer the Mailto: links not open an email client, or you'd rather not be prompted to choose how to handle the link request, NoMailto: is a Chrome extension that's worth checking out. It does two things; it stops Mailto: links from opening your email client, and it gives you the choice to simply copy the email address to your clipboard. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add Custom Gridlines To Any Website In Chrome

Apple might be falling apart in terms of both hardware and software design but at its peak, it taught us how good something looks if it's properly aligned. The point is, when things line up perfectly they look better and this hold true for industrial design and web design. Website designs are usually created in Photoshop but that's not to say designers and developers don't tinker with the look of a website in their browser. It's pretty easy to tinker with; all you have to do is open the web development console that all major web browsers have and add padding, change text color, etc. One thing all these consoles lack is an alignment tool. If Chrome is your preferred browser for development, Baseliner is an extension you have to try out. It adds a series of horizontal lines to your screen. You have complete freedom to define the spacing between these lines as well as their color. Additionally, the tool lets you add custom padding to the top of a page before the gridlines. Read More

How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how. Read More

How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Prevent Web Pages From Jumping Around When Loading In Chrome [Android]

Smartphones are increasingly used to browse the web. A significant volume of web traffic now comes from a smartphone and many smartphone browsers are built to make browsing mobile websites easier. More often than not, websites aren't optimized for viewing on a mobile device. This often means page elements that don't resize properly to fit a smaller screen or elements overflowing onto other elements. Of course a far more common occurrence is when a web page is loading and it jumps around/scrolls up. This happens most often when the page finishes loading but can happen multiple times even when the page is still loading. If you use Chrome on your Android device, there's a simple way to stop this from happening. Here's how. Read More

How To View Two Chrome Tabs Side By Side In Android 7.0

Android 7 comes with a neat little split view that allows you to pin two apps side by side. The two apps that are pinned can be used simply by tapping them making multitasking on an Android device very easy. Tablet users might get more out of the feature since they have a larger screen to work with. The feature is awesome and Chrome is built to take even more advantage of it. You can pin any two Chrome tabs side by side and switch between them like they were two separate apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Get The Backspace Shortcut To Work Again In Chrome

Chrome updates are subtle and rarely a cause for alarm. The browser has undergone very few changes that are noticeable for an end user but as of version 52, it has disabled the backspace key's 'go back to previous page' function. In older versions of the browser, you could hit the backspace key and return to the previous link/page you navigated from to the current one. It worked on almost all pages with some exceptions such as the Google search engine page where the search bar was automatically focused. With the functionality removed and users upset by it, Google has released an extension for Chrome called Go Back With Backspace. Install it to get the backspace button working like it did before or use the 'back' keyboard shortcut or buttons instead. If you aren't in the mood to use an extension, you can also use a switch. Read More

How To Cast A Chrome App To Chromecast

Chrome lets you save websites as apps. The Chrome Web Store also features an entire Apps category. These apps run as stand alone Chrome windows. You can pin them to the Taskbar and the Start Menu in Windows for faster access but they come with some restrictions. A Chrome web app that runs in its own dedicated window doesn't support the Chrome toolbar. You can't use any of your installed extensions inside the app unless the extension can be used from the right-click context menu. The only other alternative is to run the app as a tab in Chrome but that more or less defeats the purpose of the app. With these restrictions, you can't cast a Chrome app to the Chromecast using the official extension. The extension that resides in the toolbar can't be accessed from the stand alone window interface. The good news is that as of Chrome version 51, native support for the Chromecast has been added making it possible for you to cast a Chrome app to your Chromecast. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Get Chrome Mobile Bookmarks To Appear On Chrome Desktop

Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. On Android, it's usually the default browser and on iOS, you can download the browser from the App Store. Chrome is likewise available for Windows and macOS. One of the browser's pioneering features is the ability to sync user data including history, auto-fill information, bookmarks, and apps and extensions across Chrome installations on different platforms. The same feature is available on Chrome for iOS and Android and if enabled you can sync your Chrome mobile bookmarks to your desktop Chrome installations. Here's how. Read More

How To Reorder Extension Icons On The Chrome Toolbar

When you install a new extension in Chrome, the extension's icon is added to the far right of the toolbar just before the hamburger icon. Likewise, if you sync extensions across multiple Chrome installations, or enable a disabled extension, the icons are added to the far right in the same order that they're added or synced. Other than enabling/disabling extensions, you have little control over when and where an icon is added. This is problematic because the difference in how the extensions are ordered on one Chrome installation compared to the other will often force you to look a little more closely at the icons before you click. As of a recent update to Chrome, this problem is easy to solve. Chrome now lets you reorder the extension icons on the toolbar simply by dragging & dropping them. Read More

