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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.

5 Reasons Why Google Chrome Should Be Your One and Only Browser

Google ChromeGoogle 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.

Chrome Web Store

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.

Chrome also boasts a large library of HD themes included under the extension banner. These themes range from your favorite sports teams to color schemes and more. These themes are easily installed, require no restart to start using and can make your browser more like you and your desktop theme.

Chrome Themes in Web Store

If you are looking to truly customize you web browser beyond what a basic installation of Chrome offers, the Google Chrome Web Store can get you there. We have created a few Chrome themes here at TechNorms, which are a part of our Chrome Themes Gallery and feature some truly unique themes.

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.

Chrome's UI

Google has done away with many of the traditional context menus, settings options and bookmarks layout. They have given users a truly clean experience when surfing the web. You can rest assured when using Chrome that doing what you want with it is quick because you do not have to jump through hoops to get to where you want to go. The clean interface makes that possible.

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.

Search from the address bar in Chrome

Google’s Chrome automatically begins searching for it not only in your session’s browser history but also by loading search results on the page. This cuts the time in half it normally takes looking for things online.

Chrome’s Task Manager

Have you ever clicked “Shift + ESC” in Google Chrome? Give it a try.

Chrome's Task Manager

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.

Right click on Chrome Task Manager item

Clicking on “Stats for Nerds” will give you an analysis of memory used, including the virtual memory used for each tab.

Stats for nerds in Chrome

Incognito Mode

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.

In order to get started with Incognito Mode in Chrome, you can either click on the “Wrench Icon” and click “New Incognito Mode.” The keyboard shortcut for incognito mode is “Ctrl+Shift+N”.

Opening Incognito Mode from Chrome

This will open a new window for you in Incognito Mode.

Chrome's Incognito Mode

You can also get to Chrome by right clicking on its task bar icon or you can click on the “Left Arrow” in the Start Menu to start an Incognito Mode session.

(11) opening incognito mode

Is Google Chrome your one and only?

I was a diehard Firefox fan for years. I recently made the switch to Chrome after Mozilla failed to address the memory hog that its browser had become. It was a hard decision to make but after several recommendations and pushes from people I trust, I made the switch and have not looked back. Making the switch to Chrome was the best possible thing I could have done to improve my experience surfing the web. Chrome has a multitude of extensions and apps to make using it even easier along with features that truly make it seamless. Firefox and Internet Explorer are trying hard to catch up with Chrome, but it seems there is no stopping Chrome from bagging the number 1 position in the browser market.

If you have not tried out Chrome or are hesitant to make a major change, you can always download Chrome and see how it feels. If you do not like it, switch back to your old browser, but chances are you might find a browser for life in what Google has breathed into Chrome.

Let us know your top reasons for using Chrome and why other browsers just cannot stand up against it. We would love to hear if you made the switch from another browser and why you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Why the 5 reasons to switch to Chrome are not good enough:

    1. Large library of extensions and add-ons.

    Firefox has THE largest.

    2. Clean, simple user interface.

    You can tweak Firefox to be even cleaner and simpler.

    3. Searching from the address bar.

    Try the Omnibar extension (with more options that Chrome’s address bar).

    4. Chrome’s Task Manager.

    Not an impressive feature. You can do the same with Windows Task Manager, or the equivalent in other operating systems.

    5. Incognito Mode.

    Really? Even my cappuccino comes in Incognito Mode these days.

    I would hope to read a more convincing argument than those 5 which are extremely subjective. Maybe you could compare them based on speed or the security that they provide. And about Firefox being a “memory hog”, my personal experience shows me otherwise. Chrome has often higher memory consumption than Firefox and vice versa.

    I’m not a Mozilla fanboy but it still is my browser of choice until something better comes along. For the time being Chrome is not the one, at least not according to the way that you try to present it.

    • Melissa Popp

      ZooRopean, l want to thank you for taking the time to truly challenge my post. It’s refreshing.

