Google Chrome is by far the most popular web browser across all platforms. It has got very interesting feature called “Chrome Flags” which consists of a number of experimental features as well as settings for developers and those who love to try something out-of-the-box.
Chrome flags can significantly enhance your browsing experience. They allow you to use the under-development features, which haven’t yet been included in the consumer Chrome build. Would you like to give them a try? Let’s find out!
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Chrome Flags are still a work in progress as Google is yet to enable them in the public version of the “Chrome”.
Your web browser may remove your entire data. At the same time, your security and privacy could be compromised as well.
Chrome Flags could be buggy and cause the browser to crash.
You have the option to “Reset” the entire settings if you ever no longer want to use the Chrome Flags.
How to Enable and Use Chrome Flags
Step #1. Simply type the “chrome://flags/” or “about://flags/” in the address/search bar.
Step #2. After Chrome flags have opened, you should see a huge list of features which can easily be enabled or disabled. In order to search any particular feature, you can use “Ctrl + F” find in page.
Step #3. You should see the short description as well as the platforms they are available in below every advanced feature.
To enable any feature, just hit the “Enable” button or change it from “Default” to “Enabled” or “Disabled” as per your need.
When you press the “Enable” or “Disable” button, you should see a “Relaunch Now” button which will save the changes as well as restart Chrome in order bring them into effect.
If you ever want to get rid of all the changes, you can use “reset all to default” button in order to reset all the Chrome flags settings.
Chrome Flags Designed for Developers
Link Disambiguation Pop-up: It can be very handy for developers who wish to optimize their websites or web apps for touchscreen.
It lets you enable zoomed bubble, which appears on touch displays, whenever you click two links at once.
Experimental Web Platform features: It allows developers to use the latest experimental web platform features which are still under development.
QUIC protocol: QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connection) protocol lets you enable the experimental QUIC support.
3D software rasterizer: It doesn’t let browser fall back on the 3D software rasterizer even if GPU of the system is not able to handle the task.
Experimental Extension API: It allows developers to upload extensions which use the experimental extension API.
Override Software Rendering List: It makes the system use GPU resources; overriding software rendering.
FPS Counter: Once activated, it displays the frame rate in frames per second on each web page-when hardware acceleration has been enabled.
Debugging keyboard shortcuts: This flag allows you to enable additional Chrome shortcuts with ease.
SurfaceWorker feature: This flag allows you to use the experimental SurfaceWorker feature on Google Chrome.
Chrome Flags Developed for General Users
There are several Chrome Flags which have been developed for general users. Though most of them are compatible with Chrome OS, Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Linux, some of them are available only on particular platform.
Enable Fast Tab/Window Close: Once activated, it lets you enable tabs and close windows a lot faster.
Download Status in Notification Centre: It allows you to see the download status in the Notification Centre on your device.
Enable Download Resumption: It allows you to enable download resumption. Once activated, it will restart the downloads even after disruptions.
Smooth Scrolling: It provides much smoother scrolling experience. It is available on Windows and Linux.
Tab Audio Muting UI Control: It adds a mute button alongside the audio indicators in a tab as well as enables a “mute multiple tabs” option in the contextual menu of tabs.
Automatic Spelling Correction: It enables automatic auto-correction while you are typing. It’s not available for Android as well as macOS.
Multilingual Spellchecker: This one has been designed to be exceptionally helpful for multilingual people. It lets you enable spell checking for multiple languages. It is not available for Android and macOS.
Scroll Prediction: It can be very useful for smoother scrolling.
Once activated, it predicts where you would scroll next and makes the page open more smoothly. It is not available for Android smartphones as well as tablets.
Material Design: It allows you to add Material Design to the top portion of Chrome.
Save Passwords Automatically: Once enabled, it will remove the password prompt and automatically save your passwords.
Extension Toolbar Redesign: This flag will make Chrome extensions appear at the end of the Omnibox. The hidden extensions will show up in the hamburger settings menu. It is not available for Android.
A number of Raster Threads: Though it enabled by default, you can set enhance its capability. Once activated, it speeds up the image loading time on Chrome.
Experimental Canvas Features: It enables “opaque canvases” which doesn’t need much compositing. Hence, it makes the page load time and performance smoother on Chrome.
Emphasize Titles in the Omnibox Drop-down: It makes the drop-down in the Omnibox (search/address bar) display more suggestions and nut just URLs.
DirectWrite: It disables the new DirectWrite font rendering system. It is available only for Windows.
Password Generation: As the name itself suggest, it generates password for you.
Maximum Tiles for Interest Area: It has been smartly developed to fix the memory issue on Android smartphone or PC. It lets you change the “maximum tiles” from “Default” to “512”; thereby enabling Chrome to access more RAM. (Note: You must not use this flag on the smartphone or PC which doesn’t have much RAM.)
Chrome Flags Which You Must Not Use
Currently, you should avoid using some Chrome Flags like “Maximum Tiles for Interest Area”.
Zero-copy Rasterizer: Though this Chrome flag boosts GPU performance, it may cause Chrome to crash a lot.
Maximum Tiles for Interest Area: As this Chrome flag takes a lot of memory in order to enhance performance, you should use only on the devices which have more RAM.
Bleeding Edge Renderer Paths: Though it helps the browser draw content faster, it might break plenty of contents on your websites.
Now, it’s time to make the most of these tips to get the best out of Chrome flags on your device. If you have any feedback, do let us know that in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.