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

Temporarily Disable Caching For A Specific Website [Chrome]

Browsers cache content to help websites load faster. The cache will save elements of a web page such as images and the CSS to local storage so that when you next visit it, the page will load faster. The browser does this for content that doesn't update frequently. At times the cache can also prevent you from seeing changes that have been made to a website because your browser continues to load the page from the content saved to it. The simple solution here is to press Shift+F5 on the website and the browser will ignore the cache and reload the page. It will also refresh the cache. If however you'd like to stop the browser from saving and loading a webpage or domain from the cache for an extended session you can use the browser's developer tools.Read More

How To Do A Quick Google Search For Selected Text In Chrome For Android

Desktop browsers have long supported a search option inside the right-click context menu. The option allows you to select text on a page, right-click it, and search for the word/phrase on your default search engine. It saves you the trouble of selecting the text, copying it to your clipboard, opening a new tab, pasting the text, and then hitting enter. The same feature hasn't quite made its way to all browsers available for mobile platforms with the exception of Chrome and Firefox for Android. These browsers do indeed have a built-in function for sending selected text to Google. Here's how to use it.Read More

How To Get Rid Of Maliciously Injected Ads In Chrome For iOS

iOS sandboxes apps which means an app, if it's malicious in itself and has managed to get past the App Store, cannot mess with or access data stored in another app. With any iOS device, it's assumed with good reason that your browser cannot be hijacked by some other app, or indeed even by a malicious website but if you're using Chrome, that might not be true. Back in December 2015, I experienced first-hand ads being injected on websites that I accessed in Chrome on my iPhone. The device isn't jailbroken and the website I was visiting at the time was one I had visited often in the past without an ad ever appearing. It took a two months to get to the bottom of where the ads were coming from but I ultimately realized it was cookies that were responsible for it.Read More

How To Enable Or Disable The New Material Design Downloads Page In Chrome

Google is giving many of its products a material design makeover. Chrome for the desktop is about to receive one such update where the Downloads page has been revamped with a Material Design look. The new layout might become the default design when Chrome 49 makes it to the stable channel but if you'd like to get it early or would like to know how to disable it the second it becomes the default for the stable channel, we've got you covered.Read More

Stop The ‘Sign In’ Tab From Opening Every Time You Launch Chrome

Syncing is a very popular, and exceptionally useful feature in Chrome that lets you sync your browsing history, bookmarks, autofill data, and even apps and extensions to any Chrome browser that you sign in to. The Sync feature is available on both desktops and mobile apps. All you need to sync your settings and information is a Google account. On the desktop Chrome insists, very forcefully, that you sign in and sync your information. For private systems, the sync feature is absolutely great but if you're ever using a computer that isn't exclusively used by you signing in might lead to your information being seen by someone else. You might want to avoid signing in under the circumstances. There's also a chance that you don't find the feature useful at all in which case Chrome persistently asking you to sign in every time you open the browser may be more than annoying. Here's how to get it to stop.Read More

Create A Profile Specfic Desktop Shortcut To Launch Chrome

Chrome's support for multiple profiles allows a single user to run different browsing sessions side-by-side. It's also great if you're sharing a computer but would like to keep your search history (among other things) from mixing with the someone else's. You can create as many profiles as you want with Chrome since there are no restrictions there. The browser goes so far as to allow a master account to create and control other accounts though the feature is limited. Despite being able to create multiple profiles in Chrome, if you launch the browser it will always open with the 'default' profile. Here's how you can create a desktop or Taskbar shortcut to always launch a specific profile.Read More

Get Larger Or Smaller Text In Chrome Without Zooming In Or Out

If you ever have trouble reading text on a website, you can use the zoom function in your browser to magnify it. All leading web browsers for both desktop and mobile have a zoom function making it easy to read small text. The zoom function is definitely useful but it has its limits. With a lot of websites, zooming in results in elements of the website overflowing on to other elements. The readability of websites is often compromised when you zoom in on a page. Most will hold up well on a  120% zoomed in view but if that doesn't do the trick for you, and you zoom in further, not everything will look good. If you find that the text on most websites just isn't large enough for you to read comfortably, Chrome users can have the browser render text larger by default, instead of zooming it in. Here's how.Read More