      At the moment, Chrome actually has the largest up to date library of add-ons. The only reason Mozilla has “more” is because they and a lot of other sites continue to count out of date add-ons as relevant. Perhaps, I should’ve mentioned this in the post.

      You may be able to tweak Firefox to be cleaner but Chrome comes that way from install. No other browser comes as clean and simple as Chrome does out of the box, so to speak. This also applies to being able to search from the address bar, that comes with Chrome, not with Firefox. You have to tweak Firefox to make it happen.

      The built-in Chrome Task Manager allows you to close individual tabs, the Windows Task Manager will close the entirety of Firefox which is the point I was making with this selection. As I said in the post, if one tab is the one causing the problem, you can narrow that down based on its individual memory usage which you cannot see in the Windows Task Manager.

      Chrome was the first browser to offer Incognito Mode. It still can’t be beat in my experience which is why I wrote this post to begin with. I used to be a Mozilla fan girl, I’m no longer because of what Chrome has proven to me it can do better than any other browser out there.

      Choosing a browser, or any software for that matter, is a subjective subject for most people. This is a commentary piece and should be treated as such. I’ll have my list, you’ll have your list and the next person who reads it will have their own list for whatever browser they use as well. You easily countered my ideas on Chrome, because you still use Firefox and in your experience, it does what you need it to do. For me, Chrome does it better.

      At the end of the day, the only way any user is going to figure out which browser is the best is by installing one, trying it out and going from there. If I can encourage even one person who is looking for a browser to either try Chrome or find reasons why Firefox, IE, Opera or any other browser on the market is better, I’m okay with that. It all comes down to finding what is right for you. The five reasons I listed in this post are what is right for me, and that’s why I shared it as the top reasons because I believe it’s enough to give Chrome a shot even if it turns out to be the wrong browser for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ogian Paul Fullilove

    I basically agree with your five points. However, I’m a web developer and I depend heavily on both the web development and firebug extensions. The implementation of both for Chrome, I have found are inferior to the Firefox implementations. I would have titled this article as “Five Reasons Why Chrome Is My Browser”. Your assumption appears to be that most people will agree with you. Good article though.

    • Melissa

      Paul:

      This is what I love about posts like this. Everyone has a varying idea of what makes the browser they use best for them, and it all comes down to what you use it for. Thanks for sharing your experience of why Firefox is better than Chrome for you.

    • Melissa Popp

      Paul:
      This is what I love about posts like this. Everyone has a varying idea of what makes the browser they use best for them, and it all comes down to what you use it for. Thanks for sharing your experience of why Firefox is better than Chrome for you.

  • http://twitter.com/dimitrakhs9 Dimitris Dafalias

    And one i’m not:Chrome don’t have video downloaders.Sorry,i’ll pass…

    • Melissa Popp

      I believe Avant is the only one with a built-in video downloader.  All other browsers have to use an extension for it.

  • Melissa Popp

    Hi Ben!

     

    I’m gonna respond
    based on the points as well, so hopefully things will make sense.  :)

     

    I feel the same way
    about what you said about Chrome add-ons about the ones for Firefox now.  Mozilla used to be much more hands on than
    they appear to be now.  This might be transparent,
    but that’s the way it comes across. 
    Google tries to be as hands on as they can with the Web Store but
    they’re human, too, so issues can arise with add-ons.  My primary reason for citing Chrome’s library
    of add-ons is mainly because the majority of them are updated frequently and
    issues are addressed.  I don’t know if
    Firefox has been around too long, people have jumped shipped or what the deal
    seems to be, but many add-ons have been discontinued or abandoned entirely over
    the last two years.

     

    With Chrome, too, you
    can tweak every aspect of the interface. 
    I will concede the point about not being able to change the basic layout
    of Chrome’s design though, that point goes to Firefox.  I do like your Firefox theme.  ;)

     

    To be fair, in
    Firefox, you have to type in a box next to the address bar as opposed to the
    address bar itself.  You say tomato, I
    say tomatoe on this one.  It may not seem
    like much of a difference but I never seemed to use the search bar next to the
    address bar when I did use Firefox.  I
    bypassed it, typed in Google.com and away I went.