How To Access Saved Passwords In Chrome From Anywhere

Chrome comes with a built-in password manager that can save both the username and password of any website you log into if you allow it. The password manager doesn't offer any advanced security features and most people prefer using services like Lastpass when they decide to save passwords. There's also the small matter of how, if anyone has access to Chrome on your desktop, they can simply look at the passwords saved to it. If you do use the password manager and trust it with your login credentials then it's a good idea to enable password syncing when you sign in to your Google Account in Chrome. This allows you to view the passwords saved to Chrome from any device or any other system. Here's how. Read More

Disable The Space Bar’s Page Down Function On YouTube

The space bar is tied to two different functions in a browser; on a normal web page it will scroll the page down. On YouTube it will play/pause a video on a good day. If you use the space bar to scroll pages and it genuinely makes reading and browsing easier than it would be if you used two-finger scroll or the mouse wheel, you won't mind that it rarely pauses/plays YouTube videos and instead just scrolls the page down. If, however you find the space bar's scroll behavior on YouTube annoying you might want to disable it. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix No Sound On TV When Casting To Chromecast From Chrome

The Chromecast is easy to set up and easy to use from practically any device. You can cast to Chromecast using just your browser and if all goes well you will never experience a single hitch with your device. If however you have trouble casting, the help available from Google isn't going to help you much since it mostly just assumes you haven't set the device up properly. For users who can cast video to their TVs from the Chrome browser but aren't getting any audio, the problem isn't with the Chromecast but with the Chrome browser. Here's how to fix it. Read More

How To Stop Chrome From Opening The Windows Store App

The Windows Store is an app that comes preinstalled on Windows 10. It lets you browse, download, and update the modern UI apps available for the platform. When you open a Windows app store page in your browser it automatically opens the Windows Store app and directs you to the app download page for the app in question. This is how all links for dedicated app stores work, for example, if you were to open a link to a Mac app in your browser, it too would open the Mac Store app. A similar thing happens when you open an app store link in Safari or Chrome on an iOS device. If you aren't a fan of this behavior on Windows 10 and your browser of choice is Chrome, here's how you can stop it from opening the Windows Store app. This is a hack purely for Chrome users running Windows 10 or Windows 8/8.1. Read More

How To Get Chrome To Play Audio In Surround Sound [Fix]

Speakers, whether they come built into laptops or are purchased separately, commonly offer surround sound. They may differ in quality but stereo sound speakers have become uncommon with more and more people using laptops and desktops for entertainment and gaming. What you might have noticed is that despite games and media apps playing sound perfectly through your speakers, Chrome is usually a bit off. Chrome isn't really used to play media because a desktop app like VLC is always going to be the better option but you do watch YouTube videos in Chrome and sound doesn't always come out right. It comes off as stereo i.e. there is only sound coming from one speaker. If that's the case on your desktop, here's the fix for it. Read More

How To Switch User Profiles In Chrome Via Keyboard Shortcuts

Chrome lets you add an unlimited number of user profiles. The profiles allow you to have multiple browsing sessions active at once and if you share a system with someone, the profiles allow you to configure Chrome separately for each user. Additionally, a profile lets you keep your own bookmarks and auto-fill data from mixing with that of the other user. If you utilize Chrome profiles to keep separate sessions going, you might want to know if there's a way to switch user profiles via keyboard shortcuts. Here's a complete list of the shortcuts you need to do just that. Read More

Add A Flux Like Tint To Your Browser

A while back an app named Flux was released for iOS. The tinted your screen a sepia shade in the evening and at night in an attempt to stop the glare of a bright screen from keeping you awake. Apple soon banned the app and the next stable version of iOS will have a feature that mimics this exact thing. The point being that it's a wonderful little feature that can make browsing easier. You might have to stay up late and work but by tinting the screen, your brain isn't kept awake longer than it needs to be. FireLux is a Firefox add-on that lets you add a sepia, black, grey, white, and pink tint to a browser tab so that it strains your eyes less and G.lux is its Chrome counterpart. If you want a different colored tint, both extensions have a custom color selection option that you can use to select a different one. Read More