How To Navigate Chrome On Your iPhone Using Swipe Gestures

Chrome for iPhone has recently received an update that most iPhone users will welcome. The update adds some new swipe gestures to ease navigation within the app. The gestures take hint from those present in Safari and allow you to swipe right and left to go back or forward in a page. It's something that was previously only possible via the back and forward buttons on the URL bar. A few updates ago, Google also introduced gestures to refresh a page, close the current tab, and open a new tab. Here's how you can execute each one of those features.Read More

Organize Tabs Into Groups You Can Name & Easily Switch Between Them [Chrome]

Grouping tabs together isn't a novel idea. For most of us, we group our tabs subconsciously when we open them in different windows. Perhaps we dedicate a window to just emails that need answering, and the second one to the YouTube videos that need to buffer before you can watch them. Spaces is a Chrome extension that lets you group the tabs you have open into spaces. It's a lot like the group tabs feature in Firefox except it is easier to switch between your groups, you can name the groups, and you don't necessarily have to open a link to add it to a group.Read More

5 New Improvements Chrome Just Made To Its Bookmarks Manager

Chrome updates are not regularly covered on AddictiveTips but everyone once in a while, Chrome rolls out something that is awesome and we can't help but talk about it. Today, Chrome's new bookmarks manager is in the limelight. Not only does it have a new look but it's also made saving bookmarks, editing bookmark thumbnails, deleting bookmarks, and selecting which folder to save a bookmark to easier. The icing on this cake is a new 'notes' feature that lets you add a note to the page you are bookmarking so the next time you look at it, you know why you saved it.Read More

Skip Permissions & Allow Video Players On Any Website To Go Full Screen [Chrome]

Media players embedded on websites all have a full screen button which expands the media player so that it fills up your entire screen. Each time you allow a media player to go full screen, you're basically allowing the website it's embedded on to go full screen. It can get annoying because most websites will use Vimeo, YouTube, or on the rare occasion DailyMotion to embed videos and these are all websites whose media players we have already allowed full screen access to. Just because the video is embedded on a different site, Chrome asks us to permit the website to go full screen even if the media player is that of YouTube. If the 'Allow Fullscreen' message bothers you, here's a simple way to turn it off.Read More

Open A Link Or New Chrome Tab From The iPhone Notification Center

Ever since iOS 8 introduced widgets, I've been waiting for some of the more popular productivity oriented apps to do something impressive with it. The widgets have been slow in being developed and so far Launcher is the only one that you can call a 'must have'. Chrome is one of the latest apps to introduce a notification center widget and it's one of those things you didn't know you needed until you try it out. The widget lets you open a new tab, launch voice search, or open a URL copied to your clipboard.Read More

How To Restore A Deleted Thumbnail From The Chrome New Tab Page

Chrome's New tab page features a speed dial; it has thumbnails of your frequently visited websites and you can click a thumbnail to instantly open the website. Based on your browsing history, you can save up to eight different websites like this. It is an exceptionally useful feature and most browsers have a speed dial functionality. For both Chrome and Firefox, extensions and add-ons exist that let you increase the number of website thumbnails that appear on the new tab page. Now imagine for a second you accidentally delete a thumbnail? Most of us would think that it will come back because we will continue to visit the website but that sadly is not the case in Chrome. Here's what to do when you accidentally delete a thumbnail from the New Tab page and want to get it back.Read More

Reduce Data Consumption By Chrome On Your Phone When Not Connected To WiFi

Using your carrier's network plan to stay online taxes your device's battery as well as your bandwidth. Unless you've got bandwidth to spare or you can afford a plan that is generous in bandwidth, you're probably looking for ways to reduce data consumption. Chrome for iOS and Android both come with a built-in option that lets you manage how the browser loads data though surprisingly you have better control options on iOS than you do on Android. Here's how you can get the browser to eat up less of your data plan.Read More

Customize What Page Or Website The Chrome Home Button Opens

Chrome has a Home button. I don't know why it has this button since its purpose by default is to open the New Tab page which is pretty easy to do with a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+T) or with the new tab button that sits comfortably next to the open tabs. Unless you like using it for reasons of your own, the button is more or less just there because browsers have always had a home button. That said, Google and the team behind Chrome isn't one to comply with convention so the Home button it makes sure you have an alternative. The home button doesn't have to always point to the New Tab page. You can have it open any one website of your choice, without even needing an extension.Read More