     

    It’s interesting to
    me that this point varies from person to person.  I had nothing but memory issues with Firefox,
    even after a clean install.  Even on a
    new computer.  I know many others who had
    the same sort of issues.  I don’t think I
    was doing anything spectacular enough to warrant it.  But I had issues with Firefox crashing do to
    memory overload time and time again and it only got worse before version 7.0
    came out (where they actually addressed the “issue” for those having it – http://hacks.mozilla.org/2011/09/firefox-7-is-lean-and-fast/).  If it wasn’t for this issue, I wouldn’t have
    given up on Firefox but when I lost what I was working on time and time again,
    it was time for a change for me.

     

    I’ll take Chrome’s
    version of Incognito Mode over anybody else knowing how to handle data, privacy
    and other information.  Opera may be the
    most secure, but Google is the most transparent and I believe best capable of protecting
    privacy through the coding of Chrome.

     

    I had been a diehard
    Firefox fan for years before making the switch to Chrome.  In fact, I cover Firefox changes here at
    TechNorms as well as covering Google’s Chrome and other services.  I truly believe in the points I’ve presented
    for those reading this, and I do appreciate the long rants I’ve received so
    far.  It’s so interesting to me how one
    user can have no problems whatsoever with a piece of software, and another can
    be just the opposite with it.  Thanks
    again!

    • http://awesomewallpapers.wordpress.com/ Ben

      Melissa,

      Thanks for taking time to respond to my comment.
      ———————-
      In regard to addons, I agree that Google has definitely handled the entire proccess better than Mozila has. 
      ———————-
      Regarding address bar search: 
      Have you even tried searching in firefox’s address bar?  Since version 4, I think, this feature has been available. As you can see from the screenshot from my previous comment, I got rid of the separate search box and only use the urlbar to search.  So urlbar searching is definitely available in Firefox.
      ———————-
      Regarding memory issues:

      I too have heard of many problems with memory management in firefox.  I agree with you that it varies setup to setup.  On my machine at least, its very memory efficient with 87 addons installed.  Chrome uses a ton less memory if you are only browsing with a couple tabs open and no extensions installed, but if you throw in 50+ tabs and 50+extensions, Chrome is absolutely horrible in its memory management.
      ———————-
      Regarding private browsing:
      As far as I can tell, Private Browsing is the same across browsers. Chrome certainly doesn’t have an advantage in functionality over Firefox.  They both block exactly the same things in private browsing mode..

      BTW, In case you’re interested, the theme that I’m using is called FxChrome.

      Ben

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    The themes are a fun addition, but I know firefox has those too, right?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GZYIEIYZLOTBURMWIJWLL33OTI sdfsfdgsdfg

    Chrome crashes A LOT ! :@facebook-1270888950:disqus That  ;( :(
    That’s its problem for me. And this is what i call a clean browser http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6246/66958800.png unfortunately,chrome’s NTP bookmark function is already removed (and the bookmarks bar will be always at the top of New Tab page) as of V 17 stable.
    Try opening 2 or 3 HD videos and browse something else for about 2 hours to see for what I;m talking about,OR just browse many pages and sites,close them open others and you’ll receive a greeting “Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed. Relaunch now ?” IT IS A CRAP AND I’M STILL USING IT ! … :(

  • http://profiles.google.com/heiheidezhu goo le

    Chrome is takes up too much CPU than firefox; I can’t define my location when I install it in my pc. The Silent update is very boring .so I don’t like chrome! But my avant browser can instead of chrome .he has webkit core and don’t auto update!

  • http://twitter.com/dlculp Denae Culp

    I love how the author asked the readers to post about why they switched to Chrome, and all of the answers are about why people don’t like it… I use Chrome, love it. I’m using it right now, I can’t imagine going back to Internet Explorer. Tried Firefox for about ten minutes, it just didn’t work out… too weird to get used to, reminded me of Safari.

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    Chrome can’t be beaten. Love this browser.

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